The much sought after Kruger Private reserves are located alongside the unfenced western boundary of Kruger National Park. They offer the best Big 5 sightings and have upmarket & luxurious lodges. The reserves are easily accessible by road or air and have fly-in airstrips to cater to smaller aircrafts. While the density of wildlife is high, the reserves have various conservation activities in place. The lodges are all in luxury segment and steeply priced that are equipped to handle families, adventure seekers, honeymooners with all modern amenities like spa, pools and above all excellent service.

The expense is worth it as each lodge in these reserves have experienced guides who  guarantee the big 5. The safari vehicles of the lodges go off road closer to the animals which is not permited in Kruger National Park. Night drives and walking safaris are worth experiencing.

The following are few of the famous Kruger Private Reserves

Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Undoubtedly this 66,000 hectare reserve is most popular and sought after in the Greater Kruger area. The luxurious and upmarket lodges & their sub-reserves such as Singita, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi, Mala Mala are located in this Private reserve

Timbavati Game Reserve
Timbavati is a popular private reserve that has 53,000 hectares of combined land of the Timbavati association with 50 odd members. It is on the northern side of Sabi Sands reserve with Kruger park on the western side. This Big 5 reserve is famouse for its white lions born with a recessive gene that gives them the white colour

Thornybush Game Reserve
This 11,000 hectare private reserve is quite popular and features Big 5. It has good accomodation facilities suitable for all types of visitors.  It borders the Kapama Game Reserve and is located close to the Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger Park. The Reserve’s surface area is approximately 11.000 Ha of mainly open savannah

Balule Game Reserve
The 40,000 hectare Balule sits near the famous Olifant river. A few notable lodges in the luxury segment and few in not so luxury segment are there in this Big 5 reserve. Like Timbavati and others, Balule Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and is a member of Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR). The fences seperating APNR reserves Timbavati, Klaserie, Grietjie and Balule have been removed thus paving way of conservation and free movement of animals mainly the Big 5.

Kapama Game Reserve
The 16,000 hectar Kapama is just across Hoedspruit Airport. Located between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, Kapama’s has four lodges to suit different experiences. Kapama has it own airstrip which allows travellers to fly in from Johannesburg and Cape Town, but its very conveniently located just across Eastgate Airport

Klaserie Game Reserve
The 60 000 hectare Klaserie Private Game Reserve is situated across Klaserie River. Big 5 and lot of game viewing is there in Klaserie. It’s arguably one of the largest private owned reserve in South africa. The reserve has quite a few lodges of different varieties. Klaserie is well known for its walking trails.

Makalali Game Reserve
Makalali is 26 000 hectare reserve Big 5 kruger reserve with few lodges

Manyeleti Game Reserve
Manyelet, a 23,000 hectare reserve, is strategically located between Sabi Sands and Timbavati and has borders with Kruger National Park. Game and Big 5 viewing is excellent. It has just three lodges with one being a tented camp

Nkomazi Game Reserve
Nkomazi Game Reserve is a 15,000 hectare reserve, in the Greater Kruger area and is a Big 5 reserve. Its malaria-free


The private reserves above are some of the important and much sought after ones, but there are many others, some big5 and some not big5 and some have open borders with Kruger National Park and some don’t have. There is an abundant selection of private reserves in Greater Kruger Area with wide variety of accommodation catering to all budgets and interests. Our travel experts can guide you with all information about Private reserves


The benefit and upside of experiencing your holiday/safari  in a private reserve is that one will invariably enjoy unhindered game viewing. Top notch lodges with wide range of tariffs will give the visitor the flexibility. Big 5 sighting is almost guaranteed, especially leopards. The safari vehicles can go off road and close up to the animals for better viewing/photography


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