There is a range of iconic safari animals – that begins with the Big 5, including the African wild dog and cheetah, and ends with hippo, giraffe and zebra. It also shares the savannah, granite koppies, and the Lebombo Mountains with reptiles and over 500 varieties of bird.
You must be looking for places to stay in the Kruger National Park if you wish to visit this park. As there is plenty of option like hotels, private safari lodges through self-catering camps, and tented camps and exclusive-use villas.
Here are the best 9 options to stay in the Kruger National Park throughout the reserve.
1. Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger
This high-end lodge is located where the Mitomeni River meets the Biyamiti in amongst a series of several trees with birdlife to match. This private property gives you access to over 2 million hectares of luxury thatched suites, Kruger National Park, private viewing decks and access to the plunge pool and the river.
2. Kruger Sunset Lodge, Mjejane Game Reserve
This is a five-bedroom self-catering accommodation, which is not only pleasing on the eye, but it is also for your exclusive use and perfect for a family vacation or friendship group holiday. You can enjoy your pool, deck and an access road into Kruger.
3. Mananga Private Bush Retreat
This retreat is a simple and uncomplicated which is located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve 800 metres from the Paul Kruger gate. This elegant villa has been cleverly segregated into two family rooms, each with its separate sleeper couch for kids.
4. Simbambili Game Lodge, Sabi Sands
This lodge is quite sophisticated and outstanding accommodation in a simple setting with excellent views over the woodland savannah brimming with wildlife. This place has plenty of leopard in the world and is great for those who love these big cats, you may also get the opportunity to meet the stars of the Simbambili Leopard Project.
5. Hamiltons Tented Camp
This delicate luxury lodge is located amongst a series of sausage and jackalberry trees with excellent views over the Nwatswitsonto River, a series of stilted luxury tents with teak floorboards, private decks, mosquito nets outdoor showers, spa treatments, and butler service.
6. Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge
This lodge has a unique beehive-shape suite, inspired by traditional African huts, located on the edge of the Maluti River. Each one of the suites has en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and private deck. You get a spa treatment, butler service and a pool as a bonus.
7. Buffelshoek Tented Camp
Located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, which is in the heart of Kruger, you can unwind and experience the bush authentically. It’s a small tented camp with five two-sleeper thatched safari tents with their wooden decks. You can enjoy candlelit dinners under the stars in the boma.
8. Imbali Safari Lodge
This is an attractive lodge that lies amongst tamboti and jackalberry trees within one of Kruger’s private concessions. It is a small luxury getaway with twelve private suites, each with its jacuzzi or plunge pool. You need to cross ten thousand hectares of unspoiled wilderness and drive off-road within the concession’s limits to get a closer view of wildlife. This is what makes this a particularly enticing option.
9. Rhino Walking Safaris
You can stay in the Kruger’s only wilderness concession – 12 000 hectares of pristine bushveld that share fencing with Mala Mala and Sabi Sands. You may also follow on foot the trails left by animals in this environmentally sensitive and prime Big Five game area between two camps.
These are some of the most amazing and comfortable safaris and lodges where you can stay while visiting the Kruger National Park.