10 Best Luxury Kruger Safari Tours & Trips

10 Best Luxury Kruger Safari Tours & Trips

If you want to experience the pinnacle of bush luxury, then a safari in one of Kruger’s private reserves will satisfy your every need for a luxurious safari experience. Set along most of the unfenced western boundary of the Kruger National Park, these private reserves offer immaculate accommodation, fewer restrictions than in the public park (like off-road driving, guided nature walks and night drives being permitted), and virtually guaranteed Big 5 sightings.

1. Five-star Service in Cape Town and Kruger

Duration: 9 Days | Destinations Visited: 2 | Accommodation Type: a boutique hotel and luxury safari lodge

Kick off this swanky vacation in South Africa’s Mother City, regularly voted one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Enjoy the exceptional service, fantastic cuisine and tranquillity on offer at the elegant Ellerman House, a favourite among stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. After four days of exploring Cape Town’s sights and gorgeous beaches, you’ll be whisked off to an award-winning safari lodge in a private concession with front-row seats to the Kruger National Park. Lebombo Lodge’s spacious suites and fine dining experiences perfectly compliments the superb Big 5 sightings you’ll experience in the Kruger.

Tour highlights

  • Opulent accommodation and impeccable service.
  • Ellerman House, a regular on Condé Nast’s Gold List.
  • Tours of Table Mountain and Cape Winelands.
  • Big 5 encounters in Kruger.
  • Fine dining and exceptional wine cellar at Singita Lebombo.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

2. A Romantic Bush-to-beach Safari

Duration: 14 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Type: a boutique hotel, private beach villa and luxury safari lodges

This luxury safari package presents you with the best that Southern Africa has to offer, culminating on a private coral island surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This is one of safari’s most popular routes: Victoria Falls to Kruger to the Seychelles. Designed for couples looking for exclusivity, intimate hideaways and outstanding wildlife encounters, this itinerary includes top experiences like encountering the world’s biggest waterfall, seeing the Big 5 and basking in sunshine on a palm-fringed beach with no other towel in sight.

Tour highlights

  • Tongabezi Lodge, included on The Condé Nast Gold List.
  • Boat cruises on the Zambezi River.
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls.
  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, an award-winning luxury hideaway.
  • Big 5 sightings in the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Barefoot luxury on Denis Private Island in the Seychelles.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

3. South Africa’s Best Cities and Private Game Reserves

Duration: 15 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Type: luxury safari lodges and hotels

Stay at a collection of Africa’s best hotels and safari lodges like Dulini River Lodge in the acclaimed Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the world-famous Saxon Hotel, The Motse on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, and the award-winning Cape Grace in Cape Town. Enjoy exceptional Big 5 game viewing in Kruger, superb service and culinary experiences, and discovering unique desert wildlife like meerkat, aardvark and the elusive pangolin in South Africa’s biggest privately-owned reserve.

Tour highlights

  • Service and cuisine at Dulini River Lodge.
  • Big 5 game viewing in Sabi Sands.
  • Fine dining at the Saxon Boutique Hotel.
  • Privately guided tour of Johannesburg city centre.
  • Bush walks, star-gazing and sleep outs at The Motse at Tswalu.
  • Game drives and hot-air ballooning in the Kalahari.
  • Service and fine dining at the Cape Grace.
  • Tours of Table Mountain and Cape Winelands.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

4. A Bush-to-beach Family Getaway

Duration: 12 Days | Destinations Visited: 3 | Accommodation Type: a luxury safari lodge and hotels

This holiday of a lifetime offers you and your family a chance to experience one of the world’s most-beloved cities, unbeatable game viewing in the Kruger, and barefoot luxury on a tropical island. You will begin your African holiday at the splendid Cape Grace in Cape Town, situated in the popular V&A Waterfront. Then you’ll enjoy game drives and guided walks in the sensational Sabi Sands Game Reserve, before saluting breath-taking sunsets on a sheltered coastline on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island.

Tour highlights

  • Cape Grace, a regular on Condé Nast’s Gold List.
  • A tour of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands.
  • Private game drives in Big 5 territory.
  • Benguerra Island, home to 140 bird species and rare dugong.
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling at Two Mile Reef.
  • Dhow (traditional sailboat) cruises on the Indian Ocean.

Best for these traveller types

Families and groups

5. Big 5, Whales and Wine: An Unforgettable Honeymoon

Duration: 13 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Type: a luxury safari lodge, guesthouse and boutique hotels

This sensational journey showcases South Africa’s incredible cultural and natural heritage, while you decide the pace of the itinerary. Marvel at Cape Town’s scenic beauty while staying in an esteemed neighbourhood high on the slopes of Table Mountain. Next stop: the glamourous Birkenhead House, set on a cliff overlooking the alluring Walker Bay – the stage for the world's best land-based whale watching. Then you’ll move to the vineyard-clad valleys of the picturesque Franschhoek for a taste of opulent French-inspired country living at La Residence. Cap your holiday at a luxurious safari retreat alongside the Kruger National Park, with a big emphasis on privacy.

Tour highlights

  • Kensington Place, located in one of Cape Town’s most prestigious enclaves.
  • Cape Town’s beaches, Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront.
  • Birkenhead House’s dramatic cliff-side setting.
  • The world’s best land-based whale watching between July and November.
  • World-famous wines and acclaimed cuisine in Franschhoek.
  • Game drives in Thornybush Private Game Reserve.
  • Royal Malewane’s enormous suites and safari spa.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

6. A Romantic Vacation in Cape Town, Kruger and kwaZulu-Natal

Duration: 13 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Type: a luxury safari lodge, tented camp, hotel and wine estate

Spend 13 days journeying from one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature to South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, with a premier Big 5 safari in between. Begin your holiday at a majestic hotel on the slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a stone’s throw away from the Blue Flag beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. Then spend a few days at the exquisite Delaire Graff, one of the top wine estates in South Africa. The safari aspect of your journey will kick off at a chic and contemporary tented camp in a private game reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. Here you’ll go on game drives to spot the Big 5 as well as the reserve’s giraffe, spotted hyena and rare wild dog. Your last few days will be spent at a zen-like forest lodge in the wildlife-diverse Phinda Private Game Reserve, located on the subtropical Indian Ocean coast of South Africa.

Tour highlights

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

7. A Private Adventure from Kruger to Zambia

Duration: 12 Days | Destinations Visited: 3 | Accommodation Type: a luxury tented camp and safari lodges

Ideal as a luxurious family getaway or an indulgent honeymoon with a difference, this safari is all about outstanding service, exquisite cuisine, stunning lodges, and game viewing in phenomenal wilderness areas. Journey from South Africa’s home of the Big 5 to the untamed birthplace of guided walking safaris. Throw in a stay at a wonderful lodge on the Zambezi River just upstream from the colossal Victoria Falls, and you have a Southern Africa safari itinerary that’s hard to beat.

Tour highlights

  • Londolozi Pioneer Camp, an intimate lodge with superb river views.
  • Predator sightings in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Spot-lit night drives and guided walking safaris.
  • Thorntree River Lodge’s excellent proximity to Victoria Falls.
  • Sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi River.
  • Big game viewing in South Luangwa National Park.
  • Incredible riverside setting at Chinzombo.

Best for these traveller types

Families, couples and honeymooners

8. Cape Town and Singita’s Finest in Kruger

Duration: 9 Days | Destinations Visited: 3 | Accommodation Type: a luxury hotel and safari lodges

Experience world class cuisine and sample award-winning wines in South Africa’s diverse city of Cape Town. Drink in sheer luxury and unrivalled Big 5 sightings at two romantic retreats in the magnificent Sabi Sands Game Reserve. This is an unforgettable honeymoon safari in Africa.

Tour highlights

  • Award-winning service and fine dining at Cape Grace.
  • Tours of Table Mountain, Cape Point and Cape Winelands.
  • Fine dining and famed wine cellar at Singita Boulders Lodge.
  • Big 5 encounters – especially leopard – in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Spa treatments at Singita Lebombo Lodge.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

9. A Family Vacation in Kruger and Mozambique

Duration: 8 Days | Destinations Visited: 2 | Accommodation Type: a luxury safari lodge and private beach resort

This itinerary is perfect for families looking for a combination of contemporary bush living and barefoot beach luxury. Expect superb game viewing in the Kruger and continue your family-friendly adventure to an idyllic private beach in Mozambique. Go kayaking, diving and snorkelling while the kids are kept busy with fun beach activities like volleyball, surf lessons and sand castle building.

Tour highlights

  • Lion Sands Tinga Lodge’s gorgeous views over the Sabie River.
  • Big 5 sightings in the private Tinga Concession.
  • White Pearl Resort’s sublime ocean frontage and private beach.
  • Migrating humpback whales from July to November.
  • Nesting loggerhead and leatherback turtles from November to February.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

10. The African Hat Trick: Wildebeest Migration, Big 5 and Cape Town

Duration: 11 Days | Destinations Visited: 4 | Accommodation Type: luxury safari lodges and hotels

See multiple and iconic blockbusters from the comfort of luxurious safari lodges and hotels. Visit three outstanding African destinations in 11 days: the Masai Mara, Kruger National Park and Cape Town. Start with sensational game viewing in Kenya’s flagship Masai Mara, the stage for the action-packed Wildebeest Migration. Move to the iconic Kruger for unbeatable Big 5 game viewing in one of South Africa’s top private game reserves, the Sabi Sands. Cap your safari in one of the most popular tourist destinations in world, Cape Town.

Tour highlights

  • Excellent game viewing in the Masai Mara.
  • Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp’s pool with the best view in the Mara.
  • The Great Migration between about August and November.
  • Superb culinary experience at Dulini River Lodge.
  • Exceptional Big 5 sightings in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
  • Acclaimed service and fine dining at Cape Grace.
  • Table Mountain, Cape Point and Cape Winelands.

Best for these traveller types

Couples and honeymooners

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