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Best luxury lodges in the Kruger National Park

The iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is internationally famed for its magnificent wildlife sightings. A Kruger National Park safari delivers some of the finest game viewing in the world. It's not unusual to see all of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) in one day. A lessor known feature of the park is the many excellent lodges and luxury camps that are dotted all over the park. So, without further ado, here are our favourite luxury safari lodges in the Kruger National Park.

Jock Safari Lodge

Midway between Skukuza and Berg-en-dal rest camps, in the south-western corner of the world-renowned Kruger Park, lies Jock Safari Lodge. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers, the lodge is built in the 6 000-hectare Jock of the Bushveld Concession Area. This lodge in South Africa is named after the gutsy Staffordshire terrier, combines the romance and elegance of the colonial past with elements of the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures, ensuring guests of an authentic yet luxurious safari experience.

Royal Malewane

With a staff to guest ratio of four to one, you’ll certainly feel like royalty at Malewane. It’s a smart choice if you’re looking for a truly exclusive Kruger National Park safari experience. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, break a sweat in the gym, or head to the spa for a treatment by an internationally qualified therapist. Royal Malewane is set in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, and offers spectacular open vistas of unspoilt nature.

Singita Lebombo

This beautiful Afro- contemporary lodge has bold modern architecture and a stunning, massive split swimming pool in the main communal area. Filled with light and ordered structures, this lodge is where sculpture meets organic – a magnificent landmark in Singita’s privately-leased concession. The communal area is multi-level and contains a library for the studious, a multi-media room, wine studio and rooftop viewing area. Add to this an interactive kitchen, espresso bar and deli and you have a great place to chill between game drives. A celebration of cutting-edge design, Singita Lebombo comprises 13 luxury suites and even one private-use villa that give guests a front row seat to the Kruger National Park.

South Africa's high-end safari lodges are among the world's finest. Remote and intimate, these exclusive and eco-conscious lodges offer a true small-group luxury wilderness experience, with exceptional service. A word to the wise: It's a good idea to split your time between two or more lodges in different areas to maximize the diversity of game viewing.

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