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Luxury Safaris in the Southern Kruger Park

Discover the Untouched Elegance of the Southern Kruger Park

Where Luxury Meets the Wild

The Kruger Park, stretching across nearly two million hectares of untamed African wilderness, is a sanctuary for an unparalleled diversity of life forms. And while the entire park is a haven for nature and adventure enthusiasts, the Southern Region offers a unique blend of luxury and serenity that stands out. Here’s why the Southern Kruger Park should be at the top of your luxury holiday list.

Unparalleled Wildlife Viewing

The Southern Kruger is often hailed as the best region for game viewing. Its relatively dense population of the iconic Big Five—lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros—makes it an ideal location for safari excursions. Additionally, the Southern Region boasts rich biodiversity, including numerous species of birds, reptiles, and smaller mammals. Guided safaris in this region often employ expert naturalists who can enhance your wildlife-viewing experience with their deep knowledge.

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Exclusive Safari Lodges

When it comes to accommodation, the Southern Kruger is home to some of the most luxurious lodges in South Africa. From private plunge pools and world-class spas to fine dining in the bush, these lodges redefine opulence. Imagine unwinding in a lavish suite after a day of exhilarating safari adventures, the golden hues of the African sunset gracing your private deck. It’s a retreat that perfectly complements the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

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Exquisite Culinary Experiences

A luxury vacation isn’t complete without indulging in fine cuisine. The lodges in the Southern Kruger offer a range of culinary delights that are influenced by both local and international flavors. Relish an alfresco dinner under the stars or enjoy a high tea amidst the wilderness. The gastronomic experiences here are designed to tantalize your taste buds while echoing the natural grandeur of the environment.

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Bespoke Experiences

The Southern Kruger National Park offers not just standard safaris but a whole host of customized experiences. Whether it’s a romantic hot air balloon ride at dawn, a private bushwalk led by a skilled ranger, or specialized photography safaris, the options are endless and tailored to your tastes.

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Easy Accessibility

Being closest to the major city of Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, the Southern Region offers the best logistical convenience for luxury travelers. This ease of accessibility ensures that you can plunge into your adventure without hassle.

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Privacy and Seclusion

Despite its popularity, the expansive nature of the Southern Kruger ensures that you can find pockets of absolute privacy. This seclusion is enhanced by the exclusive lodges, which often limit the number of guests and focus on creating an intimate experience.

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A Sustainable Choice

Many lodges in the Southern Kruger prioritize eco-friendly practices, ensuring that your luxury holiday is also a responsible one. From solar-powered suites to conservation efforts aimed at preserving local flora and fauna, sustainability is often at the forefront.

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Ready to Discover the Ultimate in Luxury Safaris?

The Southern Region of the Kruger National Park offers an extraordinary blend of adventure, luxury, and natural beauty. From the moment you step foot in this remarkable land to the moment you (reluctantly) leave, you’ll enjoy a travel experience that truly has no equal. From high-end lodges to customized experiences, it is an ideal choice for those seeking a premium holiday. Plan your trip now to immerse yourself in a world where untamed wilderness meets unparalleled luxury.

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Itinerary at a glance

After landing at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met by a representative of African Leisure Safaris. You will be assisted through the airport and on to check into your onward connecting flight (1 hour) directly into the Kruger National Park area to begin your safari.

Day 1 – 4

You will land directly on the landing strip for Londolozi Private Game reserve. You will be welcomed off the flight by staff of Londolozi. They will drive you into camp.

  • Overnight Londolozi Founders Camp
  • Duration: 3 Nights

Day 4 – 7

After checking out of Londolozi you will be driven across the Sabi Sands to stay at your next safari lodge, Tengile River Lodge. How different, how magnificent.

  • Overnight at &Beyond Tengile River Lodge
  • Duration: 3 Nights

Afterwards, you will be flown from Tengile back to Johannesburg for your onward flight.

Area Overview

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve, named for the Sabie and Sand Rivers which flow through it, is renowned for its wildlife density and predator interactions; seldom will a visitor not see the Big Five. Although it shares a fenceless boundary with Kruger National Park, much of the wildlife in the Sabi Sand stays more or less in the reserve. Over the years, the animals have become used to the presence of safari vehicles, resulting in close encounters, particularly with the elusive leopards.

Roaming packs of African wild dogs, territorial lions, and large herds of elephants are also signature sightings. As well as having a consistently high density of wildlife, the reserve’s conservation ethos keeps vehicle numbers to a minimum at wildlife sightings. This offers a more exclusive safari experience while ensuring the welfare of the habituated animals. Being in the private reserve generally affords more flexibility with opportunities to off-road, enjoy night drives and bush walks, all of which make visiting this area a truly unique experience.

Property Overview

Enchanting and intimate, Founders Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of river life. Ten idyllic superior chalets repose in the shade of ancient Ebony and Matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River.

A touch of bush bohemia is how Founders Camp has been described. Swathes of fabrics in soft shades can be found in the riverside lounge and the Founders Family Suites with interconnecting sky walks give this camp a young and vibrant energy that appeals to discerning individuals and modern day families.

Experience & Activities

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve benefits from a great diversity of wildlife including the Big Five as it neighbors and shares a 50 km (31 mi) unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. World-renowned for its prolific leopard sightings, strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of an up-close game viewing experience with game drives traversing an area of 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres).

Choose from a variety of exciting activities such as twice-daily game drives and evening safaris, interpretive bush and nature walks, photography lessons, birdwatching, star gazing, and private and photographic safaris.

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