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Kruger Private Safari Tours

4.5/5  –  341 Kruger Reviews

Kruger National Park ranks among the world’s most exciting wildlife showcases. This 19,485km²/7,523mi² national park provides refuge to 150 mammal species, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and rhino. This vast ecosystem is extended by a network of exclusive private reserves whose unfenced borders allow for free movement of wildlife in and out of the national park. A Kruger private safari might be focused on the public part of the park, or on one of the private concessions that lie within it, or on a bordering private reserve. Whichever option you choose, you won’t regret taking the opportunity to experience this wonderful wilderness and its bountiful wildlife in the company of an expert guide.

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5 Questions About Kruger Private Safaris


5 Questions About Kruger Private Safaris

Answered by Philip Briggs

What are the pros and cons of a Kruger private safari?

“There are many pros to exploring Kruger on a private package as opposed to a shared safari. Most obviously, it makes for a more personalized experience. The African bush is a wondrous place, by turns sensationally thrilling and sublimely tranquil, and it is far easier to absorb this unique sense of place on a private safari than with a group of strangers. Generally speaking, you will get more personal attention and tailored input from your guide on a private safari. Unlike on a shared safari, you can have a significant say in logistics such as game drive departure and meal times, how long you spend at any given sighting, and so on. Last but by no means least, on a private safari there is no danger of tensions arising from compatibility issues between different group members. The downsides to booking a private safari are few. One is that it is generally more expensive than a group safari. Also, for single or very sociable travelers, the company of a larger group might be preferable to a private safari. It should be noted that these distinctions apply mainly to a private safari within the public sector of the Kruger National Park. If you stay in a private reserve or concession lodge, there is unlikely to be a big cost difference between a private and shared booking. And once there, unless otherwise specified, you will almost invariably share game drives with other guests, even if you are nominally booked onto a private safari.”


When is a private safari in Kruger National Park recommended?

“A private safari package to Kruger is recommended to anybody who prefers not to holiday in forced proximity to strangers, but there are several circumstances where it is particularly suitable. One obvious example is for families, particularly those with young children, who will find that booking a private safari allows the guide to concentrate on their specific needs. Many repeat safari-goers hoping to see more unusual species, such as African wild dog or cheetah, will also find they get more out of a private Kruger safari than they would from a group safari, where the emphasis tends to be on ticking off the Big Five. Private safaris are strongly recommended to anybody with a special interest, such as bird watching, botany or serious photography. Group safaris will tend to be geared towards allowing everyone to see as many different large mammals as possible. For this reason, guides are unlikely to stop for all but the most spectacular of birds, or to spend sufficient time at any given sighting to make the most of it photographically. On a private safari, by contrast, photographers can ask the guide to stay on at a promising sighting, and to line up the vehicle to get the best angle. Bird-watchers will also get far more from a private safari, especially as many South African guides will share their interest and enjoy a rare opportunity to focus on the park’s avian fauna.”


Will we spend all our time with the guide on a private trip to Kruger National Park?

“On private safari packages, it is to be expected that game drives and other such activities will be undertaken in the company of your guide. At other times, most guides will be happy to let their clients dictate how much or little time they spend together. In most cases, however, the default situation would be that the guide acts as a host and eats all meals together with their clients. If that’s not what you want, we would recommend you clarify the situation and state your preference to the operator in advance, rather than once you’re on tour. This is so that the guide doesn’t take it personally, which could lead to an uncomfortable situation, especially on a long tour. If in doubt, then the safe approach would probably be to say upfront that you prefer to eat your meals without a guide, but to invite him or her to join you when you feel like the company.”


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How much do Kruger private safari packages cost?

“As a broad guideline figure, you can expect to pay around US$175 to US$250 per person per day on a private safari that sticks to the public part of the national park. Mid-range private safaris, which often stay at semi-luxurious camps in the private reserves and concessions, would typically be in the ballpark of US$250 to US$400 per person per day. Luxurious private safaris in the most exclusive private reserves and concessions might cost anything from US$500 to US$1,000 per person per day. The price of a private Kruger safari package will depend on several factors. Probably the most significant of these is whether your itinerary sticks to the public part of the national park, and its relatively affordable rest camps, or if it is focused on the more upmarket private reserves or concessions. Other factors will be the size of your group (the cost per person being higher for a solo traveler than for a couple or family) and the duration of the itinerary (the daily rate is generally lower on a longer safari). ”


Kruger Reviews

4.5/5 341 Reviews
James Bainbridge  –  
United Kingdom UK

James is a travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guides, including senior author of the guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

World-famous Wildlife Kingdom

Kruger is truly the king of wildlife parks. Around 150 mammal species, including 1,500 lions and the rest of the Big Five, inhabit this 350km-long chunk of bush. It’s also extremely convenient, with its tarred roads and camps both inside...

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Lucy Corne  –  
United Kingdom UK

Lucy is travel writer for a range of publications, including Lonely Planet's guides to Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa.

Deservedly popular

Some are critical of Kruger's popularity and network of tarred roads that facilitate self-drive safaris. But the park is so vast that in all but the busiest of times (South African school holidays, specifically), you can still drive for a...

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Lidiya Prymachenko  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Jan 8, 2023

The park is huge and you have a chance to see the wildlife from different perspectives. We saw the big five and many other animals. It was difficult to find a rhino and "cats", but we did it in the end. The rangers are professional and...

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Tyler W.  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Dec 1, 2022

On the particular day that we went, we didn't see much wildlife, however on other days, some Safari members mentioned they saw a lot of animals. The landscape was fairly uniform without much variation.

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Emily Ward  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2020

Kruger is enormous, and the size of the park and its openness to all kinds of vehicles makes for more potential animal sightings. It also makes for more potential traffic jams. Sightings rely on animals being close to the roads, but there...

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James Arnold  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Feb 27, 2020

Had to stay on paved, rather wide roads. other than a lion that was laying next to the road, there was no way to really get close to nature. however, there were many animals sighted and i still had a nice time

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