The 15 best family-friendly Kruger National Park accommodations

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Finding the best family-friendly Kruger National Park accommodation can be tricky. There are just so many options out there and this may be a once in a lifetime holiday so you want to get it right. Having taken the kids on safari, we know what to look for when choosing a property. With this knowledge, we’ve narrowed the selection down and chosen the 15 best family-friendly Kruger National Park accommodations. The selection is based on 4 main criteria that we look for ourselves when choosing where to stay.

  1. Large family accommodation
  2. Pool
  3. Kids’ club or child-friendly activities
  4. Game viewing from the lodge (in case you don’t want to take a game drive)

If this is your first safari, you may want to take a look at our advice on taking kids on an African safari before booking anything. Going on safari in South Africa is one of the best holidays for families and we highly recommend it but there are things that you can do to prepare for it to make it the most memorable experience ever.

Without a doubt, South Africa is the most family-friendly country in Africa for a safari but it’s not only about safaris. We suggest that you look at combining your safari with some of the many other family-friendly things to do in South Africa to make it an even more memorable holiday.

Kruger National Park for families

There are quite a few places to go on safari in South Africa but quite frankly, you can’t beat a Kruger National Park safari with a family. It’s one of the best places in Africa to do a self-drive safari which is ideal when travelling with little ones as you’re in the comfort of your own car and can do it at your own pace. Doing a self-drive safari will also bring down the cost of the safari significantly as you’ll only pay the conservation fee (entrance fee) which is R400 for adults and R200 for children.

giraffe by the watering hole

Watching the giraffe at the watering hole

There are lots of budget-friendly Kruger National Park camps to choose from which will help to keep your costs down too. If it’s your first time on safari, or you just want to sit back and relax, then you also have the option of choosing the type of Kruger National Park accommodation that offers the whole safari holiday package.

It can be quite overwhelming deciding where to stay in Kruger National Park because the selection of Kruger National Park lodges is enormous. We’ve narrowed down the choice for you and have only included safari lodges that offer beautiful family accommodation with a kids club or some other form of childcare. This way, the whole family can enjoy their safari experience. Rest assured, these are the types of places that think of everything and have families firmly in mind when they do.

This Kruger National Park map will help give you an idea of where the private game reserves are located. Most of the lodges are located in private game reserves on the fringes of the Kruger. They’re in no particular order but they are grouped by game reserve.


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Timbavati Game Reserve

Simbavati River Lodge (click for more info)

simbavati river lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kid’s activities – kids’ game drives and lots of child-friendly activities

Kambaku Safari Lodge (click for more info)

Kambaku Safari Lodge

**Closed for maintenance from 31st January to 22nd February 2020**

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – child-friendly game drives and bush walks

Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush Game Lodge (click for more info)

Thornybush Game Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kid’s activities – YES

Thornybush Serondella Game Lodge (click for more info)

Thornybush Serondella Game Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – child-friendly game drives and bush walks

Thornybush Waterside Lodge (click for more info)

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – child-friendly game drives and bush walks

Royal Malewane (click for more info)

Royal Malewane

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – fantastic Junior Rangers programme and kids’ activities

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa (click for more info)

Chitwa Chitwa

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Dedicated activities for kids under 6. 6+ can go on game drives

Cheetah Plains (click for more info)

Cheetah Plains Game Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Cub club for all ages. Each child receives a complimentary backpack stuffed with exciting activities to enjoy on safari. Age-appropriate game drives.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge (click for more info)

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Kids’ club with activities. Babysitting available.

Inyati Game Lodge (click for more info)

Inyati Game Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Young Rangers Programme where they learn about the wonders of nature.

Jock Safari Lodge (click for more info)

Jock Safari Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – game drives for 0-5 years in closed vehicles. 6+ can go on adult game drives. Junior ranger training, kids activities and babysitting available.

Lion Sands Game Reserve

Lion Sands River Lodge (click for more info)

lion Sands River Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Mack & Madi kids’ programme

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (click for more info)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Mack & Madi kids’ programme

Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge (click for more info)

sabi sabi bush lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – Elefun Centre for kids of all ages. Kids under 12 not allowed on game drives

Singita Game Reserve

Singita Ebony Lodge (click for more info)

Singita Ebony Lodge

Viewing wildlife from lodge – YES

Pool – YES

Kids activities – dedicated kids’ activities and a mini ranger programme

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15 best Kruger safari lodges for families

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15 Best Kurger NP safari lodges for families

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