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Why visit Kruger National Park & Private Reserves?

One of the best-known and largest game parks in South Africa, Kruger National Park offers superb wildlife viewing opportunities. It’s a public park, so you can drive yourself in there. The private reserves adjacent to the Kruger extend the range of the wildlife and offer less crowded game drives, combined with upmarket accommodation.
Reasons to visit Kruger National Park & Private Reserves include:

  • Based at a safari lodge in the Kruger you will get a chance to see some fantastic wildlife. Kruger National Park covers almost 2 million hectares. There are 145 mammal species including the Big Five, and over 500 bird species here. 
  • Drive your own vehicle in the park on a self-drive safari, or self-drive with a guide. 
  • Enjoy superb night drives (not available in the national park) in the private Sabi Sand or Thornybush Game Reserves. 
  • Visit one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa ”“ Timbavati Game Reserve, home to over 40 species of mammal including the Big Five and the famous white lions, and to over 360 species of birds. 
  • Watch for cheetah, zebra and kudu, as well as the Big Five in the Makalali Game Reserve, near the mighty Drakensberg mountains.

When to visit Kruger National Park & Private Reserves?

Wildlife viewing in this region is at its best from May to October as it is dry so wildlife is easier to spot as the grasses die down.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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