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Bush breakfast, Kings Camp, Western Kruger Private Reserves

Safari through the Greater Kruger

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

$5,715 ex. flights

Combine three beautiful lodges for the ultimate Greater Kruger National Park safari. This journey takes you across one of Africa’s last great wildlife areas, staying in the remote northern reaches, as well as two private reserves.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Looking out over the park, The Outpost, Kruger National Park 1

Northern Kruger

Admire the rugged landscape of the Luvuvhu Valley from The Outpost’s stunning suites.

Elephant on safari, Kruger National Park, South Africa 2

Game Drives

Explore by open-topped safari vehicle in search of predators and prey, large and small.

Walking, Pafuri, South Africa 3

Bush Walks

Explore private reserves on foot, led by expert walking guides.

Suite, Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands 4

Leopard Hills

Finish at the stunningly positioned Leopard Hills – offering privacy and seclusion.

Why we like it

This journey focuses on an area rich with wilderness and wildlife. Combining three fantastic reserves, it offers an all-encompassing safari experience, allowing for an in-depth exploration of the Greater Kruger. Each of the three camps provides a wonderful – albeit individual and different – experience. But, perhaps most importantly, they sit in areas away from the crowds, allowing for unspoilt and exclusive wildlife encounters.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Johannesburg - Phalaborwa - Kruger National Park
  • Days 2-3
    Kruger National Park
  • Day 4
    Kruger National Park - Timbavati Private Reserve
  • Days 5-6
    Timbavati Private Reserve
  • Day 7
    Timbavati Private Reserve - Sabi Sands
  • Day 8
    Sabi Sands
  • Day 9
    Sabi Sands - Johannesburg
game drive, Kruger park, South Africa
South Africa

Kruger National Park

Begin in the wild northern landscape of the Kruger National Park, amongst acacia thickets, baobab-dotted grasslands and mopane forests. This is one of the quietest areas of the national park, thanks to its remote location.

Stay at the Outpost, which sits in isolation, atop a scrub-dotted escarpment, with its modern, open-fronted suites offering fantastic views of the river valley below. Explore this wilderness in search of big game, making use of small tracks that were previously reserved for official use by park employees.

Male Lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Timbavati

Fly on from the Kruger and into the Timbavati Private Reserve, famed for its rare white lions. Here, Kings Camp provides an opulent base for exploration and game viewing. Looking out over a savannah landscape, this elegant camp offers access to 100 square kilometres of pristine bush.

The reserve’s boundary with the Kruger is unfenced, meaning the wildlife wanders freely back and forth. The viewing is fantastic, with lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos amongst the many species regularly spotted.

game drive with leopard, South Africa
South Africa

Sabi Sands

Located to the south of Timbavati, Sabi Sands is one of the most famous private reserves. Continue to Leopard Hills, found in the far west of this exclusive concession. Beautifully appointed, this elegant camp offers privacy, fantastic wildlife viewing and wonderful views.

Looking out over the Mabrak River, the camp benefits from a well-frequented waterhole that sits below its hilltop position. Suites are spread out across the ridge, each featuring a private veranda and recessed plunge pool. Game walks are wonderful here – offering a closer and more intimate interaction with the reserve’s habitat and inhabitants.

Old Home of Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

Possible Extension: Time in the City

This trip can easily be extended with time before or after in Johannesburg. This modern city, rich with contemporary culture and ever-changing urban landscapes is the perfect compliment to the wilderness and wildlife of safari.

The best way to explore the city is in the company of a local. One of our recommended guides is James Delaney, who is a Johannesburg native. An artist and sculptor, he can guide you around the neighbourhoods that form his canvas and also serve as his inspiration.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kings Camp £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located at the edge of an acacia-dotted savannah plain, Kings Camp overlooks a waterhole that attracts both diurnal and nocturnal visitors. Found at the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the camp is surrounded by an area rich in wildlife. Among these animals, white lions are a particularly novelty – almost unique to the area. Seven suites look out over the savannah landscape, with the dining room, bar, reception and boma set slightly further back. A thatched viewing deck faces the waterhole, whilst a beautifully landscaped swimming pool lies nearby.

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The Outpost £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Perched on the edge of a scrub-dotted escarpment, The Outpost overlooks the Luvuvhu River Valley. Located in an unspoilt, wild part of the Kruger National Park, this impressive property surveys the game-rich landscape below, offering stunning views from its perfect vantage point. It is designed in a modern, clean style and blends contemporary architectural themes with the rugged nature of the lodge’s surroundings.

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Leopard Hills £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Sitting atop a rocky outcrop and towering over the plains of the Sabi Sands, Leopard Hills looks out over the Mabrak River and towards a well-frequented waterhole. A huge area comprising a diverse range of ecosystems surrounds the camp, with a rich array of wildlife populating this vast expanse. The lodge lies in the western sector of the Sabi Sands Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park. Eight glass-fronted suites spread outwards from the camp’s reception, each afforded privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $5,715 Per person

When to travel

South Africa in January

A great time to visit around Cape Town and the Garden Route, as it is hot and dry. Further north in the Kruger, it is also hot, but there is a much greater chance of rainstorms.

South Africa in February

Peak season in the Cape continues, and it is often the hottest time. It is worth booking well in advance to get your preferred accommodation.

South Africa in March

It is an excellent time to visit all parts of the country, as the weather is still warm and the rain eases in the north. In the Kruger, it is lush and green after the rainy season.

South Africa in April

Visitor numbers drop, and lower temperatures make for ideal hiking conditions in the Drakensberg mountains. It is warm and dry across the country, making it a great time to explore multiple regions.

South Africa in May

A quieter time of year and a good time to visit, especially if you are not looking for balmy heat. The north and especially the Kruger enters its dry season, with cooler temperatures.

South Africa in June

Midwinter brings the rainiest time in the Cape, but it is still pleasantly mild in the day with the sun shining. The dry season in the north makes for excellent wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.

South Africa in July

Clear skies and crisp sunshine dominate in the north, as it is the driest month. It is low season so parks are generally quiet and it is easier to spot wildlife around the sparse waterholes.

South Africa in August

A fantastic time to see KwaZulu Natal as is one of the warmest places in the country at this time. In the Western Cape, it is starting to dry out in time for whale watching season.

South Africa in September

The West Coast springs into life as the flowers bloom and temperatures rise across the country. A chance to spot newborns and it is prime time for whale watching in the Cape.

South Africa in October

A great time to see both the north and south, as it is relatively dry everywhere. Flowers carpet the countryside as temperatures continue to rise.

South Africa in November

The start of the rainy season in the Kruger and the north, as temperatures heat up. Impressive thunderstorms become more regular in the afternoon. The last chance to see whales in the Cape, and a good time to see inland areas before they toast in the summer heat.

South Africa in December

Summer approaches and with it visitor numbers rise, especially in the south. If you want to travel around Christmas and New Year, you should book well in advance to secure the best spots.

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