Giraffe, Kruger National Park, 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.

Male Lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Male lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hippo yawning, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hippo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Collared sunbird sitting on aloe flower, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Collared sunbird, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Southern White Rhinoceros, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Southern White Rhinoceros, 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 drive at Thornybush Saseka Tented Camp, Hoedspruit, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Holiday Idea

Combining two of South Africa’s major highlights, the ‘Mother City’ Cape Town and world-renowned Kruger National Park, this holiday is the perfect introduction to the country.

10 days

from £6,395 pp

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Experiences

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

Leopard at night, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg

Kruger by Night

Embark on a night drive in search of apex predators as they stalk their prey in the cover of darkness, taking time to stargaze amidst the peace of the bush.

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Tinga treehouse, Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Lion Sands Private Reserve, Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Luxury Sleep Out

Spend a night under the stars in a treehouse  and let the sounds of the African bush lull you to sleep.

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Aerial view of Rockfig Safari Lodge, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Safari Lodge Exclusive Use

For the ultimate multi generational or family and friends holiday with activities catering for all ages, take exclusive use of a safari lodge within the Kruger National Park.

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Game walks, Tanda Tula Safari LodGe, Western KruGer Private Reserves, South Africa

Walking Safari

Explore Kruger National Park via walking trails – accompanied by experienced rangers this is a wonderful way to experience the sights and sounds of the African bush up close.

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Londolozi

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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Male Lion and Cub, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Big Five Safari

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

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Leopard, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Leopard Sightings

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

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Rhino conservation tour 2017, Rhino just before being woken up, South Africa

Rhino Darting

Join a vet as they dart and microchip a rhino in Kruger National Park. Get hands-on with this important conservation work, helping protect these heavily poached animals.

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Game Drive, Tanda Tula Safari Lodge, Western Kruger Private Reserves
Game drive, Kruger National Park, 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 the 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.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Last Word Kitara £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Last Word Kitara is an exclusive safari lodge in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve that provides the quintessential Big Five safari experience.

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Thornybush Saseka Tented Camp £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Perched on a bend of the Monwana River, Saseka Tented Camp is a sought-after safari destination in the Greater Kruger National Park.

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RockFig Safari Lodge £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Inspired by its Timbavati setting, RockFig safari lodge exudes a relaxed ambience with indoor and outdoor guest spaces that flow seamlessly to allow for both communal and private moments combined with an authentic bush feel.

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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Boasting nine luxurious suites, Tinga Lodge is an exclusive property set on the Sabie River guaranteed to provide an unforgettable journey.

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Garonga Safari Camp £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Hidden away in the greater Makalali Private Game Reserve is Garonga Safari Camp, an exclusive tented camp with just six en-suite units.

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Savanna Lodge £££££

  • Africa
  • Safari Lodge

Situated within the Sabi Sands Reserve, Savanna Lodge offers an exclusive, personalised and intimate safari experience in the greater Kruger National Park.

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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.

Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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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

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

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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