South Africa‘s Kruger Lowveld region is a massive expanse of terrains and habitat types that is home to a diversity of species that are renowned the world over. The region consists of the legendary Kruger National Park, as well as a host of smaller reserves and conservancies. It houses lodges and camps across all budget types, offering an array of accommodation options and safari activities. This is one of the best places in Africa to see the famous Big 5; birds, trees, reptiles and other wildlife species are also found in abundance. The Kruger is a must for any lover of nature and wildlife.
This page provides brief reviews on some of the Greater Kruger‘s reserves and conservancies, as well as some of the best lodges and camps found in the region. Each park, reserve and conservancy in the region offers guests different accommodation and activity options. Click the links for more detailed information on each reserve, including species lists, maps, geographical information, accommodation in the park, and more. Click the lodge links for more information on the facilities, activities, and other services offered by each establishment.
The Kruger National Park is one of South Africa‘s national treasures, and a must for any wildlife or nature enthusiast. The Kruger truly embodies the essence of Africa’s wilderness. This iconic park is larger than the country of Wales, and is one of the most abundant and diverse regions on earth. It boasts over 507 bird species, 114 reptiles species, 336 tree species, and 147 mammal species- including the world-renowned Big 5. A range of accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets is found in the park. An excellent road network allows for thrilling self-drive safaris; skilled guides are also available at many of the lodges.
The renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve is home to several world-class, award-winning lodges, and is also one of the best places in the world to see leopards in their natural habitat. The reserve hosts an abundance of wild species, and the Big 5 viewing is excellent. Safaris are led by experienced guides, and the exclusive nature of the reserve and lodges allows for an intimate experience. Bird safaris and walking safaris are wonderful optional activities that complete the experience.
The Klaserie Private Game Reserve shares an open border with the Kruger National Park, but is less crowded and more exclusive than the national park. The Klaserie River, which flows through the reserve, is a magnet for a range of wildife species. A handful of intimate lodges allow for a peaceful retreat in the heart of this African wilderness. The reserve is dotted with its signature leadwood and marula trees, and is also home to 264 bird species. Lucky guests may even, if luck is on their side, spot a rare white lion.
Mala Mala Game Reserve is located next to the famous Kruger National Park, and also shares an open border with the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The reserve is renowned for its excellent game sightings, with the rare leopard being seen almost every day. Skilled guides lead guests on safari adventures, and are not afraid to venture off the tracks in order to catch a glimpse of the reserve’s abundant wild species. The reserve consists of a number of different habitat types, and is also a haven for bird-lovers, with over 300 species recorded.
Makalali Conservancy is found in the game-rich lowveld region of South Africa. It is home to all of Africa’s famous Big 5, as well as many other wild species, including cheetah. Several natural wonders are found close to the reserve, including the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest and God’s Window. The reserve consists of savannah grassland, dry riverbeds, and rocky outcrops, and is set against the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.
Kapama Game Reserve is a private reserve in the Kruger Lowveld region, and is a haven for bird and wild game species. All of the Big 5 are found here, and there are often sightings of giraffe, impala and antelope. Leopards can often be seen on the banks of the Klaserie River, and there are over 250 bird species to be seen in the summer months. A unique feature of the reserve is the Romance Platform, an elevated wooden platform on which couples can spend the night under the stars, enjoying champagne, beautiful views, and the splendour of the African wilderness.
Thornybush Game Reserve is made up of woodland and savannah wilderness, complemented by extensive vistas of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains. Visitors to the reserve will embark on thrilling guided safaris in open vehicles in search of Africa’s famous Big 5, as well as numerous other wild game species, and over 250 bird species. Bush walks are also available in the reserve, and are a unique and exciting way to get up close to the wilderness and encounter species that may be missed on game drives.
Manyeleti Game Reserve is found between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati Reserves, and opens onto the legendary Kruger National Park. Manyeleti is home to all of the Big 5, as well as an array of other wild species and predators. There is a large lake in the centre of the reserve, which draws high numbers of birds, crocodiles and hippos. Guests can choose to stay at one of three luxury lodges in the reserve, or other, more affordable self-catering camps, which also offer catered options.
Timbavati Game Reserve consists of open woodland and mopane tree belts, and is rich in game species and biodiversity. The Big 5 are all all found here, with elephant and buffalo herds seen often. The rare and unique white lion is also found in this reserve; it has been the subject of several books and documentaries. Both luxury lodges and more affordable self-catering camps are available in the reserve, and guests can expect an intimate, less crowded experience than other parks and reserves in the area.
Nkomazi Game Reserve is made up of a range of terrains and habitat types, including open grassland, a riverine ecosystem, and mountains. This allows for a rich diversity of game species. All of the Big 5 are found in the reserve; cheetah, jackal, wildebeest and Samango Monkey are also among the many other species found here. The reserve was also home to the traditional Sotho and San tribes in the past; there are therefore several archaeological and cultural sites for guests to visit.
Limpopo National Park is a new extension of the famous Kruger National Park, found on the Mozambique side of the border. The park is made up of Mopane veld and is dotted with ancient baobab trees. Here, visitors will find the magnificent Big 5, a variety of other wildlife species, and an abundance of birdlife. Guests can also choose to explore the park via canoe, 4×4, and on foot. Several small, self-catering camps provide accommodation; there is also a luxury camp in the park. Rural African villages within the park boundaries allow visitors an authentic feel of wild Africa.
Balule Private Nature Reserve is found in South Africa‘s game-rich lowveld region, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Here, Africa’s wild species roam the grasslands and savannah plains. These species include the famous Big 5, as well an abundance of bird, tree and reptile species. This private reserve houses only a handful of lodges, and is perfect for those who prefer to get away from the crowds. The reserve’s excellent road network and experienced guides allow guests to experience intimate encounters with its wildlife species.
Pafuri Camp is located on the banks of the Luvhuvu River in the north of the Kruger National Park. This luxurious camp offers classic tented safari accommodation in the heart of one of the greatest wilderness sanctuaries in the world. The camp is made up of 19 tented suites, seven of which are suitable for families. The tents have en-suite bathroom facilities, and provide wonderful views of the river. Activities include classic game drives, guided walks, special birding drives, and historical or archaeological tours. Enjoy delicious meals on the outdoor deck, and cool off after a day of game viewing in the lodge’s pool.
Africa on Foot is a classic safari bush camp, located in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve. This private reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park itself, allowing for greater numbers of wildlife to roam freely between the parks. The camp provides rustic yet comfortable accommodation in traditional round “rondavel” chalets, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and mosquito nets on the beds. The camp is solar-powered and the water is gas-heated, making it more environmentally friendly. An exciting combination of walking and game drive safaris is offered, with evenings spent around the campfire under the stars. Adventurous guests can spend a day or even overnight in the elegant elevated treehouse that is located near to the camp.
Singita Lebombo Lodge is an ultra-luxury 5-star lodge, located in a private concession within the Kruger National Park. This unique lodge is designed to have a modern, urban aesthetic, combined with natural materials. Each glass-walled suite is set in a stony ridge at a random point, providing beautiful views of the valley below. The suites boast all the comforts of modern living, including WiFi, air-conditioning, and indoor and outdoor showers. There are also unique second beds situated on the decks outside, perfect for those looking for a more adventurous experience. The lodge’s facilities include a spa, gym and swimming pool, while a personal butler will attend to your every need.
Nottens Bush Camp is located in the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a region that neighbours the Kruger National Park and is abundant with wildlife. This small, charming camp is set around lush green gardens, with each of the eight comfortable cottages featuring en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and private outdoor decks. This family-run camp exudes a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Facilities include a pool, spa, and wine cellar. Game drives and guided walks allow you to encounter the region’s wildlife, which includes the Big 5.
Jock Safari Lodge is located in a private concession in the Kruger National Park, providing its guests with exclusive access to one of the best game-viewing areas of the park. Designed to reflect a colonial past as well as local cultures, the lodge feature 12 spectacular suites, each air-conditioned and featuring luxuries such as private pools, outdoor showers, and outdoor lounges. The lodge itself has a swimming pool, gym, spa, and wine cellar, and offers a range of activities. These include game drives, guided walks, historical and archaeological tours, and junior ranger training for kids on safari. The nearby 3-room lodge, Fitzpatrick’s at Jock, is perfect for families or small groups.
Rhino Walking Safaris Plains Camp is a small and intimate camp found in the central Kruger National Park. This luxurious camp is made up of just 4 colonial-style safari tents, each with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp’s lounge and dining areas, as well as the swimming pool, provide views of the surrounding bushveld, in which the wildlife is plentiful. Walking safaris are the main activity, a thrilling experience which allows guests to encounter the bush first-hand.
Tanda Tula Safari Camp is a classic tented safari camp, situated in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, a Big 5 reserve that has the advantage of being much less crowded than some of the other Kruger reserves and conservancies. The reserve is also home to several rare white lions. Tanda Tula Safari Camp is made up of 12 tented suites, each featuring outdoor decks with stunning views, en-suite bathrooms, Victorian bathtubs, and outdoor showers. Guests can spend time relaxing between safari activities at the pool, which overlooks a waterhole. Safari activities include game drives, guided walks, and dining out in the bush.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands is located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a renowned reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This luxurious lodge feature 12 suites, each air-conditioned and featuring en-suite bathroom facilities. The lodge itself features a bar, boma, spa, and two swimming pools, providing ample opportunities for guests to relax and unwind. The lodge is family-friendly, offering special activities and facilities for children. The separate luxury villas and presidential suites have private pools. Game drives, guided walks, and night drives afford the opportunity to encounter the plentiful Sabi wildlife.
Perched on a hill overlooking the Luvhuvu River, The Outpost Lodge provides luxury in the wilderness. This spectacular lodge is found in the Pafuri region in the north of the Kruger National Park, a region abundant in wildlife and home to many less common species that are not always found in other regions of the park. The lodge consists of 12 luxury suites, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and decks with day beds and stunning river views. The main lodge consists of a central bar area, leading onto a luxurious swimming pool. Activities include game drives and guided walks.
The Kruger Wilderness Walking Trails bring guests into close contact with Africa’s wilderness. Traversing through the bush on foot adds an extra dimension to your safari experience: you are able to hear, see, smell, touch and even taste your surroundings. This is an experience that you cannot expect on a safari vehicle. The Kruger Walking safaris are led by experienced guides and last a few days. Guests stay in rustic yet comfortable accommodation. For a true, authentic wilderness experience, there is no better option than a walking safari.
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