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Kruger National Park Tours & Safaris

The types of tours to Kruger National Park are just about as varied as this world-famous game park is diverse. Kruger Park can be reached from Johannesburg in about six hours by road, making it an easy to access and extremely popular wildlife getaway. About five days to a week is ideal for exploring this massive protected area, encompassing six different ecosystems.

Kruger Park Safari Styles - making the most of your adventure

South Africa's premier safari destination can be visited on self-drive, guided and exclusive tours, with accommodation ranging from simple camps to award-winning private lodges.

Given the well-maintained roads, numerous camps and plentiful facilities, visitors don't even need 4x4 safari vehicles and special equipment for the bush, to enjoy game drives in Kruger. The game park does have some 4x4 trails for those in search of a more rugged African bush adventure. The northern section of Kruger offers a more wild safari experience as fewer visitors venture into this remote region, but wildlife concentrations tend to be lower here. The southern part of Kruger Park hosts more wildlife and is famous for its superb game viewing. This area is where most of the camps and game lodges are located, but some of the exclusive establishments are set in private concession where you can escape the crowds. 

For a more in-depth look at Kruger and its wildlife there are many organised safaris to private lodges, providing safari-goers with experienced guides. There are marked advantages to taking an organised safari, where professional rangers can share their in-depth knowledge, ensure your safety and help spot the wildlife and birds of Kruger.

Big Five Kruger Safaris - see Africa's most iconic animals

The most outstanding feature of safaris to Kruger Park is the exceptional Big Five game viewing experience. Just a few game drives in Kruger often result in sightings of all five of Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) along with a remarkable diversity of other wild animals.

Game drives are mostly conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons, when game viewing is at its best and the heat of the day is less intense. Night game drives are also conducted by park's rangers, providing good opportunities for sighting leopards (the most elusive of the Big Five) and other nocturnal animals. Night drives with the independent safari lodges can also be enjoyed in the private concession areas within Kruger and along its western border, as well as off-road game drives and bush walks.

Game drives are typically conducted in open-sided safari vehicles, offering good visibility and a real sense of the untamed bush with its wild sounds and smells.

Greater Kruger Safaris - go private & get exclusive

Greater Kruger is a popular safari destination with photographers, birders and nature lovers wanting to explore the bush on foot. The Greater Kruger area consists of the Kruger National Park proper, combined with the surrounding private game reserves and wildlife concession areas. This broader wilderness area covers more than 2 million hectares of untamed bush veld.

Many of the private reserves and concession areas share unfenced borders with Kruger Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely between the national park and neighbouring reserves.

One of the main benefits of staying in one of the private reserves of Greater Kruger is that the safari experience is more exclusive. Guests can choose between private lodges and enjoy more intimate game drives with skilled rangers. Other major advantages of visiting the private reserves include that privately conducted night drives and walking safaris are permitted. The walking safaris are conducted by armed rangers to ensure the safety of visitors in these Big Five territories.

The prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a highly recommended Greater Kruger destination, boasting some of the most exclusive, award-winning lodges. This world-famous private game park is best known for its outstanding leopard sightings, close-up wildlife sightings and its superlative game lodges.

Favourite Kruger Safari Combinations - winning destinations

Combine the best of South Africa by exploring the beautiful city of Cape Town and the idyllic Cape Winelands, before heading to a private game reserve in Greater Kruger for your thrilling Big Five adventure.

Another unbeatable safari combination is visiting the mighty Victoria Falls and Kruger Park - bringing together spectacular natural wonder and untamed wildlife encounters in an unforgettable Southern African journey.

Then of course there are the truly supreme luxury safaris that combine all three - Cape, Kruger and Vic Falls!

Our favourite Southern African safaris to Kruger also take in Botswana's pristine Okavango Delta, a truly unique watery wonderland, and the famous Chobe Park, hosting some of Africa's hugest elephant herds and highest concentrations of game. 

All of these luxury safaris to Kruger Park and other top Southern African highlights offer discerning travellers a diverse range of memorable experiences - from game-fishing, bush walks and wine tasting to boat cruises, elephant back safaris and sightseeing.

The Tailored Kruger Safari - ultimate safari style

Then there is the unrivalled tailor-made safari option. Here you hand pick the destinations, activities and even accommodation establishments to make the Southern African Safari of your dreams. When it comes to your bespoke Kruger Park Safaris, you can choose exactly which private game reserves to explore and select the award-winning lodges that suit you best. 

The unique tailored safari is of course the most flexible type of tour. Guests can shape their own trip without having to plan the logistics and see to the details that make for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Other Popular Kruger National Park Itineraries

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