Experience a Wild and Luxurious African Safari
The Kruger is the experience of a lifetime, where the spirit of the continent will course through your veins. It proudly boasts being one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The headline act is the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino- with a massive supporting cast of more than 135 mammals and 500 varieties of bird species. On guided game drives or walking safaris, you will be led by guides well-known for their palpable passion of the landscape and its inhabitants.
The sheer size of the Kruger ensures an ever- changing landscape and it is ideal for first time travelers or for those insatiable travelers seeking the thrill of safari again. Accommodation is varied and award-winning. If you’re looking for modern luxuries in a wild setting, the private reserves offer fewer crowds and everything from exclusive-use vehicles and lodges to private plunge pools in exquisite suites.
The private reserves are exclusive conservation areas that focus on superlative safari experiences while actively participating in sustainable travel principles. Touted as some of the premier game lodges on the African continent, Sabi Sabi, Thornybush, Londolozi and Mala Mala are the safari heavyweights and guarantee a superlative experience.
When you aren’t traversing the wild lands of Africa in search of soul-stirring wildlife encounters, the Kruger offers a range of activities such as archery, star-gazing, authentic cooking lessons, yoga and specialist photography courses. Experiential experiences in the Kruger are what travel dreams of made of.
The Greater Kruger area is easily accessible after jetting your way into the main hub of OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. You have the options of either being charter flown to the lodges or enjoy an air-conditioned, comfortable road transfer, either way, you spend more time on safari adventures than travelling.
- Bucket list Big Five safaris including walking safaris
- A celebration destination: romantic honeymoons and anniversaries
- Easily reachable wildlife area in Africa and convenient for combining with beach destinations
What to Do
Take a private charter flight direct to the lodge airstrip
We will arrange exclusive charter flights from South Africa’s international airports to the airstrips of a range of private game reserves in Southern Africa. Guests enjoy the adventure and the privilege of setting down in the heart of the African wilderness with all the logistics, such as allowable luggage for lightweight aircrafts, seamlessly taken care of.
Revel in the finest Luxury Safari Lodge accommodation
We offer you world-class safari lodges set in outstanding Big 5 private game reserves that also provide stylish African-inspired décor, breath-taking views; and spacious, private indoor and outdoor accommodations. With fine attention to detail and a warm smile, Southern Africa’s top safari lodges cater for your guests’ every need.
Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, lunches & afternoon ‘High Teas’
Day time meals, including elegant colonial era ‘high teas’ are seamlessly blended into the game-viewing schedule. Your guests can expect outstanding, freshly prepared cuisine served in picturesque settings, whether that is breakfast on a game deck overlooking a waterhole or a champagne lunch set out in the bush in a dry riverbed.
Dine under the dazzling African night-sky
Dining out under the starry African sky is a fantastic part of the safari experience. Dinners in traditional-style African boma’s are characterized by roaring fires and delicious meats, including game, cooked over the blazing coals and accompanied by the finest South Africa wines. These occasions are often enhanced by traditional song, dance and story-telling.
Encounter the Wild on morning and afternoon game drives
Early mornings and late afternoons offer the finest game-viewing opportunities. While on safari your guests will be encouraged to rise at dawn and head out with their rangers, full of anticipation for what wonders they may encounter. Knowledgeable and experienced rangers and trackers ensure the safety of guests and also enhance their game and bird-watching experiences by enthusiastically sharing their wealth of expertise about the magnificent and unforgettable fauna and flora of Southern Africa.
Set out on intrepid guided bush walks and game-tracking activities
Many of safari lodges offer guests guided bush walks that enable them to get up close and personal with Africa’s big and small game. Under the close guidance of experienced rangers and trackers they set out on foot to immerse themselves in the detailed beauty of the wilderness. At some lodges, game-tracking activities that serve as exciting team-building experiences can be added to your program.
Celebrate with Boma, Bush or Airstrip gala dinners
Luxury safari lodges offer a choice of inspiring venues to host outstanding and creative gala dinner events. These celebrations may be held at the Lodge’s boma, at a boma in the bush or even on Reserve’s airstrip. Surrounded by African wilderness and overhung by a legion of stars, a gala dinner while on safari will never be forgotten.
Where to Stay
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve
Famed for its warmth, vibrancy and legendary hospitality, this luxury safari lodge is the flagship of Sabi Sand. With its stunning setting, in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain, the lodge offers uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention. Guests will enjoy the beautifully appointed, exquisitely decorated, spacious, en-suite and air-conditioned thatched suites. Huge viewing decks provide the ideal setting to relax, spot game, bird watch, or cool off in the filtered pools.More information
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve
Winner of a “National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World” award, Earth Lodge is a unique sanctuary that uses texture, light and space to create a bush lodge unlike any other. This lodge represents artistry and innovation while still being an environmentally sensitive lodge. Each of the extremely luxurious suites comes with individually designed furniture, a private plunge pool, en-suite glass-fronted bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge features an outdoor boma, a dining area overlooking a waterhole and the bushveld and more.More information
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, Sabi Sand Reserve
Beneath indigenous riverine trees on a bend of the Msuthlu River bank, you’ll find the charming Little Bush Camp, the smallest and most secluded of the Sabi Sabi lodges. The camp has a rustic feel but maintains its elegance and luxury displayed in its chic, contemporary African décor, excellent service and effortless hospitality. The luxury thatched suites come with natural stone and wood finishes and spoil guests with a private viewing deck, a full en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, and a heated spa bath overlooking the riverbed.More information
Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, Sabi Sand Reserve
This elegant safari lodge provides personalized safari luxury in an intimate “Out of Africa” setting. The lodge has created a historic railway theme which can be seen throughout; close to Selati Camp, in the north-eastern section of Sabi Sabi, you can see the old railbed of the Selati Railway Line. The exclusive camp consists of opulent thatched suites with a full en-suite bathroom and private alfresco shower. Premier accommodation is in the Ivory Presidential Suite and the Lourenco Marques Suite.More information
Kapama Buffalo Camp, Greater Kruger National Park region
Get close to Mother Nature but stay in the lap of luxury in Buffalo Camp’s luxurious safari tents built on stilted wooden decks on the edge of a river. The camp, at one with nature amongst tall shady trees, emits a traditional old-world charm but is still completely contemporary. The Tented Suites are designed and built with natural stone and wood in colors of burnt red and gold. These exciting, plush tents cater for every comfort at a luxury safari camp where personal attention, amazing service and ultimate comfort are staff’s priority.More information
Kapama Karula, Greater Kruger National Park region
On the banks of the Klaserie River in the Kapama Private Game Reserve is the luxuriously secluded Kapama Karula Lodge. Karula promises peacefulness and tranquility, enhanced by the river winding leisurely through the camp. Superior Suites and Family Superior Suites provide exquisite and spacious accommodation with a private outside deck and wrapped glass sliding doors for sensational views over the Klaserie River. The private large heated swimming pools and sun loungers ensure blissful relaxation and a fireplace and Nespresso coffee machine inside your intimate suite will keep you warm and satisfied.More information
Kapama River Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park region
This luxury safari lodge situated in the Kapama Game Reserve provides splendid accommodation for smaller and larger incentive groups. Stylishly furnished and wonderfully appointed and set along a dry river bed, guests enjoy the ultimate comfort with Africa’s wilderness on their doorstep. Excellent facilities include a rim-flow swimming pool, lounge, bar and the open-area Rhino Boma dining area.More information
Kapama Southern Camp, Greater Kruger National Park region
At Kapama Southern Camp, situated in the southern part of the Kapama Private Game Reserve, expect luxury game lodge accommodation in a tranquil environment where warm hospitality and friendly service combine with outstanding safari experiences to make an unforgettable African adventure, even for the most discerning traveler. Enjoy open-air dining in the lodge’s boma, indulge in fine wine from the cellar, or take it easy at the lodge’s wellness center and swimming pool.More information
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
This exclusive and intimate lodge offers the beauty of natural and architectural aesthetics in lavish comfort and style. The timeless design and refined mid-century architectural contemporary theme are seen in the lodge’s Single Suites and Double-Suite Villa nestled along the banks of the Sabie River. Each is fitted with a plunge pool, wooden deck, covered patio, lounge with fireplace and outdoor shower. The Double-Suite Villa is made up of two private Single Suites and is connected by an entrance hall, lounge and study, and is booked on an exclusive basis.More information
Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
In the Southern Sabi Sand Reserve is a lodge that lends a personal and distinctive touch to every guest for that once-in-a-lifetime luxury safari experience. Guests get to enjoy two swimming pools, an open plan lounge and dining area, a range of invigorating and relaxing spa treatments, and the One Life with MORE Safari Boutique. Accommodation is in thatched rooms made up of Luxury Suites, Superior Luxury Suites and the more private River Suites. In all of the suites, guests look forward to bush or Sabie River views from the comfort of their own private deck.More information
Singita Boulders and Ebony Lodges, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Ideal for smaller incentive groups, Singita Sabi Sand offers rare solitude and the ultimate in safari luxury on pristine game viewing land. The sumptuous natural stone and thatch lodges offer world-class accommodation and dining, infused with glamour and elegance. Guests will enjoy private suites with own bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private heated swimming pools, fireplaces, mini-bars, private lounges and game-viewing decks.
Singita Sweni Lodge
Hidden among hundreds of indigenous trees on the banks of the majestic Sweni River, the remote setting of this stunning lodge offers guests an opportunity to watch a myriad of animals and birds as they come to drink at the water’s edge or cool down in the river. Located within a 33,000 acre private concession in the Kruger National Park, this lodge offers access to four different eco-zones and is therefore a superb destination for an unforgettable South African safari. Facilities at the luxurious lodge include a sparkling swimming pool, a spa and a gym.More information
Singita Lebombo Lodge
Singita is an eco-tourism stronghold dedicated to sustainable conservation and the social empowerment of surrounding communities. Singita Lebombo Lodge offers a unique experience of luxury and tranquility in a private concession of the celebrated Kruger National Park. Perched along the rugged cliff faces above the N’wanetsi River, this state-of-the-art lodge incorporates fifteen loft-style suites, encased in glass to make the most of the astounding views over the river below. This area is teeming with game and is ideal for guests who want to see a vast array of wildlife.More information
Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sand Reserve
Set on a gorgeous lake in the world famous Sabi Sand Reserve, Chitwa Chitwa offers an unforgettable luxury African experience. In the relaxed sophistication of the spacious camp, guests enjoy the luxury of viewing game while they swim in the pool or relax on the deck. The air-conditioned suites are finished in a sophisticated contemporary style, and provide every modern comfort, and the luxury of a private pool. In the evenings, guest can savour African-Mediterranean cuisine and sip fine wines in the candlelit boma beckons beneath starlit night skies.More information
Thornybush Main Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park region
Set in the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve, this 5-star safari lodge is ideal for both smaller and larger incentive groups. Tasteful, air-conditioned suites offer private bathrooms, outdoor showers, private decks and spacious living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. Guests will enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool, in the lounge or the library. Sumptuous 3-course dinners may be served in the boma, out in the bush or in the dining room.More information
Ngala Safari Lodge and Tented Camp, Timbavati region
The vast, untouched wilderness of Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to two luxurious safari lodges. Overlooking a busy waterhole, Ngala Safari Lodge exudes charm and warmth with its elegant antiques and quiet corners. Ngala Tented Camp is a sophisticated, intimate camp overlooking the seasonal Timbavati riverbed. With an exclusive and remote feel, each lodge offers that extra little something that is sure to delight your guests.
Kings Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of unspoiled Africa. Kings Camp faces an open plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, day and night. Guests will enjoy the spacious colonial suites; luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian ball-and-claw baths, indoor and outdoor double showers, fully stocked mini-bars and private verandas.More information
This family-owned and operated luxury safari lodge is situated in the private Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is open to the iconic Kruger National Park. In addition to offering access to a vast array of game and bird species including the Big Five, Motswari is loved for its warm atmosphere, stunning accommodation and focus on ethical tourism. Cuisine is of the highest quality and every detail is taken care of to create a safari holiday that guests will cherish for a lifetime.More information
Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Tanda Tula Safari Camp is tucked away in the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park. Set amongst huge shady trees on the banks of the Nhlaralumi Riverbed, this camp has a prime location in the heart of the Timbavati, an area that hosts phenomenal concentrations of Big Five game. In addition to unforgettable safari experiences, owner-hosts Don and Nina Scott ensure guests feel right at home by providing friendly service, delicious food and luxurious accommodation.
The private Kapama Game Reserve is home to this Relais & Chateaux accredited gem. Family-owned and managed Jabulani is loved for its exceptional accommodation, facilities, cuisine and service. The most notable feature, however, is the herd of African elephants that were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Guests have an opportunity to meet a few of their elephant “ambassadors”. They’ll learn more about the importance of the conservation and protection of the elephant species but also have a chance to observe the rest of the herd as they spend their days foraging naturally in the wild.More information
Royal Malewane luxury safari lodge can be found in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger Area. This idyllic retreat is renowned for its old-world charm and luxurious touches, making guests feel utterly pampered. Safari experiences are unique and personalised to ensure guests get as much insight as they would like into the fascinating ecosystem of the African bush while tracking the Big Five and other game species. Cuisine is exceptional, with nightly feasts under the stars; and leisure facilities include the tranquil Bush Spa, a well-stocked library and a gym.More information
Exeter River Lodge
This exclusive lodge is perched on the edge of the Sand River in the heart of the celebrated Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Each room offers uninterrupted views of the river and the vast array of wildlife that flocks to its banks. Guests can watch elephants playing in the water from their private plunge pool or deck and continue game viewing from the comfort of the lodge throughout the day and night. The lodge’s expert rangers and trackers also guide guests on thrilling off-road game drives and bush walks.
Ulusuba is Sir Richard Branson's Private Game Reserve, located in the heart of Sabi Sands bordering the Kruger National Park. Committed to uplifting the indigenous community, most staff members hail from the surrounding villages, including a team of qualified and incredibly knowledgeable game rangers and trackers. In addition to the exciting walking safaris and twice daily game drives in search of the Big Five, guests can relax poolside, indulge in a spa treatment, get active in the gym or on the tennis court, sample local vintages in the wine caller, or enjoy some after-dinner stargazing at the bush observatory.More information
This five star lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is positioned on a rocky outcrop, affording jaw-dropping views over the bush and a bustling waterhole below. With over 10,000 hectares of wilderness to be explored, guests can enjoy thrilling game viewing experiences with Big Five sightings. Guests are treated to sumptuous food and accommodated in glass-fronted suites with private plunge pools and a wealth of leisure facilities on their doorstep, including an extensive library with internet access, a traditional Shangaan boma, a fully stocked wine cellar, a treatment Sala and a gym.More information
Savanna Private Game Reserve
This exclusive five star establishment is set in the Sabi Sands Reserve within the greater Kruger National Park conservancy. This location is famous for frequent Big Five sightings and guests have been known to encounter lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive! When guests are not exploring the pristine bushveld, they can relax in their spacious suites inspired by the elegant safari tents of the colonial era, take a stroll through the lush gardens, take a dip in the sparkling pool or feast on the delicious food prepared by the lodge’s expert chefs.More information
Pondoro Game Lodge
This multiple award-winning, boutique game lodge enjoys a beautiful riverine location on the Olifants in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. As part of the greater Kruger National Park, this area is rich with game. Being a private tract of land, only two vehicles are allowed per game sighting at any time, which sets the scene for intimate wildlife encounters. Pondoro is an ideal destination for visitors who value comfort, sophistication and tranquillity. Meals are an extraordinary fusion of traditional African cuisine and modern European trends and they are served on a wooden deck overlooking the river.
Simbambili Game Lodge
Simbambili is set among knobthorn and jackalberry trees on the banks of the Manyeleti River. This beautifully-designed lodge, renowned for its leopard sightings, is located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. In addition to leopards, there is an abundance of game and bird life surrounding the lodge. The Morroccan-styled suites offer guests a private and luxurious retreat, with beautifully-designed private decks that feature plunge pools and unforgettable views over the pristine African bush. Meals are enjoyed under the stars and there is a gym and spa at guests’ disposal.More information
Arathusa Safari Lodge
With a sought-after location in the Sabi Sands Reserve, bordering the unfenced Kruger National Park, Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience. Game drive vehicles head into the bush twice daily, offering guests a great opportunity to encounter the Big Five and many other spectacular species that inhabit this pristine wilderness area. Back at the camp, guests can continue game viewing, as the lodge looks out over a large waterhole frequented by a vast assortment of game and bird life. Accommodation is comfortable and spacious, the Safari Spa is legendary.More information
Garonga Safari Camp
Hidden away in the Makalali Conservancy, west of the Kruger National Park, this exclusive 12 bed camp offers a ‘safari for the soul’. This rejuvenating, once-in-a-lifetime experience includes intimate wildlife encounters, sumptuous food, and luxury tents that feature plush bedding and the finest linen for peaceful sleep and hours of relaxation. All tents have a private wooden deck with confortable hammocks for soaking up the spectacular view over the dry riverbed and magical African bush.More information
Londolozi, a private game reserve bordering the iconic Kruger National Park, is a frontrunner in the South African eco-tourism industry. This family-run establishment is recognized around the world for its pioneering approach to environmental and wildlife conservation, as well as its productive community involvement. Londolozi is also renowned for its luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine and superb service – all of which made this the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status.More information
Kirkman’s Camp is a landmark destination in the Sabi Sands Reserve. This legendary camp, originally built in the 1920s, retains the graceful ambience of the colonial era, with spacious and stylish interiors that flow onto deep, shaded verandas and undulating lawns. Yet this luxurious bolthole also offers all the state-of-the-art amenities you’d expect from a modern safari lodge such as impeccable service, a rim-flow pool and a beautifully designed boma for firelit feasts. Game viewing opportunities are abundant – this is Big Five territory and Kirkman’s is able to arrange a wide range of safari experiences to suit individual preferences.More information
MalaMala Game Reserve, which lies between the Kruger National Park (with an unfenced border) and the renowned Sabi Sands Reserve, is one of the most celebrated safari destinations in Africa. First established in 1927, MalaMala is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa, spanning 33 000 acres. This beautiful tract of African wilderness has remained untouched for decades, allowing guests to experience a vast array of indigenous game in its natural habitat.More information
Tinga Lodge is located on the banks of the Sabie River in Lion Sands, a private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park. With 5 000 hectares of wild bush to explore, guests can enjoy the thrill of game viewing off-road as Tinga’s expert guides follow the footsteps of a leopard, a herd of elephants or another captivating wild animal. This exclusive lodge comprises nine private suites for a truly luxurious and peaceful experience. All suites have private plunge pools and spacious wooden viewing decks which extend to the banks of the spectacular Sabie River.More information
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock of the Bushveld is a much-loved true story by South African author Sir James Percy FitzPatrick about his travels through the bushveld region with his dog, Jock, during the 1880s. The Jock Concession is a private tract of land within the Kruger National Park that has borders shaped in the exact side profile of this famous Staffordshire Bull Terrier. This area is renowned for its abundance of game, including the Big Five. Jock Safari Lodge offers comfortable and well-appointed accommodation within this historic concession and offers guests a range of luxury amenities.More information
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
This stunning five star safari lodge, set in the southern segment of the Kruger National Park, is renowned for its vast array of animals and birds. Lukimbi guests have the game viewing advantage of being taken out in open Landrovers on private roads, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy guided walks, spa treatments or simply relax in their spacious suites with private viewing decks and magnificent river vistas. Lukimbi is also renowned for its top-notch cuisine, which is served in a variety of locations including the open bush, alongside the pool or in the traditional boma.
Hamilton’s Tented Camp
For an authentic ‘Out of Africa’ experience, head to Hamilton’s Tented Camp, which evokes the spirit of a safari adventure in the early 1900s. This luxurious camp with its magical setting in the heart of the Kruger National Park was named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton who played a major role in founding this world-renowned reserve. In additional to amazing game viewing adventures, this exclusive camp offers superb service and fine cuisine in an elegant, secluded setting that enjoys uninterrupted views over the Nwatswitsonto River.More information
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Set on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River in the Kruger National Park, this traditional Tsonga-styled lodge offers guests an interactive cultural experience and African safari rolled into one. Guests are invited to experience the Tsonga way of life including cuisine and customs. Décor is sourced from the local Tsonga community and this is artfully fused with modern luxuries such as king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, indulgent outdoor showers and private game viewing decks. This area boasts one of the most diverse game viewing experiences in South Africa.More information
Imbali Safari Lodge
A private hideaway in the celebrated Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge offers spacious and well-appointed accommodation, traditional African warmth and hospitality, delectable seasonal cuisine and memorable views over the game-rich N’waswitsontso riverbed. The game viewing experience is extraordinary, as guests have exclusive access to 10 000 hectares of the Kruger National Park which is renowned for its vast array of wildlife species including the Big Five.More information
This boutique lodge offers ‘the quintessential safari experience for the sophisticated traveller’. Set within a private concession of the Sabi Sands Reserve, part of the Kruger National Park, this is one of the most sought-after safari destinations in the world with an enormous array of animals and birds inhabiting the area (including the Big Five). Game drives take place in the comfort of open land rovers with knowledgeable guides who have many tales to tell about this incredible natural environment.More information
Pafuri Camp lies on the edge of the Luvuvhu River under giant ebony and nyalaberry trees. Its location in the north corner of the Kruger National Park makes for many unique game viewing and bird watching opportunities. All tents have luxury en-suite bathrooms with romantic al fresco showers. Camp facilities include large viewing decks, an open-sided lounge and a swimming pool for guests to cool off in warmer weather. Parfuri’s elevated design allows wildlife to move undisturbed to and from the river.More information
andBeyond Leadwood Lodge is situated in the western tract of the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve at the Sand River’s edge. This exclusive lodge offers a truly intimate safari experience, housing only eight guests. Shaded by beautiful jackalberry and leadwood trees, the suites each feature a fireplace, sitting room, private pool, outdoor shower and wooden deck. Furnishings are plush and luxurious to ensure peaceful afternoon naps and a good night’s rest after each magical dinner under the African sky.
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