kruger park - private reserves

pic: Kapama Game Reserve
  • Kruger Park.

    Memorable and authentic.

    We suggest 3 to 4 nights.

    Just do it. 

  • Welcome to a wonderfully wild world where elephants can empty your pool while you are enjoying gourmet dinners in open air boma's around blazing fires.
  • Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve (and many other reserves - see map below) forms part of Kruger Park but NO public driving is allowed here as all lodges offer day and night-time game drives in open game viewing vehicles with professional rangers and experienced trackers.
  • Magnificent photo opportunities abound as spotting the big 5 is almost guaranteed.
    And, of course, Sabi Sand is famous for spell-binding leopard sightings.
  • Safari lodge rates include all meals and 2 daily guided game drives
  • go on - let the safari begin,,,

Map of Kruger Park lodges

below a listing of all our favourite lodges in THREE private game reserves:
Sabi Sand
Timbavati and
Kapama.
  • where to stay

    First up, lodges in Sabi Sand

Sabi Sand private reserve

1 of 3 Kruger Reserves

There are too many fabulous lodges in the world famous Sabi Sand to mention here but, for an exhilirating big game safari offering MANY close-up encounters of a breathless kind, SIX of our most unforgettable and client-favoured lodges are...

  • SINGITA BOULDERS, SABI SAND

    Sabi Sand lodge 1 of 6
  • stay

    magnificent suites, private bathrooms, airy game viewing deck and private plunge pools
    8 river suites overlook Sabie River while 2 bush suites overlook active watering hole
    fossilised tree stumps, stone, iron, leather, sheep-skin, the softest cotton towels 
    blends of sensual Africa, a sense of tranquillity, the rhythm of safari life

  • travel

    fly 1hr JNB/Singita or fly 30min Nelspruit/Singita or 2hr road transfer from Nelspruit
  • rate

    rates 2019
    Bush Suite at R28840 per person per night
    River Suite at R30250 per person per night
    INCLUDED all meals, bar, 2 daily game drives, guided walking/mountain biking safaris, archery, laundry & return transfers from/to Singita airstrip.
    EXCLUDED flights, R208 pppn levy, French Champagne, spa treatments and staff gratuities
  • IVORY LODGE, Lion Sands

    Sabi Sand lodge 2 of 6
  • stay

    8 spacious suites of 173sqm each with sun deck, rim flow pool and outdoor shower
    bedroom, lounge area, covered patio and pool deck - all overlooking Sabie river
    timeless design expressed in wood, thatch, steel, glass, water, sand and space
    a Lion Sands wilderness villa offering a lavishly luxurious safari experience
    the luxurious Fish Eagle villa offers 2 suites - sleeping up to 4adults
    outdoor tree house sleep out available (not included)
  • travel

    30min road transfer from SkukuZa airport
  • rate

    rates until nov2019 - R26935 per person per night
    from 1dec to 17dec2019 - R22890 per person per night
    from 18dec to 3jan2020 - R30960 per person per night
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar brands and 2 daily guided game drives with refreshments
    EXCLUDED premium brand bar items, flights, airport transfers and lodge staff gratuities

  • LEOPARD HILLS LODGE, SABI SAND

    Sabi Sand lodge 3 of 6
  • stay

    8 luxurious suites with full bathroom, sun deck, private pool & outdoor shower
    set on a rocky outcrop with distant views and overlooks active watering hole
    gentle tranquil afriKan tones ... this place truly airs the mind...
  • travel

    2hr road transfer or short charter flight from Nelspruit airport
  • rate

    rates 2019 - R17800 per person per night
    INCLUDED all meals, tea/coffee, 2 daily game drives and a walk, drinks, laundry, levy and road transfer from airstrip
    EXCLUDED premium brand/impoted bar items, flights and lodge staff gratuities
  • TINGA LODGE, lion sands

    Sabi Sand lodge 4 of 6
  • stay

    sophisticated lodge with only 9 sensational air-conditioned suites set along the game rich Sabie River 
    airy bedrooms with indoor & outdoor shower, lounge area and sun deck with private plunge pool
    all suites overlook the river from totally secluded spots - dotted all along the shaded river bank 
    central lounge leads onto a riverside wooden deck - built around an ancient Jackalberry tree
    set in a 5000 hectare concession with, unusually so, TWO rivers flowing through
  • travel

    5min road transfer from Skukuza Airport and 2hr road transfer from Nelspruit Airport
  • rate

    rates until nov2019 - R14775 per person per night
    from 1dec to 17dec2019 - R12560 per person per night
    from 18dec to 3jan2020 - R16990 per person per night
    INCUDED all meals, tea/coffee, local bar/house wines/mini bar, 2 daily guided game drives with refreshments & snacks
    EXCLUDED all flights/transfers, Sabi Sand entrance fees, laundry, premium bar, spa treatments and staff gratuities
  • SAVANNA LODGE, SABI SAND

    Sabi Sand lodge 5 of 6
  • stay

    7 tented suites (3 with private pools), spacious bathrooms & draped ceilings
    the savanna suite sleeps 4 in 2 adjoining suites, each with private pool
    probably afriKa's most luxurious air-conditioned tented safari suites
  • travel

    2hr road transfer or short charter flight from Nelspruit airport
  • rate

    rates 2019
    R11100 per person per night in luxury suite
    R14200 per person per night in executive suite 
    2 bedroom villa at R68600 per night for 4adults
    INCLUDED all meals, 2 daily game drives and a walk, bottled water, drinks, laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar, flights, airport transfers and lodge staff gratuities
  • ARATHUSA LODGE, SABI SAND

    Sabi Sand lodge 6 of 6
  • stay

    4 suites with private splash pools & 9 lakeside chalets with wooden deck & outdoor shower
    due to renovations and upgrades, these suites will all be priced the same from jan2017
    central dining area, bar and communal lodge pool overlooks active watering hole
    simple, yet elegant in design, with great game viewing

  • travel

    1.5hr road transfer or short charter flight from Hoedspruit airport
  • rate

    rates 2019 - R6450 per person per night - either lakeside suite OR bush facing with private pool
    INCLUDED all meals, tea/coffee, 2 daily guided game drives and a walking safari
    EXCLUDED R115pppn levy, flights, airport transfers and lodge staff gratuities

Then, a second Kruger Park reserve WELL worth a mention

Timbavati Private Reserve

2 of 3 Kruger Reserves

North of Sabi Sand lies the world reknowned Timbavati Reserve - sharing a 50km unfenced border with Kruger Park. Known for its natural beauty, the Timbavati offers a selection of luxurious accommodation options and TWO of our favourite lodges are:

  • KING'S CAMP, TIMBAVATI

    Timbavati lodge 1 of 2
  • stay

    An uber-luxurious game lodge villa set deep in the heart of the Timbavati Reserve
    Villa comes with PRIVATE game vehicle, ranger, tracker, personal butler and chef
    an opulent, upstairs master suite with open plan bathroom and viewing lounge
    plus 2 luxury suites and a detached garden suite for eight guests in total
    all suites overlook the private gardens, pool, viewing deck and boma
    complete privacy for small groups and families travelling together 
    Kings Camp also offers 6 luxury-, a family- & 2 honeymoon suites

  • travel

    45min road transfer from Hoedspruit airport
  • rate

    rates 2019
    Waterbuck Villa at R125000 per night for 1-8adults
    Kings Camp luxury suites at R10000 per person per night
    Kings Camp honeymoon suites at R13000 per person per night
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar, 2 daily game drives and a walking safari.
    EXCLUDED flights, conservation levy, premium bar, spa treatments and staff gratuities.

And finally, a third reserve to consider - only minutes from Hoedspruit airport...

Kapama Private Reserve

3 of 3 Kruger Reserves
West of Timbavati lies 13000 hectares of wilderness tucked between Kruger Park and the northern Drakensberg. This fenced wilderness offers a selection of lodges and is located a mere 10minute complimentary transfer from Hoedspruit Airport. Literally your first game drive!
  • Karula Lodge, Kapama

    1 of 4 lodges at Kapama
  • stay

    pictured here, the flag ship Karula Lodge - generous suites with sundeck and private pool
    4 seperate game lodges within the reserve offer a diverse range of accommodation 
    all lodges offer central dining areas with bar and communal lodge pool


  • travel

    only a 10minute complimentary road transfer from Hoedspruit airport
  • rate

    rates until nov2019 - from R5300 to R17650 per person per night
    INCLUDED all meals 2 daily guided game drives and a walk, airport transfers from Hoedspruit Airport
    EXCLUDED R115 pppn levy, flights and lodge staff gratuities

itinerary ideas

Below some ideas of what can be done but YOU decide.
Travel when YOU want to
choose YOUR favourite lodge
and combine destinations as YOU wish.
Take a look:

8 nights - Cape Town and Kruger Safari

  • day 1 - arrive Cape Town and stay 5nights
  • day 6 - fly 2.5hr CPT/Kruger + transfer to lodge for 3nights
  • day 9 - fly 1hr Kruger/JNB & fly out of JNB

11 nights - Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Safari

  • day 1 - arrive Cape Town and stay 5nights
  • day 6 - 1hr self drive to winelands and stay 3nights
  • day 9 - fly 2.5hr CPT/Kruger + transfer to lodge for 3nights
  • day 12 - fly 1hr Kruger/JNB & fly out of JNB

14 nights - Cape Town, Namibia, Vic Falls & Kruger Safari

  • day 1 - arrive Cape Town and stay 6nights
  • day 7 - fly 1.5hr to Namibia + charter flight to lodge and stay 2nights
  • day 9 - return charter flight + fly 1.5hr to Vic Falls & stay 2nights
  • day 11 - fly 1.5hr to Kruger + transfer to lodge for 3nights
  • day 14 - fly 1hr Kruger/JNB & fly out of JNB

Go On, the Kruger leopards await...

pic - Arathusa Lodge


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