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Top 10 Luxury Lodges in the Kruger National Park

Discover the ultimate guide to luxury lodges in the private game reserves of the Kruger National Park, offering exclusive experiences in remote areas. As the founder of Jewel of Africa Safaris, a boutique safari tour operator with over two decades of experience, I personally recommend these lodges for a stylish and unforgettable safari.

Located in the Greater Kruger National Park, each of the Kruger safari lodges in private game reserves offers unique views, rivers, and abundant wildlife sightings. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, privacy, and delectable cuisine.

Our team, who has personally stayed at most of the safari lodges, is ready to assist you in choosing the perfect option for the lodges in Kruger National. Get ready for an extraordinary adventure and up-close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

I have not ranked these safari lodges from good to less popular or by quality, cost, or other criteria, as everyone’s preferences differ. I have carefully selected the top 10 lodges in alphabetical order.

Here Are Our Top 10 Luxury Lodges in the Kruger National Park

Cheetah Plains, Sabi Sand

Experience luxury relaxation at Cheetah Plains Lodge considered one of the top luxury lodges in Kruger. The modern African design blends perfectly with nature, creating a serene ambiance.

Cozy up in the super king-size beds, enjoy indoor and open-air showers, and soak in stunning views from the private deck.

The main living area is perfect for quality time with loved ones, and the fully equipped kitchen allows you to cook your favorite dishes. Relax in the lounge and bar area, and let the talented chefs prepare fantastic meals for you. Cheetah Plains Lodge is a dream destination that will leave you rejuvenated and inspired. 

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve caters to a wide range of travelers, whether you’re part of a small group, a passionate birding or photography enthusiast, or seeking an ultra-luxurious eco-safari getaway.

What is unique about the lodge?

Cheetah Plains Lodge is renowned for its leopard sightings and offers photography safaris. With eco-friendly electric vehicles, luxurious accommodations, and a commitment to sustainability, it provides an unforgettable and responsible safari experience.   

Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sand

Chitwa is located in the Greater Kruger National Park, which perfectly blends with the surroundings, making you feel like you belong there. The lodge is built on the edge of a calm and peaceful lake; wherever you look, you are treated to amazing views of wildlife and nature.

Experience breathtaking views of the lake and wilderness from your own private suite’s deck. Each suite has modern amenities such as air conditioning, a minibar, a safe, and a lounge area. On cooler nights, you can stay warm and cozy by the fireplace.

A private villa is available for families or groups of friends with two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, a dining area, and a private plunge pool.

Chitwa’s safari lodge would be ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, honeymooners, family and friend groups, and luxury seekers in the Greater Kruger National Park who appreciate a high-end safari experience with exceptional wildlife encounters, top-notch service, and a commitment to conservation.

What is unique about the lodge?

Chitwa offers guided bush walks, exceptional birdwatching with over 350 species, stargazing, spa therapies, luxurious accommodations, wildlife viewing, superb dining, and a commitment to sustainability and the local community.

Dulini River Lodge, Sabi Sand

Dulini River Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve of the Greater Kruger National Park. Dulini Lodge offers six beautifully designed suites that blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings.

Each suite features modern African aesthetics, spaciousness, a king-size bed, an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a separate lounge, and a private deck overlooking the river and bush.

The lodge provides modern amenities, a cozy lounge, a library, a spa, a gym, and a delightful outdoor dining area. The hotel offers indulgent treatments, and the lodge’s cuisine, including alfresco dining, is exceptional.

Dulini is perfect for couples or small groups seeking an exclusive and unforgettable safari experience in one of the most spectacular wildlife destinations in the world.

What is unique about this lodge? 

Dulini River Lodge provides thrilling game drives and guided bush-walks, exceptional bird-watching, cultural interactions, romantic dining, spa relaxation, and an extensive wine cellar, offering an immersive and indulgent safari experience in the African bush.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, in the heart of a private concession in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offers eight exclusive villas for a stylish and comfortable retreat in the African wilderness.

The villas showcase African aesthetics, king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outside showers, and expansive viewing decks with a heated plunge pool.

The lodge features a cozy lounge, library, spa, gym, and a beautiful outdoor dining area. With its luxurious accommodations and exceptional service, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge provides an unforgettable safari experience in the African wilderness.

Ivory Lodge suits anyone seeking a luxury safari experience that combines adventure, relaxation, and exclusivity. The exclusive-use, two-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa is the perfect destination for honeymooners or those celebrating a romantic milestone.

What is unique about this lodge?

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers game drives in this private concession with private and intimate villas, exceptional wildlife encounters, culinary delights, impeccable service with dedicated staff and butlers, and rejuvenating spa remedies, creating a luxurious and indulgent safari retreat.

Londolozi Granite Suites

The suites at Londolozi Granite Suites and Londolozi Private Granite Suites are very luxurious and impressive. However, one of the most remarkable aspects is the breathtaking view from the suites. Located beside the Sand River, visitors can delight in spectacular river views and the pristine bushveld. 

Whether relaxing on the private deck or taking a dip in the plunge pool, the connection to nature is truly awe-inspiring.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve is an excellent place for people who want an unforgettable safari experience in one of the most stunning wildlife areas of South Africa. It’s perfect for couples on their honeymoon or families who want a memorable vacation. Or even friends who want to celebrate some milestone.

Those memories will stay with you forever.

What is unique about this lodge?

Londolozi Granite Suites and Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer intimate seclusion with stunning views with personalized service from butlers, trackers, and rangers. Sabi Sands Game Reserve boasts exceptional wildlife sightings, including leopards. They are committed to conservation and sustainability.  

Mala Mala Rattray’s Camp, Sabi Sand 

Mala Mala Rattray’s Camp is a perfect example of a Kruger National Park luxury lodge and the best luxury lodge for me. The suites are carefully designed to make you feel comfortable and fancy. The rooms are pleasingly decorated, spacious, and cozy.  The best part is that each suite has its own private veranda.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable African safari experience, this luxury lodge caters to honeymooners, families, and groups of friends celebrating special occasions. You’ll leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

What is unique about this lodge?

MalaMala Game Reserve is famed for abundant wildlife, luxury suites, and exceptional guides. Activities include game drives, birdwatching, spa treatments, and cultural visits, all with a commitment to conservation and sustainability.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabi Sand

The Earth Lodge is a safari lodge located in one of Kruger’s Private Game Reserves and is considered one of the best luxury lodges. The lodge is built into the earth and has a grass-covered roof, creating a natural and pleasant connection with nature.

This safari lodge has a modern, stylish interior design with open living areas.  The guest rooms are stunning and have all the amenities you need. The private pool makes for a refreshing swim.

Earth Lodge is perfect for couples who want a romantic trip, families who want an exciting vacation in the wild, or groups of friends who want to celebrate something special.

It also caters to people who love nature and animals, travelers who care about the environment, and adventurous people who want to go on safari drives and guided walks.

What is unique about this lodge?

Earth Lodge is an eco-friendly oasis designed to blend with nature. Enjoy wildlife game drives, guided walks, spa treatments, private pools, hot air ballooning, and sustainable solar power and water recycling practices.

Singita Sweni, Sabi Sand

Singita is located in a private concession of the Kruger National. The unique rooms offer a relaxing experience that differentiates them from other Kruger safari lodges. The rooms have amenities like air conditioning to keep you cool, minibars, private decks, an outdoor shower, etc.  

Singita Sweni is designed for high-end travelers and nature lovers who want a unique, immersive adventure. Whether searching for a romantic getaway with your partner, a family vacation to observe breathtaking wildlife or an unforgettable journey with your friends, we have precisely what you need.

What is unique about this lodge?

Indulge in thrilling game drives, close encounters with the Big Five, guided bush walks, spa treatments, and exquisite dining in this private concession in the Kruger National Park.

Personalized service, luxurious accommodations, specialist activities, and convenient fly-in access.

Royal Malewane, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The rooms at Royal Malewane are exquisite and delightful. The rooms are designed to mix traditional African style and modern elegance. Oversized windows let in sunlight and show unique views of the wild outdoors.  The rooms are specially designed to make you feel comfortable and pampered.

Carefully selected furniture and amenities ensure you have the most relaxing experience during your stay. The bathrooms are stunning, oversized bathtubs with indoor and outdoor showers.

Royal Malewane Lodge is a safari lodge suitable for anyone looking for a luxurious and unforgettable safari experience in the heart of Africa.

Royal Malewane Lodge is perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway, families on vacation, and groups of friends looking for an adventure. 

What is unique about this lodge?

Indulge in thrilling game drives, close encounters with the Big Five, guided bush walks, spa treatments, and exquisite dining.

Personalized service, luxurious accommodations, specialist activities, and convenient fly-in access.

&Beyond Tengile River Lodge, Sabi Sand

Tangile Lodge is a safari lodge in the heart of the Greater Kruger National Park. The rooms at the lodge are designed to offer stunning views of the wilderness and let natural light flood in through large windows.

You’ll love the peaceful and elegant atmosphere created by the modern décor. In addition, the stylish furniture provides more than enough space to relax.

Locally-sourced gourmet meals are a feast for the senses, with breathtaking sunset views. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, soothing sounds, enticing aromas, and delicious flavors.

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with family, Tangile Lodge has something for everyone to enjoy. Note that children must be 12 years or older to stay here.

What is unique about this lodge?

Tangile Lodge offers a private safari vehicle for thrilling game drives, guided walks, birdwatching, cultural engagement, photography safaris, and opportunities to support local conservation efforts. It’s an ideal destination for adventure, cultural exploration, and wildlife conservation. 

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