9 Best Places to Stay in The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the great reserves on the African continent, spreading over an area of 20,000 k㎡ in the northeast skirt of South Africa.

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 birds.

Places to Stay in The Kruger National Park

You must be looking for places to stay in the Kruger National Park if you wish to visit this park. There are plenty of options like hotels, private safari lodges through self-catering camps, 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

Places to Stay in The Kruger National Park

This high-end lodge is located where the Mitomeni River meets the Biyamiti 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

Kruger Sunset Lodge Mjejane Game Reserve

This is a five-bedroom self-catering accommodation, which is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also for your exclusive use and perfect for a family vacation or friendship group holiday.

You would love the pool, deck and an access road into Kruger.

3. Mananga Private Bush Retreat

Mananga Private Bush Retreat

This retreat is simple and uncomplicated and 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

Simbambili Game Lodge Sabi Sands 2

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 leopards 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

Hamiltons Tented Camp

This delicate luxury lodge is located amongst a series of sausage and jackal berry 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

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 an en suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and private deck.

Get a spa treatment, butler service and a pool as a bonus.

7. Buffelshoek Tented Camp

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

Imbali Safari Lodge

This is an attractive lodge that lies amongst tamboti and jackal berry 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

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.

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.

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Mamta Sharma