South Africa’s iconic national park and one of Africa’s conservation success stories, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is a must-do safari for any bush lover and for those keen on ticking off the Big 5 in a relatively short space of time.
The KNP and adjoining private reserves (Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat, Thornybush and Balule – ‘Greater Kruger‘) that share its unfenced western border make up about 22 million hectares (22,000km2) of varied bushveld with 6 ecosystem types. Kruger’s vast size and variety of ecosystems results in a wide diversity of wildlife (including over 500 bird species) and some of the finest game-viewing in Africa.
In terms of wildlife, the sheer number and diversity of the animals is almost unparalleled, making this the perfect place to spot the Big 5 and much more while out on a game drive, or even a guided walking safari. While Kruger National Park receives over 1.4 million visitors a year, you’d be surprised at how often you find yourself alone in the vast open spaces, giving you a truly authentic African wilderness experience. The national park offers self-drive options and affordable self-catering accommodation options.
When it comes to the ultimate safari, we strongly recommend that you focus on the Greater Kruger and on private concessions within the KNP. These private lodges guarantee exclusivity, low visitor numbers and sensational game viewing – where sightings of the Big 5 are almost a daily occurrence.
A safari in the Greater Kruger is a must for first-timers and is also very popular with experienced bush-goers who go back year after year.
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What is the Greater Kruger? Greater Kruger
Excellent introduction to Kruger: Kruger – History and Future
Travel diary by our CEO and safari director: Walking Safari in the Greater Kruger
Photo gallery by our 2019 Photographer of the Year winners: Klaserie Capers
Travel diary by our CEO: Kruger Glamping
Travel diary by our CEO: Manyeleti – Place of Stars
Travel diary: Klaserie Through the Lens
Travel diary: Rediscovering Kruger
Travel diary: Kruger lodges versus self-drive
Travel diary by our CEO: Kruger to Canyons
Video: Kruger to Canyons
Travel diary: Thulamela – Kruger walled kingdom
Travel diary: Makuleke Contractual Park
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
3 participants min and 6 max per vehicle
Balule Nature Reserve (Maseke), Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
3 nights / 4 days
Up to 8 guests (4 tents)
Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands (South Africa) + Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) + Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
18 nights, 19 days
To suit you
Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands - South Africa
11 nights, 12 days
To suit you
Ideally 7 days or more, to suit your needs
Flexible – you tell us how many in your party
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
3 - 5 days
12 participants (only 6 per vehicle)