largest national park in south africa

Kruger National Park is known for delivering the optimum safari experience in Africa; nearly 20,000 square kilometres and home to hundreds of mammals, species of birds and flora & fauna. The northern sector is real wilderness, featuring lots of open plains and terrain for large herds to congregate. In fact fery few visitors venture here, verses the southern sector which offers diverse landscapes.

An ideal location for any first time safari is the Sabi Sands reserve – the oldest and most exclusive region of the Kruger. It’s home to some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in Africa, as well as expert local guides and rangers. Timbavati, Thornybush and Makalali private game reserves shouldn’t be overlooked as each offer exceptional opportunities of wildlife encounters, with high concentrations of elephant, rhino, buffalo and wild dogs. Kruger National Park is iconic and simply waiting to be explored to showcase its spectacular vast landscapes and African wildlife.

FACTS ABOUT the kruger national park

Good year-round destination;
May to September for peak

3 airports to reach the national park – Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa, Nelspruit

Pairs well with Mozambique
for a relaxing beach break

Impala, zebra and giraffe are the most popular animal to spot

Where to stay in kruger national park?

Thornybush game lodge

Nestled in the heart of the ‘Big 5’ country, overlooking the Monwana River, this exclusive lodge is positioned perfectly for sweeping views over the riverbed and busy watering hole. The attention to detail and personalised service makes for a relaxed atmosphere and small lodge feel.

20 contemporary suites all feature high ceilings, king sized beds and indoor & outdoor showers. With safaris at dusk and dawn, an infinity pool to relax under the afternoon sun and an intimate library to browse, the passionate staff fill any stay at Thornybush Lodge with breath-taking moments, warm smiles and engaging personal service.

Sabi Sands Bush Lodge

Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger national park, the Sabi Sands bush land is rich in wildlife with leopard often never far out of sight. The number of vehicles is restricted to two at a time at any wildlife sighting, whether you’re face to face with elephant, a lion enjoying its prey or stalking a leopard up a tree.

Sabi Sands Bush Lodge is located deep in the bush land overlooking a waterhole and wide expansive plains. All of the luxury suites and villas showcase a vibrant mix of furnishings from all four corners of Africa. An impressive lounge, atrium and intimate bar area make for the perfect meeting place with friends old and new.

Jock Safari Lodge

The original private safari ‘legend’ in the Kruger national park; here you can choose between a private thatched suite on the riverbed or exclusive use of an ultimate, stylish private villa – Fitzpatrick’s – perfect for all the family. Located in the southern region where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers merge, it’s like stepping back in time. The untamed wild surroundings make all ‘Big 5’ viewings here authentic, immersive and memorable.

At Jock’s Main Lodge, all accommodations feature private plunge pools and luxury bathrooms, with elegant furnishings blending colonial and Zulu architecture. The Fitzpatrick Villa can accommodate up to 6 adults and come with its own staff & dedicated ranger for your private game drives. With 6,000 hectors to explore, each experience is thrilling and filled with interesting encounters.

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