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Southern Kruger is the highlight of the Park for many, and the part most frequently visited. There are high concentrations of game. There is the most water in the Park here with major perennial rivers attracting animals throughout the year. You can drive here from Johannesburg in four hours, or fly in less than one. It is the most accessible part of the Park.

The south of the Kruger is the oldest protected part, the historic core, of the national Park. There is the most extensive road network. There is the most, and the widest range of, accommodation at all price levels here. It is the best developed part of the Kruger.

An Elephant calf at Lukimbi in South Kruger

Kruger's south has excellent private concessions within the borders of the Kruger Park itself. These have exclusive use of Kruger land; visitor numbers are heavily restricted to ensure a low impact, high quality experience for you as a guest (certainly no day visitors).

The south of the Park also embraces the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. There are no fences, the land is managed as a single wild system, and the game roams freely. You will find world-famous lodges such as Singita, Mala Mala and Londolozi here.

Lions at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand

The pioneering work done in the nineteen sixties establishing these private reserves has led to some unique by-products of land and game preservation. Ecotourism was arguably invented in these places: man and beast have lived in relative harmony for decades. The ground-breaking Leopards of Londolozi film was made in the Sabi Sand; today the big cats have become accustomed to the presence of small numbers of unthreatening game viewing vehicles, and can be approached astonishingly closely.

There are some very good Government Restcamps in this region, notably the historic Berg en Dal with its excellent swimming pool and day visitor facilities. Lower Sabie has excellent Safari tents and a great river view.

Sunrise on the Phabeni Road, Kruger National Park
Image used with sheldrickfalls's permission. He Guides for us on occasion

The Lebombo mountains provide a spectacular backdrop and a reminder that you are well located to extend your trip into Mozambique or Swaziland. There are San rock art paintings in some of the mountain caves which you can see on the Bushman Trail.