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Best 4 KRUGER national park Luxury Safari Lodges

Imbali Safari Lodge

From ZAR8707

Shishangeni Private Lodge

From ZAR3291

Kruger Grande Lodge


Sabi Sands Lodge

From ZAR18500
Shishangeni Private Lodge


Guests are accommodated in twelve spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows.

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1: Imbali Safari Lodge

An exclusive lodge within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. Imbali Safari Lodge is the central point within the 10 000 hectares of private Imbali Safari concession, offering accommodation in 12 spacious, private suites each furnished in understated luxury with only the finest furniture and imported linen.

Each suite has exquisite views from the spacious wooden decks and private plunge pool or Jacuzzi overlooking the Nwatsitswonto riverbed and the plains beyond. reception on arrival. Experience magnificent hospitality, exceptional service and gastronomic excellence ensuring an unforgettable African Safari experience.

Activities include morning and afternoon safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Guided bush walks are available on request at an additional charge. Guests can also enjoy massage treatments in the comfort of their own rooms and this can be booked with a reception on arrival at an additional charge.

Price: from ZAR8707

Imbali Safari Lodge is the perfect departure point for your best African Safari.


Set on the banks of the N’waswitsontso River in the Central Kruger National Park, this palatial haven offers immaculate accommodation and unrestrained luxury. Experience magnificent wildlife sightings in the heart of the Kruger National Park – Africa’s most iconic game reserve.

Guests are accommodated in twelve spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows.

Large French doors run the length of the room to let the beautiful outside wilderness in, on your terms; an expansive deck overlooks the N’waswitsontso River or savannah grasslands with an outdoor pool to complete your leisure bush experience. Relax on the sunbed with a book or let those bubbles soothe your weary muscles; the chattering of weavers, thrushes and kingfishers provides a magical bush playlist for your relaxation.

Each room comes with a complimentary mini-bar with selected beverages, as well as a tea/coffee facility for your convenience in your suite.

The spacious stone and marble bathroom feature a Victorian-style bathtub and walk-in shower with signature bath amenities, a hairdryer and fluffy bathrobes. Soak your stresses away as you soak away the modern-day stresses in natural bath salts while looking out on to the peace of the Kruger bush.

Rest for your soul: into the comfortable king-size bed for a quick siesta or a night’s rest after your safari; a mosquito net envelops the entire bed in the evening ensuring you are cocooned in comfort. Expect a bedtime story on your pillow or a sweet treat to enjoy before retiring for the night.



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2: Shishangeni Private Lodge

A fine example of Kruger Park accommodation, 4-Star Shishangeni by BON Hotels is easily accessible by air or road and comprises three camps: Shishangeni Private Lodge, Camp Shonga and Camp Shawu, each adding a different experience. The emphasis of all three of our camps is on nature without losing the luxury furnishings and superior service our guests are accustomed to.

Shishangeni Private Lodge boasts 22 individual chalets accommodating 44 guests in supreme comfort. Camp Shawu is a more intimate retreat, suitable for up to 10 guests in 5 stunning rooms overlooking the Mpanamana dam. Camp Shonga is the most exclusive of our accommodation offerings, situated at the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains. It can accommodate just 10 guests in 5 stylish tents.


Price: from ZAR3291

There is a place in Africa where legends are born, a place where the people love to enchant you with stories and rituals of the traditional Shishangeni Legend – this is that place…


Experience magnificent sunsets in the heart of the bushveld, waterhole game viewing, early morning or late afternoon game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’ with an expert guide, boma fires under an African sky, a pampering at the spa, a splash in the pool, sundowners in the bush and endless photo opportunities….

Established in 1898, the world-renowned Kruger National Park is home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna: over 140 species of mammals, more than 500 different bird species, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians and 336 types of trees. Standout game to spot in the park include elephant, lion, leopard, African Wild Dog, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, rhino and giraffe.

Dine on traditional cuisine at our restaurant or around a roaring boma fire under the endless stars of the African sky.  While on your daily game drives, stop off in the bush for a coffee break or sundowner drink for an unforgettable experience.

Shishangeni is legendary when it comes to experiencing unforgettable African safaris that evoke mystery, wonder and above all else, adventure. Our camps offer unparalleled ‘Big 5’ game viewing, superior service, excellent cuisine, and accommodation to rival any in Southern Africa. 

Get in touch with our experienced team to book your Kruger Park accommodation today, or simply browse through our website to learn more about our world-class safari offering at Shishangeni by BON Hotels.


Our camps offer big five game viewing, superior service, excellent cuisine, and accommodation to rival any in Southern Africa.  We are striving to create the optimum balance between people and their environment, whilst having a minimal impact on the surrounding habitat.

The Shishangeni Spa

Guests staying at any one of our three camps can book a range of relaxation massages. The lodges have a team of therapists from the Shishangeni Spa that offer treatments including Aromatherapy Massages, Indian Head Massages and Foot Massages. The treatments can be done in the privacy of one’s bedroom or on the room balconies.

Take a splash

Take a dip in the main swimming pool or cool off in between safari activites in splash pools at each of the three camps.

The Big 5

Enjoy early morning or late afternoon game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’ with an expert guide.   The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and is best known for the ‘Big Five’ – imagine taking in a magnificent sunset whilst you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey or possibly watching a buffalo or elephant strolling to a water hole. The rhino, with its extraordinary horns and bad temper or the leopard with its remarkable speed and skill to hunt.

Bird watching

With such a variety of species of birds this truly is a bird watching haven.  The Kruger National Park is home to more than 500 species of birds, Many of which are migratory birds like the African Hoepoe.  This is also the home of the Giant Eagle Owl, the largest of all the Owls.  Birds to spot include Kingfishers, Storks, Shrikes, Weavers, Herons, Eagles, Vultures, Kites and many more.

Fitness centre

Yep, there’s a gym, so there is no excuse to skip training. Our gym is equipped with basic machinery to get your endorphins going.

Other facilities


  • Library
  • Baby sitting service
  • Gift Shop


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3: KRUGER GRANDE Luxury Lodge

Kruger Grande, Chiefs Tented Camp’s most extraordinary luxury tented camp, will be located in the wild and magnificent Kruger National Park, about an hour from Skukuza during July 2019.

True African elegance, comfy spacious interiors, luxurious linens, soft furnishings, timeless elegance, and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers all blend seamlessly to create a magical home away from home.

This spectacular location creates the backdrop for African inspired gourmet meals which are beautifully accompanied by award-winning wines. Wild, rugged and raw, Kruger Grande is a truly authentic African experience located in the iconic Kruger National Park.

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Available Activities Include:

  • Game Drives: Get closer to nature as you head off deeper into the bush on a Game Drive. Sunrise or sunset, beautiful sleepy skies beckon a host of small and large creatures. The opportunity to view the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) is one not to be missed, however, the bush is filled with all manner of life which your Ranger will point out to you.
  • Experience Kruger up close and personal: Iconic Kruger National Park – Southern Africa’s most famous National Park. Rich in wildlife, home to the Big Five and steeped in history, Kruger Grande is an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to spend time in a truly wild bush location. This tranquil safari experience comes to life under an expansive African sky and is truly awe-inspiring.

Where You Will Stay

Each tent, designed to fit in seamlessly with the surrounding bush, is elegantly and comfortably furnished and is perfectly positioned for a peaceful night’s rest. Spacious private en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and chemical flush toilets, soft towels, and luxury amenities provide a home away from home. Rugged and raw, the Kruger Grande camp is designed to fit in with nature ensuring that there is as little disruption to wildlife as possible. Pathways created by animals are lit up with soft lanterns to direct guests to their tents.

What To Expect

A Culinary Experience… Hearty breakfasts, light lunches, fireside canapes, and delicious dinners are freshly prepared on-site in our remote kitchen and served in the Grande Diner. Dinners are always a special occasion in a wild bush location and candle and lantern-lit tables create an unforgettable dining experience.

Relax in style… The bush is your stage. Relax and unwind with your favourite gin or wine and enjoy the views from your comfy chair.

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4: Lion Sands Luxury Lodge

Lion Sands Kruger is situated on the banks of the Sabie River, in the prime game-viewing area of the Kruger National Park.

The Sabie River has the highest recorded density of leopards in Africa, and one of the highest predator densities. This river is also said to have the richest biodiversity of any South African river, with many endangered and rare species (mammals, birds, reptiles and plants) being found in the area.

Lion Sands Kruger has an exclusive 5,000-hectare concession within this area, where guests can view the wildlife on game drives or bush walks, whilst accompanied by SANParks-qualified guides. Lion Sands Kruger vehicles also have access to the entire Kruger road network, thus allowing guests to view the areas of historical significance and aesthetic beauty that the southern Kruger has to offer.



Price: from ZAR18500


Lion Sands Kruger’s twin lodges, Tinga and Narina, each comprise nine luxury suites. The suites are well spaced to ensure exclusivity, and each one is equipped with its own heated plunge pool and private viewing deck, and an unobstructed view of the Sabie River. The Sabie River is the lifeblood of the southern Kruger, and many visitors are treated to some spectacular sightings from the decks of their suites. With a focus on exclusivity, Lion Sands Kruger also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a private dinner or wellness treatment on the decks of the suites.

As a concession lodge, Lion Sands Kruger adheres to the ecological mandate of SANParks, and all activities are undertaken with an aim to minimise ecological impact in the area.

River Lodge is the Eden of the More children’s youth and first Lion Sands lodge to welcome guests, who between visits have married, become parents, and returned with their children. She has a special magic, that could well come from the gigantic trees that protect her.

Explore Lion Sands Treehouses

Their Treehouses offer big views of remote Africa, globed by even bigger star-lit skies. Below, the stillness is punctuated by animals’ whistles, huffs, growls… carried on the breeze. It all began with Chalkley Treehouse, built on the site where our ancestor Guy Aubrey Chalkley once made camp in a leadwood tree. Since then, the experience has got a fair bit more luxurious, with Kingston and Tinyeleti added to the collection.


Why a Luxury Lodge

Why choose a private concession lodge in the Kruger National Park

  • They are able to offer you one hundred square kilometres of exclusive safari space – only our own vehicles traverse this area
  • They have our own extensive road network to access the concession
  • They are permitted to leave the road and drive off-road to get closer to the wildlife and capture that perfect image
  • Centrally located and adjacent to some of the most famous safari lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park and  Game Reserves they enjoy  some of the most productive game viewing anywhere on the planet
  • Walks are available to all guests accompanied by highly qualified guides


This private reserve conserves 12 400ha (30 600ac) of habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You can see all of Africa’s iconic species here, including all of the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird – while having minimal encounters with other people. The magic here lies in HOW you experience this extraordinary place.

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Please think about how you may combine your requirements with sound conservation ideas and ethics. There are a few hidden jewels that combine excellent environmental ethics, excellent game watching, style and comfort, and a reasonable price range.

Please think about how you may combine your requirements with sound conservation ideas and ethics. There are a few hidden jewels that combine excellent environmental ethics, excellent game watching, style and comfort, and a reasonable price range.

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