The Greater Kruger Park refers to the Kruger National Park itself as well as the Private Game Reserves on the Western border of the Kruger National Park such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Kapama Private Game Reserve and Thornybush Private Game Reserve.
The Kruger National Park is operated by South African National Parks and is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It covers some 7 500 square miles offering a rich diversity of ecosystems that support over 145 mammal species including the Big 5 and over 500 bird species.
The untamed environment stirs deep emotions. Visitors experience meaningful and often life changing encounters with wildlife replacing bustling city life with the tranquil sounds and splendour of nature. Time slows down as your body adjusts to the natural rhythms of the African bush.
The distinction between National Parks and Private Game Reserves is an important one. The benefits of a Private Game Reserve include:
No restrictions on access or driving times;
Only specialised safari vehicles are permitted, no public vehicles are permitted in search of the wildlife;
The accommodation is more luxurious;
You will be accompanied on your game drive by an expert ranger and tracker ensuring that your wildlife and game viewing experience is safer, superior and more informative;
Only two vehicles are permitted on a single sighting resulting in an intimate wildlife experience and fantastic photographic opportunities.