Greater Kruger National Park, is a joint venture between the Kruger National Park and the Associated Private Nature Reserves. Together they have an area of more than 20,000,000 Hectares, under their joint conservation.
Things to do
Game drives at dawn and dusk form the basic rhythm of your safari. Game drives take place in an open game viewing vehicle. Usually an experienced guide/tracker will sit at the front of the vehicle followed by the driver at the steer of the vehicle. These vehicles can follow game into the bush on unmarked roads to maximize viewing of the wildlife without disturbing them.
Guided Bush Walks
Walking safaris are an incredible way to experience the bush up-close and personal. Your expert guide and tracker will accompany you to track animals on foot through the wilderness and explore the magnificent landscapes around you.
Take a helicopter flight over the open bush and the amazing God’s Window. Land at Elephant Whispers to interact with these magnificent creatures. Experience the privilege of spending a wonderful day working closely with six majestic African Elephants. Saddle up and enjoy an elephant back ride to the Sabie River where the elephant have their morning drink. After your ride, you may choose to ‘roll up your sleeves’ and help care for the elephants alongside the Elephant Whispers Team. The balance of the day is spent with the elephant while they carry out their daily interaction and riding activities. Assist with observing and recording the elephant’s fascinating behaviour and feeding habits while they free-range feed in the bush. A sundowner drink whilst watching an African sunset at the stables as the elephant settle for the night completes your magical and memorable day.
Our chosen World’s Ultimate Lodges have exclusive spas on their property offering an experience to complement and enrich your stay.
Play a round of golf on the exclusive and immaculate Leopard Creek Championship Golf Estate amidst bush dwellers such as giraffe, impala and hippo. Expertly designed, the course borders the Crocodile River and is a great challenge for all golfers.
There is perhaps no more transcendent experience than looking up at a full sky of sparkling stars. Man has had a love affair with the night-time sky for centuries and with very little pollution and no city lights to detract from the stars, your view of the heavens here will be crystal clear – nothing between you and the vast African sky above.
Perhaps Africa’s greatest beauty is its people. Guests are invited to visit the nearby communities that border the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to meet the local people and witness many other areas of interest and cultural significance.
Specialist Walking Safari
Enjoy the excitement of a Tracking Walk, the tranquillity of a Nature Walk, or any combination of the two, as your specialist ranger and tracker tailor your walking experience to suit your personal requirements and preferences. Whether it be to follow an animal for hours, unravelling the details of its daily life, or to spend the whole day exploring the wildest corners of the game reserve on foot, a Specialist Walking Safari offers the opportunity to experience Africa at its wildest and most personal. This safari is offered at Phinda and Ngala.
Designed for photography enthusiasts, our expert guides will use their extensive experience in wildlife, birding and landscape photography to help you get the shot of a lifetime by providing advice on shutter speed, lenses, filters, angles, lighting and so much more. Combining their understanding of animal behavior with their photography skills, they will help you plan every step of your safari. This safari is offered at Phinda, Ngala, Kirkman’s Kamp and Tengile River Lodge.
Photographic enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can now capture the wonderous landscapes and magical creatures of &Beyond’s Phinda and Ngala Private Game Reserves, by taking advantage of a fully-equipped photographic safari vehicle. The vehicle has been fitted with state-of-the art camera mounts and cater for a maximum of four guests, ensuring exclusivity during your safari experience.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with rhino at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve while assisting in the conservation of this endangered species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of rhino. A wildlife vet will locate and dart the rhino from the vantage point of a helicopter, while the guests and ground crew will follow in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Once darted, the veterinary team will notch the sleeping animal’s ear for research and security monitoring, as well as insert a microchip into the horn, enabling researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests can participate in this conservation initiative and have the never-to-be-repeated opportunity of touching the anaesthetised giant during the notching procedure. Guests will need to spend a minimum of three nights at Ngala.
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The Outpost Lodge
The Outpost lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. The Big five Makuleke Contractual Park measures some 26,500 hectares and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park. Apart from large herds of elephant and buffalo, guests will be able to see Nyala, an antelope which is not easily found in the more southern regions of the park, and over 350 recorded bird species.
The name Motswari means to conserve and protect in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendor of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge. An overnight walking safari has now been added to the Motswari experience for avid bush lovers. You can engage all five of your senses as you become one with nature on a footpath through untouched wilderness with one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides as they lead you through majestic scenery to come up close and personal with the Big (and small) 5.
Mohlabetsi is the local African name for a small stream or “spruit” that flows here. It means “Place of Sweet Water” and weary pilgrims would be drawn to this wonderful location to enjoy refreshment. Nothing has changed over the aeons of time and even today we welcome travellers from around the globe to our sanctuary.
Mjejane River Lodge is an exclusive lodge situated within the revered Mjejane Game Reserve – a private Big 5 Game Reserve incorporated into the Kruger National Park. Perched on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by thousands of hectares of raw African wilderness, it is here that the paths of predators and prey cross. It is here that you are assured of a breath taking wildlife experience. From the first friendly welcome, to your journey of discovery through the African bush with an experienced game ranger at your side, to a starlit dinner around a dancing fire, to the individually decorated luxury bedrooms, Mjejane River Lodge is a truly unforgettable destination.
Located in the south-western region of the Kruger National Park, Mdluli Safari Lodge is accessible via a private road just after the Numbi Gate. Each of the luxurious tents at Mdluli are air-conditioned and offer a private patio with views into the park. They all have both an indoor and an outdoor shower. Gourmet meals are available at the lodge, with the option to enjoy dinner around the the boma fire. Guests can enjoy game viewing from the deck, bar and infinity swimming pool, all which overlook the park and river. Big Five game drives and walks with experienced guides are also available. The nearest airport is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 48.3 km from the accommodation.
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate camp situated in the prestigious Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, giving you best traverse viewing. The Klaserie now forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park with a common unfenced boundary. The traversing area is approximately 6000 hectares (14800 acres) of the reserves, offering guests varied landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and numerous other mammals and bird species in their natural habitat.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the northern part of the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Elephant Plains endeavours to offer our guests the opportunity for excellent Big 5 game viewing, combined with luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, with a variety of accommodation options, varying from Rondavels and Luxury Suites to the Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite. Elephant Plains Game Lodge is world-renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. The property has been in the family for the past 57 years and Elephant Plains Game Lodge opened its doors in 1998.
Waterbuck Game Lodge is situated in the Southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to a water estuary and waterhole. Ideal for exclusive use bookings, this lodge has a pool with a view of the bush veld, an intimate boma, and shared lounge with a fireplace. Each suite has a wooden deck, offering up views of the water hole and bushveld. The suites at Waterbuck Game Lodge are air-conditioned, and have a minibar. They include an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower, and guests receive complimentary bathroom amenities. The lodge boasts a lounge area with an open-plan dining room all under thatch, and walled with huge glass doors that open up into the bush veld.
Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, Jackalberry Lodge is located in Thornybush Game Reserve. Perfect for experiencing an African safari, the lodge boasts distant views of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Elegantly furnished, the luxury chalets feature a patio with views of the lush surrounds and the en-suite bathrooms boast a corner spa bath, indoor shower and outdoor shower. The thatched-roof open plan African themed restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The game reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, reptiles and birds. Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or relax whilst reading a book in the library.
You won’t need to leave the comfort of Imbali’s deck to see Kruger’s creatures stake their claim over their humble patch: the striking Golden Orb spider spinning her impenetrable web, Burchell’s starlings bravely pecking at a wayward cobra and squirrels dashing past with their tasty tidbits. Sheltered in a riverine forest overlooking the seasonal Nwaswitsontso river, Imbali is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement that has yielded such evidence of an ancient culture as clay pots, bone tools and grinding stones.
Perched up high for great views, Leopard Hills Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve offers you great viewing possibilities at the lodge plus plenty of opportunities to see wildlife during twice-daily game drives, bush walks and more. The lodge overlooks a watering hole frequented by animals you won’t see at home – species you can see up close when you stay in comfort at this well-regarded lodge. Set atop a rocky outcropping for amazing views of animals and the surrounding bush, Leopard Hills Lodge is a sensible African safari destination no matter whether it’s the wildlife or the luxurious experiences that most intrigue you about a getaway in South Africa.
Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge is a celebration of the tranquility, space, and light which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. Inspired by the geometry of the boulders on which it rests, Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis where organic interiors integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside. Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly at home in its pristine setting and whether through walls of glass or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience.
As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’ A blend of European heritage and African boldness welcomes visitors with the down-to-earth warmth of a much-loved family home. The lodge comprises just 12 secluded suites, each of which are the epitome of elegant comfort, and two of which are perfectly suited to accommodate families. En-suite bathrooms, an indoor-outdoor shower, private heated plunge pools, and spacious game viewing decks complete the luxurious accommodation.
Reminiscent of an Out of Africa experience, a stay at Hamiltons Tented Camp is one that will remain etched in memory, much like the contribution the lodge's namesake, James Stevenson-Hamilton, made to the national park the camp now calls home for more than a century on. Built entirely of canvas set amidst age-old Jackalberry and Sausage trees, with high wooden platforms linking six elevated tents, Hamiltons treats guests to stunning views of the Nwatswitsonto River and offers the opportunity to enjoy spectacular wildlife and birdlife sightings.
Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the majestic beauty that is the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, a space for breath-taking wildlife sightings. The lodge, with 6,000 hectares of natural landscape, offers guests one of the best Big 5 game viewing experiences in South Africa with its exclusive riverbed traversing rights. The Relaxation Retreat with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy bath will ensure guests truly unwind. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the history of Jock and the area with the cultural heritage of the Bushveld.
Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp faces an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife by day and night. With access to 100 square kilometers of traversing big game abounds, with each day bringing something different whilst exploring the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open Land Rover.Seven generously spacious Luxury and Family Suites and two exquisite Honeymoon Suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah.
Distinct thatched peaks that peep over the tree-line and flashes of burnt orange through lush Leadwood trees signal guests' arrival at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, set on the banks of the Mluwati River in the heart of the Kruger National Park. A celebration of the local Tsonga culture, from its traditional rondawel rooms to the splashes of tribal design and earthy tones defining its interiors, Hoyo Hoyo exudes a hearty spirit of warmth and welcoming. Expect an authentic encounter with the local Tsonga culture in extraordinary bush surroundings; the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s most renowned conservation areas and home to the Big Five.
Royal Malewane is a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort and convenience. The classic safari experience is unsurpassed with unrivaled game viewing and the most qualified guiding team in Africa. The guides and trackers will bring you thrillingly close to the Big Five; indulge in sensual treatments at our tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and let the passion of our chefs delight you with nightly feasts under the African stars. Royal Malewane is an intimate and luxurious safari lodge with just six Luxury Suites and two Royal Suites (which each have two bedrooms).
Shishangeni Private Lodge, Kruger National Park offers luxury chalets and tents within the Mpanamana Concession. At Shishangeni 2 games drives are include per day and free WiFi is available in public areas. The units are decorated with contemporary furnishings and feature earthy colours. Each unit has a balcony offering a view and comes fitted with a mosquito net, fireplace and seating area. Malelane is 47 km from Shishangeni Private Lodge, Kruger National Park. The nearest airport is the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, located 108 km from the property.
Situated in a perfect position on the banks of the Sand River, with sweeping river views from every vantage point, lies Tengile River Lodge. Meaning ‘tranquil’ in the local language, the lodge certainly has an advantage over all others in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This magnificent lodge features nine enormous, air-conditioned, secluded suites, dotted in the dappled shade of the bushveld, each with panoramic river views. In addition to a master bedroom, bathroom and outdoor shower, there is a lounge, dining area, fully-stocked bar, coffee station and outdoor seating and dining area that guaranteed to take your breath away.
Located high on a ridge of the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, overlooking the magnificent Sand River, lies Kirkmans Kamp. The Sabi Sand is arguably a safari experience like no other in the world. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the reserve benefits from a great diversity of wildlife – although it is particularly well known for its prolific leopard sightings. Game drives traverse an area of 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of an up-close game viewing experience. Step back in time, into the classical ambiance of this original 1920s homestead.
The magic and mystery of Africa comes alive in the welcoming ambiance of the elegant Ngala Safari Lodge. This timeless and charming safari lodge is ideally positioned in Ngala Private Game Reserve, a private concession inside the highly acclaimed Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 20 Classic Thatched Cottages, including three Family Cottages with interleading rooms, and the spacious Family Suite. Each ensuite cottage exudes a romantic ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout.
Nestled between the dense riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati in the unspoiled Ngala Private Game Reserve, lies Ngala Tented Camp, a sophisticated tented camp perfectly positioned in tranquil bush surrounds. Ngala shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary. Ngala Tented Camp comprises just nine intimate and luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms and cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, minimising the impact on the environment. Each tented suite has an ensuite bathroom, swirling overhead fan, air conditioning, outdoor showers, snug electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks.
Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the world-renowned Sand River, lies a special place. MalaMala Rattray’s Camp offers an intimate glimpse into an era long lost, when travellers from afar married the magic of the African bush with elegance and refinement. Each luxurious, freestanding and spacious suite offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed whilst taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower or enjoying a massage on the deck.
Located in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, 43.5 km from Hazyview, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has a restaurant and free WiFi. Accommodations are comprised of a living room, a kitchen with a fridge, and a private bathroom with shower and bath. Some units are air-conditioned and include a patio and/or a balcony, as well as a seating area. The lodge offers a continental or Full English/Irish breakfast. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers a fitness center. A kids' club is also available at the accommodation, while guests can also relax in the garden. The nearest airport is Skukuza, 14.5 km from Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Take in the African plains at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve at the heat of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The main lodge is a picture of opulence with its high thatch roof, luxurious wooden finishes and African decor. Guests can relax or dine on the large viewing deck as it opens up onto the African bush veld. Guest suites at Lion Sands are peaceful retreats with draped beds and a comfortable seating area with a fireplace. Each offers a private bathroom fitted with a bath and shower, and an additional outside shower. Both the bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned and feature a private courtyard.
Lion Sands Tinga Game Lodge is located within a private concession in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park. The spacious suites overlook the Sabie River and offer game viewing opportunities. The elegant and private suites at Tinga Game Lodge feature a private bathroom, a separate lounge area and a deck with plunge pool. Each is fitted with a mini-bar, air conditioning and the beds are draped with a mosquito net. Meals are served outdoors, in the dining area or in the privacy of your own suite. Special diet menus can be arranged upon advance request.
Narina Lodge is situated in South Africa's Kruger National Park – the only private game reserve rooted in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. The Sabie River forms a natural boundary between its two sides. Narina Lodge is on the Kruger National Park side. Just nine spacious thatched suites are connected to the main building by raised wooden walkways. Each suite is fully air-conditioned with mini bars and personal safes. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanities, outdoor showers and large free-standing bath tubs with views of the river. The bedrooms open onto private viewing decks and secluded plunge pools.
Suspended high above the N’wanetsi River, the dramatic cliffside setting of Singita Lebombo Lodge’s 13 contemporary glass-walled suites ensures inimitable views of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge’s cutting-edge design is cleverly integrated into its wilderness setting, where everything defers to nature and airy spaces welcome the breathtaking surrounds inside. The sophisticated loft-style suites embody the essence of modern romantic hideaways and their elevated wooden viewing decks allow guests to sleep outside under the stars. These light-filled structures, floating between river and sky, were inspired by the many eagles’ nests built into the cliff face of the river bank.
Tucked into the banks of the Sweni River, this intimate lodge is a hidden jewel that provides a bold, new African context for contemporary design, architecture and cuisine. Exuding glamour and subtle sophistication, Singita Sweni Lodge’s seven suites are hidden among a canopy of trees, each featuring open-plan interiors, a generously stocked minibar, two bathrooms and an outdoor shower overlooking the river – adding to the feeling of being enveloped by an ancient forest. The suites include state-of-the-art amenities such as Bose sound systems and bean-to-cup coffee machines and floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto expansive wooden decks, where daybeds provide the option to fall asleep under the stars.
Located 46 km from Kinyonga Reptile Centre, Saseka Tented Camp offers a restaurant, a bar and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. There is a private bathroom with shower in all units, along with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests at the tented camp can enjoy a Full English/Irish breakfast. A terrace can be found at Saseka Tented Camp, along with a shared lounge. Waterhole/Pan is 23 km from the accommodation, while Otters Den Ballooning is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Hoedspruit Eastgate, 51 km from Saseka Tented Camp, and the property offers a free airport shuttle service. The main area has a large, tiered deck with a broad view of the riverbed and a cleverly designed roof that mimics the dappled light of a tree canopy.
Neighbouring the Greater Kruger National Park, the 5-star Thornybush Game Lodge is spread across 14000-hectares of unspoilt African bushveld and boasts a sun terrace encircling the swimming pool. Overlooking the seasonal Monwana River from your private viewing deck, the elegant air-conditioned suites boast African décor combined with earthy colours and feature a mosquito net draped over the bed, a minibar and a private entrance. The luxury en suite bathrooms have a private indoor and outdoor shower, bath and complimentary bathroom amenities. The restaurant dishes features influences of local and contemporary cuisine.
Simbambili Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This romantic hideaway offers a Moroccan-style experience, privately tucked away in the sweeping savanna grassland. The suites at Simbambili are air-conditioned and feature a large deck with plunge pool and day bed. Guests can enjoy views over a waterhole with game viewing opportunities. The en-suite bathroom is features a luxurious bath, and guests receive complimentary bathroom amenities. Simbambili Lodge has a main lounge area and a gift shop. Sabi Sand has the highest concentration of leopard in the world. Guests can explore the reserve on a guided game drive or bush walk.
Peering out over the serene Klaserie River, Misava Safari Camp offers breath-taking views across the African savannah. Featuring four elegant garden-view rooms and two opulent villas overlooking the river, each luxury suite is complete with its own private deck area. Located in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, 26 km from Thornybush Game Reserve, Misava Safari Camp - Klaserie Drift provides a restaurant and free WiFi. All units are air conditioned and include a seating and/or dining area. The lodge offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Misava Safari Camp - Klaserie Drift offers a terrace.