The Best Luxury Lodges in Kruger: Our Top 10 Picks

The Kruger National Park shares its unfenced western boundary with a handful of conservation-driven private reserves that are home to some of the finest safari accommodation in Africa. These properties offer couples, honeymooners and families a luxury safari experience bar none – think superb service, even better cuisine, fully equipped gyms, tranquil health spas and private butler services! So, without further ado, here are our favourite luxury safari lodges in Kruger:

1. Savanna Private Game Lodge

This is the lodge for keen photographers: when you aren’t out on game drives in Big 5 country, settle down with your long-lens camera in the viewing loft above the lounge to snap wildlife as they come down to the waterhole to drink. Then head to the fully equipped library to download and touch up your images of playful elephants, skittish impalas and deeply angled giraffes…

Highlights

  • Spacious suites with massive bathrooms and tubs
  • Extensive wine cellar for a tipple with lunch and dinner
  • Very well-equipped gym and private plunge pools
  • Enjoy professional massages in the bliss of your own room or under the mature trees

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

2. Royal Malewane

With a staff to guest ratio of four to one, you’ll certainly feel like royalty at Malewane. It’s a smart choice if you’re looking for a truly exclusive safari experience. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, break a sweat in the gym, or head to the spa for a treatment by an internationally qualified therapist. Royal Malewane is set in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, and offers spectacular open vistas of unspoilt nature.

Highlights

  • Palatial suites with great attention to privacy
  • Private butler service and personal chef
  • Outstanding culinary experiences
  • The best safari spa in South Africa
  • Game drives in a private reserve

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

3. Singita Boulders

Sensitively designed to enhance its tranquil setting inside the pristine Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Boulders Lodge offers a luxury safari experience like no other. Service is thoughtful and discreet, culinary experiences are on another level, and the Big 5 sightings are some of the most reliable in Africa.

Highlights

  • Suites have superb views through front-facing glass walls
  • Famous fine dining and exceptional wine cellar
  • Up-close Big 5 game viewing
  • Sabi’s unrivalled record for leopard sightings
  • Magnificent spa treatments

Best for these traveller types

Families and couples

4. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Boasting sensational views of the Sabie River which extends onto the open wilderness of the Kruger National Park, this award-winning lodge has been designed for optimum privacy. Elevated villas overlook the mesmerising river and feature private lounges with fire places, and expansive viewing decks with covered patios and private pools.

Highlights

  • Award-winning luxury hideaway
  • Among the biggest rooms in Sabi
  • Private and tailored service
  • Game vehicles equipped with bird books and binoculars
  • Exciting Big 5 sightings

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

5. Rattray’s on MalaMala

Harkening back to the golden era of safari, Rattray’s at MalaMala evokes the spirit of a bygone age. The MalaMala Game Reserve is the biggest private conservation space in the area and is not shared with any other lodges at all. This guarantees you uncrowded sightings and plenty of game all to yourself, not least because the reserve encompasses much of the life-giving Sand River.

Highlights

  • Beautiful location on the banks of the Sand River
  • Spacious suites with private heated plunge pools
  • Personal butler service
  • Never more than four guests to a vehicle
  • Fantastic leopard sightings

Best for these traveller types

Families and couples

6. Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Designed to accentuate volume, light and privacy, the quality of relaxation at Londolozi Private Granite Suites is second to none. Enjoy massages, yoga classes, a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool, or simply recline with a drink in hand and marvel at the magnificent views over giant granite boulders and the unique, wild scenery.

Highlights

  • Outstanding private concession in Sabi
  • Magnificent views over unique and wild scenery
  • Intimate camp – space for just six guests
  • Remarkable tailored service
  • Exceptional Big 5 game viewing

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

7. Dulini Lodge

Located at the heart of one of Africa’s best game viewing territories, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Dulini is synonymous with an intimate and romantic safari experience. A honeymooner’s delight, this intimate lodge has six beautifully decorated suites that feature plenty of living space. Relaxing in the shade of the lodge's ancient jackalberry tree while enjoying a spot of bird watching is a highlight activity at Dulini.

Highlights

  • Intimate lodge in a private concession
  • Suites have heated plunge pools on private game-viewing decks
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar
  • Fully equipped gym

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

8. Singita Sweni

With architecture inspired by local animal dens and lairs, Sweni Lodge blends flawlessly into the verdant banks of the Sweni River. Stunning riverside suites are elevated on stilts and feature floor-to-ceiling glass that accentuate a seamless flow between the interiors and the Kruger landscape. Hone your archery skills, indulge in spa treatments, sample rare South African wines or visit the famous Singita Community Culinary School.

Highlights

  • Gorgeous riverside location in a private concession
  • Intimate lodge that accommodates only 12 guests
  • Elevated suites with floor-to-ceiling glass
  • Private terraces with day beds
  • Fine dining and boutique wine tastings

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

9. Ulusaba Cliff Lodge

This beautiful lodge sits on top of a rocky outcrop and offers a secluded getaway for two families or a group of friends. Suites are set over various levels that are connected by stairs, providing truly awe-inspiring views over the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Head to the renowned Aroma Boma for a range of relaxing and revitalising spa treatments.

Highlights

  • Some of the best views in Sabi
  • Exclusive, private safari retreat – only two suites
  • Personal chef and private safari vehicle
  • Twice-daily game drives
  • Guided walking safaris

Best for these traveller types

Families (with children over 12 only)

10. Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

This unique lodge harmoniously incorporates its surroundings and natural elements into its design. Rustic yet stylish, Earth Lodge is a multi-award-winning safari property situated in a private concession within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The suites here are extremely generously sized and feature specially commissioned furniture and secluded plunge pools.

Highlights

  • Multi award-winning lodge with innovative design
  • Extraordinarily spacious suites
  • Day and night game drives in a private concession
  • Guided nature walks
  • Some of Africa's best Big 5 game viewing

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

With an immaculate selection of award-winning lodges perfectly positioned within one of the best territories in Africa to see the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), a safari in the Kruger National Park is seriously hard to beat. And thanks to South Africa's brilliant infrastructure, you can fly to Kruger on just about any given day. What are you waiting for!