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The Kruger Private Reserves


... are located in the Kruger area in the Northeast region of South Africa.

Compared with the busy and rather watered down safari experience of the main Kruger National Park, these private reserves really do come as something of a relief. There are virtually no sealed roads here, no enormous restcamps, no self-drivers and no crowds.

Safari here is generally done properly, with most guests flying in to bush airstrips and being picked up by their guides in open Land Rovers to gently safari their way into camp. A nice clean wilderness experience.

The area is particularly well known for its intense wildlife viewing, with many of the animals here being quite habituated to vehicles, so close approaches and excellent sightings are commonplace, particularly good for wildlife photographers seeking portrait style imagery.

The area is also well know for the range and quality of the camps and lodges. Safari here can be very comfortable indeed, with many of the lodges being stylishly designed and elegantly delivered, with features such as aircon and private plunge pools being widely available. There are also more earthy camps for those so inclined.

The main potential downsides include the fact that some people may find the area to feel considerably less wild than safari areas further north on the continent, that the weather can be quite adverse at times and that getting availability in many of the lodges can be a real mission.

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