A safari is usually a crucial part of any trip to South Africa, and there is no better safari destination than the Kruger National Park. Or one of its adjacent private game reserves. Words cannot describe the thrill of tracking a leopard on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole.
The Greater Kruger Park is the safari destination for many of our guests, given the unsurpassed concentration and diversity of wildlife on offer. It consists of the vast Kruger National Park. As well as the Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Thornybush private game reserves amongst others. Some of these game reserves share an open border with the Kruger Park. So animals move freely between watering holes. These private game reserves in turn comprise of a number of game lodges who co-operate together to conserve their valuable heritage.
Why Visit the Kruger Park or the private reserves?
- Excellent game-viewing
- Choice of private game reserves and Kruger concessions
- Option to sleep out in a treehouse in the bush
- Walking safaris in the Kruger Park
- Explore the Blyde River area after your safari
- Hot Air Ballooning over the bush
Planning your Kruger Park safari
We arrange mostly tailormade luxury safaris to the Kruger Park so contact us for a quote. We recommend spending at least three nights on your Kruger Park safari, preferably more. Many of our guests like to combine two safari areas to see different habitat and thus different wildlife. You can combine the Sabi Sand Game Reserve with the Timbavati or with one of the private concessions in the Kruger National Park. Or you can mix a Kruger Park safari with a completely different safari destination such as Madikwe Game Reserve, northern KwaZulu Natal or Botswana.
How to get to the Kruger Park
The Kruger National Park is accessible via direct flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. From there you take a road transfer or short charter flight to your safari lodge. From Cape Town and Johannesberg you can also fly to Skukuza or Hoedspruit airports which are closer to the private game lodges.
You also have the option to fly in directly to many private game lodges on a scheduled charter flight from Johannesburg. Very convenient but more expensive. Finally there is a charter flight which connects the Kruger with Livingstone. Perfect for a visit to the Victoria Falls.
Another option would be to drive to the Kruger area from Johannesburg but it takes 6+ hours. Rather we recommend spending a night or two en route in the beautiful Blyde River Canyon area (3-4 hours from Johannesburg).