Big 5 Safari
Explore the Greater Kruger Park
Part of Africa’s second largest protected wilderness area with more mammal species than any other reserve in Africa. The accessible and spectacular safari experience in the Greater Kruger wilderness is a highlight for any visitor.
Expect big skies, close-up big game, birds, reptiles and varied activities. Stay in luxurious camps or simple bush accommodation or something in between. We can find the best option for you in the 2 million hectare wilderness area – approximately the same size as Wales or Israel.
Ideal safari months are from April to September, but we know the best year-round options. Popular towns enroute include Hazyview, Hoedspruit and Graskop. Combines well with Victoria Falls and Cape Town for families, couples and small groups.
Regular flights route in and out of Kruger Mpumalanga International airport in Nelspruit. Scheduled flights also use airports at Hoedspruit and Skukuza. Charter flights can be arranged into airstrips at various private safari lodges. Many of our guest enjoy the drive or guided tour from Johannesburg via the Panorama route. Contact us for options.
We have handpicked the best private reserves in the Greater Kruger. These privately owned and operated lodges are either on concessions within Kruger National Park or privately owned game reserves which share an unfenced border with the national park. The highlight of any private safari is the twice-daily game drives in open vehicles with an experienced guide/driver and tracker. Night drives and guided bush walks are also spectacular. Specialist activities such as photographic safaris and private vehicles can be arranged. Ask us about our favourite options for sleepouts under the stars! Popular private game reserves include Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Balule, Kapama and Thornybush. All are low-risk malaria areas.
It is incredible to spend so much time outdoors while on safari – game drives, bush walks, sundowners, outdoor meals, boat trips and even sleeping outside! Other activities include hot air ballooning, microlight flights and visits to the excellent wildlife conservation centres. The Panorama route, around the towns of Sabie, Hoedspruit, White River and Graskop, includes waterfalls, caves, rivers, canyons and many other natural attractions. Ask us to include suggestions in your itinerary.
Aside from having tried and tested the best options for family safaris, we also have excellent recommendations for adventurous family activities such as ziplining, white water rafting and horse safaris outside of the game reserves. Younger children love the reptile parks, MonkeyBirds sanctuary, Skyway Trails aerial cableway and the two excellent wildlife rehabilitation centres. Contact us to tailor-make your family holiday including Kruger Park.
HISTORY & CULTURE
The first section of Kruger National Park was protected in 1898. The park now includes nearly 20,000 square kilometers (2 million hectares) of protected wilderness – an area larger than Israel or Wales. It is larger than the Serengeti. The Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that covers 100,000 square kilometres of protected land. It is Africa’s second largest conservation area next to the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The Greater Kruger includes more mammals (147) than any other African park plus 517 recorded birds. The Sabi Sand private reserves are home to the highest density of leopard in the Greater Kruger.
SPAS & WELLNESS
Excellent spas are offered at most safari lodges. Let us know if you’d like us to include our favourite options.
We work with businesses that actively minimize negative impacts on the environment, conserve wildlife and support local communities. Ask us if you are passionate about helping to protect rhino, elephant, lions or other endangered species and we can recommend how best to incorporate this in your safari holiday. If assisting local communities is where you would like to help let us know too. We work with community focussed, environmentally friendly and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited properties.
WHAT TO BRING
We’ll answer all your questions on what to wear and what to bring. For those already planning a safari we suggest that you bring long trousers, closed shoes and natural coloured clothing. Pack a sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from the African sun plus a warm hat, jacket and scarf for the cool morning and evening drives. Bring your camera, video camera and binoculars (if you have). Don’t forget your patience, wildlife does not appear on demand!
Top 10 Attractions in Greater Kruger
- Morning and evening safari drives with close-up wildlife experiences.
- Guided bush walks tracking leopard or just enjoying the sounds, smells and sights of the bush.
- Spend a night under the African stars – sleep out in a treehouse.
- Feel the romance of a safari – sundowners, luxurious suites, private pools…
- Get to know the communities – learn some Shangaan and visit a local village.
- Discover the joys of the Small 5, the insects, reptiles and birds.
- Visit Bourkes Luck potholes, the Blyde River Canyon, the caves and waterfalls on the Panorama Route.
- Learn about endangered wildlife, specially rhino, and get involved to help save them from poaching.
- Try your skills at wildlife photography on a specialist photographic safari.
- Families love the Kids on Safari programmes, learning about wildlife in the rehabilitation centres and flying on a zipline.