South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the best known wildlife areas in the world. It’s home to an astonishing array of mammal and birdlife and in a stay of two to three days you have an excellent chance of seeing the big five.
All in all, Kruger is ideal if what you’re after is a safari fix in amongst some other highlights in South Africa. If however you’re looking for something more immersive you may be better served to look at the likes of Tanzania, Zambia or Botswana.
The main Kruger park is largely served by tarred roads and used by self drive visitors, however we focus our attention almost exclusively on the private reserves that surround this area – the likes of Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Manyeleti - where the experience is much more consistent with what we’d expect to offer in the “proper” safari countries.
These reserves are defined by extraordinarily luxurious safari lodges, which are without a doubt among the best of their kind in Africa. The majority are permanent lodges, although there are one or two excellent traditional tented camps.
The wildlife experience in these camps and lodges is quite different to the rest of the Kruger, with off-road driving, night drives, walking safaris widely available.