The Best Private Game Reserves for the Best Game Viewing Opportunities

The Kruger National Park offers a variety of luxury lodges that are suited for an incredible safari getaway.

The Kruger National Park is a world-famous game reserve consisting of approximately 2 million hectares of flora and fauna. Considered one of Africa’s largest safari destinations, the Kruger boasts of a number of private luxury lodges that offer access to some of the best game viewing opportunities.

Here are some recommended private game reserves you should consider booking in the Kruger National Park:

Sabi Sand Game Reserve


Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65 000 hectare reserve that borders the Kruger National Park. It offers a diverse selection of luxury lodges suited to make your safari vacation as enjoyable as possible.

It is known for its abundance of wildlife which makes it possible to spot the Big 5, the prime reason why thousands of visitors flock here. It’s also quite common to spot leopards roaming around the reserve, an attraction that has many dubbing Sabi Sands as one of the best leopard viewing reserves in the world.

Sabi Sand also offers magnificent scenery, with the Sabi and Sand Rivers adding to the area’s aesthetic appeal and biodiversity.

From just R2500 per person sharing per night, you’ll get access to meals, accommodation, daily game drives, walking safaris, birth watching, cultural visits and more.

Book a luxury lodge at Sabi Sands Game Reserve


The Simbavati Lodges


Located in the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the Klaserie Nature Reserve, the Simbavati Lodges are the definition of opulence, as seen by their popularity amongst tourists. With up to 68% discount offered exclusively to SA residents, now is the perfect opportunity to explore the plan a vacation at the Simbavati Lodges.

The lodges provide incredible views, the picturesque Drakensberg Mountain and Nhlaralumi River being the main highlights. The surrounding bushveld also adds to the breathtaking aesthetic of the vicinity.

The Simbavati Lodges offer 4×4 game drives, bush walks, Big 5 game viewing, bird watching, and bush dining. Guests can also get lucky and spot the rare white lion, which is quite a sight to see!

A bonus of staying at one of the lodges at Simbavati is that not only do they provide luxury and serene nature, but you’ll also have a great opportunity to indulge in traditional African massages and learn more about the area’s cultural heritage.

Book the Simbavati Lodges here


Thorny Bush Game Reserve

This family-friendly reserve is located in the Greater Kruger National Park and provides just enough wilderness to give you a breath of fresh air, without making you feel like you’re completely cut off from the rest of the world. It’s also smaller than other game reserves, making it easier to spot game more frequently.

What makes Thorny Bush a little more unique is the kid-friendly safari activities offered by its various lodges, cementing the fact that this game reserve is well prepared for a family vacation.

From just R3900 per person sharing per night, Thorny Bush Game Reserve lodges offer accommodation, all meals, two daily game drives, hot beverages, and sundowner drinks that can be enjoyed as the sun paints the horizon crimson with the bushveld and wildlife adding to the beauty.

Book Thorny Bush lodges here


The Kruger National Park provides a number of private game reserves to choose from for a great safari vacation. By booking with, SA residents can take advantage of the amazing specials currently on offer at a variety of lodges in the Kruger National Park.



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