Kruger Private Concessions

Drawing on the hugely successful model used by the Botswana Government, the South African Government leases large areas of land around the Kruger National Park to private operators to create exclusive luxury lodges that maintain the pristine environment. Until recently, the only accommodation options available in the Kruger National Park were all state run, but the new concessions have opened up a great variety of options for the discerning traveller. The Kruger Park Private Concessions – which include Camp Shonga, Hamilton’s Tented Camp, Imbali Safari Lodge and Jock Safari Lodge (to name but a few) – are amongst some of the finest in the world and offer guests five star amenities, exceptional cuisine and highly trained staff. Guests at the Private Concessions enjoy unrivalled privacy and solitude – as the Concessions are closed to the general public in the Kruger National Park itself – so encountering other vehicles when out on a game drive is an extremely rare occurrence.

With the unfenced Concessions sharing borders with the Kruger National Park, the abundance of wildlife that the National Park is famed for is able to roam freely onto Concession land. Concession operators are also able to leave the Concession’s road network to give guests a game experience that they would not otherwise be able to enjoy in the greater Kruger National Park itself. Guests may also enjoy guided bush walks and night drives with some of the best-trained staff in South Africa.

 

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Singita Sweni Lodge

Singita Sweni Lodge

There’s arguably no finer recommendation for a hotel and/or restaurant than the acquisition of Relais & Châteaux status. Singita Sweni has it. As one of the most exclusive luxury lodges in the Kruger National Park stable, it offers only six one-bedroom suites, designed to provide an unforgettable, intimate experience in the heart of the African bush. Built amidst the trees along the banks of the Sweni River, it also provides the perfect vantage point for observing the myriad wildlife and bird species that frequent the area.

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Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita Lebombo Lodge

If one had to describe Singita Lebombo in a nutshell, you could say that it’s the epitome of breathtaking scenery meeting world-class accommodation. Added to that, the lodge enjoys pride of place on the Mozambican border and couldn’t boast a more enviable setting. It’s enveloped by the Kruger National Park, which stretches along the length of South Africa’s Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, and as far as Zimbabwe in the north. Named after the ridge it’s built on, Singita Lebombo’s elevated position shows off the magnificence of the African bush and its proximity to some of the world’s densest animal populations is just another feather in its cap.

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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

There’s a timeless feel to the luxury of Tinga Lodge, an intimate but grand lodge set in the Lion Sands private concession of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Overlooking the Sabie River there is plenty of game-viewing without even leaving the private deck and plunge pool of your suite. Game drives and game walks explore the unspoilt 5000 ha of Lion Sands, prime Big 5 viewing territory with the highest concentration of Black Rhino in South Africa. The family-friendly lodge welcomes children from 6 years up, with hospitable staff making sure that guests of all ages feel special.

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Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Luxurious tree house style is the first impression of Narina Lodge, perched on stilts above the beautiful Sabie River in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, with elephants, hippos and rhinos often to be seen wandering past. One of only two intimate lodges in the 5000 ha. Lion Sands private concession, it offers the luxury of viewing a wide range of wildlife, including the Big 5 and the endangered black rhino, in an unspoilt, uncrowded environment, where you feel at one with the landscape. The elegant style, friendly personal service and glorious setting make Narina an ideal choice for a romantic safari experience.

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Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp

Hamiltons Tented Safari Camp

Within the Kruger National Park’s vast umbrella of conservation ethics lives the dreams of visionaries like Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who championed the move to create a much-needed protected area for South Africa’s wildlife along the South Africa-Mozambique border. Hamiltons Tented Camp takes his name to honor his legacy and offer something special to adventurous travelers. Simply put, it’s Out of Africa down to the last detail. What’s more, Hamiltons is also TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013 winner.

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Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Luxury and superb game-viewing are the hallmarks of Lukimbi, a five star safari lodge set in the pristine bush landscapes of a 15,000ha. private concession in the accessible south of South Africa’s Kruger Park. With no fences restricting access, there is prolific game-viewing including the Big 5, large herds of plains game and plentiful bird life, and the lodge waterhole attracts plenty of animals, so enjoy the sight of a family of elephants or a herd of buffalo from your own private viewing deck. Stylish African décor combines with a warm welcome to create a safari home from home.

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Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Built on the circular lines of a Tsonga village, Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge adds five star modern luxury to the traditional hospitality of the local people in this beautiful corner of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The Kruger’s renowned game-viewing, Big 5 included, combines with fascinating insights into the Shangaan culture for a unique safari experience.

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