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  • Lioness displays dangerous teeth during light rainstorm in Kruger National Park, but it makes for a great photograph on your South Africa safari.
  • Chacma baboons
  • A Leopard high up in tree is a great sight to see on all South Africa tours.
  • An African sunset in Kruger National Park is a sight to behold on all South African safaris.
  • A Nile crocodile is a common site on Kruger National Park safaris.
  • Lapped Faced vulture

Encompassing nearly two million hectares and fourteen different ecosystems, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and a highlight of a South Africa vacation. The park is located in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa.

Although areas of Kruger (named for former South African Republic president Paul Kruger) have been protected since 1898, it officially became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. Today, Kruger is run by the South African National Parks (SANP) and is considered by many to be one of the best managed national parks in Africa.

When is the best time to go on a Kruger National Park Safari?

There is no bad time to go on a safari. Kruger Park has seasonal variations. In summer, there is both sun and rain and it is a time when baby animals are born. In the fall, the land becomes parched and the rutting season begins. In winter, a lack of water forces animals to head to the waterholes. Spring is the height of the dry period and when the rains begin. This is when game viewing is at its best.

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What to expect on a Kruger National Park Safari 

The main goals of Kruger National Park are wildlife conservation, education and tourism. To those on South Africa safaris, the park boasts “the Big Five”, the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros. The term “Big Five” was coined by big game hunters regarding the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Roughly 147 species of animals and 114 species of reptiles inhabit the park.There are cheetah, hyena, warthog, zebra, hippopotamus, crocodile, giraffe, wildebeest and many species of antelope to be seen. Also, over 500 species of birds exist in Kruger and, of this number, around 250 are annual residents of the park. 

Offering a true African safari experience, Kruger is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This project is a peace park that links Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and with Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Fences within the park are coming down, allowing game to roam freely in the way they did before the human intervention.

Accommodation and Safari Vehicles

Public

Kruger National Park basically consists of two areas. There is the more public eastern section which offers, for the most part, basic accommodation plus a range of hotels outside the perimeter of the park from which game drives can be taken. In the public domain, game viewing is restricted to staying on the roads in the park.

Private

The other area involves the more upscale and in many cases, luxurious accommodation in outstanding lodges domiciled in their own territories. Examples are the private game reserves of Sabi Sands, Klaserie, Timbavati and Kapamana reserves. Your choices here are upscale lodge accommodation or luxury tented camps of which some are ultra luxurious and others quite affordable. The lodges in these territories share their domain only with each other so the game drives can meander anywhere within this overall territory. On these private games reserves, safari vehicles are allowed to go off the road into the bush at any time, giving the visitor a much better game viewing experience.

Book your Kruger National Park South Africa safari today and you will be amazed when you experience the largest concentration of game species on earth, and one of the best developed infrastructures of all Africa's game parks!

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Kruger National Park

  • Savanna Private Game Reserve: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Savanna Private Game Reserve is an exclusive 5-star lodge situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve. It offers outstanding game viewing, personalised service and luxurious accommodation to a limited number of discerning guests.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,942
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Kapama Buffalo Camp: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Go on safari to an affordable and charming safari lodge in South Africa. Track down the Big Five alongside professional rangers before feeding elephants and dining on gourmet African cuisine beside a roaring fire at Kapama Buffalo Camp.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,873
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Adventures in Nature: Cape Town & Karongwe Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Venture through South Africa as a family to have unforgettable wildlife encounters. This family vacation takes you from Cape Town to Greater Kruger to see South Africa’s famous animals like lions and cheetahs, and incorporates kids programs for stress-free family travel.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,702
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cape Town and Safari Encompassed: Cape Town & Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Visit Cape Town and the Timbavati Game Reserve on this classic 8-day trip with a twist. In addition to visiting some of the most iconic sites in and around Cape Town, you'll also have not one but two opportunities to experience some hands-on cooking sessions. Next journey to Kambaku Safari Safari Lodge for your African Safari. Here you'll enjoy 2 daily game drives as you search out the Big 5 as well as the many other species that call this reserve home.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,933
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Private Experiences, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • A World in One Country: Kruger, Hluhluwe, Cape Town & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,156
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Single Friendly, Small Group Touring
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  • Thornybush Game Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Go on safari to a family-friendly game lodge in the heart of South Africa. Spend your days tracking lions and elephants across the African savannah before relaxing with a massage and enjoying a 3-course meal beneath the stars at Thornybush Game Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,562
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Nkomazi Private Game Reserve

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: An untamed South African adventure awaits you at Nkomazi Game Reserve. Staying at a luxury bush lodge surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys, and golden grasslands, you’ll head on game drives to see lions, elephants, and rhinos and experience the majesty of the African savannah.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,487
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Mala Mala Rattrays Camp: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Go on safari to the world’s premier game viewing destination. Venture out to the bush to view lions and rhinos in the company of your own private ranger before enjoying delicious African meals and exquisite lodgings along the Sand River at the Mala Mala Rattrays Game Lodge in South Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,206
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Hamilton's Tented Camp: Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tentend Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early 20th century.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,196
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Unparalleled and extraordinarily beautiful in its simplicity and texture is how Ivory Lodge has been described, and it has been recognized with various international awards. Experience the African Bushveld in lavish comfort and style.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,656
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Lion Sands Tinga Lodge: Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: With 5000 hectares of wild bush in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard. The Lodge style is grand and spacious with a feeling of historical opulence.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,422
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,788
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Arathusa Safari Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE; Arathusa is located within the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private reserve adjacent to the un-fenced Kruger National Park. It is perfect for the nature enthusiast who seeks an affordable intimate environment and warm hospitality on their African Safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,983
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Karongwe River Lodge: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Find your safari adventure in the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park. After returning from your game drives, enjoy the tranquil riverfront setting and tantalize your tastebuds with some delicious Pan African cuisine.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 978
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Winelands & Wildlife: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore vibrant Cape Town and see the sights of the Cape Peninsula. Visit picturesque Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands before a ‘Big 5’ encounter at Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,725
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Shiduli Private Game Lodge: Karongwe Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: In the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Shiduli Private Game Lodge is your ultimate safari escape.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 925
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Singita Ebony Game Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Escape to a beautiful game lodge in the midst of Greater Kruger National Park for a few days of morning and afternoon game drives. Search for lions, elephants, and leopards in the bush before retiring to your luxury game lodge to relax in the pool, chat around the boma, or view animals from your private deck.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,417
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Imbali Safari Lodge: Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Escape on safari to the world-famous savannah of Kruger National Park. Search for the Big Five on your guided safari before relaxing in your suite’s private plunge pool and enjoying gourmet cuisine beneath the stars at Imbali Safari Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,791
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain. Bush Lodge's charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalized attention.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,741
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Kambaku River Sands: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the beauty of the Timbavati Game Reserve on a safari stay at Kambaku River Sands in Greater Kruger National Park. Enjoy luxury accommodations on an open safari property and head on two daily game drives to search for the Big Five and enjoy the beauty of the bush.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,317
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Singita Lebombo Game Lodge: Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Enhance your African safari with four days at Singita Lebombo. Located on the edge of Kruger National Park, it provides comfortable accommodation at the point where two rivers meet, and sightings are plentiful.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,189
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Dulini Leadwood Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Escape on an adventurous honeymoon or unforgettable family vacation on this South African safari. Spend your days tracking wildlife through the bush, searching for the Big Five, before unwinding in the pool and enjoying gourmet African cuisine beneath the stars at the luxurious Dulini Leadwood Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,390
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: This luxury lodge, with fine dining, outstanding cuisine and extensive wine cellar, is situated on a Hilltop Sanctuary overlooking a natural waterhole. Accommodation is spacious and luxurious, every little detail has been looked after and you will feel pampered throughout your stay.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,035
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Sabi Sabi Earth Game Lodge

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge like no other. It has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,451
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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