Popular tours and itineraries including Kruger

Greater Kruger National Park

About

The Kruger National Park and its unfenced borders with Africa's finest game reserves is undoubtedly one of Mpumalanga's greatest highlight. Roughly the size of Wales, this is one of the easiest places to spot the 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The safari experience is perfected in The Kruger by sophisticated luxurious lodges offering the ultimate in luxury bush hideaways. To the north, the private reserves of Timbavati offer a completely different landscape to the popular Sabi Sands area in the south. Don't overlook Mpumalanga's other great sights: the spectacular Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Highlights

Rangers and trackers stay in radio contact to maximise their guests’ chances of sighting the Big Five – along with cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and many others.  Most lodges follow a fairly standard but laid-back daily routine, with early-morning and sunset game drives, a guided late-morning walk, lazy afternoons, delicious dinners at the lodge or sometimes in the middle of the bush, weather and predator permitting. 

Getting There

There are three main airports: Hoedspruit, Nelspruit (aka Kruger Mpumalanga International) and smaller Skukuza.  Regular flights take just over an hour from Johannesburg; the one daily from Cape Town is about 2.5 hours.  Transfers to the lodges can be arranged.  Private charters from Johannesburg are also possible, taking you directly onto the reserves’ landing strips.  Alternatively, the drive from Johannesburg takes about six hours, passing gorges and waterfalls along decent roads.  Mpumalanga, with stellar attractions like Blyde River Canyon, is well worth a stop-off.

Best Time To Visit

While game viewing is sensational year-round, summer’s dense green bush allows animals to hide more easily, and abundant water means they don’t need to head to rivers as often – making spotting them trickier than during dry winter (June-September) months.  Daytime temperatures in winter average 22°C, but it can get quite chilly in mornings and evenings.  Less so in summer, when the average is nearer 30°C.

 

We offer tailor-made holidays including ground transport for transfers, tours and multi centre trips.
Breathtaking bush dining

&Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 1,495 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

21 classic Colonial safari cottages overlook a private waterhole in the Timbavati Game Reserve.

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,063 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).
Includes offer: Stay 4 nights Pay for 3 in Suite, 16 Jan 17 - 14 Dec 17 (Special offers are subject to exact travel dates).

Luxury Game Lodge with 6 beautifully appointed suites and a private residence overlooking Sabi Sand’s largest waterhole.

River setting

Dulini Leadwood Lodge

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 2,704 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A delightfully intimate thatched lodge with only 4 suites all with private pools and views of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Dulini lodge

Dulini Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 3,614 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Located in the Sabi Sand Reserve this exquisite destination offers an intimate but exhilarating taste of the wild with a five-star touch.

Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga Safari Camp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 1,219 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

An exclusive bush retreat offering luxury tented accommodation in the Makalali Game Reserve, just outside the Kruger Park.

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 1,642 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

An acclaimed benchmark for exclusive safari experiences, romantic seclusion and gastronomy.

Dining on the lawn

Kirkmans Kamp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,422 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A luxurious colonial game reserve with 18 individual cottages in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Resrve.

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 5,635 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Six ultra luxurious suites with private plunge pools make this a true safari paradise.

Narina Lodge

Lions Sands Narina Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 3,193 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Nestled in a canopy of ancient trees and overlooking the Sabi River, this chic 9 suite Kruger Park offers a very special safari experience. 

Lions Sands River Lodge

Lions Sands River Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,655 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A beautiful thatched lodge with 20 suites overlooking the river, in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

tinga Lodge

Lions Sands Tinga Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 3,193 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

An intimate 9 suite lodge along the Sabi River in the Kruger National Park.

Mala Mala Private Game Reserve

Mala Mala Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge
2 nights from £ 1,194 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

One of the most established lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, nestled amongst shady trees and over looking the Sand River.

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 996 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A family-run jewel in the Timbavati crown, sleeping a maximum of 30 guests.

Nottens Bush Camp

Nottens Bush Camp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 1,407 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Set next to a waterhole in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this is one of Kruger National Park’s best-value traditional lodges.

Rhino Post Plains Camp

Rhino Post Plains Camp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 968 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).
Includes offer: Stay 4 nights Pay for 3 in Tent, 1 May 17 - 30 Jun 17 (Special offers are subject to exact travel dates).

A wonderfully rustic, luxury tented camp that specialises in walking safaris.

 

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 876 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).
Includes offer: Stay 4 nights Pay for 3 in Luxury Bush Suite, 1 May 17 - 30 Jun 17 (Special offers are subject to exact travel dates).

A small and sophisticated lodge overlooking a river, in an area that is particularly rich in game.

Private pool

River Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,966 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A perfect combination of luxury accommodation and five star hospitality in the superbly well-positioned Sabi Sand reserve.

Royal Malewane bedouin dinner

Royal Malewane

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 6,149 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Experience 5 star luxury, sublime meals and extraordinary game viewing at this romantic African lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,342 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

One of the longest standing camps in the Sabi Sand Reserve, Bush Lodge’s 25 family friendly suites offer an oasis of refinement in the untamed African bush veld. 

 

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 4,355 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Earth Lodge is sculptured into the earth and is inspired by the natural colours and textures of the surrounding  area, making it almost invisible in the landscape.  

Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,773 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A delightfully intimate hideaway on the banks of a river, in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,375 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

An award winning colonial style luxury game lodge with a historic railway theme.

main lodge entrance

Savanna Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,461 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Located in the Sabi Sand Reserve, this intimate 8-suite tented camp offers views over the indigenous gardens to the floodlit waterhole.

lounge with stunning views

Shumbalala Game Lodge

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 1,617 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A small, luxurious lodge with striking African decor and exceptional game viewing in the heart of the Thornybush Nature Reserve. 

sundowners by the pool on the deck

Simbambili Game Lodge

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 1,787 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A 9 -suite intimate game lodge with private plunge pools in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Sundowners on the deck overlooking the riverbed

Tanda Tula

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,525 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A unique, intimate 12 tented safari lodge with outstanding game and all the luxury trimmings.

Lodge entrance

Thornybush Game Lodge

Game Lodge
4 nights from £ 2,093 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

20 traditional wood and stone lodge with elevated views over the Thornybush Nature Reserve with two family suites with private decks and plunge pools.

Refreshing swimming pool overlooking the bush

Thornybush The River Lodge

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 2,218 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

An intimate and attentive 4 suite lodge within the Thornybush Nature Reserve.

Spectacular setting overlooking the waterhole

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Game Lodge
3 nights from £ 1,130 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Full-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Thornybush Waterside Lodge has 20 individual suites and is postitioned on a large natural waterhole, in the heart of the Thornybush Nature Reserve.

Umsisi House

Umsisi House

Private Residence
4 nights from £ 1,674 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast and dinner as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A Gourmet Getaway in a country house set in a lush grounds, perfect for families wanting to explore the Kruger National Park, The Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon.

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