Kruger National Park

Kruger Park Elephant Crossing

Established in 1926, the Kruger National Park covers an area of approximately 21,500 sq km (that’s approximately the size of Wales), and is South Africa’s largest reserve. Located in the lowveld and sandwiched between South Africa’s eastern escarpment and the border of Mozambique, the Kruger stretches from the Crocodile River in the south (due east of Johannesburg), all the way north to the Limpopo River on the Zimbabwean border. 

The Greater Kruger

Adjoining the National Park’s western boundary are a string of significant private reserves that are effectively an extension of the park itself, and thanks to the removal of fences between these and the national park, animals migrate freely across the entire Greater Kruger area, including into the Limpopo Park in Mozambique, and the Gonarezhou Park in Zimbabwe, as part of Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Wildlife initiative. 

Private Reserves and Concessions

The National Park itself is designed for self-drive safaris and self-catering, and at peak times the limited road network can bet very busy, especially close to the gates.  In our view, the best experiences are to be had by staying in one of the private reserves adjoining the Kruger, or one of the few private concessions falling within the National Park boundary.  You are likely to be in the hands of a capable and knowledgeable ranger who will illuminate your game excursions, and you’ll sit high up on an open top 4x4 with a small group of other guests.  What’s more you will see few other vehicles, and get to stay in a charming camp.  Some camps also give you the chance to do guided walking, and in rare cases, full-on walking safaris.

These pages will introduce some of the main private concession areas, and introduce you to selected camps we have visited and rate.