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Kruger National Park Safari, Vacations & Wildlife Experiences


  • 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

  • Kapama Buffalo Camp

    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
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    US$ 1,922
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  • Kapama River Lodge

    Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama River Lodge features 40 spacious air-conditioned suites, 20 Spa suites, and 2 Royal Suites.
    Duration:
    4 Days
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    US$ 1,233
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  • Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

    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$ 4,536
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

    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$ 5,075
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Lion Sands Narina Lodge

    You will be surprised at how a visit to Lion Sands Narina Lodge can completely restore ones energy. When you’re right on the Sabie River, watching the animals, surrounded by bush and sky, you really feel like you’ve escaped from the world.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,906
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  • Lion Sands River Lodge

    Lion Sands River Lodge offers you one of the warmest welcomes you could hope to encounter on your travels and you will be pampered from the moment you arrive. Where the quiet luxury of the rooms provides a place of repose after a day of overwhelming and enriching adventure.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,759
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  • Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

    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$ 2,906
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Mala Mala and Mashatu Escape

    Experience two of Southern Africa's most exclusive game reserves as you explore diverse landscapes and wildlife. This 8 day, deluxe safari delivers comfort while keeping the focus on the wildlife in Botswana and South Africa.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 13,075
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Mala Mala Main Camp Game Lodge

    Mala Mala Main Camp captures beauty in simplicity to create an extraordinary game lodge experience.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,337
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Nkomazi Game Reserve

    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$ 1,371
    Trip Type:
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  • Pafuri Camp

    Experience the beauty of Northern Kruger. Spot lions, elephants, and cheetahs in the wild while staying at 4-star Pafuri Camp, a first-class accommodation on the banks of the Luvuvhu River. Head on daily game drives and enjoy the unmatched natural atmosphere of a South African safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,779
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Rovos Rail Safari: Pretoria to Pretoria

    Play at the world-renowned Leopard Creek golf course, plus superb courses in Swaziland, Durban, the Drakensburg and Sun City. Enjoy game viewing in Kruger Park, Mkhaya and Hluhluwe Reserves.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,609
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or v.v.)

    This journey takes guests from Pretoria westward to Botswana before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and on to the mighty Victoria Falls. This tour also operates in reverse.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,074
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Sabi Sabi Bush Game Lodge

    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$ 3,166
    Trip Type:
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  • Sabi Sabi Earth Game Lodge

    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$ 5,291
    Trip Type:
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  • Sabi Sabi Little Bush Game Lodge

    Hidden in the shade of indigenous riverine trees, on the banks of the Msulthlu River, lies Little Bush Camp, the smallest and most secluded of Sabi Sabi’s 5-star lodges. The lodge offers six stunning suites, featuring private decks overlooking the riverbed and surrounding natural bush.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,339
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Sabi Sabi Selati

    Imagine the Africa of the great safari era, when blazing sunsets melted into lantern lit romance and service was an effortless whisper. This is the Africa you will experience at Sabi Sabi's Selati Camp, an award winning luxury game lodge in South Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,717
    Trip Type:
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  • Savanna in Style

    One of the most beautiful nations on Earth, South Africa boasts the spectacular Cape region, some of the world’s finest wines and unparalleled game watching in its national parks.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,743
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond
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  • Savanna Private Game Reserve

    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$ 2,616
    Trip Type:
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  • Scenery, Culture & Game

    This South Africa safari has fewer inclusions, but maximises comfort and flexibility as you explore this beautiful country. Touch down in Johannesburg, then get out into the open to see South Africa at its finest.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,452
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Shongololo Good Hope

    This comprehensive train itinerary of South Africa covers many of the country’s highlights while catering to golfers who can play on some of the top golf courses here. The train departs from Cape Town and finishes in Pretoria with many memorable stops in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,764
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Singita Boulders Lodge

    Boulders Lodge, located on the banks of the Sand River is equal parts luxury with a contemporary African-style. It provides an atmosphere of tranquil elegance and sophistication.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,840
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Singita Ebony Game Lodge

    Located on the banks of the Sand River within the Sabi Sand Reserve, Ebony Lodge features lounge and timber-deck dining areas, bar area and open boma, gymnasium, health spa and wine cellar.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,861
    Trip Type:
    Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris Worldwide
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  • Singita Lebombo Game Lodge

    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$ 7,344
    Trip Type:
    Safaris Worldwide
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  • Singita Sweni Game Lodge

    Enhance your African safari with four days at Singita Sweni. Located in Kruger National Park, it provides comfortable accommodation in a private reserve where animal sightings are plentiful.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,344
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    Safaris Worldwide
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