Luxury and private wilderness areas with open fences onto Kruger National Park
The private game reserves in the Greater Kruger area offer a more exclusive, uncrowded safari experience. Together with professional guides, rangers and trackers you will seek out the Big 5 in open vehicles and learn more about the stunning biodiversity of the savannas, grasslands, and variety of fauna and flora. Neighbouring the renowned Kruger National Park on the unfenced western boundary allows wildlife to move freely, creating an extensive ecosystem. Visitors can enjoy first-class service at luxury lodges, including some of the main reserves like Sabi Sands, Timbavati, and Klaserie, and take part in activities that aren’t allowed in the Kruger National Park, including off-road game driving, which also makes the reserves famous for close-range sightings of big cats.
Track elusive wildlife with a professional ranger and tracker team.
Admire the abundant wildlife from above in a hot air balloon.
Go on a spotlight-lit night drive and search for nocturnal wildlife.
Have sleep-outs under the stars on star-beds and listen to the sounds of the bush.
Learn about the smaller details of the environment on a guided bush walk.
Enjoy birdwatching with over 300 species of birds to spot in the area.
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Best time to go to Kruger Private Reserves
The dry winter season from May to September is the best time for wildlife viewing at Kruger’s private reserves. During this season there are still lots of sunny days and mild temperatures to enjoy. The bush is less dense and animals congregate around waterholes, making them easier to spot. The summer period holds the highest malaria risk, and from October to April, the summer rains bring forth flowing rivers and lush landscapes swarming with birdlife. Plenty of newborn animals arrive, plus prey and predator interaction can also be observed.
Featured Kruger Private Reserves stays
Africa on Foot
A solar-powered safari lodge located within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve