Kruger National Park & private reserves (Greater Kruger)

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.

Further information:

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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

Greater Kruger safari

Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

3-5 days

3 participants min and 6 max per vehicle

Big 5

Classic Safari

Photographic

indication price ZAR 17,287 / US$ 1,151 per person sharing

Kruger walking safari

Balule Nature Reserve (Maseke), Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

3 nights / 4 days

Up to 8 guests (4 tents)

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Classic Safari

Mobile Safari

indication price ZAR 7,780 / US$ 518 per person sharing

Southern Africa safari with Africa Geographic

Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands (South Africa) + Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) + Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

18 nights, 19 days

To suit you

Beaches

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

Mokoro

indication price ZAR 145,534 / US$ 9,690 per person sharing

Bush and beach safari with Africa Geographic

Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands - South Africa

11 nights, 12 days

To suit you

Beaches

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

indication price ZAR 74,018 / US$ 4,928 per person sharing

South Africa

Ideally 7 days or more, to suit your needs

Flexible – you tell us how many in your party

Beaches

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Children on safari

Classic Safari

Cultural

Star bed / Sleep out

indication price per person sharing

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

5 days

6

Art safari

Big 5

Classic Safari

indication price ZAR 46,720 / US$ 3,111 per person sharing

Manyeleti Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

5 days

6

Art safari

Big 5

Classic Safari

indication price ZAR 31,750 / US$ 2,114 per person sharing

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

3 - 5 days

12 participants (only 6 per vehicle)

Big 5

Bird-watching

Bush-walking

Cultural

Photographic

indication price ZAR 39,427 / US$ 2,625 per person sharing