Kruger National Park Safari
Kruger: Luxury Safaris and the Big 5
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 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.
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.
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.
For the ultimate romantic experience, enjoy a safari sleep-out in a custom-built luxury treehouse.
Top Destinations in Kruger National Park Safari
The 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park in Limpopo. Famously offering one of Africa’s ultimate luxury safari experiences, Sabi is known for effortlessly delivering extraordinary and up-close animal sightings. Highly-trained tour guides who are able to take you off-road for more intimate encounters. They share their insights to improve their guests’ understanding of this semi-arid area and its wild inhabitants. The area’s leopard population is legendary and with Sabi’s experts at your disposal, you have a better-than-usual chance of spotting these evasive creatures in their natural habitat.
A number of exclusive camps at Sabi Sands provide a full-service stay, including all meals and safari activities. Savor the carefully curated flavors of Africa at your leisure. Enjoy fully-guided game drives or spend a lazy afternoon poolside. You might even be interrupted by a curious giraffe or three. Day visitors and self-drives are not permitted at Sabi Sands. This ensures you an exclusive safari experience with exceptional service to match.
Sabi Sands was previously an agricultural area. Many of the original boreholes and dams have been retained as permanent water sources for the wildlife population. This makes the reserve less seasonally-dependent than others in the area.
The proliferation of Africa’s Big 5, large game, smaller wild creatures, insects and birds make this area a photographer’s dream. It is even possible to book a specialized photographic safari. Here the emphasis is on waiting for the preferred angle, optimal lighting and perfect shot.
Best Time to Visit the Sabi Sands Game Reserve:
In the Spring and Summer months (September to February) Sabi is teeming with life, particularly in the Spring when babies are plentiful. However, it can be very hot, so travelers who prefer a cooler climate might prefer to wait for Autumn and Winter (March-August) when the temperatures abate and the drier brush offers less coverage for the wildlife.
14000 hectares of prime Big 5 Game viewing make the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province one of the prime safari destinations in the well-known Greater Kruger Park area. The reserve’s unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park allow animals to roam freely between the two parks, increasing the diversity of wildlife viewing. The density of wildlife at Thornybush almost guarantees you marking lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, African bush elephant and the African buffalo off your viewing list within the first two days of your visit.
Visitors to Thornybush enjoy dawn and dusk game drives as well as safe, guided nature walks. Its proximity to the Kapama and Timbavati Game Reserves and the Kruger Park provides tranquil and uncrowded exploration of this wildlife-rich area.
Accommodation at Thornybush ranges from exceptionally luxurious premier stays for the discerning traveller, to classic safari style game lodges and comfortable family amenities with fun safari activities for the youngsters. For the corporate market, there are also excellent conference facilities for hosting business groups and team building excursions.
Best Time to Visit Thornybush Game Reserve:
The best time to visit Thornybush really comes down to personal choice; a near-perfect climate makes this a sought-after year-round destination. During the Winter months from May-October, the cooler daytime temperatures and thinning vegetation make for exceptional game viewing, while the rainy season between December and April transforms the dry bush into a lush Eden and bird watching is at its most rewarding. This is also birthing season and babies are in abundance, increasing your chances of spotting predators on the move.
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Top Experiences in Kruger National Park Safari
Let your little ones embark on their own journey of discovery with a Junior Tracking Program. From identifying animal footprints to learning the importance of conservation, kids will love this part of your family safari.
Experience the thrill of tracking the Big Five – lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant – on an open vehicle safari. This classic experience is a must-do on an African safari.
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