Klaserie Nature Reserve


The Kruger National Park is home to the Klaserie Nature Reserve, one of the largest privately owned reserves in South Africa.An authentic safari experience awaits, complete with bush camps, various game lodges and walking trails.At the heart of Klaserie is a sanctuary committed to conserving nature. As such, look forward to a well-preserved wilderness, as close to untouched by humans as possible.

Why Go:

  • Abundant wildlife, including Big 5
  • Incredible game viewing opportunities
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve is a part of Greater Kruger National Park
  • Tranquil, unhurried true safari destination
  • Excellent birding: raptors, residents and migrants
  • Off road driving as well as night drives permitted


Guests can hope to see the Big 5, as well as a number of endangered wildlife. Keep an eye out for the African wild dog, the Southern ground hornbill, the white-backed vulture and even the white lion. Guided walking safaris are the reserve’s specialty, but the more traditional off-road and nighttime tours are also on offer.

More About the Wildlife


The main habitats in the parks are grassy plains and mixed woodland. In the rainy season, the vegetation tends to be quite thick but this doesn't interfere much with the wildlife viewing because of the off-road driving permits. This impressive and diverse area offers spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.

Best Time to Visit

While summer rain gives life to a lush, green landscape, many agree that the dry winter season is the best time for catching a glimpse of the wildlife.

More About the Best Time to Visit

Weather & Climate

From November to March, the reserve is showered with rain, while remaining humid throughout the day. April to October sees a drop in temperature and rainfall.

More About the Weather and Climate

Wildlife & Animals

Klaserie is part of an exclusive, privately-owned wildlife sanctuary. The area is renowned as a home to the Big 5 and offers incredible game viewing opportunities. Guests can expect to see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as an abundance of plains game and incredible birdlife, whilst experiencing it all on guided walks, off-road, and at night.
Abundant Common Occasional Rare None
  • Elephant


  • Giraffe


  • Hippo


  • Buffalo


  • Zebra


  • Wildbeest


  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

  • Lion


  • Leopard


  • Cheetah


  • Hyena


  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog


Best Time to Visit

The dry winter months of May through September are the best time for a trip to Klaserie. Wildlife viewing is superb as rivers and waterholes become gathering places for animals. The wildlife viewing improves as the Dry season wears on. This fact, coupled with warmer weather, makes September an excellent time to visit.
  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It rarely gets very crowded)
  • May to September

    Dry season

  • October to March

    It rarely gets very crowded

  • April to September

    Prime wildlife viewing

  • September to October

    Nice weather and virtually no rain

  • June to August

    Chilly mornings and nights

  • December to February

    Hot and humid

May to September
- Dry Season – Winter
October to April
- Wet Season – Summer

Weather & Climate

The Wet season occurs during the summer months (October to April), while the mild Dry season occurs during the winter (May to September). The summer is hot and humid. Winter is dry and mild, with it cooling off substantially during the night. Warm clothing is essential for early morning and evening game drives. Afternoon thunderstorms occur regularly during the Wet season, although the rains rarely last all day.
Climate Chart
- 308-524M / 1010-1719Ft
Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.
Dry season
- May to September – Winter

The dry winter season is from May to September, which is also the best time to visit Klaserie Nature Reserve.

Wet season
- October to April – Summer

October to March is the wet summer season and temperatures can increase to uncomfortable levels.

Getting There

Getting to Klaserie by air

Those intending to visit Klaserie from abroad fly into the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) at Johannesburg. A connecting flight to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit is the next step in getting there. The reserve is about 16km/10mi from the airport, which makes a transfer to the reserve very easy.

Getting to Klaserie by road

Renting a car in Johannesburg and driving to Klaserie is another option. The park can be found on the R40 near Hoedspruit, and west of Kruger National Park. The 480km/300mi drive takes nearly five hours.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

To book your International and local flights, it is best to discuss options with our agents. They will be able to secure best tariffs and match it with your safari dates.

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