The Kruger National Park has various private concessions within its borders. Within these private concessions you can visit various safari lodges that offer the traditional Big 5 safari, conducted by expert guides.
Kruger Concessions Highlights
The Kruger National Park is owned and run by the South African government. Using the model so successfully initiated by the Botswana government, the park awarded concessions to private operators. The concessions are leased for a 20-year period on the condition that camps should in no way disturb the environment.
The benefit for the tourist is that the general public is not allowed access to the concessions unless they are spending the night at one of the concessions' lodges. This leads to a very rewarding, private safari experience in pristine wilderness for those that visit the Kruger Concession safari lodges.
There are no fences between the concessions and the Kruger National Park. Rangers within most of these concessions can drive off-road to track or view animals for a close-up perspective and night drives are also offered.
There really are some wonderful safari lodges in the Kruger Concessions. These lodges and camps have private access to the land they occupy, making safaris exclusive and tailored to guests' preferences.
Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni are two of Africa's most luxurious safari lodges and offer world class cuisine and hosting. The lodges are located in a true wilderness area within the Singita concession.
The most remote safari camp in the Kuger, is Pafuri Tented Camp , in the secluded north. It is well known for its fever tree forests, beautiful gorges and Crook's Corner, where the three countries, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, meet.
Staying in one of the exquisite Kruger Concession lodges means that guests can enjoy an all-rounded experience of the bush. Rangers and trackers will take guests out on bush walks, off-road 4x4 driving, and night time game drives.
The Singita Lebombo/Nwanetsi Concession is an exclusive 15,000-hectare concession situated on the remote eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park, and offers discerning guests a first class wilderness experience. The area offers superb opportunities for Big 5 sightings, as it is situated on the migration routes of many prey species.
The Pafuri or Makuleke Concession is situated in the far north of the Kruger National Park. This 24 000-hectare area is the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and is one of the most diverse and beautiful areas in the Kruger National Park. This area is wild and the most remote part of the Kruger. It offers varied vegetation, great game viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger.
The Tinga Private Concession is a private and exclusive 5000-hectare concession within the Sabie Rivier area in the Kruger Park. Guests can view wildlife on safaris or guided bush walks, whilst accompanied by expert guides and trackers. The Sabie River has the highest recorded density of leopards in Africa.
How to Get there
There are daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg International) to various airports in the Kruger National Park, namely the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA), Hoedspruit Airport (also called Eastgate) as well as Phalaborwa airport.
Guest flights will be booked by Sun Safaris agents. Upon arrival at the various airports guests will pick up their hired car (self-drive), take a road transfer arranged by Sun Safaris, or a short air transfer (flight hop) to the various lodges.
All the Kruger Concession lodges are accessible via self drive with a sedan rental car from anywhere in South Africa. To self drive from Johannesburg will take approximately 6 hours.
Kruger Concessions Game Viewing and Activities
Sighting the Big 5 has become something of a quest for many people when on safari, and Kruger National Park has more than its fare share of these animals. During the summer months, when the vegetation thickens up, game viewing becomes more difficult, but the landscape becomes more beautiful and lush.
In winter when it's dry and there are fewer water sources and less bush to look through, all the many species of game are frequently spotted and with luck, guests can witness predator-prey interaction, shier herbivores grazing away, birds calling from the trees, and huge herds of animals moving through the veld.
With approximately 500 bird species, some of them unique to this area, there is enough on the ground and in the air to keep anybody's binoculars busy. Some of the biggest and most impressive birds to be seen here are the ground hornbill, martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, kori bustard and saddle-billed stork.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Rhino Post Lodge offers 8 elegant safari suites in an exclusive property within the Kruger Concession area. Special care was taken when building the lodge to minimise the impact on the environment and it offers a huge diversity of fauna and flora.
Lion Sands Narina
Lion Sands Narina Lodge offers guests a traditional African bush experience. The lodge is situated on stilts and nestled amongst the leadwood trees on the banks of the Sabie River; the secluded wood and thatch suites make an ideal location for a romantic honeymoon.
Singita Sweni Lodge
Singita Sweni Lodge is situated on the banks of the Sweni River in an exclusive 15 000 ha private concession on the remote eastern boundary of Kruger National Park. Singita Sweni offers guests a traditional safari experience in an unspoiled wilderness area.
Lion Sands Tinga
Tinga Legends Lodge offers the ultimate in five star bush luxury with luxurious and spacious safari suites offering air-conditioning, double showers and modern amenities. The Sabie River is known to offer the highest recorded concentration of leopards in Africa.
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is an authentic safari lodge offering guests luxury and charm in the heart of the Kruger National Park. Accommodation is luxurious and only 6 traditional Tsonga Huts are available ensuring a personal safari experience.
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge is luxurious and unique; situated amongst lush trees and reed walls, guests can enjoy a luxurious safari experience in complete privacy in an untouched wilderness. Luxurious safari suites with en-suite facilities and private views.
Pafuri Walking Trails
An authetic walking safari in a remote, Pafuri Walking Trails explores the far northern Kruger National Park on foot. Professional safari guides take you along bush tracks in search of big 5, smaller animals and stunning scenery.
Camp Shawu offers visitors an authentic safari experience in a secluded and private corner of a 15,000 hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park. Camp Shawu is small and personal, accommodating only 10 guests in luxurious rooms with private viewing decks.
Rhino Walking Safaris Plains Camp
Rhino Walking Safaris Plains Camp is a small and intimate bush camp offering only 4 traditional canvas safari tents situated underneath the trees promising spectacular bush views and comfortable en-suite facilities.