Kruger National Park Camps and Lodges

by Petru

Kruger National Park Camps and Lodges - introduction

This article provides you with a comprehensive outline on all of the best lodges and camps to be found in and around the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, including its current rating on Trip Advisor as well as important aspects such as distance from the Park and nearest airports, prices and amenities. It will also aim to provide a diverse range to take account of various budgets.

The lodges have been categorised below according to the region of the park it serves best, e.g. Northern Kruger Park Region.

Kruger Park Central Region:

1. Kapama River Lodge

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor & Traveller’s Choice 2017 Winner:

If you’re looking for something out of this world, then this is it. Kapama is said to be the “African Eden” set within the Kapama Game Reserve so the wild is truly on your doorstep.

It is the largest luxury game lodge within the Greater Kruger National Park area and has been furnished to an incredibly high standard, absolute comfort being a key theme all around to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience. All rooms are spacious and offer uninterrupted views of the Big 5 game reserve so you can be enjoying the wildlife from a distance too.

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Address: Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, Limpopo, 1380

The Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

The Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

2. Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor:

This lodge comes highly recommended and is managed by a lovely couple, Tony and Alma, so you can be sure to receive a very warm welcome here.

The lodge consists of six ethnic rondavels / African-styled huts modestly decorated in a typical African theme.

In the words of a recent visitor: “We had such an amazing time here and I can't wait to go back. I would recommend Mohlabetsi to anyone; the attention to detail was incredible.”

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Address: Balule Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380

3. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor:

Described as “a haven of old-world charm and stylish splendour”, this lodge is another winner.

The friendly, down to earth staff and relaxed atmosphere makes this lodge the perfect home away from home. In the summer, you are free to cool down by the pool whilst on the cool winter evenings you can enjoy the traditional campfire experience, taking in the breath-taking view of stars on the backdrop of a clear southern sky.

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Address: 19 Sable Road, Cambridge Farm Balule, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380

Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Kruger Park Southern Region:

1. Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

Situated in the most southern part of the Kruger National Park, the Lukimbi Safari Lodge is one of the most popular in the Hectorspruit area. The rooms are beautifully decorated in warm colours and African-inspired artwork to ensure an authentic stay. Each suite offers a large, luxurious bath as well as an indoor and outdoor shower to cater for any event.

It is one of the most child friendly options, offering a range of on-site activities for children as well as babysitting for when parents would like to explore the wine cellar or bar for a few cocktails at night.

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Address: Lukimbi Road , Hectorspruit, 1320

2. Buckler’s Africa Lodge

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

Excellent reviews combined with a great location right on the Crocodile River in the most southern region of the Kruger National Park, makes this self-catering lodge a great option for travellers on a budget.

The rooms are decorated in warm colours with terracotta tiles and elegantly teamed up with crisp white linen providing for a calm, minimal styled aesthetic.

This lodge is the perfect option for someone on the lookout for an understated safari experience.

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Address: off R571 between Komatipoort and Crocodile Bridge Gate, Kruger Park, Komatipoort 1340

Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga Safari Camp

Northern Kruger Park Region:

1. Garonga Safari Camp

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor & Traveller’s Choice 2017 Winner:

This is not just another lodge, but rather a piece of heaven on earth according to a recent visitor. Trip Advisor and Traveller’s Choice clearly agrees.

The service is first class and the attention to detail right up there with the best, staff ensuring a warm welcome in winter months with the bed’s electric blanket already turned on upon arrival – pun intended. Furthermore, the lodge is small and intimate, only enough space to accommodate 12 people at a time so guests are inclined to have a drink together at night and share their experiences from the day.

This lodge will definitely create the perfect setting for a memorable trip.

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Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve, 1380

2. Tingala Lodge at Bed in the Bush

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor:

This lodge offers the perfect low-key, authentic, budget safari experience and is incredibly well located for the Northern Kruger Park Region being situated only 10km from both the nearest airport and Kruger National Park gate.

It offers a child friendly environment with a self-catering service and reviews describe it as a very comfortable, peaceful and welcoming stay with the hosts being incredibly friendly. To quote a recent visitor: “I can only compliment everything in Tingala, staff are absolutely wonderful and so helpful. We were very sad to leave the tranquillity!”

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Address: Silonque, Phalaborwa, 1389

Kruger’s Far North Region:

1. The Outpost

Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor:

This magnificent lodge is located at the very northern end of the park within the Makuleke Contractual Park. It is close to the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique and due to its more isolated location safaris tend to feel even more special, as if you are one of only a handful explorers discovering the African wildlife.

The lodge offers 12 rooms, each consisting of a completely separate building. They are all spread along a pathway towards the crest of a hill creating an absolutely spectacular sight.

Each day starts with a breath-taking view, your front door opening to a 180-degree view of nothing but kilometres of undisturbed countryside. Definitely a lodge off the beaten track!

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Address: Makuleke Region, Kruger National Park, 2146

We do hope this list provides a one stop for you to pick your accommodation for stay at Kruger National Park.

You can inform yourself further about an African safari via the following articles:

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