For a safari getaway unlike any other jet off to South Africa's breathtaking Krugar National Park and experience the wild heart of the majestic bushveld.
Running along the border of Mozambique and covering an impressive 20,000 square kilometers and 14 unique ecozones, Krugar offers an unrivaled diversity of wildlife rarely seen anywhere else on earth.
With stunning landscapes teaming with wildlife, action packed adventure, nightly feasts under the stars, and luxury lodging overlooking the reserve, Krugar National Park will delight your senses at every turn.
To help you make the most out of your trip, dive into our definitive guide which will fill you in on everything you need to know for a truly unforgettable stay:
Experience Luxury Safari Lodging at Royal Malewane
Wake up to the sight of the sun rising over the dramatic savannah landscape, explore the inspiring safari routes, experience the wilds of the African bushveld, relax and reinvigorate your body in the majestic spa, dine under the romantic star lit sky, and then cap it all off with a soak in your hot tub on your own private deck – it’s all in a day’s work when you’re staying at the Royal Malewane.
For the ultimate luxurious Kruger experience, nothing can compare to the decadence and hospitality of the Royal Malewane safari lodge. Set in its own private game reserve next to Kruger National Park, the Royal Malewane allows you to enjoy all the excitement of the park, without the hustle and bustle of mainstream accommodation. With its own private airfield, onsite staff catering for your every need, expert safari guides, and incredible facilities, everything is taken care of so you don’t have to lift a finger. Each suite is decked out with lavish colonial ornaments, traditional African curios, a private deck, hot tub, and stunning views of the surrounding natural environments, providing you with a truly immersive safari experience.
Witness Wildlife Like Never Before
Home to over 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 100 reptiles, endless archaeological sites, and a mesmerizing diversity of flora and fauna, Kruger is Africa’s flagship national park. The most popular way to explore this vast landscape is on a guided 4x4 safari tour which takes you to some of the known wildlife hotspots, giving you the chance to catch a glimpse of the parks famous inhabitants.
Another fascinating, and somewhat hair raising safari adventure, is the night time safari tour. Immerse yourself in the loud and active nocturnal world of the animals, with the hope of seeing some of the parks more elusive residents including leopards, lions, and hyenas.
Explore One of Many Trekking Trails Through the Park
A trip to Kruger National Park is not complete until you have been on a trek around one of the many fascinating routes. Feel the crunch of the earth under your feet, listen to the hum of the grassland insects, and see the savannah from the animal’s perspective.
While trekking tours can be the most intimate way to explore Kruger National Park, they can be very challenging in the mid day heat so make sure you’re up to the task. Also book a tour that will take you past one of the parks famous Baobab trees, some of which are as old as 3,000 years.
Indulge in the Safari Spa Oasis
After spending the day trekking through the park, why not treat yourself to the blissful sensory experience of a traditional African spa treatment. World renowned for its breathtaking setting and awe inspiring luxury, the Royal Malewane Bush Spa offers a chance to refresh and restore, among the peace of the bush.
Relax around the pool with a green juice in hand, before enjoying one of the spa's legendary signature treatments. From stimulating body wraps to holistic massage rituals, you'll leave in a state of complete and utter serenity.
Eat Under a Dazzling Canopy of Stars
It's not every day that you get to spend time in such a majestic part of the world, so when it comes to where to eat, it's no surprise that most places take full advantage of the natural environment with outdoor dining options.
If you want to experience the incredible atmosphere of the bush at night, while being serenaded by frogs and crickets and entertained by traditional singing and dancing, then grab a bite at the Royal Malewane's Boma. Tuck into delicious flame grilled fare, accompanied by a handpicked selection of South Africa's finest wine as you watch the stars glisten from above.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Park
For a truly unique perspective on Kruger National Park, drift high above the trees in a hot air balloon. Seeing the park from a bird’s eye view will blow you away, allowing you to gain a new viewpoint of the landscape, and the animals who reside there.
Once you have seen herds of elephants trooping across the savannah, busy watering holes attracting a variety of exotic animals to its banks, and the natural beauty of the park from high above, you’ll fall in love with the place even more. You can even snap some shots and savor the moment while you sip on a glass of champagne high above the tree canopy.
Join In On The Festivities
From mountain biking to marathons, a number of exciting activities take place in and around Krugar National Park each year. In January and February bikers get to grips with challenging climbs and tackling trails as they traverse their way through the local towns, and in March the Mpumalanga Wine Show draws wine lovers from all over to taste a prestigious selection of award winning producers.
Kicking off in May, the Brondal Avocado Festival provides visitors a wide array of activities and attractions to look forward to, as well as the Uplands Festival of arts and entertainment which has grown rapidly in recent years. In the height of summer the Innibos festival of arts, music and theater which takes place in July attracts hundreds of musicians, actors, artists, and more than 100,000 visitors. The second half of the year is also rife with events all of an adventurous nature, including the Lowveld Croc Canoe Marathon in September where paddlers pit their wits against the demanding rapids and weirs.
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