Kruger lodges with game in camp

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.

Letaba location

Letaba restcamp

A large, popular restcamp situated on a sandy perennial river floodplain with active game views from restaurant deck, guest houses and some rondavels. Good facilities. Welcome respite from monotone mopane-tree veld.

Large male lion on drive at Idube


Sharply priced farmstead-style chalets in prime Big Five territory focused on the creatures rather than ultra luxury. Excellent guides. Great all-day viewing hide at dam a walk-way from camp.

AoF Wilderness Trail dinner setting

AoF Wilderness Trail

Magical three-night mobile camp that follows you around 8,000 hectares of Big Five Balule. Dome tents, camp beds, bucket showers, meals cooked on the fire. Raw and wild African wilderness on foot.

Jock Main Lodge from river

Jock Safari Lodge

A pair of beautiful thatched luxury lodges (each suitable for a family or other group) at the confluence of two large seasonal rivers. Exclusive traverse. High density of game. Ask to see rock art on the excellent morning walks.

Cheetah at Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains

Proper old-style bushcamp experience in a remote corner of Sabi Sand. Right on the Kruger boundary, and with semi-exclusive northern reserve traversing. Excellent active waterhole and dam at camp.