Best 20: Safari Lodge Stays. 5 Star. The Ultimate Safari Lodge Guide : Greater Kruger National Park : South Africa 5 Star from $660 - $3000 pp/night
Imagine waking up to the sights and sounds of the African bush. It's so utterly exotic and wild. You're in South Africa, one of the world's top safari destinations, and you're staying at one of the country's many luxurious safari lodges or hotels. Here is a list of top Lodges and Hotels with their locations and their location in relation to their closest Airports and Airlines (Considering Transfers and Fly-In Vacations) I've ordered them randomly : Choosing the Best Booking dot com Guest Ratings
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Greater Kruger National Park

*Categorised in Areas and Reserves within Mpumalanga Province and Limpopo Province*

Sabi Sand Reserve (Most famous)

1. Thornybush Simbambili Lodge

Thornybush Simbambili Lodge
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Simbambili Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This romantic hideaway offers a Moroccan-style experience, privately tucked away in the sweeping savanna grassland.
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Closest Airport and Airstrip : Eastgate Airport: The reserve is 20km or a 25-minute transfer from this our closest airport. Transfers to Thornybush and Simbambili can be arranged. Daily flights by South African Express Airways link Eastgate Airport to Johannesburg, Sun City and Cape Town.

2.Inyati Game Lodge

Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands
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Located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve home of the ‘Big Five’, Inyati Game Lodge offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Inyati is situated on the scenic banks of the Sand River.
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Closest Airport: There are three major airport serving the Sabi Sands: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (for lodges in the western sector) Skukuza Airport (for lodges in the southern sector) Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (for lodges in the northern sector)

3. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a 5-star luxury safari lodge on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that offers guests a unique opportunity to sleep in a luxury treehouse.
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Closest Airport: Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

4. Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge
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Lion Sands River Lodge is a 4-star hotel on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that offers guests the chance to experience the best of a South African safari.
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Closest Airport: Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

5. Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Elephant Plains Game Lodge
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Elephant Plains Game Lodge is an upscale all-inclusive lodge offering dining, outdoor pools & a spa, plus game drives. It has a 4-star rating
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Closest Airport: The nearest Airport is Hoedspruit and road transfers from here to Elephant Plains are available.

6.  Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Leopard Hills
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A luxury Sabi Sand lodge, Leopard Hills is located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the famous Kruger National Park.
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Closest Airport: Ulusaba landing strip, Leopard Hills helipad. Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

Mluwati Concession (Private Concession) 

7. Hamiltons Tented Camp

Hamiltons Tented Camp
@alexanderhart
This 5-star luxury tented lodge is surrounded by ancient trees and wildlife in the Kruger National Park. Decorated in Colonial style, its luxury tents feature private verandas overlooking the seasonal river.
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Closest Airport : SA Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town into Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from Hoedspruit can be booked at time of reservation

8. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
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Set in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, this 5-star lodge features luxury suites built in the shape of beehives. The circular timber decks offer views of the waterhole and surrounding plains, and feature a firepit.
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Closest Airport : BY AIR: Daily scheduled flights into Skukuza Airport and Hoedspruit Airport. Federal flights to the Manyeleti airstrip.

Klaserie Game Reserve

9. Klaserie Drift

Klaserie Drift Safari Camps
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Located within a Big Five Game Reserve in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Misava Safari Camp offers a traditionally decorated accommodation with African bush surroundings. There is an outdoor pool, 2 terraces and a garden.
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  Closest Airport : SA Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town into Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from Hoedspruit can be booked at time of reservation. Approximately 7 to 8 km after leaving Hoedspruit, you will see a sign for the Eastgate Airport

Thornybush Game Reserve 

10. Shumbalala Game Lodge

Shumbalala Game Lodge
@alexanderhart
Shumbalala Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the 14000-hectare Thornybush Game Reserve and lies adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. This African themed 5-star lodge features a swimming pool, sun terrace and a private viewing deck.
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Closest Airport : Airlink has daily flights from Cape Town and OR Tambo International Airport (previously known as Johannesburg International Airport) to Hoedspruit Airport (also known as Eastgate airport). From there we will arrange a short transfer of approximately 30 minutes to the reserve.

11. Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge
@alexanderhart
A grande dame in the safari industry, Thornybush Game Lodge was one of the first commercial camps in South Africa and firmly established Thornybush Nature Reserve as a world-renowned game-viewing destination in the Greater Kruger Park.
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Kapama Game Reserve 

12. Jabulani Safari

Jabulani Safari
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As a proud Relais & Châteaux member and 5-star luxury lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area, a Jabulani safari promises nothing but the best experience from start to finish.
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Closest Airport :  Kapama Private Game Reserve is located close to Eastgate Airport in Limpopo, South Africa. The airport forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Flights from Johannesburg take 1 hour, after which guests are easily transferred to Kapama in open Landrovers which takes just a few minutes.

13. Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge
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Part of the Greater Kruger area, Kapama River Lodge is situated in the expansive 15 000 hectare Kapama Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a luxurious stay in modern accommodations, while surrounded by the African bush.
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Closest Airport : Kapama Private Game Reserve is located close to Eastgate Airport in Limpopo, South Africa. The airport forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Flights from Johannesburg take 1 hour, after which guests are easily transferred to Kapama in open Landrovers which takes just a few minutes.

14. Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp
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Kapama Southern Camp is situated in the greater Kruger Park area within the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Surrounded by nature in a tranquil setting, this luxury accommodation offers modern and air-conditioned suites with views.
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Malelane (Offers Day Trips in the Kruger National Park ) 

15. Kambaku River Lodge

Kambaku River Lodge.
@alexanderhart
The African-themed Joao Luxury River Suite, Shawu Luxury River Suite, Ndlulamithi River Suite, Kambaku River House and Mafunyane Honeymoon Suite are all river-facing, equipped with a kitchenette, covered patio and en suite bathrooms. The Shingwedzi Suite has a partial river view from the bedroom and the patio, and has a bathroom with a shower.
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Closest Airport :  By air. Flights in to Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport (30km from Kambaku) are booked direct from Johannesburg or from Cape Town, and you will be collected at the airport and transported to the lodge (not included in daily rate).

Manyeleti Game Reserve

15. Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge
@alexanderhart
Situated on Manyeleti Game Reserve between Sabi Sand, Timbavati and Kruger Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge features exclusive lodge accommodation. It overlooks a waterhole, frequented by elephants and other game.
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Closest Airport :  Tintswalo Safari Lodge is easily accessible via a short drive from Hoedspruit airport

Mjejane Game Reserve 

16. Kruger Sunset Lodge

Kruger Sunset Lodge in The Greater Kruger
@alexanderhart
Located 500 metres from the banks of the Crocodile River within the Kruger National Park, Kruger Sunset Lodge offers accommodation with a terrace. This 5-star villa features a private swimming pool and a deck with views of the park.
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Closest Airport :  A private airport is 10 km away, Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

17 Mayas Lodge

Maya's Lodge Africa
@alexanderhart
Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, river view and a patio, Mayas Lodge is set in Hectorspruit. This property offers access to a balcony
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Closest Airport : Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

18. Jacana River Lodge

Jacana River Lodge
@alexanderhart
The lodge provides guests with a terrace, pool views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a dishwasher, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. An oven, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.
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Closest Airport : Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

Hazyview 

19. Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
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Set within a 100-hectare farm, Summerfields has riverside rooms with outdoor showers. The pool, open-air spa area and restaurant are by Sabie River, where hippos bathe at dusk.
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Closest Airport : Ulusaba Airport - (37.05 Km / 23.02 Miles)Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - (37.13 Km / 23.07 Miles)Inyati Airport - (39.65 Km / 24.64 Miles)Skukuza Airport - (47.33 Km / 29.41 Miles)Londolozi Airport - (48.12 Km / 29.9 Miles)

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Ask a local South African... "aka, Safari King." All epic African Safaris either start or ends with Cape Town on the southernmost tip of South Africa and then you'll venture northwards to our country's border at Kruger National Park and then, of course, either explore the intriguing desert beauty of Namibia, or the pristine delta and wilds of Bostwana, or the Masai Mara Wildebeast Migrations of the Gorillas of Rwanda and the world-famous Victoria Falls in the neighbouring countries. ( Its quite possible to include Cape Town, and Safaris near the Kruger and Victoria Falls over 11 nights) I'm Alexander a local South African professional tour guide with specialist knowledge of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, and safaris in South Africa, Southern Africa, and even East Africa. What you can expect from me are interesting stories and insights, both human and wild animal. I dislike being bored on holiday and really appreciate local advice on maximising your time and making the most your precious travel time by pointing out the worthwhile and best bits. My personal interests include safari, history, food and drink and beautiful scenery. I do draw on travel partners if my expert knowledge is a little thin on some local places. Welcome to South Africa. We absolutely love visitors and making our guests feel at home.
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Best 20: Safari Lodge Stays. 5 Star. The Ultimate Safari Lodge Guide : Greater Kruger National Park : South Africa 5 Star from $660 - $3000 pp/night
Imagine waking up to the sights and sounds of the African bush. It's so utterly exotic and wild. You're in South Africa, one of the world's top safari destinations, and you're staying at one of the country's many luxurious safari lodges or hotels. Here is a list of top Lodges and Hotels with their locations and their location in relation to their closest Airports and Airlines (Considering Transfers and Fly-In Vacations) I've ordered them randomly : Choosing the Best Booking dot com Guest Ratings
20 Places • 1 Save • ago
Free

Greater Kruger National Park

*Categorised in Areas and Reserves within Mpumalanga Province and Limpopo Province*

Sabi Sand Reserve (Most famous)

1. Thornybush Simbambili Lodge

Thornybush Simbambili Lodge
@alexanderhart
Simbambili Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This romantic hideaway offers a Moroccan-style experience, privately tucked away in the sweeping savanna grassland.
Add to
Details

Closest Airport and Airstrip : Eastgate Airport: The reserve is 20km or a 25-minute transfer from this our closest airport. Transfers to Thornybush and Simbambili can be arranged. Daily flights by South African Express Airways link Eastgate Airport to Johannesburg, Sun City and Cape Town.

2.Inyati Game Lodge

Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands
@alexanderhart
Located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve home of the ‘Big Five’, Inyati Game Lodge offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Inyati is situated on the scenic banks of the Sand River.
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Closest Airport: There are three major airport serving the Sabi Sands: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (for lodges in the western sector) Skukuza Airport (for lodges in the southern sector) Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (for lodges in the northern sector)

3. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
@alexanderhart
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a 5-star luxury safari lodge on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that offers guests a unique opportunity to sleep in a luxury treehouse.
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Closest Airport: Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

4. Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge
@alexanderhart
Lion Sands River Lodge is a 4-star hotel on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that offers guests the chance to experience the best of a South African safari.
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Closest Airport: Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

5. Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Elephant Plains Game Lodge
@alexanderhart
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is an upscale all-inclusive lodge offering dining, outdoor pools & a spa, plus game drives. It has a 4-star rating
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Closest Airport: The nearest Airport is Hoedspruit and road transfers from here to Elephant Plains are available.

6.  Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Leopard Hills
@alexanderhart
A luxury Sabi Sand lodge, Leopard Hills is located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the famous Kruger National Park.
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Closest Airport: Ulusaba landing strip, Leopard Hills helipad. Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Skukuza and KMIA (Nelspruit) airports are all in close proximity, with daily scheduled flights from / to Johannesburg.

Mluwati Concession (Private Concession) 

7. Hamiltons Tented Camp

Hamiltons Tented Camp
@alexanderhart
This 5-star luxury tented lodge is surrounded by ancient trees and wildlife in the Kruger National Park. Decorated in Colonial style, its luxury tents feature private verandas overlooking the seasonal river.
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Closest Airport : SA Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town into Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from Hoedspruit can be booked at time of reservation

8. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
@alexanderhart
Set in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, this 5-star lodge features luxury suites built in the shape of beehives. The circular timber decks offer views of the waterhole and surrounding plains, and feature a firepit.
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Closest Airport : BY AIR: Daily scheduled flights into Skukuza Airport and Hoedspruit Airport. Federal flights to the Manyeleti airstrip.

Klaserie Game Reserve

9. Klaserie Drift

Klaserie Drift Safari Camps
@alexanderhart
Located within a Big Five Game Reserve in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Misava Safari Camp offers a traditionally decorated accommodation with African bush surroundings. There is an outdoor pool, 2 terraces and a garden.
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  Closest Airport : SA Airlink offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town into Hoedspruit Airport. Transfers from Hoedspruit can be booked at time of reservation. Approximately 7 to 8 km after leaving Hoedspruit, you will see a sign for the Eastgate Airport

Thornybush Game Reserve 

10. Shumbalala Game Lodge

Shumbalala Game Lodge
@alexanderhart
Shumbalala Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the 14000-hectare Thornybush Game Reserve and lies adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. This African themed 5-star lodge features a swimming pool, sun terrace and a private viewing deck.
Add to
Details

Closest Airport : Airlink has daily flights from Cape Town and OR Tambo International Airport (previously known as Johannesburg International Airport) to Hoedspruit Airport (also known as Eastgate airport). From there we will arrange a short transfer of approximately 30 minutes to the reserve.

11. Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge
@alexanderhart
A grande dame in the safari industry, Thornybush Game Lodge was one of the first commercial camps in South Africa and firmly established Thornybush Nature Reserve as a world-renowned game-viewing destination in the Greater Kruger Park.
Add to
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Kapama Game Reserve 

12. Jabulani Safari

Jabulani Safari
@alexanderhart
As a proud Relais & Châteaux member and 5-star luxury lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area, a Jabulani safari promises nothing but the best experience from start to finish.
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Closest Airport :  Kapama Private Game Reserve is located close to Eastgate Airport in Limpopo, South Africa. The airport forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Flights from Johannesburg take 1 hour, after which guests are easily transferred to Kapama in open Landrovers which takes just a few minutes.

13. Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge
@alexanderhart
Part of the Greater Kruger area, Kapama River Lodge is situated in the expansive 15 000 hectare Kapama Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a luxurious stay in modern accommodations, while surrounded by the African bush.
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Closest Airport : Kapama Private Game Reserve is located close to Eastgate Airport in Limpopo, South Africa. The airport forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Flights from Johannesburg take 1 hour, after which guests are easily transferred to Kapama in open Landrovers which takes just a few minutes.

14. Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp
@alexanderhart
Kapama Southern Camp is situated in the greater Kruger Park area within the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Surrounded by nature in a tranquil setting, this luxury accommodation offers modern and air-conditioned suites with views.
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Malelane (Offers Day Trips in the Kruger National Park ) 

15. Kambaku River Lodge

Kambaku River Lodge.
@alexanderhart
The African-themed Joao Luxury River Suite, Shawu Luxury River Suite, Ndlulamithi River Suite, Kambaku River House and Mafunyane Honeymoon Suite are all river-facing, equipped with a kitchenette, covered patio and en suite bathrooms. The Shingwedzi Suite has a partial river view from the bedroom and the patio, and has a bathroom with a shower.
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Closest Airport :  By air. Flights in to Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport (30km from Kambaku) are booked direct from Johannesburg or from Cape Town, and you will be collected at the airport and transported to the lodge (not included in daily rate).

Manyeleti Game Reserve

15. Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge
@alexanderhart
Situated on Manyeleti Game Reserve between Sabi Sand, Timbavati and Kruger Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge features exclusive lodge accommodation. It overlooks a waterhole, frequented by elephants and other game.
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Closest Airport :  Tintswalo Safari Lodge is easily accessible via a short drive from Hoedspruit airport

Mjejane Game Reserve 

16. Kruger Sunset Lodge

Kruger Sunset Lodge in The Greater Kruger
@alexanderhart
Located 500 metres from the banks of the Crocodile River within the Kruger National Park, Kruger Sunset Lodge offers accommodation with a terrace. This 5-star villa features a private swimming pool and a deck with views of the park.
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Closest Airport :  A private airport is 10 km away, Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

17 Mayas Lodge

Maya's Lodge Africa
@alexanderhart
Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, river view and a patio, Mayas Lodge is set in Hectorspruit. This property offers access to a balcony
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Closest Airport : Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

18. Jacana River Lodge

Jacana River Lodge
@alexanderhart
The lodge provides guests with a terrace, pool views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a dishwasher, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. An oven, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.
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Closest Airport : Skukuza airport as well as Kruger International airport is within an hours drive.

Hazyview 

19. Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
@alexanderhart
Set within a 100-hectare farm, Summerfields has riverside rooms with outdoor showers. The pool, open-air spa area and restaurant are by Sabie River, where hippos bathe at dusk.
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Closest Airport : Ulusaba Airport - (37.05 Km / 23.02 Miles)Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - (37.13 Km / 23.07 Miles)Inyati Airport - (39.65 Km / 24.64 Miles)Skukuza Airport - (47.33 Km / 29.41 Miles)Londolozi Airport - (48.12 Km / 29.9 Miles)

If you want us to help? 

Planning and Booking Services 

Get hold of us privately on our website 

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Ask a local South African... "aka, Safari King." All epic African Safaris either start or ends with Cape Town on the southernmost tip of South Africa and then you'll venture northwards to our country's border at Kruger National Park and then, of course, either explore the intriguing desert beauty of Namibia, or the pristine delta and wilds of Bostwana, or the Masai Mara Wildebeast Migrations of the Gorillas of Rwanda and the world-famous Victoria Falls in the neighbouring countries. ( Its quite possible to include Cape Town, and Safaris near the Kruger and Victoria Falls over 11 nights) I'm Alexander a local South African professional tour guide with specialist knowledge of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, and safaris in South Africa, Southern Africa, and even East Africa. What you can expect from me are interesting stories and insights, both human and wild animal. I dislike being bored on holiday and really appreciate local advice on maximising your time and making the most your precious travel time by pointing out the worthwhile and best bits. My personal interests include safari, history, food and drink and beautiful scenery. I do draw on travel partners if my expert knowledge is a little thin on some local places. Welcome to South Africa. We absolutely love visitors and making our guests feel at home.
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