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PPrivate game lodges in Limpopo offer superb game viewing, true wilderness, and accommodation that ranges from luxury bush retreats and community-conscious lodges to tree houses.
In the less-visited northern Kruger National Park, you can stay in the Pafuri area where giant baobabs rub shoulders with yellow-green fever trees, and where one of South Africa’s most sought-after birds – the elusive Pel’s fishing owl – haunts ancient rivers where giant crocodiles lurk, leopards hunt and hippos squelch.
TThe main private reserves in the Lowveld region of Limpopo are the Timbavati, Klaserie and Thornybush game reserves – about a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg. As one of only 16 guests at the Timbavati family-owned Umlani Bushcamp, credited as one of South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism lodges, you’ll stay in a traditional African thatch-and-reed dwelling, go on tailor-made bush walks, or sleep out in an exclusive tree house.
Also in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is the 5-star Kings Camp, another community-conscious private lodge. If you need a break from game watching, pamper yourself at the in-house spa, or take a helicopter trip over the awesome Blyde River Canyon in neighbouring Mpumalanga.
AAt Pezulu Tree House Lodge you can stay in 1 of 8 tree houses, all of which have been built to blend in with the environment without compromising your comfort and safety.
The malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – has ancient mountains, superb rock art and a site of critical archaeological and palaeontological importance, as well as rolling savannahs and great views. Stay at any one of the private lodges such as Mabula Game Lodge, or Shibula Lodge in the 37 500ha Welgevonden Game Reserve, and enjoy a classic safari experience.
Lapalala Wilderness reserve in the Waterberg mountains has affordable self-catering accommodation and is famous for its guided walks, on which you won’t encounter a lion or an elephant, but could well come across rhino, leopard and buffalo.
When you start planning your safari, bear in mind the dozens of private game lodges in Limpopo – you’re guaranteed a fabulous experience.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism Agency
Tel: +27 (0)15 290 2010
Contact details for private game lodges can be found under links below.
Best time to visit
Any time of year is good, but winter offers the best game viewing because the vegetation is low and it’s easier to spot game
Things to do
Safari game drives are the most popular activity, but there are a host of other activities on offer, including the following:
- Self-drive through the Kruger National Park
- Night drive through the Kruger National Park
- Wellness spa treatments
- Hot air balloon flights
- 4WD trails
- Wilderness trails
- Mountain-bike trails
- Guided bush walks
- Bird watching
What to pack
Camera and binoculars are essential.