The western flank of Kruger is fringed by a large number of private reserves which, in contrast to main park, generally offer much lower density, higher quality safari.

The premium reserves are generally those further east, which have removed the fences between themselves and the main reserve, making them part of the greater Kruger eco-system.

The Sabi Sand West, Sabi Sand Central, Sabi Sand South and Sabi Sand North areas to the southeast are renowned for their awesome game-viewing, particularly big cats, and for the extremely luxurious safari lodges.

The Timbavati area is a little less well known and is therefore a little lower priced.

The lesser reserves are generally those further to the north and east, which tend to be completely fenced and can therefore feel less authentically wild.

The best known amongst these are Thornybush, Kapama and Makalali, all of which offer some good value alternatives.

Take a look at our full list of lodges for this area. Or browse the various options on an interactive map.
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