Private Game Reserves

Guests on safari at Sabi Sabi observe a family of cheetahs.

These private game reserves share unfenced borders with the Kruger Park, ceding a spectacular free flow of wildlife.

The sun sets over the Olifants River in the Balule Private Game Reserve.

Balule Private Game Reserve hugs the western boundary of the Kruger Park and stretches over 40 000 hectares of privately owned land. The prolific Olifants River continues its course through Balule for 20km, sustaining a proliferation of wildlife.

Elephants are common in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve.

Though Klaserie shares the shortest border with the park, it is the largest private game reserve that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Lodges such as Gomo Gomo Game Lodge provide more affordable yet still reverently stylish accommodation options.

A safari vehicle stops alongside a family of lions in Manyeleti.

Manyeleti lies in the supreme game area between Sabi Sand and Timbavati, with wildlife trekking in unabated flows between the private reserves and the main Kruger Park. The reserve is quieter than its neighbors, providing a truly ‘private’ viewing experience.

A leopard photographed at sunset.
Sabi Sand

Sabi Sand stretches along 50km of fenceless park fringe. The reserve’s name is derived from the two rivers that run through the park; the Sabie and the Sand. The oldest (and most eminent) of Kruger’s private reserves, Sabi Sand has established itself as a world-class safari destination with a medley of comfortable lodges cradled in its cusps.

Timbavati is home to wild white lions.

Next to Sabi Sand, Timbavati is the other major reserve bordering the park. It boasts thirteen lodges and self-catering camps, including the celebrated Kings Camp with its impeccable attention to detail and the rustic Umlani Bush Camp for a more organic (yet nonetheless comfortable) experience.

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