Kruger National Park Safari

Kruger: Luxury Safaris and the Big 5 Packages

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The Kruger National Park takes center stage as South Africa’s most famous and best-loved wildlife destination. With animals in the hundreds of thousands, from the Big Five to over 600 bird species, reptiles and even fish, a Kruger safari package should be on everybody’s travel bucket list.

There’s something for every kind of traveler on a Kruger safari, whether it’s your first time or you’re a return visitor. Choose from luxury tented camps in private concessions or stylish safari lodges in adjacent reserves. In the park itself, the popular southern region is famous for its large rhino and lion populations. Central Kruger is the most game-rich area, abundant in plains game like giraffe and wildebeest. Naturally, these bring with them a healthy predator population. To the south, the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve shares a fence-free border with the Kruger. This park is famous for its variety of luxury lodge-style safari accommodation. The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is also known for it’s excellent accommodation and game-viewing, including that of the rare white lion, while Kapama Private Game Reserve offers an immersive all-included safari, with a focus on wildlife and wellness.

With a year-round sunny climate, you can enjoy a Kruger safari any time of the year. Popular activities include guided game drives and bush walks. No matter how you choose to experience the Kruger, it’s a destination you’ll want to return to again and again.

Some of the nearby private reserves are also worth visiting. Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Concession area, sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. There are over 20 lodges within Klaserie, including the Simbavati camps, Tuskers Safari Camp, and the Bateleurs Nest Camp, among others. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve was founded with a mission to safeguard and sustain the final bastion of unspoiled wilderness in Southern Africa.

Spanning around 7,000,000 acres or 23,000 km² along the Olifants River in the Kruger, is Balule Game Reserve, conveniently located just an hour’s drive from two main entrances to the Kruger National Park. Nestled in the mixed woodland eco-zone, a prominent area within the lowveld, it boasts the highest diversity of fauna and flora. Balule’s odges range from luxury all-inclusive to family-friendly, affordable, and tented camps.

Best Time to Visit Kruger National Park:

Summer and winter offer different Kruger safari experiences. The dry winter season between May and October is best for game-viewing. November through February, known as the “Green Season,” is the hottest and wettest time of the year. As a result, this is the best time to visit the Kruger for bird watching. However, the humid summer climate doesn’t suit everyone. 



A luxury Big Five safari doesn’t get any better than in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

Head out into the bush on a guided walking safari and encounter Kruger’s wildlife up close.

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