Nature at its best!
Limpopo borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and known for bushveld and wildlife reserves, including part of Kruger National Park. West of the Kruger are the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient rock art. Near the provincial capital Polokwane, the Arend Dieperink Museum and fossil-rich caves of Makapansgat explore history dating back to early hominids. In a single visit to Mapungubwe National Park visitors can walk through the country's most significant Iron Age site.
Nature takes centre stage in the Waterberg, where the eponymous Unesco biosphere reserve has endless skies, a landscape of distinctly South African beauty and great safari opportunities, particularly in Marakele National Park.
The Waterberg offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic landscapes, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based tourism opportunities. Vaalwater is the central village of the Waterberg area, the heart of the Bushveld region. The Waterberg is more than three million years old and is often described as South Africa's best keep secret. Its rugged beauty, incredible vistas and diversity in plant and animal life has led to the development of several exciting eco-tourism projects such as the biosphere reserve known as the Waterberg Nature Conservancy.
The 75 mammal species inhabiting the area include big game such as elephant, lion, white and black rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo. The African python and the Nile crocodile are also resident, and the area is a birdwatcher’s paradise with more than 300 bird species to see.
Where to Stay
Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Rightfully dubbed “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. Approximately a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, this 22 000-hectare malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. A gravel road leads up to this Big-5 reserve, complemented by five different lodges. Each lodge comprises a unique blend of luxury and African wilderness, perfectly set in different immaculate locations of the reserve. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains. This is separated from the lower plateau by 600m high cliffs. The lower escarpment is approximately three degrees warmer and comprises of “sandveld” vegetation and a series of wetlands. It is a place where the lion still reigns as king and Mother Nature still mesmerizes with her power and beauty.
Hangklip Mountain Lodge
Discover this exclusive lodge, evoking the romantic Africa of yesteryear. All 10 luxury suites, elegantly furnished in African Baroque style, have private sun decks with breath-taking views across the wetlands, vast open plains and the alluring Hanglip Mountain. Perfectly manicured gardens provide a paradise of foliage and serenity.
Set on the banks of Lake Entabeni, this intimate, 8-suite, exclusive lodge entices guests outdoors onto its wooden decks. As the most luxurious of all the upper escarpment lodges, the ambience is inviting in the main lounge and dining area, with stylish décor and specially designed furniture. The cosy fireplace ensures a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere. The honeymoon suite features an exquisite four poster bed and a Jacuzzi bath with breath-taking views of the lake. The tranquillity of the lake and distant bush is nature at its undisturbed best.
Set on the banks of the lake, this 24-room thatch and stone lodge provides a memorable blend of luxury and wilderness with the awe-inspiring Entabeni Mountain as a backdrop. The bedrooms are linked by thatched walkways to the reception, restaurant, conference room and boma. Spacious double/twin rooms are complemented by sundowners on your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake. The hippos at Lake Entabeni are a site to behold and the viewing deck provides the perfect setting for spectacular views over the lake.
Located under the shadow of Entabeni Mountain, this 22-room thatched wooden lodge is built on stilts and hugs the cliff's edge, offering magnificent views of unspoilt ravines and wooded hillsides. The lodge offers double/twin chalets, leading onto open sundecks where guests can indulge in bird and game watching and experience the grandeur of the ravine whilst listening to the rippling sound of the water from below the valley. The bedrooms all have an African ethnic theme and a number of stairs to climb.
Wildside Safari Camp
A true African bush experience awaits you at Wildside Safari Camp, where the essence of the unspoilt Waterberg wilderness is combined with comfortable en-suite accommodation, creating a wild African atmosphere. The open lounge/bar area with the romantic roaring fire in the boma, creates the perfect end to a relaxing day in the bush. Traditional South African hospitality and cuisine await you in the informal dining and bar area. The camp offers a total of 20 tented chalets: 4 family tents sleeping 2 adults and 2 children.
Legend Golf & Safari Resort
This luxury, all-suite wildlife and golf resort is set within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, a Big-5 game reserve. 220 Rooms and Suites feature flat-screen TVs, minibars and limited free Internet access, as well as sitting areas and patios. Upgraded suites add kitchenettes, and a luxe 6-bedroom lodge has a private pool, plus butler and wildlife guide service. There are 4 restaurants, plus rustic bush dining. A famed golf course has a 19th-hole accessed by helicopter. Other amenities include 3 pools, a wildlife centre and a spa, as well as game drives, and helicopter and Segway tours.
Mountain View Boutique Lodge
The Mountain View Boutique Lodge offers self-catering accommodation with exclusivity and service, ideal for an executive getaway. Services such as a butler, private ranger and game vehicle are provided. The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 18 guests, with 6 en-suite bedrooms. 4 Of the rooms have a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony and two have a courtyard. There are also 3 lounge areas, a dining room and 2 fully equipped kitchens (one of which is kosher). Additional facilities include a boardroom, entertainment area with braai facilities and large patios. Guests can cool off in the sparkling swimming pool.
The Tzaneen area is a subtropical paradise filled with indigenous and exotic plants. Tzaneen itself lies peacefully at the foot of the northern Drakensberg Mountains in the heart of a forestry area and in South Africa's richest sub-tropical fruit-farming region. The valley of Tzaneen yields Valencia oranges and grapefruit, bananas and macadamia nuts are also common crops in the area, with the town producing most of the country's mangoes, avocado pears, paw-paws, tea and coffee.
The surrounding mountain slopes are heavily forested with pine and blue gum plantations and close on forty sawmills operate in the area.
Where to Stay
King Walden Garden Manor
Enjoy incredible mountain views, country gardens and chic accommodation in an early 20th century heritage home in the Agatha Forest Reserve. Kings Walden combines international excellence and African warmth and legend in a spectacular mountain setting. This upscale guesthouse is 18km from the town of Tzaneen and features 6 sophisticated and romantic rooms with garden access, fireplaces, outdoor pool and mountain views. It has a large elegant dining room, which also offers dinner.
Hoedspruit is surrounded by the largest privately-owned conservation area in the world and one of the major agricultural contributors in the country, specialising in Mango and Citrus production.
Situated between the world-famous Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon, it is perfectly positioned to offer a wide range of tourism services, facilities, activities and other creative offerings. Tourism is largely focused around wildlife and safari activities, combined with outdoor adventures. The more recent development of community tourism and the promotion of the Shangaan and Pedi lifestyle’s or the opportunity to support and help impoverished communities, is developing enormously and adding a fantastic variation and well-rounded holiday experience.
Where to Stay
Khaya Ndlovo Manor House
With views of the Drakensberg mountains, in the Blue Canyon Conservancy, this rustic, thatched lodge is 3.4 km from central Hoedspruit and close to the Kinyonga Reptile Centre.
Airy rooms and suites come with tea and coffeemaking facilities, mosquito nets and ceiling fans. Some quarters have floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool baths, TVs and/or air-conditioning.
Amenities include an infinity pool, a bar and 2 TV lounges, plus a spa and colonial-style gardens. Dinner and breakfast are included, and game drives are available.
Situated along the eastern border of the Kruger National Game Reserve in the Lowveld, known as The Town of Two Summers, due to its extended summer temperatures. Phalaborwa is also known for its Iron and Copper Ore. Here you will find an entrepreneurial crafts training centre which offers woven carpets, pottery, woodcarvings, sheet metal work, screen printed fabrics and more! Crafters can be viewed practising their trade and selling their wares direct to the public.
Where to Stay
Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa
Set on its own golf course, this upmarket hotel is 5km from both Kruger National Park and the town of Phalaborwa, and 15km from Amarula Lapa winery. Featuring furniture made from railway sleeper wood, the understated chalet rooms come with satellite TV and verandahs; some have sofabeds and/or golf course views. Upgraded rooms add living areas and kitchens. The restaurant features vaulted, thatched ceilings, and is set next to the 9th and 18th greens. There's also a patio, an outdoor pool, and a cafe/bar with a wood burning pizza oven. Spa treatments are offered.
Kapama Private Game Reserve
Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests. As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope are resident on Kapama, along with plentiful predators. Game drives and bush walks offer fascinating encounters with wildlife, but Kapama also offers guests unique African wildlife experiences. Guided personal elephant interactions give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants and to learn more about their behaviour and natural habitat.
Romantic sleep-outs on the reserve and decadent African spa treatments at the Wellness Centre are other enticing offerings that encourage complete relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative surrounding environment. Kapama's complimentary transfers are effortless for fly-in safari guests arriving on scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Cape Town. The region is serviced by Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport, a mere 10-minute drive from the entrance to the reserve, and transferring to the lodge in open vehicles means game viewing right from arrival.
Where to Stay
Kapama River Lodge
64 Air-conditioned suites all stylishly furnished and set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains. Each suite has a private bathroom fitted with a bath and shower, and complete with complimentary amenities. Each is also equipped with a minibar and coffee machine. The lodge features a swimming pool and spa, free Wi-Fi and guests enjoy a variety of activities such as game drives and bush walks. All drinks and buffet meals are served at the on-site bar and restaurant, and special diet menus are catered for on request.
Kapama Southern Camp
Surrounded by nature in a tranquil setting, this luxury accommodation offers modern and air-conditioned suites with views. Decorated in warm earth tones, the suites come with a private patio, a full en-suite bathroom, a minibar and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The more spacious Luxury Suites have their own private lap pool, inside and outside showers and a fireplace. Meals are served in the contemporary open dining room, which also hosts a wine cellar. The dinner is served outdoors at the traditional boma.
Kapama Buffalo Camp
Offers the ultimate luxurious tented accommodation experience. Built from natural stone and wood, the luxury game lodge has an olde worlde atmosphere while being completely contemporary.
The 10 airy suites feature leather and dark wood furnishings, as well as en-suite bathrooms. They also provide free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, plus minibars and Nespresso machines. Dinner is offered in a fireside dining area and there is also an outdoor pool with sunloungers. Game drives are included.
The luxurious suites offer views over the Klaserie River and boast an outside deck area with heated swimming pool and sun loungers. They feature a full private bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. There is a stocked minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine. For guest comfort and convenience, the suites also offer a telephone, an iPod docking station, an overhead fan and air conditioning. Each suite also comes with a seating area and a gas-heated fireplace. The family suites have an open plan living area, a master bedroom as well as children's bedroom. Unwind in the Karula's luxury spa, which is surrounded by glass to enhance the African bush scenery or indulge in the multipurpose library, equipped with audiovisual equipment. There are 2 internet stations with complimentary Wi-Fi.
Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Situated south-west of the Kruger National Park, with 3 rivers that flow through it. The vegetation of the reserve falls within the savannah biome of Southern Africa, with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops. More than 60 mammal species and abundant birdlife makes for good photography. Sightings of all the cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – as well as elephant and white rhino are a regular occurrence. With an unfenced camp, nightly visits from other species, such as hyena, are also not out of the ordinary.
Where to Stay
The exclusive, luxurious, individually furnished villas are air-conditioned and has a spacious seating area, with views of the natural surroundings. Featuring a private, enclosed garden with an outside bath and shower, fully stocked minibar, coffee/tea making facilities, safe, outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi in the main lodge area. Hoedspruit Aerodrome is 78km from Kuname Lodge.
No Children under 12 yrs.
Kuname Manor House
Surrounded by a big Weeping Boer Bean and Jackal Berry Trees is a beautiful 3-bedroom property situated on the banks of the Kuvenyami River. Game viewing continues all day, whether on a Safari or sitting on your private deck overlooking the watering hole. This Colonial style house, which boasts 2 on-suite bathrooms, a living room area, loft and a fully equipped kitchen, can accommodate up to 6 guests (ideally suited to 4 adults and 2 children).
This is an ideal setting in the African Bush with the option of either a self-catering package or full board facilities which include all meals, teas, coffees and snacks, dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and drinks on dusk safaris are limited to local beer, wine and soft drinks.
Chisomo Safari Camp
The 22 luxurious, tented suites, build on stilts with a deck area overlooks the Makhutsi River, include a shower room with a hair dryer, a safe and a mini bar, mosquito nets, a fan and heating for the winter months. Extras include tea and coffee making facilities as well as Wi-Fi. The camp has an outdoor pool, a lounge where guests can relax and an on-site restaurant, ideal for families and children of all ages.
Shiduli Private Game Lodge
This “home away from home” experience lends itself to a perfect family getaway, with children of all ages welcome. Guests can step into the relaxed ambience of the lodge with its lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with internet facilities, bar, enormous sparkling pool and thatched dining areas punctuated with original South African art. 24 Luxury suites offer air-conditioning, mosquito nets, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower.
Karongwe River Lodge
A delicious food experience awaits you. Dining under the stars has never been so romantic as you enjoy Pan African cuisine in a rustic outside Boma or, on alternate evenings, in the beautifully appointed dining room. Enjoy an extensive selection of top South African and imported beers and wine, together with a variety of spirits and soft drinks. Spend the afternoon relaxing beside the pool or watching the game from your private deck before being whisked away on a late afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle. 10 Luxury suites offer en-suite bath and shower, a mini bar, coffee/tea making facilities, safe, hair dryer, mosquito nets and Wi-Fi. Suitable for families.
aha Makalali Private Game Lodge
Located west of the Kruger Park, this ethnic bush retreat lies on 26 000 hectares of bushveld in the North-eastern Lowveld of South Africa. Flights can be arranged into Hoedspruit Airport and from here transfers are organised. Makalali Game Reserve boasts the ‘Big-5’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Other characteristic species are cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra and kudu.
Where to Stay
Makalali Main Lodge
A newly built lodge, comprising of 30 comfortably designed superior rooms all with en-suite bathrooms, with indoor and outdoor showers. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature luxurious interiors with classic leather and wood furnishings. It also features a chic library, Wi-Fi and a large rim flow pool. Guests can enjoy an array of African cuisine in the main dining area, that connects to the bar lounge. The Spa offers a variety of therapeutic treatments, assured to restore mind body and soul.
Makalali River Lodge
Situated on the banks of the Makhutsi River, the lodge consists of 3 camps that have 6 luxury suites each. All the camps are private yet within easy access of one another, featuring a plunge pool, boma plus enclosed dining and lounge area. All suites have an en-suite bathroom which includes an indoor and outdoor shower, bath, fireplace, Pod coffee machine, ceiling fan, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Each suite has a raised, private timber viewing deck that offers spectacular views over the river from which to observe the bird life and game. It’s also the ultimate spot for private luncheons or dinners.
Garonga Safari Camp & Little Garonga
The accommodation at Garonga reflects the surrounding bush, with each of the 6 en-suite luxury units sculpted out of rough-plastered walls and overarching canvas tents. The tents are situated overlooking a dry riverbed, and have a wooden deck complete with hammock that commands spectacular views. The rooms are light, airy and spacious with large, draped beds and indoor/outdoor showers.
Expect a fusion of the resident chef's exceptional culinary skills and there is a varied selection of excellent South African wines. The Boma is a communal area where guests occasionally have dinner, complete with a bar and fireplaces to unwind and dine under the stars.
The Bush Bath is an outdoor bath set overlooking the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a glass of wine and the sounds of the bush from the comfort of a warm bubble bath.
Morning and evening game drives allow guests to encounter the Big-5 from the comfort of a luxury game drive vehicle.
The "Sleep Out" is a viewing deck with a four-poster bed where guests can enjoy dinner under the stars, and spend the night alone in the bush.
Little Garonga has 3 fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralised indoor/outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in braai/BBQ area. Each suite has its own platform deck, complete with hammock. The camp is north-facing, allowing sunlight to stream in and its prime location affords magnificent views of the reserve.
The camp has its own host, chef, waiter and housekeeper so is totally self-contained and run separately from Safari Camp.
The Hambleden Suite is an exclusive private villa complete with a raised deck, 2 separate rooms, its own swimming pool, private indoor/outdoor lounge areas (covered) and a huge bathroom with a beautiful hand beaten copper bath tub and indoor/outdoor showers. The suite has its own mini-bar, and is fully air-conditioned. Perfect for a couple who wants total luxury and exclusivity, and is also available to accommodate a family of up to 4.
The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are set overlooking the bushveld and are each suitable for a couple sharing. The suites have their own platform deck with hammock, and a lounge with writing desk. There is a seating area in the main bedroom consisting of a mini‐bar, an air‐conditioning unit, as well as ceiling fans. The bathroom consists of a bath, two basins, an indoor shower, and large outdoor shower.
Welgevonden Game Reserve
A 34,850ha game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province. A pleasant 2.5-hour drive or an easy 45-minute flight from Johannesburg into one of the airstrips, makes Welgevonden one of the most accessible premier malaria free wilderness reserves in the country. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 and currently covers an area more than 4000 km².
Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big-5. There are rare and unusual species too, such as brown hyena, pangolin, aardwolf and aardvark – all best seen at night. The grassy plains abound with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker, and cheetah, lion and leopard are always close by. It is the diversity of habitat on the reserve that encourages such a wide range of wildlife as well as over 300 bird species, including rare blue cranes.
Where to Stay
Accommodation on request
Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province offers access to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in its eastern region through the Pafuri, Punda Maria, Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.
The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest National Parks in Africa. It is situated at the North-Eastern tip of South Africa and spans over the Mpumalanga and Limpopo province. The parks surface area spans 19633 km² as many of the surrounding private reserves have removed their fences, allowing wildlife to roam freely between reserves which has created a wildlife area like no other. Home to a great number of species including: 147 Mammals, 114 Reptiles, 507 Bird Species, 34 Amphibians and 336 Tree Species.
In addition to its wildlife, the Kruger National Park also boasts two important national heritage sites. At Thulamela in the Pafuri area, the remains of a late Iron Age settlement believed to have been inhabited from the 15th to the mid-17th century, has been restored and preserved. The Masorini heritage site close to the Phalaborwa Gate was inhabited by a group of the BaPhalaborwa people, who made a living by manufacturing and selling iron artefacts during the Iron Age.
Several different accommodation options are available, from tented camps, cottages, bungalows to luxury safari lodges.
Please note: The Kruger is situated in a malaria risk area; therefore, it is advisable to take the necessary precautions.
Where to Stay
Accommodation on request