Kruger National Park, South Africa

As famous as Tanzania’s Serengeti and Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s finest game reserve, with outstanding game viewing and plenty of big five.  The Kruger’s fame however has come with a price; the sheer volume of tourists means this is one of the continent's most visited parks. There are quieter areas: the Sabi Sands in particular where both the game viewing and the quality of accommodation are world class.  However, safari purists will object to the fenced boundaries here and will prefer to look elsewhere.  
Safari in the Kruger certainly splits opinion. The big five game viewing is arguably the best in Africa, but the easy access from Johannesburg (and resulting crowds) and the fact that a network of tarmac roads covers much of the park, mean that this undeniably excellent game viewing is tempered by a lack of the true wilderness that we believe Africa is really all about. 

However, the Kruger is perfect if you want to guarantee viewing lots of big game within a limited period of time. There are a huge number of accommodation options here from bigger hotels to smaller and more intimate classic safari lodges. 

The major advantage of safari in South Africa is the very high quality of the accommodation on offer; some of the continent's most luxurious lodges are to be found here. 

Although the Kruger is a fantastic park, it pales in comparison to the adjacent private Sabi Sands reserve. Sabi Sands benefits from the exceptional Kruger wildlife, but outside of the main self-drive route and tarmac roads which make way for tourism, ultimately taking away that wild quality which most seek on an African safari.

Going to Sabi Sands really is our recommendation here, but we would recommend calling us up and explaining your criteria so we can point you in the direction which is suited specifically to you.

Where to stay in the Kruger National Park? 

The most luxurious option in the Kruger (and outside Sabi Sands) is the Singita properties, Singita Sweni and Singita Lebombo. These are set to the east of the Kruger, in an untouched section of the park. Its luxury can be cited in its location, but also in the luxurious nature of Singita properties which are of a similar world-class standard throughout the continent. Ngala is also an exceptionally luxurious lodge. There are a lot of options and too many to mention - but in the Kruger you can get the world's best safari lodges, as well as some of the very cheapest... So which one you go with really is down to you! 


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Kruger National Park - Reviews

Singita Lebombo: For the first drive and a bit we were driving around not seeing a whole lot. I understand that can happen but neither the guide nor the tracker seemed to be pro-actively trying/looking for anything.  It did improve and if we had only gone to Singita or went there first I am sure we would have been truly amazed too.
The accommodation and food at Singitta were spectacular. A definite notch or two above Kirkmans. Also the gym was very useful.
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