Top 10 Safari Lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park

Riaan Viljoen 25-05-2024

The Greater Kruger National Park has been the conservation center in South Africa for over a century. It has inspired and cultivated multiple generations of conservationists, nature lovers, and African travelers. It is the place where South African families come to cultivate a culture of admiration and respect for the natural world, and every tourist to South Africa makes sure to stop on their journey. 


Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is in the southern part of the Kruger National Park, just a stone's throw away from the Leopard Creek Golf Estate, immersed in the thick and lush bushveld. It is a luxury lodge with daily safari game drives and bush walks, allowing guests to explore the region and wilderness with freedom and comfort. 


Hamiltons Tented Camp

Hamiltons Tented Camp, just a few minute's drive from Orpen Gate in the center of the Kruger National Park, has beautifully draped luxury tents in the heart of the wilderness. Bird watching, bush walks, and bush dinners, where guests can enjoy a delicious meal under the stars and among the bush babies, are some of the experiences to be savored here.


Imbali Safari Lodge

Imbali Safari Lodge is another camp in the wildlife-rich center of the Kruger National Park. It is set among the trees and overlooks a dry river bed below. The reception hall overlooks the lodge's infinity pool and a beautiful wooden deck where guests can enjoy their meals. Self-drives and bush walks are available in addition to the daily safari game drives that rangers take guests on.


Idube Safari Lodge

Idube Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to the East of the Kruger National Park, like a peaceful village among the trees surrounded by the wilderness. The private suites all have views of the surrounding vegetation and safari game drives take place daily, guided by expert rangers with intimate knowledge of the reserve and its many inhabitants.


Kings Camp

Kings Camp is a jewel in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, named after the river that forms its southern border. It has classical colonial-style rooms and decorations, exquisite service, and an underground hide overlooking the nearby waterhole. Safari yoga and memorable Kosher safaris are some of the highlights of Kings Camp, and every comfort, whim, and desire is attended to here.


Leopard Hills

Leopard Hills has one of the most dramatic spots of any of the lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park Region. It is perched on a hill aptly named Leopard Hill and overlooks the scenic savanna below. It lies in the western region of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The lodge has a spa and ultra-luxurious suites from which to enjoy the untamed nature here.


Jock Fitzpatrick Lodge

Fitzpatrick's at Jock, in the south of the Kruger National Park, is the exclusive private villa connected to Jock Safari Lodge. Guests here can enjoy the scenery, the views, the wilderness, and safari experiences like dukes of the land, with staff to cater to their every need and comfortable, luxurious rooms and facilities. Guided wilderness walks come recommended, and the camp makes special climate-conscious provisions in pursuit of sustainability. 


The Outpost

The Outpost lodge is one of the few on this list found in the north of the Kruger National Park, among the age-old Baobabs of the tropic of Capricorn. The lodge is situated on a hill overlooking the scenic Luvuvhu Valley below, with spacious modern suites, a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and daily game drives.


Simbavati River Lodge

The Simbavati River Lodge is one of a few in the region under the Simbavati Banner, but certainly one of their best. Visitors can watch the sun rise and set in hues of orange and red over the adjacent river waters before embarking on a safari through the rugged bush. Families are welcome here, and indeed, a family of elephants can often be seen from the lodge coming to drink from the river and cool down after a warm day in the African sun.


Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa is another mainstay of the Sabi Sands, overlooking a pristine waterhole where animals gather daily. The lodge has a spa, a flair for outdoor dining, and luxury suites with views of the surrounding landscape. The bush suites all have outdoor showers, and guided walks through the reserve are an excellent way to seek out adventure and satisfy one's inner childlike curiosity.