Valid: 1 January 2015 - 31 December 2016.
Safaris in the Greater Kruger Park
Big 5 Wildlife, Private Reserves and Luxury Lodges
If you’re looking for really authentic safari experience in South Africa, there’s no place like Kruger National Park. It’s one of the world’s great wildlife destinations, ranking up there with the very best that Africa has to offer. Here, you can watch the sun sink over the bush while you watch giraffes and elephants graze peacefully and take adrenaline-fuelled off-road safaris to track lion prides through the long grass at dawn. If you’re after some on foot adventure, you can even try taking intrepid walking safaris through the park. It’s the Africa of your imagination and it’s there for the taking!
Covering a vast expanse of over 2 million hectares given over purely to conservation, Kruger is home to an immense diversity of wildlife featuring not only the Big 5, but some 490 different species of bird, 147 mammal species, 94 different reptile species, 33 types of amphibians and a magnificent array of over 200 different kinds of trees.
There are around 100 safari lodges located either within one of the handful of concessions in the Kruger National Park itself, or in one of the adjoining private game reserves on the western side of the National Park, such as the Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Balule and Klaserie. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also nearby fenced reserves such as Thornybush and Kapama.
Staying at one of these lodges, you’ll be treated to sunrise and sunset guided safaris in open-topped Land Rovers, giving you an incredible game viewing experience. You’ll stop for scenic coffee or sundowners in the bush accompanied by your highly skilled ranger and Shangaan trackers and roam the plains in search in wildlife. There are no words to describe the thrill of this type of safari. It’s something that will stay with you for life.
The safari lodges all take huge pride in getting their guests as close as possible to the animals and in the private reserves the guides are not restricted to the roads, meaning that you can head off-track into the depths of the bush in search of wildlife. This really is a safari like no other, as the guides and trackers can follow their professional hunches off road and give you the game drive adventure of a lifetime.
We’ve been to Kruger many times ourselves and we can’t recommend it highly enough. We’re familiar with all of the lodges that we offer and we’ll happily talk you through the differences between them. This way, you’ll get the safari holiday that you’ve always dreamt of. The only danger is that you’ll leave wanting more!
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 9 ratings
Shindzela has 8 safari canvas tents. Each tent is built on a wooden deck, and has a thatch grass roof, designed to keep you cool in summer and cosy in winter.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
There are 16 luxury rooms in total. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and are equipped with a hair dryer, tea/coffee station, satellite TV and a mini bar fridge.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 23 ratings
Each chalet is tastefully decorated and furnished with the emphasis on outstanding comfort. Central facilities include a large viewing deck and splash pool with a 180 degree view of the river shaded by an old leadwood tree.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Bongani's rooms are ideal for families, groups or individual travellers and are set atop the Malelane Lebombo Mountains with private decks featuring magnificent wraparound views. All chalets and suites, each with 2 en-suite bathrooms and a private deck, are a subtle blend of timber and thatch, spaciously spread out across an impressive mountain ridge, within easy walking distance from the guest areas perched above.
Africa on Foot Camp has 5 chalets (2 of which are family units), ensuring an intimate and personal safari experience. To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, all chalets are equipped with lanterns while plug points in the main area can be used to charge your camera batteries.
Guests have a choice of 4 en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms. There is a central area with a large patio, lounge and indoor kitchen area.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 16 ratings
nThambo Tree Camp has 5 solar-powered tree house chalets. The chalets are raised on wooden stilts, the floor is wooden decking, the walls are canvas tent, with a thatched roof.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
Umlani's traditional African reed and thatch huts will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment. Each hut has en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower fuelled by wood fires.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings
The lodge sleeps a maximum of 14 guests in 7 chalets/rooms. The chalets have a small verandah with a sitting area, offering views over the African bush.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings
Each of the spacious 40 Standard Suites all have air-conditioning, and feature a full en-suite bathroom and enjoy uninterrupted views of the game reserve. The 20 Spa Suites are positioned close to the Spa on a private setting away from the rest of the lodge, and all rooms have magnificent views into the reserve from your balcony.
The lodge offers the choice of 6 luxury air-conditioned suites, which all have large wooden decks overlooking the bush, a spacious en-suite bathroom with double basins, and a private outside shower which is perfect for cooling off after a hot game drive. The glass fronted Honeymoon Suite offers romantic elegance, total privacy and a stunning view, as well as a private splash pool.
Guest Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 based on 5 ratings
Southern Camp’s 10 standard rooms are simple en-suite bedrooms, and their bathrooms have only showers. The luxury suites have full en-suite bathrooms with picture windows to enjoy the surrounding scenery and birdlife.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in 8 air-conditioned en-suite tents. Each safari tent is authentically furnished in colonial splendour, enhancing the ambience and comforts typical of a bygone era.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
All 15 luxury en-suite rooms have air-conditioning and overhead fans, and offer magnificent bush and river views. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows.
Combining luxury with natural simplicity, n`Kaya offers 4 spacious air-conditioned double suites, each with private lounges and twin en-suite amenities that ensure optimal space for the astute guest. Stylishly decorated in warm earthy tones and indigenous woods, n'Kaya Lodge blends luxury with natural ease.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
An earthy, traditional Tsonga styled lodge, Hoyo-Hoyo offers luxury in 6 beautifully furnished suites with views over the river and bushveld. All rooms have large kingsize beds, with en-suite bathrooms with antique-styled baths.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 13 ratings
The standard thatched suites have a verandah for optimum enjoyment of the surrounding bush. The luxury suites have a private plunge pool.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings
Ten luxury canvas tents, each sleeping 2 guests, are set on stilts in the upper reaches of tall trees, overlooking a seasonal river. Each tent has air-conditioning and private bathroom facilities, interconnected to other tents by wooden walkways high above a sandy river bed.
The accommodation at Garonga Safari Camp reflects the surroundings of the bush - textured earthy colours and clean lines have been incorporated with fine linen to ensure pure comfort The 6 spacious tented luxury double suites, with canvas roofs, are situated on a dry riverbed - each with a wooden deck that commands spectacular views. The en-suite bathroom has an indoor as well as an outdoor shower for those wanting to get closer to nature.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Serondella Lodge can accommodate guests in 3 suites and one family suite (with 3 bedrooms), all under deep African-style thatch and lining the banks of a dry riverbed nestled amongst magnificent tall trees. Suspended wooden walkways link treetop hides to the luxuriously appointed suites.
Kruger At A Glance
- Iconic Wildlife Destination
- Over 2 Million Hectares
- Oldest/Largest Park In South Africa
- Big 5 Safaris
- 147 Species of Mammals
- 517 Species of Birds
- Wide Choice of Safari Lodges
- Self-Drive Safaris
- Malaria Area
- Good Transport Connections
Selected Special offers for Greater Kruger
Valid: 1 November 2015 - 31 May 2016.
Valid: 10 January 2015 - 15 December 2016.
Valid: 1 June 2015 - 10 January 2016.
Valid: 15 January 2016 - 20 December 2016.
It's great to have choice, however sometimes it can all be a litte confusing when you are planning your first trip to an unfamiliar area.
If you'd like to talk to one of our friendly experts, then please give us a call on +44(0) 1932 428380 or alternativley you can enquire via the website.
When to Visit
There is never a bad time to visit Kruger, but each of the two major seasons has it's advantages.
During the winter months of May to August, the temperature is cooler, and it is easier to find the animals as they tend to congregate around waterholes and rivers. This is also ofen the best time to find a special offer or lower price as a safari lodge.
During the summer months of October to April, heavy rain showers and storms are frequent. As a result of the rain, the grass is lush and green, and many animals give birth at this time as there is plenty of food and water around. The downside is that the lush green vegatation can make game viewing more difficult.
Find out more about when to visit Kruger.
Getting There and Away
There are excellent flight connections from Johannesburg to a number of airports near the park, and there are also regular direct flights from Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
If you are staying at a lodge, you may also be able to take a shuttle flight directly from Johannesburg to an airstrip in the park. Please ask us for details if you are interested in doing this.
If you have a hire car you can drive to Kruger from Johannesburg - it is a strightforward drive, but you would need to allow up to 6 hours for the journey.
You can find out more about the travel options here.
Top Tip: If you book with Travel Butlers, we will ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari.
Most overseas visitors choose to stay in a safari lodge to enjoy the wonderful game viewing and accommodation that they offer.
For anyone with an adventurous streak who is happy to drive themselves around the Park and stay in more basic accommmodation, an alternative option is a self-drive safari staying at rest camps.
With attractions including the Blyde River Canyon, the well known 'Panorama Route', and some of excellent animal rehabilitation projects, there is plenty to do in the Lowveld area around Kruger.
The Greater Kruger Park is a malaria area, so we strongly advise that you check with your doctor to find out what malaria tablets you will need, and when you should commence the course.
If you do not want to have to take malaria tablets then have a look at our guide to safaris in malaria-free areas.
Kruger National Park.
2 day itinerary.
Prices from GBP £ 408 US$ 620 ZAR 8,055 EUR 551 pp*
Hazyview and Kruger National Park.
3 day itinerary.
Prices from GBP £ 635 US$ 965 ZAR 12,540 EUR 857 pp*
Klaserie Game Reserve and Cape Town.
7 day itinerary.
Prices on request
Timbavati Game Reserve, Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Port Elizabeth.
12 day itinerary.
Prices on request
Kapama Game Reserve, The Garden Route, Cape Town, The Cape Winelands and Port Elizabeth.
14 day itinerary.
Prices on request
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