Proper wilderness involves getting close to the Big Five, and some unfenced Kruger lodges have game in camp, adding an extra dimension to the safari experience (and necessitating armed accompaniment back to your room or tent after dusk!).
Here is our pick of wild Kruger places.
Grand, elegant and refined matriarch of a lodge overlooking the Sand river, 16km of which it traverses, giving rich Big Five, general game, and photographic opportunities. Highly exclusive with a maximum of 4 guests per vehicle. Small. Tranquil. No kids. Top dollar for top experience.
Chacma Bush Camp
Chacma is a tiny traditional thatched camp offering 3 family friendly chalets in diverse, rugged Balule landscape. With the Olifants river running through the reserve close by, elephants are omnipresent and Big Five are excellent. There are plenty of secret viewpoints and sundowner spots.
MalaMala Main Camp
The largest, lowest priced MalaMala destination, Main Camp preserves the luxury (his-&-her bathrooms) at a beautiful historic riverside location with waterhole. There is a maximum of 6 guests on game drives. Big Five are excellent, as is the Kids' Programme. Photographic vehicles are an available extra.
Tanda Tula Field Camp
Walk an exclusive Timbavati concession from a comfortable mobile tented camp. Campaign-style facilities including a spectacular mess tent are moved for each safari. Track Big Five on foot whilst learning bushcraft and identification skills looking at the small things in the bush.