One of the world’s top safari destinations, the Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s best places for viewing the famous Big Five – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and rhino

In South Africa’s northeast, this wildlife sanctuary is the largest game reserve in the country and supports a high density of wild animals. Nearly 2 million hectares of land – stretching for 352 kilometres from north to south along the Mozambique border – is given over to an almost indescribable wilderness experience.

Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is the flagship of the country’s national parks. It now forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park  – a 35 000km2 ‘peace park’ that links Kruger with game parks in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Fences are already coming down to allow game to freely roam historic migratory routes in much the way it would have in the time before human intervention.

This is the land of baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, marula and mopane trees underneath which lurk the Big Five, the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle), the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork) and 147 species of mammals, from giraffes to hyena and kudu to hippopotamus.

The best game viewing, especially for those with limited time, is experienced in the private game reserves located on Kruger’s southwestern border, such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The main reason for such rich game viewing is the free movement of animals between these private reserves and the Kruger Park – over 100 kilometres of fencing have been removed, ridding the area of artifical borders.

In these private reserves vehicles are permitted to leave the roads (unlike in Kruger Park itself) and the animals on the whole have become more relaxed around game viewing vehicles. The Kruger National Park itself is great for a self-drive game-viewing experience.

Kruger National Park

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Accommodation in Kruger National Park

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

While Leopard Hills is all about the views thanks to its extraordinary position perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a busy waterhole, there is so much more to ensure your stay will remain etched in your memory forever. A truly remarkable destination, the five-star lodge features eight luxury suites, complete with private plunge pool and outdoor deck, each boasting views of the African plains and bush as far as the eye can see – 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, to be precise. You’ll find Leopard Hills on the border of the Kruger National Park in the western sector of…

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Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi gives you a true wilderness experience deep in the African bush. Established in 1926, this pioneering game reserve is on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, where Africa’s wild animals roam freely. The quality of Londolozi’s guiding is world renown, and some of Africa’s finest rangers and trackers will lead you off the beaten track on twice-daily game drives through some 34 000 acres of African bush. Game viewing here is spectacular, and your wilderness experience will get you right up close to breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. White…

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Accommodation in Kruger National Park

Singita Boulders Lodge

There are now 12 properties in the Singita group and each offers something truly unique, be it its position, style and design or, of course, the animal sightings and wildlife experiences specific to their location. Something each lodge shares is a quest to provide the very best in exclusive safari experiences – and Singita Boulders Lodge is certainly no exception. When it was first built in 1996, Boulders Lodge was boundary-breaking in its bold organic design, and now, since its recent refurb, it’s even more impressive. The new space by acclaimed lodge designer Boyd Ferguson goes all out to provide…

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Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Ebony is part of the famed family of five-star Singita lodge properties dotted through South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Like its counterparts, it offers an extraordinary safari and wildlife experience. As its name suggests, the lodge is situated in an ancient forest of ebony trees on the banks of the Sand River. It’s here that you’ll find an oasis of thoroughly beguiling calm – Ebony oozes sophistication without a hint of stuffiness. And, thanks to the Singita brand’s unique focus on comfort and seamless service, you and your family will feel immediately welcomed and at home. Worn leather, animal…

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Singita Lebombo

When Singita Lebombo first opened its doors in the early 1990s, seasoned safari-goers were shocked. Never before had the traditional safari experience been treated with such a modern hand – the design and decor were unashamedly contemporary, the food pushed boundaries and the luxurious details were boldly decadent without being bling. Fast forward to 2016 and the much loved and lauded lodge re-emerged in a new incarnation – and really, it is even better and more beautiful than before. Singita Lebombo has all the trappings you could want of a sophisticated and ultra-private hotel retreat, with the added star factor…

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