Kruger Park Safari Review – The Big Five Experience…

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ProductKruger Park Safari Review
CountrySouth Africa
Duration3 to 7 Days
Where to BuyRealAdventures
Safari Tour OperatorTydon African Safaris
My Rating:9.5 out of 10
Kruger Park Safari Review with the Big Five

Kruger Park & Sabi Sand Experience in a Nutshell!

Tydon African Safaris offers many safari packages, such as the Kruger Park Safari, which combines a visit to the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Your adventure begins and ends in Johannesburg. The Kruger Park Safari comes in different sizes! What I mean here, is that the duration of the trip to the Kruger Park Safari ranges from 3-7 days.

In essence, the Kruger Park Safari offers game drives in the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve, but their numbers will differ depending on the length of your trip.

For instance, the 3-day safari includes one game drive in the Sabi Sand Reserve and 2 in the Kruger Park, whereas the 7-day safari offers four game drives in the Sabi Sand Reserve, and six in the Kruger Park, as well as a bushwalk in the Sabi Sand reserve!

Therefore, your days will be spent on game drives (morning and afternoon drives) in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, allowing you to get even closer to the wilderness!

Also, on the last day of your trip, you will head back to Johannesburg by traveling through the “Panorama Route“.

This is a 5-hour drive encompassing many scenic landscapes such as God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Graskop.

Gods Window in South Africa

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the largest park in South Africa with nearly 2 million hectares. The Park is located in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga with the nearest town being Nelspruit.

Kruger Park is one of the most sought-after destinations in South Africa. It has gained notoriety for the game viewing drives of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros). Besides the Big Five, the Kruger National Park encloses an impressive array of wildlife and flora.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is next to the Kruger National Park and shares an unfenced border of 50 km (30 miles). Since the reserve is privately owned, off-road driving is permitted which enables you to get even closer to the wildlife.

Furthermore, night drives can take place within the reserve, and there is one scheduled for the first night of your Kruger Park Safari adventure.

The Sabi Sand Reserve is considered the best destination for catching a glimpse of the elusive leopard.

So, Who Is This For?

Tydon African Safaris have designed many safari packages to fit all budgets as well as various travelers’ styles. Therefore, the packages available include luxury safari, romantic getaway, and adventure travel.

The Kruger Park Safari is perfect for families, small groups, and solo travelers.

The group size is relatively small and is around 2-4 people, so it could very well end up being just you and your family on a private safari!


The Tydon Safari facilities are situated within the Skukuza Camp in the Kruger National Park. The camp facilities include a swimming pool and a lounge area, where you could relax during your downtime.

You’ll be staying in a comfortable air-conditioned chalet with all the amenities (toilets, shower, electricity).

What About the Fine Prints?

This Kruger Park Safari package is all-inclusive. Furthermore, you have the possibility to custom-make your safari package to fit your preferences.

What’s NOT included:

  • Meals that are taken outside the Kruger Park (going to and from Johannesburg)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Don’t Just Take my Words for It!

All the customer reviews for the Kruger Park Safari give it two thumbs up! I have not seen one negative customer review about this safari package.

Moreover, all the customers’ reviews about the Kruger Park Safari can be summarized by the following statements:

  • A warm welcome.
  • Very knowledgeable guides are offering an unforgettable safari experience.
  • Very comfortable camps.
  • The food is excellent.
  • Plenty of wildlife sightings.

So, the Final Verdict is… Absolutely!

The Greater Kruger region encompasses the Kruger Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve and is the destination of choice in South Africa for game viewing drives.

The Sabi Sand Reserve offers the unique opportunity of night drives, which occur on the first day of your trip, upon arrival, and no matter the length of your stay. The reserve is well renowned for the presence of the elusive leopard.

The Kruger Park Safari will exceed all your expectations on many different levels. The Tydon Safari Camp is very comfortable with all the amenities and beyond any reproach. The Greater Kruger area contains a staggering array of flora and fauna, as well as the Big Five animals.

If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience with the best value for the money and tailored to your traveling style, then I highly recommend that you book the Kruger Park Safari by clicking here.

If you have any questions or want to leave your personal review, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

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Sonia Zannoni

My name is Sonia, a traveler enthusiast and the CEO of Wildlife Safari Adventures. My goal with Wildlife Safari Adventures is to provide insightful information to help you better plan your African travels. Are you ready to uncover the many facets of the Dark Continent?

14 thoughts on “Kruger Park Safari Review – The Big Five Experience…”

  1. I would love to visit the Kruger National Park. I’ve always wanted to go on a genuine safari, and the one you show here in this review looks and sounds incredible.

    Perhaps I will put it on my list of places to visit with my wife. I truly like the video, and I agree with your positive verdict for the Kruger Park Safari. I will eventually make it to South Africa and will certainly take your advice when I get there.

    Thank you so much for the great information!!

  2. Hi Sonia

    l have been to Safaris but only in East Africa, it’s something l promised myself I will have to do one more time in my life.

    Nothing beats seeing the elephants grazing in the wild or watching the lions hunting for dinner.

    After reading your post, I’m convinced more than never, that I need to save up and visit Kruger National Park to experience a safari to remember.

    I just find that they do not offer enough game drives (according to your post). I think that there should be a morning game drive as well as an evening game drive. Consequently, a three-day safari should have five game drives.

    Thanks so much for the info

    • The safari tour operator, which is Tydon African Safaris offers the possibility to custom make your own trip.

      So if you want to go on more game drives, this is something that can be arranged. When planning your safari vacation with Tydon African Safaris, let them know about your preferences, and they will do their very best to put together the safari of your dream!


  3. Hi there Sonia,

    This article reminded me of my friend’s trip to South Africa couple years ago. They traveled in a small group of 4 people and they showed me pictures of lions and elephants taken up close.

    What really stood out to me was the camp that was set up for them. They are in their 50’s and they had hotel quality beds made for them inside the tent. It was also air-conditioned and with proper toilets too (at least that’s what they told me).

    I was like WOW – I have got to try one of these sometime in my life. I have never seen a lion up close, much less sleep on a bed in a safari setting 🙂

    • You should put a safari adventure on your bucket list! If you are looking for more inspiration about what to do on your safari excursion, then take a look at some awesome bucket list ideas, here.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story.

  4. Hi Sonia,

    I enjoyed the read! Obviously the animals, in the Kruger Park Safari aren’t very safe, but how safe is it for North Americans to travel there? Is one able to fly into the Safari, or does this require a drive from the airport? Overall, it looks like the trip of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing.


    • It’s very safe to go to the Kruger National Park for a safari. You need, of course, to use some common sense and follow simple rules, such as keeping your limbs inside the car!

      Many safari packages for the Kruger National Park are all-inclusive. Therefore, the safari tour company will pick you up from the airport. However, if you decide to customize your own safari package, you will need to drive yourself to the safari park in question.

      The safari package that I reviewed here is all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about how to get to the Kruger Park.

  5. I read your article about the Kruger Park safari. I should say that is very much interesting for me. I have been thinking about going to Kruger Park for a very long time. You have pretty much covered all the required details that I have been looking for. You have also answered all the questions that I had in my mind. One important question that I had was about accomodations and I got it after reading your article.

    • The Kruger National Park is definitely one of the most sought-after destinations in South Africa.

      Instead of going with a more traditional way of lodging, which is a hotel room, have you ever considered booking a bed & breakfast? The B&Bs are less expensive than hotels and located closer to many of the landmarks visited by tourists. If you’re interested in learning more about Bed and Breakfast in South Africa, read my post here.

  6. Wow! Traveling to Africa and seeing the Big Five animals are bucket-list worthy adventures of a lifetime!

    I love to travel! I get excited to go away for a weekend for a sporting tournament! From weekend road trips through my home state of Michigan to traveling across the country for a few weeks, seeing the sights and visiting family, I’ll go anywhere.

    Twice, I have spent six weeks backpacking through Europe. The first time as a 19-year-old, sleeping on train cars and living on loaves of bread to stretch the shoestring budget. The second time, a bit more in style, I traveled with my mother, as far south as Spain, all the way up to Norway. These trips helped shape who I am today, providing me with an up-close look at how different people from all over the world live.

    A trip to Africa is definitely on the traveling wish-list. Thank you for providing clear and concise information in regards to a trip to South Africa to safari and see the animals of the land. An all-inclusive trip is exactly what I would be interested in!

    • By the look of it, you seem to be quite an adventure seeker! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

      And you’re right, traveling is a learning experience that allows you to discover a different way of living and learn about other cultures, which give you a new perspective on life. I highly recommend it!

  7. This looks like a great experience. I have a couple questions – how safe is this? It seems like you are right there with the animals – are there any issues with the animals getting too close to the vehicle? Second question – what do you feel is the minimum age for a child to experience this? My daughter is 5 – I’m thinking she would have to be a little older for this.

    • It’s quite safe to go on a safari. Before leaving for a game drive, you will be given a safety briefing and rules to follow around wildlife. During the game drive, you have to be quiet because animals have excellent hearing and might hear you. Keep your limbs inside the vehicles, and avoid sudden movements in the vicinity of wild animals because animals will attack only if they feel threatened! If you use common sense and follow these simple rules. You enjoy an amazing safari experience!

      As for bringing your daughter on a safari, I think she’s a bit young for this, but before you book your safari, ask the safari company if they have an age restriction. Usually, most safari operators won’t accept children below 10-12 years old. Also, when you’re going on game drives, keep in mind that you have to sit still and cannot talk for long periods… Kids being a bundle of joy, might find this quite difficult to achieve…

      There are safari companies that offer a safari club for children, so while you’re going on game drives, the kids stay at the camp and learn about flora and fauna through different activities. If you want to find out more, you should take a look at this: Family Safari in Africa, where I talked about different safari options for a family vacation.


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