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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI GUIDE 2021

#1 Safari Destination

There can be no doubt where the most popular African safari destination is, The Kruger Park gets more visitors yearly and offers a wider variety of animal species than any reserve in Africa - and it's the number one choice for first time safari visitors.  

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Located in the north of South Africa lies the most wildlife rich game reserve on the continent, and a must for first time safari goers. 

  • Big Five Animals

  • 140+ Large Mammal Species

  • 500+ Bird Species

  • Private Reserves

  • Private Guides

  • Luxury Safari Lodges

Kruger Park Weather

High / Low Temperatures

90°/70°

32°/21°

JAN

90°/68°

32°/20°

FEB

90°/70°

32°/21°

JUL

90°/68°

32°/20°

AUG

88°/66°

31°/19°

MAR

84°/61°

29°/16°

APR

88°/66°

31°/19°

SEP

84°/61°

29°/16°

OCT

82°/52°

28°/11°

MAY

79°/43°

26°/6°

JUN

82°/52°

28°/11°

NOV

79°/43°

26°/6°

DEC

Kruger Park Activities

The Kruger National Park boasts a wide variety of activities for visitors year-round and offers the best overall wildlife safari experience in Africa. 

The biggest safari attraction in Africa is the Big Five, namely lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and the notoriously shy leopard, all of which can be seen in the Private Reserves of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. 

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In addition to the Big Five the Kruger National Park is home to more than 140 large mammal species, more than anywhere in Africa and thus providing a magnificent variety of game viewing opportunities. 

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No wildlife destination has more bird species than the Kruger Park, boasting more than 500 in total with roughly 250 year-round residents and a little over 270 migratory bird species, a bird lovers mecca indeed.  

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Get up close to Africa's most popular animals with a private guided walking safari in the wild. This experience allows you to explore the many hidden gems and gifts often missed on a 4x4 overland African safari. 

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The view from above the Kruger Park is a special moment you'll remember for a lifetime, as you take in the surrounding wild and the dense animal population below. This unique wildlife safari must be booked in advance. 

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You may have heard that there is no sunset quite like an African sunset, and the best way to enjoy it is in the middle of the Kruger Park sipping on your favourite beverage surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife. 

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Kruger Park Lodges

The Kruger National Park boasts several of Africa's Top 50 rated luxury safari lodges, here are a few of our favourites, get in touch for the best rates available. 

Royal Malewane

The crown jewel of The Kruger Park and one of only 10 hotels and lodges to be awarded Five Star Premier status, Royal Malewane is more an experience than a lodge. 

Boasting the most qualified guiding team in Africa and rated by Conde Naste as one of the Top 20 lodges in the world, Royal Malewane is the perfect destination for visitors who demand the very best. 

Lion Sands Ivory

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge also boasts the prestigious 5 Star Premium Status awarded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

The lodge is located at the Sabie and Sand Rivers and features 8 Private Villas with every imaginable luxury you desire, from wilderness spa treatments to private butler services and world-class cuisine. 

Dulini

Nestled in the riverine grandeur of ancient Ebony Trees lies Dulini Luxury Safari Lodge, a sophisticated traditional African safari experience. 

With no boundary fences between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sand Private Reserve, the wildlife opportunities are extensive and diverse, naturally including the Big Five. 

Singita Boulders

The Singita Group of lodges is notorious for their high levels of excellence, and the Singita Boulders Lodge in the Kruger is an exceptional example of this. 

Set along the banks of the Sand River in the private Sabi Sand concession, the lodge merges with it's boulder inspired surroundings to create a natural feel of light, shapes and harmony. 

Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani is another Five Star Premier lodge group but with a unique selling point in that it also offers an elephant sanctuary and engagement experiences. 

Immerse yourself in the remarkable journey of the local elephant herd and learn why these massive animals are considered by many to be the heart and soul of the African wildlife experience. 

Sabi Sabi

Located in the world renowned private Sabi Sand Reserve is the aptly named Sabi Sabi group of luxury safari lodges. 

With over 100 years of safari experience and uniquely individual camps, the warm hospitality, tradition and style echos through these lodges with a flavour to meet the tastes of a variety of wildlife enthusiasts.

Kruger Park Prices

from

$557

per person sharing nightly, All Inclusive

from

$1,127

per person sharing nightly, All Inclusive

Kruger Park FAQ's

Contact us if you have any questions relating to The Kruger National Park or any of the lodges, safaris, activities and special deals available to couples, honeymooners, seniors and family safari travelers. 

1. What is the best time of year to visit The Kruger National Park?

The best time to visit the Kruger Park is from late July to early October. This is the back-end of winter and the dry season, so the vegetation is less dense resulting in better game viewing. The cooler day time temperatures result in more animal activity which means more photographic and game spotting opportunities.

2. What clothes should I wear on safari?

Keep it simple. Stick to earth tones, all the guides and staff do and it blends naturally with the surroundings. Think outdoor clothing and you'll be fine. Dinners are relaxed too regardless of the lodge, for more info see our guide to what to wear on safari.

3. How many game drives can I expect?

At the four and five star lodges you can expect two privately guided game drives a day. The first will leave early in the morning, typically at around 5:30 to 6:00 am and the second later in the afternoon, around 3:30 pm. The open top 4x4 vehicles will have a guide and tracker as well as blankets for those cold mornings and an assortment of snacks and drinks.

As a pro tip don't sit in the very back seat unless you want the wind from the drive in your face all the time, which can be rather cold in the early morning and evening. 

4. How big is The Kruger National Park?

The Kruger Park is 20,720 square kilometres which is roughly the same size as Wales or Israel. It is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world's biggest wildlife sanctuaries

5. Is The Kruger Park Safe?

As long as you listen to the guides and stick to the rules of the lodges the Kruger Park is safe. Don't be like the numpty tourist who got out the vehicle to take close up pictures of the lion and ended up as lunch. It is the wild after all. 

 

The lodges and camps are fenced off to prevent wildlife coming in so no danger there, but don't get out the game vehicle unannounced or think of going for a morning jog - I've seen that happen, ridiculous!

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kruger Park Safari Lodges

Want to see the best Kruger Park Lodges?

Watch the video on the Top 10 luxury lodges in The Kruger Park where you can stay on your all inclusive African safari vacation and experience the very best of wildlife, accommodation and service. 

The Kruger Park is the most popular safari destination in Africa for a reason, enquire for best package offers today.