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Kruger Honeymoon Safaris

4.5/5  –  384 Kruger Reviews

South Africa’s largest national park, Kruger National Park comprises 19,485km²/7,523mi² of unspoiled bush roamed by lions, leopards, elephant and numerous other engaging African creatures. It is the linchpin of Greater Kruger, an extended ecosystem of private reserves whose unfenced borders with the national park allow for free movement of wildlife throughout. And where Kruger honeymoon safaris are concerned, it is the exclusive lodges in these private reserves, rather than the national park proper, that stand out as the main attraction. Here, in Greater Kruger, newlyweds can enjoy an alluring combination of luxury five-star accommodation together with a thrilling wildlife adventure in one of Africa’s greatest safari ecosystems.

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5 Questions About Kruger Honeymoon Safaris

 
 

5 Questions About Kruger Honeymoon Safaris

Answered by Philip Briggs

Is a Kruger trip recommended for a honeymoon?

“Yes. A safari in Kruger might not be everybody’s idea of the perfect honeymoon holiday, but if you’re sufficiently interested in wildlife to ask the question in the first place, then almost certainly it will be yours. It should be clarified, however, that most Kruger honeymoon packages will focus on a private reserve outside the national park or an exclusive concession within it. This is because the public part of the national park itself, though perfect for self-drivers and budget safari tours, is a bit too busy to conform to most people’s idea of an upmarket honeymoon safari. It should also be noted that Kruger safaris tend to be quite busy as holidays go. If you want to make the most of being on safari, you’ll be rising before the sun to go on early morning game drives, and staying up late to enjoy dinner and drinks, which can make for a long tiring day. Furthermore, while most lodges will offer greater privacy to honeymooners by request, the atmosphere in most Kruger private lodges is quite sociable, as guests join each other on game drives and, in some cases, for meals. This is not a criticism. Personally, I can’t think of any better way to spend a honeymoon than on safari, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to like-minded people.”

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Are there recommended activities for a Kruger honeymoon safari?

“Game drives are the core activity on practically all Kruger safaris, whether they take place in the public part of the national park or in a concession or private reserve. This is because the primary objective of most people who visit Kruger is to see as much wildlife as possible, ideally ticking off all the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), along with other iconic animals, such as cheetah, giraffe and African wild dog. This won’t be much different on a honeymoon, though in some private reserves you might be able to arrange a private game drive with your own guide and vehicle. Luxury lodges in private reserves and concessions also generally offer a range of special activities suited to honeymooners. These include private bush breakfasts, private sundowners and intimate dinners in the seclusion of your balcony. In all cases, it’s a wonderful opportunity for newlyweds to celebrate the occasion in a magical African bush setting. Many but not all lodges also have a spa offering a variety of treatments, including couples’ massages. Remember to check the exact situation at any given lodge before you make a booking.”

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How do we avoid the crowds in the park?

“As already noted, most Kruger honeymoon trips are accommodated in a private reserve bordering Kruger or in a concession lodge within the park. In both cases, crowds are not an issue, as the lodges will enjoy traversing rights over private or concession land that is not open to the general public. One minor exception to this is the western half of Sabi Sand Game Reserve, where the need for cross-traversing across a cluster of small properties can lead to a situation where several vehicles queue up for a particularly good sighting. Even here, however, the overall feel of a honeymoon safari will be intimate and uncrowded. If you are heading into the public part of the national park, and avoiding crowds is a priority, you could consider avoiding the area south of the Sabie River, which offers reliably good wildlife viewing, but also attracts a lot of traffic. Roads around Skukuza (the largest rest camp) are especially busy, particularly over long weekends and domestic school holidays. A better bet is the central part of Kruger, which runs north from the Sabie River to the Letaba River. This area also offers very good wildlife viewing (specialties being cheetah and lion sightings), but it tends to be far less crowded. There’s also the vast tract of Kruger north of the Letaba River, which is very uncrowded, but too erratic for wildlife viewing to be recommended for first-time safari-goers.”

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Can we extend our Kruger honeymoon safari with a beach package?

“Absolutely. South Africa’s 2,800km/1,740mi coastline, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the cool Atlantic to the west, is as varied as it is spectacular. And there are plenty of different seaside holiday options, depending on your taste. If you fancy a trip centered on Africa’s most beautiful city, look no further than Cape Town, set below the distinctive outline of Table Mountain. This gracious old city also offers access to the lovely beaches of the Cape Peninsula, seasonal whale watching at Hermanus, and world-class wining and dining in the Cape Winelands. On the south coast, the Garden Route is a rural area famed for its winning combination of sandy beaches, craggy cliffs, freshwater lagoons, forested mountains and quaint towns. Keen walkers and hikers love this part of South Africa, and it’s also great for adventure activities, from zip-lining to bungee jumping. Equally, if you just want to chill and catch a tan, the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay has one of the country’s finest swimming beaches. The most popular South African province for uncomplicated beach holidays is KwaZulu-Natal, whose best-known resort towns include Ballito, Umhlanga and Margate. Further afield, Kruger is a great springboard for the tropical beaches of Mozambique (Bazaruto Archipelago is particularly recommended). South Africa also has good direct air links with Zanzibar Island in Tanzania, which is probably the most popular Indian Ocean beach destination in Africa.”

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What kind of accommodation can I expect?

“At the risk of stating the obvious, accommodation on your Kruger trip will depend on the safari you book. For a Kruger honeymoon safari, we would strongly recommend one of the many upmarket lodges in the various concessions and private reserves of Greater Kruger. Almost all of these lodges are small (between five and 20 units) and are five-star when it comes to accommodation, service and cuisine, making them ideally suited to honeymooners. Most of the lodges now offer all-inclusive packages that include guided game drives in open 4x4s through exclusive concessions or private land that’s closed to the public. Many such lodges will also have dedicated honeymoon suites, which tend to be larger and more secluded than other units, and may be equipped with extras, such as a plunge pool or large balcony suited for private dining. You might also want to check whether any given lodge offers honeymoon packages that include special activities. There are plenty of other less-luxurious and more-affordable accommodation options in and around Kruger. If you don’t mind staying outside the park, several quite reasonably priced boutique properties can be found close to the entrance gates or in nearby towns such as Malelane, Hazyview and Hoedspruit. Concessions aside, accommodation within the national park consists of a network of rest camps where you can pitch your own tent or stay in a comfortable no-frills self-catering bungalow. Most of the rest camps have restaurants and supermarkets.”

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Kruger Reviews

4.5/5 384 Reviews
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Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s flagship park with excellent facilities and unrivalled game-viewing
5/5

South Africa’s largest park most certainly fulfils most visitors’ expectations of seeing magnificent herds of game roaming across acacia-studded savannah. After countless visits at different times of the year, I have found it can get a...

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Alan Murphy  –  
Australia AU

Alan is a travel writer and author of over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Southern Africa and Zambia & Malawi.

Killing time in Kruger
5/5

The mothership of South Africa’s parks, Kruger is more organised and has more variety of accommodation than any other park. It also has a HUGE number of animals with the Big Five and every other kind of five you can think of rustling...

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Patricia Drew  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Mar 14, 2024
4/5

The parks we visited during our stay were varied. The first evening safari we didn’t see the animals we hoped. However the full day drive the following day made up for this. We saw everything we hoped to, mainly the Hippis and Giraffes....

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Ian Matthews  –  
Australia AU
Reviewed: Feb 25, 2024
5/5

It is everything that thousands of others have experienced. It is soo big that it would take weeks to discover each region, but we were thankful for seeing the best that we could in a limited timeframe.

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Zandi  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Jan 12, 2024
5/5

Brilliant glamping experience. The safari tour guide was knowledgeable and we managed to spot the animals. The glamping staff were friendly and they kept the facilities clean. This was a girls trip and we felt safe throughout our stay....

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Yvonne Schmidt  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Jan 6, 2024
Once in a life time unforgetable experiance . All staff members were very helpful +HIGHLY capiable.
5/5

Viva Safaris kept to their programme, Bushwalk, Great Kruger Safaris with very well trained, friendly guides, Sunrise and Sundown safaris (Bush Braai was unbelievable crowned with an Amarula Liquer Toast). The safari jeeps accomodated very...

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