Kruger National Park

South Africa’s largest reserve, the Kruger National Park spans nearly two million hectares (roughly the size of Israel or Wales!). To the west of the park lies the Sabi Sands and other privately owned Kruger reserves, while within the park are exclusive-use areas such as the Singita concession.

The Kruger Park is home to a staggering diversity of animals, and is one of the best places in Africa to see the Big 5 including the normally elusive leopard. Our favourite luxury lodges lie in the private reserves and concessions, which allow off-road driving so your ranger can get you up close to Kruger’s formidable prides and herds.

Getting there is easy as regular flights connect Kruger to Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Mozambique coast. Several lodges also have their own airstrips.

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Highlights in Kruger National Park

  • South Africa’s biggest and best known wildlife park
  • Excellent chance of seeing Africa’s Big 5
  • Wide selection of lodges and luxury camps
  • Private reserves and concessions allow off-road driving
  • Bird watchers’ paradise with around 500 species recorded

Featured Accommodation

Singita Ebony Lodge

The original Singita lodge, Ebony stands in a prime position amongst enormous ebony trees on the bank of the Sand River. Completely redesigned in 2015, the new Singita Ebony offers a contemporary take on the classic safari lodge. The 12 luxurious suites have been opened up to maximise space and…

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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa is an affordable luxury lodge with a prime position in the Sabi Sands. Twice-daily game drives hold the promise of up-close Big 5 sightings, while the lodge itself overlooks a large waterhole which serves as a hippo hangout, and attracts herds of elephant and other wildlife. Staying at Arathusa…

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Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Rock Lodge has 10 individually designed rooms and suites perched high on a “koppie” (rocky hill) with the best views in the Sabi Sands! Add to that the thrilling game viewing, wining and dining, and star gazing at the Bush Observatory – and you have a…

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Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita Lebmbo has loft-style suites, suspended above a river in an exclusive concession of the Kruger Park. The suites have an understated elegance, and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can lie in bed and take in the views. For added privacy, Lebombo also has an exquisite 4-bedroom villa set apart from…

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Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge blends into its wild environment on the boulder-strewn bank of the Sand River. Built of natural stone, the 12 thatched suites each have a glass front wall and sweeping deck that connect their luxurious interiors to the raw African beauty outside. Known as ‘the best place in…

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Savanna Private Game Reserve

An exclusive 5-star lodge, Savanna is situated in the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. Savanna lies in an area where Big Five sightings are so frequent; It’s common to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive.

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Londolozi Tree Camp

The first game reserve to be given Relais & Châteaux status, Londolozi continues to lead the way in luxury African safaris. Tree Camp’s 6 private suites are raised on stilts on the tree-lined bank of the Sand River, in the Sabi Sands. Game viewing is exceptional with Londolozi being famous…

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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

A magical destination, Tinga Lodge in the Lion Sands Game Reserve offers luxurious suites on the banks of the Sabie River. It is not uncommon to spot elephants from the suite’s private decks. Expect exhilarating Big 5 game drives and bush walks, a range of on-site offerings including a spa,…

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Step into an architectural wonder when you enter one of the clean-lined villas at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. Set within the exclusive Lions Sands Private Game Reserve, this award-winning luxury lodge delivers a truly personalised safari with superb big game viewing! The ultimate bush retreat.

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Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge has a peaceful riverine setting in a game-rich private reserve in the Sabi Sands. This small luxury lodge has six exquisite stone cottages each with plenty of indoor space, and French doors leading onto a private deck with your own heated plunge pool. The main lodge has a…

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Dulini Leadwood Lodge

Dulini River Lodge is set overlooking the Sand River in the extensive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, one of the finest safari destinations in Africa. Expect incredible food, personalised game drives and bush walks, private plunge pools and stellar experience. Owner-run and managed, this small luxury lodge is an excellent…

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Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Safari Lodge is on the edge of a dry riverbed in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking a nearby dam while other rooms have their own private plunge pools. All rooms afford amazing views of the scenic surrounding landscape…

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