Kruger Park is South Africa’s most exciting African safari destination. Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife.
The Kruger National Park is the second-largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa. We make many Kruger National Park reservations each year for this, the flagship of South African National Parks. Spanning 360km, North to South, and 65km from East to West, the scenic beauty of Limpopo is situated to the west, the lush Mpumalanga to the south and with Zimbabwe to the North. It has nine entrance gates and is home to the famous Big Five, the Little Five and the birding Big Six, in addition to a range of fauna and flora unique to the area.
Plan your Kruger Park safari trip from our recommended safari tour options, which range from exclusive private safaris to affordable group safaris. Take a journey of exploration to find Africa’s Big Five : Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo, you will discover unique wildlife on a real safari in Africa.
Best time to visit The Kruger National Park
The Kruger Park is an all year round destination, with each season bringing its own highlights. Whatever time you decide to safari in the Kruger National Park – you will not be disappointed!
Game viewing can be at its best during the dry winters months, however the wet summer season brings full waterholes, lush bushveld, many newborn wildlife and the summer migrant birds arrive.
The Kruger Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C).
Summer is the rainy season in Kruger Park. The rains fill the rivers and waterholes, resulting in the bushveld looking lush. Game viewing is sometimes a bit more difficult in the summer season because the vegetation is dense, making it bit harder to locate and observe wildlife.
Towards the end of November and early December, Kruger National Park is filled with newborns and spotting wildlife with their young is a memorable Kruger Park safari experience. Birding is excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive.
If you are planning on visiting the Kruger Park during summer we recommend you travel in an air-conditioned vehicle and stay in air-conditioned accommodation. It can get very hot during the day with up to a high of 30 degrees celsius. Camping can be a bit unpleasant, but if you are a die-hard camping enthusiast the heat and rain should not deter you.
Although some visitors might prefer the lush vegetation of the summer months, the best time for observing African wildlife in Kruger National Park is the dry winter season.
The bushveld is more open allowing for better visibility. The grass is low, the bushes and trees are sparsely leaved and because it is so dry – with no rain – the wildlife will migrate towards the water. Water holes, dams and rivers become a hive of activity and you are more likely to spot wildlife in the morning and evening as they come for a drink of water.
The day temperatures in winter are pleasant but it can get quite chilly during the night-time so make sure you pack something warm when going on your afternoon/night game drives.
Greater Kruger Private Game Reserves
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Succumb to the lure of the wilderness in one of South Africa’s finest game reserves with more than a wildlife experience. Add to the mix of these Award winning safari lodges the temptation of a spa, a feast of gastronomic delights and the maximum of luxurious comfort, and this is a dream come true.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Famous for its white lions, Timbavati offers a South African safari tour in splendid colonial style. Superb safari lodges and outstanding game viewing assure you of an unforgettable experience. You can also find out about research initiatives on cheetahs, elephants and vultures.
Kapama Private Game Reserve
An elephant-back safari is the grandest way to do a game-viewing safari. It’s quiet, you’re sitting high up with a great view all around, and these gentle beasts can get in closer to wildlife than a safari vehicle. Plus, the epitome of luxury living in the bush… complete with wellness spa. You can also find out about research initiatives on cheetahs, elephants and vultures during your stay.
Manyeleti Game Reserve
At this Small and Exclusive Private Game Reserve near Kruger Park you can enjoy exquisite style lodge or luxury tented camps, excellent dining, expert trackers and a private reserve with very few lodges very low vehicle density – guaranteeing that you will have exclusivity on game drives to maximise your time at sightings.
Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Combining elegant living with superb game viewing conducted by knowledgeable rangers makes for a memorable getaway in solitude and privacy. Adding a relaxing spa and a romantic ambience to this piece of paradise in the African bush makes Thornybush a fantastic safari destination.
Balule Private Game Reserve
Balule Nature Reserve, near Kruger Park, is still an unspoilt wilderness that offers an authentic Kruger safari experience. The intimate rustic lodges and bush camps, offer a taste of a by-gone era far from the bustle of city life. After your evening game drive, return to your luxury lodge or bush-camp for a boma dinner around the fire under a starlit sky.