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Leopard, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands

Kruger National Park and the adjacent private game reserves of Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Manyeleti make up the Greater Kruger National Park – one of the oldest, largest and finest national parks in the world and home to the Big Five.

The iconic Kruger National Park spreads across two provinces and shares unfenced boundaries to the north, east and west. This massive park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which, along with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park are larger than some European countries.

Kruger is, of course, best known for its varied landscapes and diversity of wildlife species; 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptiles, 507 bird and 147 mammal species including the famed Big Five namely lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Zebra crossing, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Zebras, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Buffaloes, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion Paws, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Why visit Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands

  • A world-renowned safari region, home to the Big Five
  • See wildlife roaming free through the spectacular African bush
  • Choose from a wide range of accommodation, from simple bush camps to super luxurious lodges
game walks, Tanda Tula Safari Lodge, Western Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa
Tanda Tula Safari Lodge, Western Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa

When to visit Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands

Most of the park lies in the Lowveld and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with summer months hot and humid. The rainy season from November to March sees the bush lush and alive, with babies being born – closely followed by increased predator activity. During winter months of May to August, game viewing is easier as the bush is less dense and the game congregates around the waterholes. The park is a year-round destination, with strong sightings throughout the year.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Rhino Darting

Join a vet as they dart and microchip a rhino. Get hands-on with this important conservation work, which helps protect these heavily poached animals.

Kruger Concessions

Escape the crowds and stay in one of the Kruger’s adjoining private concessions, with no fences in between and off-road driving permitted.

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Big Five Safari

Experience a Big Five safari in the incomparably vast Kruger National Park.

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Leopard Sightings

Set out on game drives in the Sabi Sands, arguably the best place in Africa to see leopards. Capture that perfect shot of these incredibly photogenic animals.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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