Kruger Park & Sabi Sands

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Explore the Kruger Park & Sabi Sands

Big cats, giant-tusked elephants and rivers full of hippos and crocodiles: not many Big 5 safari destinations can match the reliability and quality of game viewing of the Kruger Park. A Kruger safari takes you on thrilling game drives as well as guided nature walks and spot-lit night drives from the comfort of accommodation ranging from family-friendly to super-romantic.

Exclusive-use, game-rich concessions within the Kruger Park are highly recommended for discerning safari travellers but nowhere is the Kruger safari experience bettered than in its adjoining private reserves. A set of exclusive, privately-run concessions lying on the Kruger’s unfenced western border, these reserves are home to some of Africa’s leading safari brands and offer not just the most luxurious safari accommodation on the continent but also honeymoon hideaways, activity-packed family lodges and genuine value-for-money safari camps.

Divided into smaller individual concessions, the Sabi Sands is the best known of these private reserves and has legendary names such as Mala Mala, Londolozi and Singita among its accommodation choices. The same exclusivity is enjoyed at the Kruger’s other private reserves – Klaserie, Thornybush and Timbavati – larger reserves with fewer lodges and with equally stellar reputations for wildlife viewing.

Whichever private reserve you choose, you’ll be in the hands of some of the best guides and trackers in the business with close-up sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino more or less guaranteed over a three or four-day stay. Back at camp you’ll enjoy superb meals and sophisticated wines plus luxuries ranging from spa treatments and private pools to yoga studios and table-for-two dining.

A Kruger safari is usually the centrepiece of a larger travel itinerary. The natural attractions of the surrounding Panorama Route lie a short distance from the Kruger Park and its private reserves, and your safari is easily combined with South Africa’s other highlights – Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route.

To get there, fly from Johannesburg or Cape Town to the Kruger’s Hoedspruit or Nelspruit airports and then simply sit back on a short overland transfer to your Kruger or private reserve lodge. You can even fly straight into the reserve if you want. And thanks to such slick logistics, you can add exotic destinations such as Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago or thundering Victoria Falls to your Kruger travel plans. Ask us how.

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on a Kruger/ Sabi Sand Safari

1. Go on a Game Drive

Led by your professional guide & eagle-eyed tracker, morning & afternoon game drives are the highlights of a Sabi Sands safari. Off-road driving is permitted for extra close-up sightings.

2. Walk the Wild Side

A guided nature walk gives you the chance to see the smaller details & enjoy some excellent bird watching. For the truly adventurous, multi-day guided hikes are available in the Kruger Park.

3. Look for Leopards

Everybody wants to see one; go on a Sabi Sands safari & you’re more or less guaranteed. It’s Africa’s best destination for up-close sightings of leopards. Ask us about the best ‘leopard lodges’.

4. Explore the Night

A spot-lit night drive gives you the chance to spot Africa’s seldom-seen nocturnal animals such as bush babies, giant eagle-owls, porcupines & serval cats. You’ll be back in time for dinner.

5. Watch the Waterhole

With accommodation set overlooking water, the best game viewing is often enjoyed from an armchair on a shaded terrace. Sit back with a drink & watch the action unfold in front of you.

6. Bring the Kids

Dedicated staff, family safari programmes, kids menus & baby sitters – there’s no excuse for leaving the children at home! Ask us about the best family camps in Kruger & Sabi Sands

7. Be Treated like Royalty!

Many lodges have well-earned reputations for world-class cuisine & service, offering sophisticated spa treatments, private dining & beauty pampering – perfect for honeymooners & discerning safari travellers.

8. Get Involved

You’ll also have the chance to see another side to your Kruger safari. Learn about conservation programmes, visit local communities & contribute to development initiatives.

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