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GREATER KRUGER

ABOUT

The Greater Kruger includes Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves that have partnered to create a massive stretch of land. Kruger National Park is one of the oldest parks in the world and one of the most wildlife-rich regions in Africa. Private landowners and wildlife conservancies have dropped their fences with Kruger to protect an area of almost five million acres.

The Greater Kruger is a varied landscape of large perennial rivers, wide-open grasslands, undulating mountain ranges, woodlands, and thornveld. Wildlife excursions offered in this region are extremely productive. Most lodges and camps offer game drives in 4x4 vehicles and bush walks. Depending on whether you stay inside the national park’s boundaries or in a neighboring reserve, different rules apply with regards to off-roading policies and activity times. A stay in a neighboring reserve or conservancy will provide more flexibility. Two of the most well-known private reserves are the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

SEASONS

Winter sets in slowly in the Kruger Region. In late April, the rains end and temperatures fall. Days are quickly warmed by the sun and remain comfortable, but temperatures fall at sunset, giving way to cool and crisp nights. By June, winter is in full swing as the trees and grasses thin and colors fade to brown. Food and water become scarce, and wildlife depend upon permanent water sources, such as rivers, waterholes, and lagoons. Wildlife sightings become a bit more productive during winter, as thin vegetation provides greater visibility.

Kruger’s summer season lasts from October to early March. During this time, the area experiences higher temperatures and receives the majority of its rainfall. Days are long and warm with moderate temps at night. The bush during this time of year explodes into a thick, lush, green environment, and the rivers swell. Migratory birds arrive, and antelopes give birth to a new generation of young.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
HIGH (F°) 94° 94° 92° 88° 86° 82° 82° 84° 88° 90° 90° °94
LOW (F°) 72° 70° 68° 62° 52° 42° 44° 48° 56° 62° 66° 70°
RAINFALL (mm) 93 93 68 37 14 11 12 9 26 43 66 94
ACCOMMODATIONS
KIRKMANS KAMP


LION SANDS IVORY LODGE


LION SANDS NARNIA LODGE


LION SANDS RIVER LODGE


LION SANDS TINGA LODGE


LONDOLOZI FOUNDERS CAMP


LONDOLOZI PIONEER CAMP


LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GRANITE SUITES


LONDOLOZI TREE CAMP


LONDOLOZI VARTY CAMP


MALAMALA MAIN CAMP


MOTSWARI


NGALA SAFARI LODGE


NGALA TENTED CAMP


NOTTEN'S BUSH CAMP


RATTRAY'S ON MALAMALA


SABI SABI BUSH LODGE


SABI SABI EARTH LODGE


SABI SABI LITTLE BUSH CAMP


SABI SABI SELATI CAMP


SAVANNAH PRIVATE GAME RESERVE


SINGITA BOULDERS LODGE


SINGITA CASTLETON


SINGITA EBONY LODGE


SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE


SINGITA SWENI LODGE


ULUSABA CLIFF LODGE


ULUSABA ROCK LODGE


ULUSABA SAFARI LODGE
WILDLIFE

Wildlife viewing in the Greater Kruger National Park is spectacular. This area is known for its large prides of lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, but the biggest highlights are the region’s resident leopards. These solitary, spotted cats are known for being extremely shy and elusive, but the private reserves surrounding Kruger are some of the best areas to view leopards in Africa. This is due in part to decades of habituation, as trusting female leopards raise their young in the presence of vehicles, who grow up accustomed to them. Experienced, professional guides take great care in maintaining this delicate relationship. You can also expect to see plains animals, great numbers of birds, and if you are lucky, rare wild dogs or a cheetah.

ACTIVITIES
  • Journey through the bush with a skilled guide and tracker team that follow nature’s clues to reveal this region’s prolific wildlife. Teams of guides and trackers work closely together to provide an exciting adventure through the African bush.

  • Enjoy a guided walk through the bush and learn how to identify tracks and subtle signs left behind by creatures big and small from a professional tracker. Delve into a world commonly unnoticed and channel our ancient hunter and gatherer ancestors.

  • Visit the Shangaan community that surrounds the Game Reserves and learn about the cultures and customs of the beautiful people who call this area home.

  • Sit around the fire and share stories about the day’s adventures and wildlife encounters. Learn about the history of the area’s wildlife, and gain insight into the animal dynamics that play out in this untamed wilderness.