Big Game Country
Mpumalanga is one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa. People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, the fauna and flora and the saga of the 1870’s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends.
Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape.
This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds. Visit the world’s most famous game reserve, climb the world's third-highest canyon, explore the world's oldest cave and spend the night in the world's best private game lodges.
These are regarded as the oldest caves in the world. See the PR Owen Hall known as the Amphitheatre, which has its own natural cooling system.
The Blyde River Canyon
The largest green canyon in the world, thus making it one of the most visited attractions in South Africa. Located on the northern parts of the Drakensberg Escarpment, there are many treasures within the canyon to be discovered. You can experience its beauty on land, water and in the air. Walk to various viewpoints, take a boat trip or fly over the Blyde River Canyon in a Microlight or Hot Air Balloon.
Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. This canyon is part of the Panorama Route.
Choose a clear day and you can see all the way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Glance towards the east and you’ll see the Three Sisters, also known as the Three Rondawels. Just 2km north is Wonder View, the highest viewpoint in the region. Spend time here and soak up the spectacular panoramic Lowveld landscape, also the place where Africa split from Madagascar and Antarctica during the break-up of the Gondwanaland millions of years ago.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur at the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.
The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.
Admire a naturally carved, free-standing rock buttress fringed with vegetation arising from a forest. An observation deck with a metal railing allows you to take some good panoramic photos of this 30m tall quartzite tower, set against the backdrop of a huge crack in the cliff behind.
Kadishi Tufa Waterfall
Hidden at the end of the Blyde Dam, it is one of few rare living tufa waterfalls in the world and is said to be the second highest tufa waterfall in the world, dropping 200 metres from its limestone shelf to the water of the Blydepoort Dam. Due to water running over this rock formation it erodes faster than the rocks surrounding it. The erosion gives the waterfall and the rock a look of a crying face. This is the very reason that it is known as “the weeping face of nature”.
In Mpumalanga, there are tons of waterfalls, which are worth visiting like the Horseshoe Falls, the Lone Creek Falls, the Mac-Mac Falls, the Lisbon Falls and the Berlin Falls.
The Genesis Route
The Genesis of Life is located on the Makhonjwa Mountains, South of Barberton. The area has some of the oldest volcanic pieces on earth with evidence such as Bacteria Microfossils and fossils of the first oxygen producing plant named the Collenia.
The Lake District
The small hamlet of Chrissiesmeer is the centre of South Africa's largest lake district with some 270 lakes that are home to 20 000 flamingos. Experience the hospitality, beautiful guest houses and guest farms with a vintage countryside atmosphere. It is the ideal stopover from and to KwaZulu-Natal, the Kruger National Park and Swaziland.
Long Tom Pass
The somewhat mystical area of Long Tom Pass is one filled with beautiful mountain ranges, each with a story to tell. The area offers exciting outdoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained and captivated. Enjoy the ultimate ride of your life and ‘excite your soul’ on Misty Mountain’s Long Tom Toboggan. Simply hop on board your cart and prepare to take a deep breath when you reach a speed of 45 kilometres an hour during your three-minute ride, as you twist and turn through wild flowers and beautiful forests.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
Nestled at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment, behind the Three Rondawels, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Wildlife is brought to the Centre from all corners of South Africa, and once healthy enough are re-introduced into their natural environment.
Swing over Graskop
Experience the adrenaline of a 68m freefall at 180 km/h in under 3 seconds on one of the world’s highest Cable Gorge Swings! Or fly across the gorge on a 135m High-wire “Foefie Slide”, 130m above ground zero and witness the breath-taking Graskop Falls as never seen before!
The capital of Mpumalanga, is situated in the Kruger Lowveld region and the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. A range of accommodation options available from Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses to Self-Catering units. The Botanical Gardens just outside of the town have a rare collection of plant species and visitors to the gardens will be able to see the first man-made rain forest. Sudwala Caves, Dinosaur Park and Cultural Centre is a must-see for any visitor to the region. The Nelspruit Nature Reserve offers several walks through the reserve, lasting from one to six hours. The Green Heritage Hiking Trail offers a pleasant, relaxing way to enjoy the reserve.
Where to Stay
Accommodation on request
A charming village nestled in the Mpumalanga Highlands, with a mere 2.5 hours’ drive from Gauteng and conveniently situated halfway to the Kruger Park. Known for its crystal-clear dams, perfect for trout fishing as well as popular outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain-biking and an array of other adventure sports. The town also boasts an Ernie Els designed championship golf course.
Culture is abundant here with true culinary experiences. Numerous excellent restaurants, coffee shops, craft-beer brewery and a world-renowned whisky bar and eclectic pubs all form part of this
Where to Stay
Walkersons Hotel & Spa
This posh resort hotel is 16.9 km from the town of Dullstroom and offers Rustic-chic suites with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and sleek modern bathrooms, as well as minibars and tea/coffeemaking equipment. All have patios with lake or mountain views, and some have kitchenettes. There are also 3 cosy cottages with kitchens. There are fishing lakes and hiking paths as well as an air strip and a helipad. Other amenities include a pool, a fitness room and an elegant spa, plus conference facilities.
The timeless stone architecture and lakeside setting of Critchley Hackle, evokes an atmosphere of rural serenity. 4 Garden cottages, 4 Lakeside Suites and 3 Royal Suites offer comfortable accommodation. Secure parking is provided, and is within easy walking distance to restaurants and various shops in the Village. There is a swimming pool in the complex for all guests.
Graskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, centrally situated in the Panorama tourist region of Mpumalanga. Only a few minutes’ drive from scenic wonders such as God’s Window, Burke’s Luck Potholes and the world renown Blyde River Canyon as well as many spectacular waterfalls. Graskop is a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its pancake bars and curio shops.
Pilgrims Rest is a living museum and a national monument, declared a gold field in 1873, soon after digger Alec "Wheelbarrow" Patterson had found gold deposits in Pilgrim's Creek. The Valley proved to be rich in gold and by the end of that year, there were about 1500 diggers working in the area, as a result, Pilgrim's Rest became a social centre of the diggings.
This small town is best explored on foot. Stroll from shop to shop, from restaurant to pub and experience the lifestyle and architecture of South Africa in the 1800’s.
Where to Stay
Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge
Set in Mount Sheba Nature Reserve and surrounded by rainforest, this rustic lodge is 23 km from the town of Pilgrim's Rest. The warmly decorated rooms have thatched roofs (no air-conditioning) and offer sitting areas, satellite TV, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add separate living areas, minibars and patios, while cottages feature kitchenettes. Breakfast and dinner are included, and there's a restaurant and a bar. Additional amenities include tennis courts, a sauna, an outdoor pool and spa treatments.
Sabie is less than 4 hour’s drive from Gauteng and OR Tambo International Airport, a relaxing hour's drive to and from the Kruger National Park, and within minutes from several spectacular waterfalls. Sabie is a tranquil, malaria-free holiday destination that caters for the whole family and offers hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, white-water rafting, rock climbing and abseiling, bird watching, 4x4 trips, sightseeing, and shopping for African arts, crafts and curious.
Where to Stay
Misty Mountain Lodge
A South African Natural Heritage Site situated on the spectacular Long Tom Pass between Lydenburg and Sabie. Misty Mountain is a relaxed, informal, family friendly, owner managed establishment set in mountainous, malaria free countryside with majestic views across the escarpment and into the Lowveld. Different accommodation types are available at the lodge to cater for couples and families, with easy access to the restaurant and all other facilities.
A gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park, as well as the spectacular Panorama Escarpment with its waterfalls, forests and panoramic views at God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon. It’s an adventure hub offering several experiences ranging from Hot Air Ballooning, to Elephant Rides and anything in-between. Hazyview is a veritable "Gourmet's Treasure Trove", with some of the best eateries in the Lowveld. The area is home to 300 Butterfly, 450 Bird, 3000 Plant, and 150 Mammal Species.
Where to Stay
This upscale lodge is 2.3 km from Hazyview and 14.8 km from the Phabeni Gate entrance to Kruger National Park. Rooms have verandas, Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms include sitting areas and free-standing baths. Suites add air-conditioning, outdoor showers, and hammocks or daybeds on the verandas. There's an a la carte restaurant with other amenities such as a casual bar, a guest lounge and a library, plus an outdoor pool.
Blue Mountain Lodge
An exclusive, luxury lodge surrounded by indigenous bush, famed for its superb accommodation, individually themed rooms, award winning gourmet cuisine and exceptional service. Accommodation includes the presidential suite, 8 romantic suites and 4 duplex suites in a shaded, cobbled courtyard. 2 Manor Houses, each offering 2 en-suite bedrooms, study, lounge/dining room and kitchen.
Perry’s Bridge Hollow
This colonial-style hotel is a 4-minute walk from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, close to the Shangana Cultural Village and 10 km from the Kruger National Park.
The understated rooms feature tea and coffeemaking facilities, minifridges, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi, as well as indoor and outdoor showers, and patios. Upgraded rooms add separate sitting areas and claw-foot tubs. Dining options consist of an open-air restaurant and cocktail bar. There's also an outdoor pool, gardens and a kids' playground. Free secure parking is available.
Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa
Set on a working farm alongside the Sabie River, this upscale lodge is 5 km from both Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and Skyway Trails. The 12 rustic-chic tents feature handcrafted furniture, en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. All come with free Wi-Fi, minifridges and safes, along with tea and coffeemaking facilities. A wooden cottage adds a Nespresso machine, a minibar and a verandah.
Amenities include a riverside spa, a lounge and 2 chic farm-to-table restaurants, 1 of which is set next to the river. Tours of the farm, including its rose gardens and macadamia plantations, are also offered.
Set on a hillside overlooking the Sabie Valley, this relaxed all-suite lodge is 5 km from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and 17 km from Kruger National Park. African inspired suites feature free Wi-Fi, sitting areas, en-suite bathrooms and private patios. Upgraded quarters add fireplaces and separate lounges. Other amenities consist of an outdoor pool and tropical gardens.
Located in the Hazyview area, the skilful blending of nature and comfort has transformed Thulamela into a place of tranquillity. 6 Log Cottages accommodating 2 guests each, with spa-bath on patio, fully equipped bathroom and kitchen, private braai area, mini bar and swimming pool.
Kruger Park Lodge
Located just outside the Kruger National Park, close to the Phabeni Gate, and along the tranquil banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview. The village-feel created by rugged thatched and face-brick cottages is complimented by the lavish facilities, including tennis courts, swimming pools and, of course, the 9-hole Gary Player-designed golf course.
The serene town of White River, situated in the Mpumalanga province just north of Nelspruit, is the perfect spot from which to explore the magical beauty of the Lowveld. This includes the world-famous Kruger National Park, many other game reserves and the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon; God’s Window and numerous waterfalls on the escarpment.
White River is the home of numerous craftsmen and artists, exquisite restaurants and places to stay. There are, plenty to do and the area is central to some of the best cycling and hiking trails.
White River is easily accessible via a good road network and a well-connected airport just 15 minutes away.
Where to Stay
Nut Grove Manor
Set in a colonial farm house from 1924, nestled on an estate featuring lush gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s playground. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Air-conditioned suites all come with a patio and outdoor seating, lounge area with satellite TV, and en-suite bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Some suites have a private kitchen and dining table.
Nut Grove Manor is just 5 minutes’ drive from the White River town centre and 12 km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Belgrace Boutique Hotel
This upmarket is located 18 km from White River with free Wi-Fi on site. The elegant and luxury units feature air conditioning and come fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. Each has a seating area, a safe and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. A terrace overlooks the lush garden and guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool. The hotel's formal restaurant specialises in fine dining and French-style cuisine.
Country Boutique Hotel
This hotel offers a unique Lowveld experience characterised by style, grace and a touch of understated sophistication. 22 Elegantly appointed rooms of various sizes offer a patio with garden views as well as free Wi-Fi. Free parking and a restaurant is available on the premises.
Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge
Surrounded by forest, this high-end lodge is on the White River Country Estate overlooking White River Golf Course. Plush rooms and suites offer bathrooms with soaking baths and luxe toiletries, plus TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded quarters add fireplaces, lounges and/or outdoor showers. A house and a cottage are also available. A fine-dining restaurant features a terrace and a wine cellar. Other amenities include a spa and an outdoor pool.
Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel
This stylish, contemporary hotel offers modern, Tuscan-inspired rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking equipment, as well as balconies with garden views. Airy suites add sleigh beds. Secured parking is complimentary and other amenities include a colourful lounge/library, an outdoor pool, and a split-level restaurant/bar that offers patio dining, quirky rustic accents and wall murals.
The Panorama Route
One of the country's most scenic self-drives explores the Mpumalanga highlands, or the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. Its popularity has much to do with the proximity to the Kruger National Park and is often part and parcel of an organised trip to the game reserve.
The most popular stretch of the route is the R532 that winds its way from the town of Sabie via a selection of graceful waterfalls to God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the three Rondawels.
Apart from the natural highlights there are attractions such as the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Tsakani Silk Farm, interaction with elephants, farmstalls, eateries, hiking and walking trails, a coffee farm and roastery, art galleries and cultural village experiences.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
This Nature Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Timbavati Game Reserve and Kruger Park.
Visitors can embrace the African bushveld here and take in the sights, sounds and smells that make the bushveld such a unique experience. Safaris within this unspoilt region of the Greater Kruger National Park focus on the bush and its ecosystems.
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.
Where to Stay
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
Set in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, this low-key, all-inclusive lodge is 34 km from Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit Air Force Base.
Cosy, rustic-chic chalets have exposed brick walls and thatched roofs, as well as en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and picture windows. Family rooms sleep up to 4 guests.
Guided bush walks and daily safari drives are included, as are all meals, which are served either in the open-air dining room, or in a fireside patio area. There's also an outdoor pool and a deck. Babysitting and airport transfers are available at a charge.
Timbavati Game Reserve
This Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring that guests have an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer.
Accommodation at Timbavati is offered in colonial style game lodges, traditional thatched bush lodges, and luxury tented safari camps, providing a range of styles to suit your dream South African safari lodge holiday.
Timbavati is easily accessible by air or road. Our safari packages utilise regular daily flights out of Johannesburg, or we can schedule you a private chartered flight to Timbavati.
Where to Stay
Bateleur Main & Mobile Camp
On this exclusive property we proudly offer Bateleur Main Camp, an 8-bed up-market Safari Camp, and Bateleur Mobile Camp, a very rustic tented safari camp for 4-18 people which is pitched in a different location for each group booking. This prime wilderness area boasts the Big-5, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Machaton Private Camp
An intimate and exclusive camp offering a secluded and private safari experience in the Timbavati. The camp consists of a main building which features a lounge, kitchen and covered verandah, as well as 3 individual luxury suites. Each suite offers a large en-suite bedroom, a well-appointed bathroom with an outdoor shower.
Safaris are conducted in a private 4x4 vehicle and interpretive bush walks can be organised by prior arrangement. The Private Camp may be booked either on a sole-use basis or per suite basis and includes a field guide, tracker, butler, chef, housekeeper and groundsman.
Motswari Private Game Reserve
One of South Africa’s jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated 4-star luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements our level of service excellence. There are no spas or gyms here, instead we provide the serenity and relaxation that comes from exploring the intricacies of the surrounding living ecosystem.
Kings Camp Private Game Reserve
This luxe, thatch-roofed lodge overlooks wildlife at a busy water hole and features en-suite bathrooms with tubs. The Colonial-style suites offer outdoor showers and private decks with hammocks, Wi-Fi, mosquito nets and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded suites add private plunge pools. A lavish 4-bedroom villa with a butler, chef and a game ranger are also available.
The all-inclusive rate covers 3 gourmet meals and 2 daily game drives. There's also an outdoor pool, a gym, and a glass-and-thatch beauty spa.
Waterbuck Private Camp
Waterbuck Private Camp at Kings Camp is set on the banks of the dry Nhlaralumi river, with superb views of the bush offering excellent game viewing opportunities. The 4-bedroomed air-conditioned Villa, accommodates up to eight guests, exclusively yours and offers the ultimate in safari privacy.
With a private game vehicle, ranger, tracker, villa attendant and chef available to you throughout your stay – you can indulge and set the pace for your exclusive safari, leaving you free to relax and enjoy.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. Accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Each suite comprises two individual tents – one for the main bedroom, and a separate bathroom, which is linked by a passage that can be opened on one side – allowing for an indoor or private outdoor shower experience.
Simbavati River Lodge
This intimate, family-friendly camp is built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees. Contemporary luxury accommodation consists of 8 luxury tents and 3 chalets, all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities.
Umlani Bush Camp
This elegant ecolodge offers accommodations in warm, traditional African reed and thatch huts. They include mosquito nets, insect repellent and bottled water. Some huts have en-suite bathrooms and open-air showers. There's no electricity, but huts and the camp are lit by candlelight and oil lamps. Included are 3 daily meals served in a traditional dining room, and 2 game drives. A bar and deck overlooks a waterhole. A tree house is available for private bush sleep-outs.
Nkomazi Game Reserve
Known as ‘the place of water’, Nkomazi Game Reserve is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty. It is an ecological Aladdin's Cave of natural science, from its towering ancient mountains to its broad river valleys and impressive grasslands containing countless animals and rare flora such as the Barberton Daisy.
Where to Stay
Nkomazi Game Reserve
This high-end, all-inclusive lodge lies along Komati River, close to the town of Tjakastad and offers
tent-style accommodation, with exotic accents feature ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. All have outdoor baths, and decks with private plunge pools and river views. An upgraded unit adds air-conditioning. All meals are included, with amenities such as a restaurant, lounge with a terrace, fireside dining area and spa treatments. Activities include game drives and fishing, plus guided walks and cycling.
Sabie Sands Game Reserve
Adjacent to South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park, Sabie Sands offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much-sought after Big-5. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes and an African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in this huge natural environment.
Staying in a safari lodge implies that meals and game drives are included in the rates. The quintessential advantage of staying in a private game reserve is that you will be guided by highly trained guides that can tell you everything about the reserve and the animals.
Where to Stay
MalaMala Game Reserve
Three luxury lodges make-up the accommodation at MalaMala. Each lodge offers guests a unique experience with state-of-the-art facilities, high-end decor and furnishings, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service standards.
The Main Camp rates for luxury and comfort in breath taking, untainted wilds, fantastic game drives and guided walks engender close encounters with Africa’s game both big and small.
The Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller preferring privacy and exclusivity. The Camp can cater for up to 14 guests in 5 luxury suites. The Lion’s Den Suite is a 2-bedroomed luxury suite with stunning views that can accommodate four people per room.
Rattray’s Camp has 8 Luxury Suites and is explicitly designed to enable guests to stay for as long as they wish. Each suite functions as an inclusive home, with the most beautiful furnishings, bathrooms and a secluded outdoor shower.
Chitwa House consists of 2 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and outdoor showers. The common areas include a spacious lounge and dining area and a lake-view deck with swimming pool. Enjoy delicious meals, either served by us or a private chef who can cook up delights in the fully equipped kitchen. You can go on exciting Big-5 game drives in your own private safari vehicle with a guide and tracker.
Each one of the 6 individually decorated Chitwa Suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby water – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife. The luxury suites are very spacious, and can accommodate up to 2 extra beds for children under the age of 12 yrs only.
Arathusa Safari Lodge
On the banks of a waterhole in the Sabi Sand Reserve, this lodge offers chic, airy rooms with minibars, mosquito nets, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms feature living rooms and patios, and some have bush views and plunge pools.
All meals, parking, game drives and bush walks are included. There's an open-air dining area, and private dining is available. Other amenities include a spa, a semi-open lounge and an infinity pool, plus a private airstrip. Kids age 12 and over are welcome.
Lion Sands Game Reserve
Each of the Reserve’s Lodges has a private pool and luxurious interiors. Choose your lodge to suit your safari style; go barefoot in the bush in River Lodge, soak in breath taking views at Ivory Lodge, bring the outdoors in at Narina Lodge, or enjoy a few more contemporary comforts in Tinga. Get a closer look at the local wildlife through one of the telescopes on the deck and on game drives and safari walks that'll get you close to some of the world's most magnificent wildlife in a totally pristine habitat. While staying at any Lion Sands lodge you can book a magical night sleeping under the stars at the exclusive Chalkley Treehouse and Kingston Treehouse.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
In the heart of the African wilderness are 4 luxurious safari lodges that each epitomise style, comfort and opulence. Step back in time to capture the romance and magic of Africa’s great safari era at Selati Camp, a favourite for honeymooners. The contemporary Bush Lodge and Little Bush Camp offer luxury, true African hospitality, a warm and vibrant atmosphere and exquisite contemporary design. Reflecting Africa’s immense artistic talent, the internationally acclaimed Earth Lodge showcases simplicity, avant-garde luxury and award-winning design.
Savanna Private Game Lodge
Airy suites with canvas walls feature colonial accents, handmade furniture and 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, minibars, free-standing baths and covered patios. Some add private plunge pools. An upgraded, thatched-roof suite has a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a living room with a fireplace and a TV. Amenities include a rustic bar, a wine cellar and an open-air dining area, as well as a library lounge and an outdoor pool. Safaris, bush walks and game drives are offered. Kids age 8 and over are welcome.
Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
This high-end safari resort is 3.4 km from the Ulusaba Airstrip. Providing views of the bush, the 8 sophisticated suites come with private decks and plunge pools. All have air-conditioning, mosquito nets and luxe bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Gourmet meals and drinks are included, and there's a bar and a lounge. Rates include 2 game drives a day; other wildlife excursions are also available. There's also a verandah, a pool and a wine cellar, as well as a computer station with Internet, and a TV lounge. Children 10 and over are welcome.
&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge
The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the colonial ambiance of the elegant &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. With 17 air-conditioned cottages, 3 family cottages and 1 private family suite with outdoor and indoor showers. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa, gym, Safari Shop, library, boma and an elegant courtyard. Perfect for families, groups, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, first-time and repeat travellers
&Beyond Kirkmans Kamp
On a ridge overlooking the Sand River, this upmarket, all-inclusive lodge dating from the 1920s, offers plush suites with traditional furnishings and safari-themed details. All come with claw-foot tubs and private verandahs with river views. Meals are served on an open-air deck or in a fireside dining area. Other amenities include an infinity pool, a library and a guest lounge with a fireplace. Daily safari excursions and guided nature walks are included.
Ulusaba Game Reserve
This plush all-inclusive hilltop lodge offers chic rooms that overlook the reserve and come with free Wi-Fi, sitting areas, minibars and private balconies. The 1- or 2-bedroom suites add living rooms and/or plunge pools. A riverfront lodge has treehouse-style rooms with decks; some are connected by swinging bridges. There's also an airy suite. Kids age 12 and under are welcome in the hilltop lodge. All meals and game drives are included. There's an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym and outdoor dining areas. There's also a private airstrip.
Idube Game Reserve
Surrounded by beautiful Jackalberry trees that offer guests a tranquil and peaceful safari retreat in the most magnificent surroundings. The Lodge offers 9 en-suite, air-conditioned chalets, with mosquito nets, fans, tea and coffee making facilities as well as outside showers. Each chalet features a private deck with comfortable chairs, perfect for observing bird and passing wildlife.
Mthethomusha Game Reserve
This Reserve borders the south-western side of the well-known Kruger National Park, embodies the spirit of Africa and allows you to walk the ancient paths of yesteryear, the very paths walked by the San (Bushmen) people thousands of years ago. There are over 250 sites in the area where you can view these fascinating San rock paintings and in fact, with the greatest concentration of rock art per square metre on earth, it’s the perfect place to learn more about the San culture. The rugged terrain is home to the majestic Big-5 as well as kudu, giraffe and zebra, whilst the picturesque scenery provides the ideal backdrop for game drives and bush walks. Mthethomusha Game Reserve is unspoiled nature at its very best.
Where to Stay
Bongani Mountain Lodge
This upscale lodge offers African-inspired rooms that feature ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some feature en-suite bathrooms, sofa beds and private terraces. Others add connecting rooms. A restaurant with views of the bush and mountains serves traditional bush breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner, all included. There's also outdoor dining with African meals or lighter fare. Twice-daily game drives are offered, and other amenities include 2 outdoor pools, a viewing deck, a bar with a TV, and meeting space.
Kruger National Park
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuse with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
Several different accommodation options are available, form 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
Mjejani River Lodge
Perched on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by thousands of hectares of raw African wilderness, the lodge offers 16 Luxury rooms which consist of 3 double rooms and 13 twin rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, hair dryers, tea and coffee stations, mini bar fridges and private patios overlooking the serene scenic Panorama Route, fabulous Golf Courses, Agricultural tours, Elephant-back wildlife encounters and a Chimpanzee sanctuary.
Hamiltons Tented Camp
Located within the private 10 000-hectare concession of Mluwati in the western region of the Kruger National Park, bordering the northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserves.
This luxury lodge occupies a main building with tented suites connected via wooden ramps. It's a 6-minute walk from the Sabie River and close to Skukuza Airport. The 6 elegant suites feature natural wood floors, private terraces and outdoor showers. All meals, safaris and a personal butler service are included. There's a formal dining room, a lounge and an outdoor pool, as well as a spa. An airport shuttle service is complimentary.
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
Surrounded by bush, on the banks of the Mluwati River, this chic safari lodge sits in Kruger National Park, not far from the Orpen Gate. The 6 tribal-themed huts have thatched roofs, and come with en- suite bathrooms with stone tubs, as well as outdoor showers and game-viewing decks. Rates include all meals, afternoon tea and 2 daily game drives, plus welcome drinks on arrival. Amenities include a pool and a water hole for wildlife sightings. Transfers are free from Hoedspruit or Skukuza airports. There's no cell phone reception; children 8 and over are welcome.
Imbali Safari Lodge
Nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees, near Skukuza in the iconic Kruger National Park. This luxury lodge offers 12 chic rooms (no TVs) and feature terraces with plunge pools, stone and marble bathrooms, mosquito nets as well as coffeemakers and safes. In-room dining, and spa treatments are available. An outdoor infinity pool has bush views, while parking, airport shuttles and twice-daily safaris are free.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
A stunning luxury safari lodge, situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park, home to the Big-5 and a wide variety of other animals and birds, which roam freely in their natural habitat. The spacious suites are decorated in warm colours with African-inspired artwork. They offer a covered deck, air-conditioning, mosquito nets, tea-and-coffee making facilities and a minibar. Each suite has a large bath and an indoor and outdoor shower. Lukimbi specialises in fine dining and has a wine cellar. Activities include early morning or late afternoon guided game drives or bush walks. For relaxation, spa treatments can be arranged. There is a well-equipped fitness centre overlooking a river and a library. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is 26 km away from the Malelane Gate.
Jock Safari Lodge
Nestled amidst the lush vegetation in the South-Western corner of the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge emerges at the pinnacle where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one. The lodge offers 12 secluded thatched suites, each with a private deck and plunge pool, free Wi-Fi, safes, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. En-suite bathrooms feature outdoor showers.
Free perks include guided walks and 2 game drives per day, along with meals served in a rustic-chic restaurant with a terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a steam room, a sauna and a gym.
The Outpost & Pel’s Post
The Outpost lies in the Pafuri Triangle, a vast and remote wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique.
12 Stand-alone open plan en-suite Luxury Spaces resting on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River are connected to each other and the central Lodge area by a 500m Zimbabwean teak walkway.
The lodge provides an outdoor swimming pool and a garden, with free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bar.
The Outpost’s new eco-friendly satellite lodge, Pel’s Post accommodates only 8 guests in 4 unique stand-alone, open plan suites. A personal chef, private vehicle and guide offers guests the luxury of setting their own pace while on safari. This exclusive use camp, perched along the Luvuvhu river bank, offers unparalleled views of the vast remote wilderness and river below. Game drives and walking safaris are undertaken in what is arguably one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in the Kruger National Park. Ideal for small groups and families looking to indulge in their own private bush getaway.
Backing onto Crocodile River and 750 m from the Malelane Gate to Kruger National Park, this modest hotel is also close to the Leopard Creek Golf Estate. African-inspired rooms come with balconies with river/garden views and feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minifridges. Suites add lounges, and 1 has a private pool. A restaurant serves South African cuisine, and there's also a bar. Other amenities include a spa, a sauna, a river-view terrace, an outdoor pool and a waterslide. Meeting rooms, a heliport and bush walks are available.
Camp Shawu Safari Lodge
Camp Shawu offers visitors an authentic safari experience in a secluded and private corner of a 15,000-hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park. Camp Shawu is small and personal, accommodating only 10 guests in luxurious air-conditioned rooms with private viewing decks. The lodge also offers open vehicle game drives, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.