Where to stay

There are two broad classes of accommodation in the Kruger.


Well-positioned, sometimes basic, Government restcamps are open to all and dotted throughout the Park. They are designed for self-drive visitors.

Some date back to the 1930s. They offer remarkable value and are generally clean and well-organised. There is one large camp in every 30km or so in the south; fewer in central Kruger and few in Kruger north, so it is fairly obvious where you can stay.

There is a good on-line central reservations facility provided by the National Parks Board. A Central Reservations call centre deals with e-mail requests for bookings for both accommodation and activities, which are best reserved well in advance. We are delighted to integrate bookings for SANParks restcamps and activities into a wider itinerary for you.


Things get more interesting with the private areas. These are many and varied and it can be quite hard to research and choose between them. Activities and facilities are superior yet, for international guests, prices start within range of the public Kruger experience, once you have factored in conservation fees, activities and food and drink.

Selecting a lodge to suit your tastes and budget is an area where we can really help you, including adding value by access to special offers and deals. We spend our time planning and refining safari itineraries that combine the best lodges to give you a rich, contrasting and fulfilling experience.

The private Kruger lodges focus on giving small groups of clients intense, intimate animal encounters and often emphasise the Big Five. They offer high levels of creature comfort and luxury in amazing accommodation. They are also the place for specialist interest Safaris, be it photography, birding or walking in the wilderness that ignites your desire.

There are two types of private area in the Kruger. Concessions are prime areas of the Kruger given over to lodges for their exclusive use. Most of the Private Reserves are adjacent to the Park boundary, are unfenced and into which game roams freely to form the Greater Kruger. There are also self-contained reserves, often on huge tracts of land which also carry the major “must-see” Kruger species but are enclosed by fences.