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Kruger and Sabi Sands

Kruger and Sabi Sands

The Kruger National Park is renowned not only for its diversity of wildlife, but also for its conservation record. You can of course see the famed Big Five, even the Big 7 (cheetah and African wild dogs), but you’ll also be dazzled by hundreds of birds, ancient trees, mighty rivers and much, much more.

Kruger (Mpumalanga)  should definitely be on everyone’s must see list.  It’s not only about the Big Five, but thousands of other animals such as the giraffe – surely the most elegant of all the bush animals. You’ll encounter elephants galore and herds of buffalo. There are so many different kinds of antelope your head will spin, fat crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks, hyenas mooching along, and, if you’re very lucky, a pack of wild dogs on the prowl. 

The Kruger National Park is huge with some 2 million hectares of outstanding game viewing country.  It shares unfenced borders to the west with a number of exclusive private game reserves, including Sabi Sands, Mala Mala and Timbavati where a superb range of lodges provide some of the best wildlife safari holidays on earth.

As this region has one of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, each 4×4 game drive is journey of discovery and the expert guides will teach you about the flora and fauna as well as basic tracking skills.you 

The Kruger combines well with a stay in Cape Town or even a beach holiday in Mozambique, so contact us  and we will be pleased to organise the ultimate city and safari adventure for you.

 

 

 

 

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Introduction

Kruger (Mpumalanga) is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, the fauna and flora and by the saga of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends. 

 Aptly know as “Paradise Country”, few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the Mpumalanga Lowveld and escarpment. Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds. Among them in the southern section, the Kruger National Park is world renowned, as are several of the luxurious private reserves on its western boundary.

The Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1894 by President Paul Kruger and is famed not only for its diversity of wildlife, but also for its conservation record. It’s not only about being an amazing Big Five location, but about the thousands of other animals such as the giraffe, cheetah, many different kinds of antelope, crocodiles, hyenas, African wild dogs and hundreds of bird species – the abundance of flora and fauna is breathtaking.

The Kruger National Park enjoys a great year-round sunny climate and offers all kinds of activities, from guided game drives and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas.

Over 1.4-million people visit Kruger each year, but because it’s so big – 352 km from north to south, and covering over 1.9-million hectares – game watching can be an exclusive experience along a 2500 kilometre network of tar and dirt roads.

Sabi Sands

To the south western corner of the Kruger National Park lies Sabi Sands Game Reserve, one of the oldest private reserves in South Africa and pioneer of sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa. It has only ever been a wilderness area and is home to a vast wildlife population, including The Big Five, and a number of endangered species too.  Game roams freely between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands and luxury lodges provide spectacular game viewing opportunities on game drives and bush walks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Considerations

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).

HOW TO GET HERE

By road from Johannesburg it’s approximately a five-hour drive (depending where you enter the park). You can also travel by plane to Kruger Park International Airport in Mbombela (Nelspruit ) and be taken by road or lodge hop to your safari destination.

 

 

When To Visit

The Kruger Park is an all year round destination, with each season bringing its own highlights.

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

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.

Winter

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.

 

 

 

 

Temperature & Rainfall

Climate Chart – Southern Kruger

Climate Chart – Hoedspruit – Northern Kruger

Kruger & Private Game Reserves Highlights

Up Close Encounters

Up Close Encounters

Up Close Encounters

Encompassing the Kruger NP as well as some private reserves sharing unfenced boundaries The game is ...

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Up Close Encounters

Up Close Encounters

Encompassing the Kruger NP as well as some private reserves sharing unfenced boundaries The game is relatively habituated allowing for up close encounters and exciting game viewing.

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Guided Walks

Guided Walks

Guided Walks

A Kruger walking safari is an exhilarating experience in this prime big five game viewing area. ...

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Guided Walks

Guided Walks

A Kruger walking safari is an exhilarating experience in this prime big five game viewing area. Leisurely paced guided walks allow you to time to take in the unspoilt landscapes and connect with nature.

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Exclusive Lodges

Exclusive Lodges

Exclusive Lodges

Prestigious exclusive lodges set within the private game reserves of the Kruger offer world class ...

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Exclusive Lodges

Exclusive Lodges

Prestigious exclusive lodges set within the private game reserves of the Kruger offer world class service, expert guiding and an outstanding game viewing experience. Singita Boulder’s Lodge is one such example

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Night Drives

Night Drives

Night Drives

The best night game drives are conducted on the Private game reserves, such as Sabi Sands, where ...

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Night Drives

Night Drives

The best night game drives are conducted on the Private game reserves, such as Sabi Sands, where expert guides will seek out the nocturnal species like civet, genet, porcupine and the big cats out on a hunt.

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Boma Dining

Boma Dining

Boma Dining

South Africa is famed for its barbecues or “braais” and convivial evenings can be spent eating ...

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Boma Dining

Boma Dining

South Africa is famed for its barbecues or “braais” and convivial evenings can be spent eating delicious food around the fire in an open air boma.

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Kruger Self Drive

Kruger Self Drive

Kruger Self Drive

A Self-Drive in Kruger is a wonderful experience giving you the freedom to plan for your own ...

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Kruger Self Drive

Kruger Self Drive

A Self-Drive in Kruger is a wonderful experience giving you the freedom to plan for your own interests and move at your own pace. There is nothing like the thrill of driving along a road by yourself and coming across a herd of elephants or a pride of lions and having this all to yourself is hard to beat. Visitors can stay at one of the many National Park Rest Camps that can be found throughout the park that covers 8,000 sq miles and boasts an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife and habitats.

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camps & lodges

Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa is a stylish, eco safari lodge located in the northern region of the Sabi Sand Reserve, on the banks of the concession’s largest ... Read More

Dulini

Dulini

Dulini Private Game Reserve is located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sands.  Set in a peaceful riverine grove and embraced in a leafy canopy ... Read More

Dulini River Lodge

Dulini River Lodge

Tucked away in a quiet corner in the west of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Dulini River Lodge sits in the shade of a grove of ebony trees right on the ... Read More

Inyati Private Game Reserve

Inyati Private Game Reserve

Inyati Private Game Reserve is located in 65,000 hectares of unspoiled bushveld within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National ... Read More

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge is situated in 6,000 hectares of private land within the southern region of the Kruger National Park.   Nestled at the ... Read More

Kings Camp

Kings Camp

Kings Camp is a luxury lodge situated in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, lying west of the Greater Kruger National Park.   The camp offers ... Read More