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The Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species).

Kruger has many five star award winning lodges such as Singita, Ulusaba , Sabi Sabi, Mala Mala, etc etc. It also has a number of government owned and run national park camps.

The Kruger National Park Sun Bird Destinations
  1. Wilderness Trails Explore

    A small percentage of South Africa is classified as real wilderness areas. In the Kruger National Park 49% of the surface area of about 2 million hectares are zoned as wilderness and it is in these areas that the KNP conduct wilderness trails.

    There are so much more to see and to experience and we focus not only on the big aspects of nature but also on the smaller things that most people miss when they only drive around. Being on foot makes you feel part of the environment and not removed from it when you spend your time in a vehicle. It tunes you in to all facets of nature because you can see, smell, hear, touch, feel and even taste wild things. Driving is a visual experience – walking is a sensual experience.

  2. Eco-Trails Explore

    Lebombo: Strictly speaking not a 4x4 challenge, this eco trail's road has the occasional steep inclines and muddy patches that must only be attempted with a 4x4 and genuine off-road trailers or caravans. The route may be closed completely after heavy rains.

    The trail departs from Crocodile Bridge every Sunday and ends at Pafuri on a Thursday during the dry season from the 1st Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, after which the rainy season normally commences.

  3. Mountain Bike Trails Explore

    Olifants: This activity is currently only available from Olifants camp and allows guests to explore Kruger's environment by means of a mountain bike. Participants are taken to the start of the trail in an open game viewing vehicle, with a bike trailer carrying the bikes behind the vehicle. Mountain bikes are supplied as well as backpacks, water bottles, bicycle helmets (compulsory), snacks and a juice. There is place for a maximum of six (6) participants per trail. Two qualified and armed field guides lead these trails where you can cycle in unspoilt bush.

    Departure times for the Mountain Bike Trails must be confirmed with reception as times vary depending on the season. We offer Morning and Afternoon Mountain Bike Trails. These vary from three to four hours, depending on the route taken. Full Day Trails are also available (reservations have to be made for all six participants for the latter trail). Please note that the full day trails will only be for very fit and experienced cyclists. No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted on these trails.

    A certain degree of fitness is necessary; please remember appropriate comfortable bush clothing (neutral colours), insect repellent, binoculars, camera, correct footwear, hat, sun block lotion and personal medication. The guides carry a first aid kit and a hand held radio for communication with the base camp in cases of emergencies.

    Should participants want to utilise their own personal Mountain Bikes, they are welcome to do so. The participants must then remember to take their own equipment i.e. puncture repair kits, tools, spares, tubes etc.

  4. Guided Walks Explore

    Most of Kruger's camps provide guests with the opportunity to take part in daily early morning and afternoon guided walks. Up to eight guests are taken out of the camp's boundaries to explore the surrounding wilderness areas adjacent to the camp.

    These interesting spots make for exciting time-fillers, as experienced (and armed) guides share their knowledge of the fauna and flora to explain natural wonders. The walks are relaxed and don't take longer than a few hours, so no over exhaustion will take place.

    Two armed field guides accompany you on the walk in order to ensure your safety, they will focus on the things that you will usually not be able to see from a vehicle. By being out on foot you cover an area more intensely and you are able to experience nature using all of your senses. If there is any large game in the area you are more than likely able to encounter them and have an exhilarating experience of approaching them on foot.

    Comfortable shoes must be worn, and clothing should be natural colours and applicable to the prevailing weather conditions. Cameras and binoculars can be taken along, as very interesting sights will be discovered and guests can revel in the spotting of fascinating creatures and plant life. No children under 12 are allowed.

Various Venues in The Kruger National Park

Below are some of the venues avaliable for Conferences, Incentives and Leisure travel.

Hamilton’s Tented Camp

Hamilton’s Tented Camp offers an old-school luxury experience staying in exquisite traditional safari tents – you'll find yourself transported back to the early 1900's as the lodge perfectly evokes a colonial-era big game hunter's camp. A wonderfully romantic camp!

The Tented Camp encourages you to fully indulge your senses with the sounds and smells of the African bush. From the very first moment you arrive at the camp you inspired by the “Out of Africa” nostalgia of safari adventures of the early 1900’s where grace and style are created through the use of classic safari tents draped dreamily in white linen, not to mention the extensive use of old period antiquesare welcomed with a drink by singing staff and a cold scented cloth (for those “glowing” brows and sweaty hands)

The six magnificent canvas tents are reached by raised wooden walkways from the main lounge area - accommodating a maximum of 12 people, they boast romantic slipper baths, stunning teak floorboards and dreamy mosquito nets which hang over a spacious canopy bed – that's before you get to your private outdoor showers, a definite boost to any passionate weekend away in our book!
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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Distinctly luxurious and nestled on the banks of the Sabie River in the heart of the Kruger, Lion Sands Tinga Lodge (previously known as Tinga Legends) is a place where the wildlife often comes to you – what better than relaxing on your private wooden deck or chilling in your private plunge pool as the animals come down to drink right in front of you!

Whilst the 2 lodges on the concession are in some ways very similar – for example they both consist of 9 suites each, both are situated on the banks of the Sabie River, both boast luxurious suites with private plunge pools etc – however they each possess entirely different characters and feel. Whilst Lion Sands Narina has a distinctly “African” look and feel, Tinga feels more grand with its character being almost that of a colonial gentlemen’s club. Take for example the cosy library filled with an array of African literature to be enjoyed in the old world luxury of leather couches, Persian carpets and dark woods, an impressive wine cellar, not to mention the scattering of antelope horns displayed in the walls. The imposing double volume entrance space leads through to what we think is the lodge’s most impressive feature of all, the stunning main view deck perched under a massive Jackalberry tree with magnificent views over the Sabie River and, of course, the profusion of wildlife that regularly comes down to drink there.
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Lukimbi Lodge

The most easily accessible of all the private Kruger concession lodges, Lukimbi is a stunning luxury safari lodge situated on one of the largest concessions in the park – 15 000 hectares of prime Big Five territory right in the south of Kruger!

You’ll similarly no doubt also be happy to spend many contented hours in the lodge’s luxurious confines! Lukimbi offers 16 spacious air- conditioned suites (14 Classic Suites and 2 larger and more luxurious Premier Suites) which combine stylish luxury and a feeling of rusticity courtesy of the textured wall finishes. Wooden walkways lead to the standalone rooms which are lovely, thatched chalets with ample space and gorgeous river and bush views – they’re spacious enough even to sleep a couple of kids with their parents (just one of the reasons why Lukimbi is great for families) The lounge drops down from the level of the bedroom area and this space then flows out to a covered wooden deck – the perfect spot to sip a drink whilst sprawled in a lounger watching the passing animals and listening to the birds in the surrounding trees!
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The wet summer months (October to April) are hot and often humid in the Kruger Park. Dry winters (May to September) are warm and mild although it gets considerably cooler at night. Take warm clothing for early morning and night game drives. During the wet season it rarely rains all day, but afternoon thundershowers can be expected.

In November, December, January and February you can expect day time highs of 32°C (90°F), but can soar up to an unbearable 40°C (104°F).

Temperatures drop to the mid teens overnight, which can feel a bit chilly, so take a shawl or a cover up.

September and October generally temperatures hover at a comfortable 31°C (88°F) during the day and chilly at night

Winter in at The Kruger Park is never particularly cold and temperatures hover around 26°C (79°F) during the day, but cold in the morning at 9°C (48°F).

Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. An onward or return ticket is required, as well as sufficient funds and documents needed for further travel. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least three blank (unstamped) pages in their passport, each time entry is sought; these pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport.

Countries exempt from South African visas

Countries subject to South African visa fees

Travellers arriving in South Africa from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate; otherwise no vaccination is required. There is a malaria risk in the following areas; low-lying areas of the Northern Province and Mpumalanga (including the Kruger National Park) and north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, and precautions are advised when travelling to these areas. Tap water is safe in urban areas but bottled water is advisable elsewhere. Medical facilities in South Africa are very good, but medical insurance is strongly advised as private hospitals expect payment up front and public hospitals are best avoided.

Drive on the left and give way to traffic approaching from the right. The general speed limit is 120km/h on open roads and 60km/h in urban areas. Public transportation is available by taxi, busses in some areas and UBER.

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Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$2,779
$3,170
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$2,679
$3,970
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$1,779
$3,470
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$2,779
$3,970
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$3,779
$4,970
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$2,879
$3,970
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
Available & Guaranteed
$2,679
$1,970
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$4,779
$3,970
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
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$5,779
$3,270
Fri 18 Oct '16 - Sun 04 Nov '16
Available & Guaranteed
$2,779
$3,970