Kruger is a large wildlife reserve, and unless you have an immense amount of time (and budget) at your disposal, the likelihood is that you will only see one and two areas within the Greater Kruger National Park. It is thus imperative that you focus on a Kruger destination that offers the best chance of good wildlife sightings for the time of year you are travelling.
The Greater Kruger National Park includes the government run Kruger National Park, as well as several smaller private reserves that border the western flank of the national park. The open fence policy between the national park and the private reserves means that animals roam freely and there there is no discernable difference in wildlife species found in these different Kruger destinations.
There are however different highlights and attractions to be found in these Kruger destinations. Owing to their privately owned and managed status, the service offering in the private reserves has outshone that of the national parks’. The key difference is that the safari experience in the private reserves is a far more robust one. Wildlife sightings are managed between the lodges in these private reserves, so you will not find a situation where you don’t see any animals (as information is shared and vehicles can track animals off-road), nor will you find that there are a multitude of vehicles and people at one particular sighting.
There is also the added advantage of being able to go out on safari after dark in a private reserve, where a whole host of other species come alive. This, together with private dining experiences, superb levels of accommodation, service and amenities that you would find in any high class establishment, makes for choosing a private reserve when considering your Kruger destination.
We specialise in all of the private reserves and concessions within the Greater Kruger National Park, namely the Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Thornybush, Kapama and Klaserie game reserves. It is also important to note that there are a number of ways to get to these Kruger destinations (private transfer, self-drive, scheduled flight and private flight), and knowing which method of transport is best for which Kruger destination is important.