Located in the northeast of South Africa within the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park is bordered by the Limpopo and Crocodile Rivers and the Lebombo Mountains. It is one of the largest national parks in the world and can be accessed via nine gates. It is home not only to the Big Five, but also more species of large mammal than any other African game reserve. It also has a number of endangered African wild dog packs within its boundaries as well as approximately 500 species of birds.
While Kruger National Park is an icon that feature’s on most people’s bucket lists, its popularity often results in a large number of visitors, making the camps here large and often crowded. That's why we don't feature anything in the park itself, but instead head for the quieter plains of the surrounding game reserves.
If you’re after dedicated game drives that allow you to follow the game and provide a more intimate experience, a stay at one of the surrounding private game reserves is a must. While some are separate with boundary fences, there are some reserves that have no fences so wildlife are free to roam between Kruger and the reserves, such as Lion Sands Game Reserve in Sabi Sand and Thornybush Private Game Reserve.
There are two main airports close to Kruger and surrounds. There are flights between Kruger Mpumalanga and Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Livingstone. The other airport is Hoedspruit, which has flights to and from Cape Town and Johannesburg. From these two airports, most camps are roughly an hour to two hours’ drive away. Many lodges also have private air strips.
What to do
Enjoy morning and evening game drives with expert safari guides seeking out the Big 5 and Little 5. In many of the private concessions, you can enjoy additional activities including guided walks, night drives, captivating sundowner drinks, bush dinners and even sleeping in a treehouse beneath the stars.