Best Places To Stay In The Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is considered to be the rough diamond of South African safaris. Although the private reserves help to make up the area called The Greater Kruger, they are an entirely different entity than the National Park. The private reserves offer lodges that are extremely luxurious and are seen as some of the best in the business.
The Kruger is as large s Israel, meaning that no matter how often you visit, there will always be more flora and fauna to discover. The parks landscape varies dramatically over its 20,000 square kilometres, ranging from open plains to thick mopane forests. Its variety makes it the perfect habitat for an abundance of wildlife.
For those who like private and secluded safari experiences then the National Park is not the option for you. The park is open to self-drivers and does at times become crowded at animal sightings, but if you can put up with the crowds, then you will ultimately benefit from the affordable accommodation costs. The lodges in Kruger vary from simple and rustic rondavels and safari style tents to more luxurious bungalows. There is the option for self-catering facilities or to dine in one of the rest camps' restaurants. It is an exceptional place which caters for everyone's budgets.
If privacy, intimacy and high quality food and accommodation are more your thing, then we would recommend staying in the private reserves of the Greater Kruger which includes the Sabi Sands and the Timbavati areas. These reserves have no fences into the National Park so whilst these private reserves do not allow day visitors, the animals can roam freely in-between. Only guests staying at the lodges are allowed onto the properties and no self-driving is allowed for game drives. The lodge's own guides will take you into the heart of the reserve, either by vehicle or on foot, to help to find all creatures, great or small. The result is a far more relaxed, intimate and personal experience at the lodge and at animal sightings.
We have listed a number of our favourite lodge's in the Greater Kruger Area below: