We'll tailor any existing Kruger Park safari itinerary or create a custom package from scratch to complement your needs.
The sheer scale and diversity of South Africa’s Kruger National Park means that it is able to cater to a wide range of travelers. Travelers on a budget can opt for a private overland safari with an African Sky guide, while travelers with some funds to spare can splurge on an exclusive fly-in safari to one of the finest lodges in the world. Then there is the spectrum in between, accommodating travelers who enjoy having a variety of options available to them. Either way, there is much to choose from, and our tailor-made Kruger Park safaris will ensure the perfect fit for you.
First, decide when you would like to travel. Note that if you are looking to stay in one of the standard rest camps in the main park, they are particularly full around the South African school holidays (June/July), so advanced planning is a must. The winter months are generally a busy time in the Greater Kruger – private game reserves included – as the temperatures are much milder than in the summertime. The bush is also drier and more sparse, which augments game viewing.
This does not mean that summer or spring are not good times to visit. While it may be rather hot and humid, the bush is quite beautiful when it is lush, and visitors frequently encounter wildlife with their young during this time. It is also great to explore the park with considerably less traffic around sightings (if you are staying in the main park).
The budget available to you for your tailor-made Kruger Park safari will largely determine where you choose to stay. The park’s rest camps may not be luxurious, but they are comfortable and serviced on a daily basis. Locals have been enjoying the park in this manner for decades, and there is quite an authentic thrill in spotting wildlife all on your own – without a tracker or ranger plotting your course.
If you are after the quintessential luxury African safari lodge experience, there are numerous options available. The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve hosts the cream of the crop of lavish Kruger Park safari lodges, while Timbavati is favored for being somewhat quieter and thus, in a way, more exclusive than its illustrious southern cousin. Regardless of which game reserve or private concession you are staying in, you will be able to enjoy open-air game drives in modified 4x4 vehicles. The areas in which these safaris are conducted have limited traversing rights, which enhances an already exclusive experience.
The time of the year when you should travel to the Kruger National Park depends largely on your interests. If you are a keen birder, for example, the spring months between September and November will cede the most fruitful sightings. If you are after larger game - like the Big Five - it is best to visit when the veld is drier and allows for easier game viewing.
Because the Greater Kruger National Park is so immense (almost two million hectares in extent!), you can stretch your safari over many days or even weeks and still experience many different eco-systems. We recommend an absolute minimum of two nights in any given region, unless you are only visiting one particular area. In that case, three nights would be the ideal duration.
Would you like to explore the park at your leisure with an experienced African Sky guide, or would you prefer the quintessential private lodge experience, with its inclusive meal plan and scheduled activities? This decision often depends on budget as well, as private safari lodges are considerably more costly than the standard rest camp accommodations.
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