Private Reserves of Greater Kruger National Park
Along the boundaries of Kruger National Park lie many private reserves that extend the wild. These reserves offer luxury accommodations and unique activities that are restricted in Kruger National Park itself, such as night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and game drives in open-top vehicles. Thank you
Reserves enjoyed by Ujuzi travelers include Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Because the private reserves strictly limit the number of visitors, they have a more secluded feel, and you may go exploring all day without coming across another group of travelers.
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
When it was established, Sabi Sand was South Africa’s only private nature reserve. Covering 250 square miles off the southwest corner of Kruger National Park, it features savannah interspersed with waterholes, woodlands, and the Sabi and Sand rivers. Here, you are likely to see the Big Five as well as cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and a variety of antelopes. Several lion prides have territories in the Sabi Sand area and are regularly seen on game drives. The fascinating social structure of the spotted hyena can also be clearly observed in the Sabi Sand.
Thornybush Private Game Reserve
The stunning Thornybush Game Reserve protects more than 50 square miles of open savannah, woodlands, and shrublands. Located centrally on the western border of Kruger, no fences run between it and the park. This allows for wildlife to roam freely back and forth.
At Thornybush, you can find the Big Five, as well as giraffes, mongoose, zebras, pangolins, and many more.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Timbavati is famous for its packs of African wild dogs—multicolored canines more closely related to Ethopian wolves than to domestic dogs. The African wild dog is endangered, with only a few thousand left in the wild. These creatures are highly social, living and hunting in groups. Few things are as exhilarating as watching a pack of African wild dogs chase their prey.
Lions are plentiful in Timbavati, and sometimes you can see one or two white lions among them. White lions are the same species as other African lions and live in prides with them. They get their color from a recessive gene, similar to the process that gives some humans blue eyes. White lions are typically born to normally colored lions, and they often have golden or brown offspring as well.