The legendary Kruger National Park is an absolute must for anyone who steps foot on South African soil. Featuring 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) of unparalleled and uninterrupted savannah, unrivalled diversity and historical and archaeological sites, there is simply no question on whether you should visit the Kruger National Park. However there is the question of where to stay. With so many options to choose from, we’ve put together a list of the best places to stay at the Kruger – it’s one of the many ways we at Domestic Flights South Africa try to make our user’s lives a little bit easier.
For a touch of luxury in the bush, the Kruger offers a number of exquisite private (though borderless) game reserves. Tora Yaka Bush Lodge offers beautiful accommodation with all the pleasures of home in a setup that allows you to maximise your interaction with nature. The Lion Sands Tinga Lodge could easily be mistaken for the set of the Hollywood Classic “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Described as a “grand lodge with a sense of a bygone era”, Tinga Lodge lives up to its promise with the absolute best in exquisite finishes and elegant design. Both game lodges offer a special private safari experience – offering guests the chance to explore the very best that the African savannah has to offer away from the crowds.
The Kruger National Park offers a bevy of affordable accommodation that does not compromise on comfort. Situated on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule, the Kurhula Wildlife Lodge borders the Kruger Park. The wildlife lodge has lovely thatched roof and all the comforts of home. There is no border between the Kurhula Wildlife Lodge and the Kruger National Park – providing an excellent opportunity to get in touch with Africa’s majestic animals. Dreamfields Guest House is only 10km away from the Kruger National Park and boasts a four star rating along with German speaking staff. You’re sure to feel right at home at this family owned guest house.
Truly become one with your surroundings and opt to camp in or around the Kruger National Park. Camping also has the added the benefit of being a cheap alternative to more traditional accommodation options. Shingwedzi Rest Camp is situated to the north of the park towards the Kanniedood Dam. This of course means that guests will be treated to close encounters with a variety of animals. Letaba Rest Camp is located along the Letaba River bank. The camp is centrally situated at the junction of the three main roads of the park, making it the perfect location to explore the park. Not only are elephants and predators regularly sighted near the camp, but Letaba Rest Camp is also a stone’s throw away from Masorini Ruins. This late Iron Age site is home to smelting furnaces, forges and crumbling ruins of the Sotho speaking BaPhalaborwa tribe. Whatever campsite you choose, they provide an ideal setting for a restful and memorable getaway.
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