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One of the oldest, largest, and most diverse parks in Africa, the Kruger National Park is the epitome of the safari experience in Africa.

The varying definitions of the Kruger can be confusing: the Kruger National Park is the bulk of the area, managed by South African National Parks (SANParks), while the Greater Kruger Park includes a significant swathe of land on the western flanks of the National Park comprised of private reserves but still given over to conservation and generally sharing unfenced borders with the National Park.

Wildlife of Kruger National Park

As far as the animals are concerned it is home to all the usual big game. In fact it is one of the few places in Africa where you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo). It also boasts a range of habitats with differing ecosystems, allowing you to explore unique combinations of flora.

Facts and figures

The facts and figures for the Kruger are worth repeating to reinforce why it is the flagship for conservation on the African continent: nearly 20,000 square kilometers of land home to 147 species of mammal, 507 species of birds and 336 species of tree across 16 distinct habitats.

Accommodation varies from simple rest camps run by SANParks to extremely luxurious private lodges where your every need is tended to. Prices also vary accordingly.

Kruger National Park Map

Northern Sector - Kruger National Park

The northern sector of the Kruger Park is regarded as the most rewarding by those who venture up there. In part, this is because of the real wilderness feel of the place, helped by the fact there are so few visitors.

Access does put many off, as it is a long drive up from Phalaborwa airport, or from the central sector of the park, especially given the speed limits when driving within the park.

As well as lots of plains, there are sandstone hills cut through with rivers and dotted with mopane and mahogany trees. The relatively open terrain makes this great countryside for large herds of game, including elephants.

It is in the north that you may be lucky enough to see rare antelope such as the Roan and Sable. The birding here is also reckoned to be the best in the park.

Although remote, the northern sector of the park really does merit the effort required to get here.

Southern Sector - Kruger National Park

The southern sector of the Kruger National Park is the most popular and has the greatest number of visitors. This is due to the fact that it is the most accessible sector and the park, and because the variety and quality of habitat makes for some of the best game viewing in the park.

The Sabie River is one of the defining features of this area of the park, and if you are lucky enough to spot a leopard whilst in the park, it is quite likely to be in this area.

Access to the southern sector can be by car, using one of the five gates (all of which are within easy striking range of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport), or by light aircraft into Skukuza airstrip.

Some of the biggest and best-equipped restcamps are to be found in the southern sector, along with several private, luxury, concessions.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Kruger National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kruger National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Kruger National Park

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Kruger National Park

    Accommodation choices for Kruger National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kruger National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Garonga Safari Camp, Greater Makalali Game Reserve

      Garonga Safari Camp

      First Class

      Garonga is the most relaxing and romantic lodge we feature. Within moments of arriving all your worries will have left you, and the unhurried pace of life in the camp will be hard to leave come the end of your stay.

    • Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Game Reserve

      Bateleur Safari Camp

      Medium

      An eco-friendly, no-frills camp located deep within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Bateleur Safari Camp offers a safari experience that combines bush walks and game drives.

    • Rockfig Safari Lodge

      RockFig Safari Lodge

      First Class

      Found in the heart of Timbavati Private Game Reserve, the intimate RockFig Safari Lodge has just six exclusive suites featuring thoughtful furnishings, a private veranda, and a bath with a view overlooking the bushveld below.

    • Chapungu Tented Bush Camp , Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

      First Class

      Providing an authentic safari experience reminiscent of a bygone era, Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is set in the heart of a private game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, allowing you to immerse yourself in the area’s superb scenery and wildlife.

    • Ngala Private Game Reserve - Tented Camp,Timbavati Private Game Reserve

      &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp

      First Class

      This is how safari should be done: under canvas in a remote and exclusive setting. Don't let the thought of nights under canvas put you off: the rooms are still superbly well appointed and comfortable.

    • Nthambo, The Klaserie Private Game Reserve

      nThambo

      Medium

      A handful of stilted chalets, nThambo Tree Camp is set at eye level with the surrounding trees. The camp offers an intimate safari experience and is located within the private Southern Klaserie game reserve, an unfenced extension of the Kruger.

    • Xanatseni Private Camp, The Klaserie Private Game Reserve

      Xanatseni Private Camp

      Medium

      Xanatseni means ‘place of the Mopane tree.’ It’s a tranquil, private camp nestled remotely in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve. The thatched, all-inclusive luxury camp provides total comfort while still retaining the charm and ambiance of the bush surrounding it.

    • Presidential suite, Shumbalala Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Shumbalala

      First Class

      Shumbalala is ideal for those seeking an exclusive luxury safari within the Thornybush Reserve. With a maximum of ten guests, your experience is certain to be very private.

    • Luxury suite, Thornybush Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Thornybush Game Lodge

      First Class

      Despite being a larger lodge, the quality of the rooms here, and levels of guiding and service are very high. The Audley team has thoroughly enjoyed staying here on their visits to Thornybush, and we highly recommend it.

    • Serondella Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Serondella Game Lodge

      First Class

      Serondella Lodge is nestled in the heart of Big Five country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, and includes a huge diversity of mammal and bird species.

    • Tent on the perimeter LST2U, Lower Sabie Restcamp, Southern Sector - Kruger National Park

      Lower Sabie Restcamp

      Simple

      Found in the banks of the Sabie River in southern Kruger, Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a wonderful place where accommodation is in lovely old en-suite thatched bungalows.

    • Imbali Safari Lodge, Southern Sector - Kruger National Park

      Imbali Safari Lodge

      First Class

      Set on their own private concession with in the Kruger National Park Imbali, Hoyo-Hoyo and Hamiltons have the best of both worlds.

    • Bungalow 3 bed BD3B, Satara Restcamp, Central Sector - Kruger National Park

      Satara

      Simple

      Found in the central section of Kruger, not far from the Orpen Gate is Satara Rest Camp; it has great game around. The camp also has all the amenities required including daily servicing of bungalows.

    • Arathusa Safari Lodge, lounge area

      Arathusa Safari Lodge

      Medium

      Situated in the popular Sabi Sands area of the Greater Kruger National Park, Arathusa offers an intimate safari experience, excellent value for money and a chance to spot the Big Five.

    • Main Area, Savanna Private Game Reserve,The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Savanna Private Game Reserve

      Deluxe

      This characterful lodge is situated within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and provides comfortable accommodation to return to after game drives out in the bush, where the Big Five can often be spotted. Staff here are very friendly and help to create a relaxed atmosphere.

    • Dulini Safari Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Dulini Safari Lodge

      Deluxe

      Set on the banks of the Mabrak River, under ebony and leadwood trees, Dulini Safari Lodge offers an sophisticated stay in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Guests travel to the lodge for the opportunity to see the Big Five, and treated to a luxurious, discerning stay.

    • Simbambili Game Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Simbambili

      Deluxe

      Simbambili Game Lodge is renowned for copious leopard sightings as well as an abundance of other animals and scenic views. It isn’t unusual to spot the Big Five during a stay here.

    • Elephant Plains Main Lodge

      Elephant Plains Game Lodge

      Medium

      This owner-run lodge offers excellent Big Five game viewing, luxe accommodation and sumptuous international fusion cuisine with a proudly South African feel. The lodge is an excellent option for those looking for an authentic safari experience.

    • Notten's Bush Camp, dining area

      Notten's Bush Camp

      First Class

      Set within Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Notten’s Bush Camp is a characterful base from which to explore the reserve’s wildlife. Owned and managed by the same family for four generations, the friendly, personal service makes you feel as though you’re staying at a friend’s home.

    • Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, lodge lounge area

      Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

      First Class

      An intimate destination (perched on a small kopje in the western sector of Sabi Sands), Leopard Hills will cater for an exquisite stay in the African bush.

    • Sabi Sabi - Little Bush Camp, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Little Bush Camp

      Deluxe

      Little Bush Camp is a warm and cozy, contemporary African retreat in the heart of the bush. With just six suites, the lodge is very exclusive and private, boasting all the features of an exceptional bush lodge.

    • Sabi Sabi - Selati Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Sabi Sabi Selati Lodge

      Deluxe

      Selati Lodge has all the atmosphere and trimmings of 'Yesterday'. The lodge's name commemorates the Selati railway line that used to run from the Transvaal to Mozambique, close to the site of the lodge.

    • Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

      Deluxe

      The lodge has eight luxurious suites which are stylish and individually decorated to the very highest standard. The game viewing here is truly second to none.

    • Lion Sands Private Game Reserve - Ivory Lodge

      Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

      Opulent

      Ivory Lodge offers an extremely luxurious and very private safari experience and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a very exclusive safari experience.

    • Exeter Private Game Reserve - Kirkman's Kamp, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Exeter Private Game Reserve - Kirkman's Kamp

      First Class

      Kirkman's Camp, with its spectacular views of the unspoilt wilderness and the Sand River, is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

    • Dulini Leadwood Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Dulini Leadwood Lodge

      Deluxe

      Dulini Leadwood Lodge offers the perfect package for guests wanting to relax in privacy and luxury with a very exclusive safari experience.

    • Luxury villa, Sabi Sabi - Bush Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

      First Class

      Bush Lodge enjoys a stunning location and the discreet placing of the suites gives an intimacy and exclusivity that belies the relatively large number of suites.

    • Dulini River Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Dulini River Lodge

      Deluxe

      Overlooking the Sand River, Dulini River Lodge offers a luxury stay in the Sabi Sands region of the Greater Kruger.

    • Sabi Sabi - Earth Lodge, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

      Opulent

      Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is built in complete harmony with its surroundings, each enormous suite is sculpted into the earth, with rough mud walls reminding you that you are in wild Africa.

    • Sabi Sabi - Little Bush Camp, The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

      Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

      Deluxe

      With just six suites, the lodge is very exclusive and private, boasting all the features of an exceptional bush lodge - beautiful setting, excellent cuisine and abundant wildlife.