Kruger, Sabi Sands & Surrounds

World-famous Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest and most renowned game reserves, spanning some 4.8 million acres and sheltering more species of large mammals than any other sanctuary on the African continent.

No trip to South Africa is complete without a safari to uncover the wildlife of this extraordinarily diverse ecosystem. Whilst the park itself is amazing, the most exclusive gameviewing opportunities can be found in private game reserves adjacent to Kruger.

The private reserves we offer such as the leopard-rich Sabi Sands share unfenced boundaries with Kruger, allowing game to move across the landscape freely. Lodges on these reserves often have sole access to various sectors or share traversing rights with just one or two other properties, ensuring there is never a “queue to view”.

Another key feature of private reserves is that they often allow guests to participate in activities not permitted within national parks such as guided walks, off-road driving and night-time game drives – all things well worth doing whilst on safari. The lodges we feature in this region have been chosen for their high standards of accommodation, fantastic locations and their exceptional standards of guiding. Many also have private airstrips, so you can spend less time travelling and more hours in the wilderness.


Kruger, Sabi Sands & Surrounds Highlights

  • One of Africa’s most famous game reserves
  • Home to countless species including all of the ‘Big 5’, wild dog and cheetah
  • Bordered by a number of outstanding private reserves
  • Which offer exclusive gameviewing
  • With options such as guided walks, off-road driving and night safaris

When To Go

From late autumn to early spring (May-Sep), dry conditions thin out vegetation and shrink water sources, making gameviewing easy as animals congregate in places where food and water remain available. Whilst there may be rain from Oct-Apr, the landscape is at its lushest, birdlife is richest and there are plenty of baby animals to be seen during these months.

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Kruger, Sabi Sands & Surrounds Accommodation

World-famous Kruger National Park is home to a mind-boggling array of game but where should you stay? We’ve featured here a range of premium safari lodges and camps selected not only for exclusivity of gameviewing experience but for their unrivalled standards of guiding. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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Featured Private South Africa Sample Itineraries

The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin customising your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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