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PONDORO GAME LODGE - Balule Game Reserve

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Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River in the 40 000ha Balule Private Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro game lodge offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari. 

A safari to Africa is about intimacy, tranquility and the romance of a bygone era. This small, exclusive 16-bed game lodge fits the mould perfectly with 8 chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park. 

A morning and evening safari every day in open safari cruisers in search of the Big 5 ( lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and other plains game are conducted by expert rangers and trackers and promise an unforgettable safari. The vehicles in our huge concession area are limited and with only 2 allowed at a sighting exclusivity is ensured. Meals are a extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends. Select any of our fine wines from our award winning wine cellar to compliment the food. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants river. 


At Pondoro you are invited to indulge in the ultimate luxury when selecting anyone of our 5 luxury chalets during your stay.
All our suites are air-conditioned and architecturally designed offering modern comforts in an ancient setting. Each suite is provided with a private patio, lounge area and an outside shower for those who are adventurous at heart. 
A new addition to all the luxury suites is a rock pool style Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. They are all completely private and compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro. Imagine enjoying a glass of port after dinner in the privacy of your own Jacuzzi while being serenaded to by a symphony of bush sounds.
Pondoro has three architecturally designed Luxury chalets overlooking the Olifants River.
Each chalet has been beautifully decorated with an African theme. All chalets have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and bath overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.


A new addition to all the luxury suites is a rock pool style Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. 
They are all completely private and compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro. Imagine enjoying a glass of port after dinner in the privacy of your own Jacuzzi while being serenaded to by a symphony of bush sounds. 


Early morning game drive
Nature walk
3 Hides for game watching
Evening game drive with spotlight
All game drives in open-topped Land Rovers

Imagine a lion’s pre-dawn roar as the only sound accompanying your early morning wake-up call. As the first rays of the sun melts the African night away, you will find yourself on a open topped Land Rover tracking down amongst others, five of the animals African hunters feared the most.
Experienced guides will not only use all their vast knowledge and bush craft to try and show you the notorious Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and other plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, but they will do their best to paint memories of an Africa that will never fade away.
A nature walk with an armed guide would add the thrill of encountering animals on foot.
Let your guide page with you through nature’s book and explain to you the meaning of various tracks and why tracking is seen as the origin of science.
Your evening drive will be interrupted by sundowners and a sunset out of a Hemingway novel. Thereafter the spotlight might follow grey ghosts as they move silently through the night, bringing back memories of a time when we were the prey and they were the undisputed rulers of the night.

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Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fused effortlessly with modern European trends. Vegetarians are specially catered for. To compliment the food wine can be selected from our extensive wine cellar. Pondoro has won a Diners Club Platinum award for its wine list in 2009 and again in 2011. This award acts as a benchmark in the restaurant and wine industries in South Africa.
Our bar also stock a selection of some of the finest Whiskies in the world and we should have the perfect whiskey for you whether it is an exquisite blend or smoky single malt.
After dinner relax with a Cuban cigar and enjoy a glass of Port or Cognac while reminiscing about the day that has been.
All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. An unforgettable bush dinner will await those who stay for a third night.

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Serenity Spa at Pondoro offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, where one is surrounded by elegant décor and cascading waterfalls, in an environment with a breathtaking ambiance.
Revitalize your mind, body and soul with classic spa treatments where an exclusive personal approach is taken incorporating innovative and authentic spa and face treatments which range from a glass covered steam room, a spa bath under the wide African sky to a massage in the privacy of your room.

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More Facilities

Facilities at camp
3 Luxury chalets
5 Luxury suites with private patio’s, lounge and outside showers
Free Wi-Fi access in all the chalets
Telescope for stargazing
Air conditioning and ceiling fans
Rock Pool
Superb African / European cuising
Extensive wind cellar
Spa and small gym

Safari check list

Neutral coloured clothing – Dress casual
Warm jackets for chilly morning and evenings
Comfortable walking shoes
Sun block
Insect repellant
Anti-malaria tablets
Extra film


Winning an award as the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel in South Africa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Thailand in 2010 was a huge honour for Pondoro Game Lodge.
Choosing us as a safari wedding venue will not disappoint. The Lodge is the ideal romantic safari and wedding destination as Pondoro only caters for 16 guests. This makes us the romantic choice for small safari weddings. Book the whole camp or have a secluded and romantic wedding alone by yourselves. We will tailor make a romantic safari wedding that will exceed your wildest dreams.

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The Safari Wedding Package includes:
Bridal Bouquet and Buttonhole for the groom
Wedding cake
The exclusive use of a Landcruiser game viewing vehicle as a Bridal car
5 course Wedding Dinner


Pondoro Game Lodge won an award as the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel in South Africa at the world Luxury Hotel Awards held in Thailand in 2010.
The fact that we only sleep 16 guests make us an ideal and top safari honeymoon destination. A romantic safari in Africa must rank as one of the best honeymoon places and a safari to Pondoro will not disappoint.
All of our 5 luxury suites are decorated with a different African theme and are used as honeymoon suites. Each suite has a romantic and completely private hot tub or Jacuzzi sunken into a wooden deck facing the Olifants river. Image spending a relaxing afternoon in the hot tub gazing at animals walking past or sipping sherry in the Jacuzzi under the African stars after a romantic dinner for two.

Your African honeymoon safari will be tailored according to your needs. We will ensure that no stone will be left untouched in your quest for the perfect, romantic honeymoon.


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let us welcome you ... to the magic of Arica, experienced at our SAFARI CAMP, in the GREATER KRUGER PARK.

Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park and sanctuary to Africa’s Famous Big Five. With almost 3000 ha of traversing you can look forward to a true safari experience of wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity. 

Uniquely positioned in the bush between Marula and Acacia trees with it's own special view above and beyond the thorn trees, our waterhole, the Olifants River and the majestic Drakensburg range on the horizon, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is a place not easily forgotten.

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Remember the old-style safari and sleeping under canvas? Well there truly is nothing like it! The sounds of the night are closer, the smells are stronger, and the feeling of actually being in the bush is so much more intense.

Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it's own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Fans in each tent will ensure that you stay cool during those warm summer nights. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong.

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 Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Sausage Tree Safari Camp is not only surrounded by the African wilderness, but also offers spectacular views of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. This family-owned and operated safari camp prides itself on a warm atmosphere and African safari-styled tented accommodation.

Each morning and late afternoon, an experienced and professional guide will take you on a safari game drive through thick bush and along open plains in search of the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) as well as general game species such as giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu and impala. During the drives there is a lot of emphasis on giving information on everything that is encountered - whether your interest is birding, insects, plants and trees, your guide will happily share his knowledge with you!

Breakfast and lunch is served on an open deck with views of the bush and a water hole frequented by a variety of resident animals. Dinner is mostly served under the stars, in front of the fire in the boma. The camp has a lounge for those lazy siesta’s, and a cosy bar complete with a variety of first class South African wines. The deck pool becomes a remedy for those hot summer days. Should dinner be eaten on the deck on those calm, bright evenings, the fire place is lit adding some romance to those magical African nights.

Game Drives

Experience 360 degree panoramic views while in search for the Big 5...

Sunrise and sunset safari’s in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day, with our professional field guides visitors can go in search of some of Africa’s famous variety of mammal and bird life, such as giraffe, zebra, African fish eagles, vultures and the notorious Big 5. Our rangers can even focus on some of the less noticeable aspects of the bush such as the Rhinoceros Beetle, how to make rope from a Raisin Bush or spend a while becoming aquainted with termites and their mounds.

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Our Chef

Our distinguished Chef Orlando was born in Chokwe, Mozambique, and moved to South Africa with his mother and two sisters when he was nine years old to escape the troubled period Mozambique was experiencing at the time. He was schooled in Bushbuckridge and spent all of his school holidays working and learning in a Lodge kitchen to earn his pocket money.

This was where his passion for food and cooking began. After matriculating, he attended a chef’s training course where he successfully received his qualification. His passion is ongoing and evident in the delightful, delectable cuisine he now shares with our guests at Sausage Tree.

He is at present compiling his own book of African recipies.

Photographic Workshops

Learn more on how to take the perfect picture, that special moment in time! Our wildlife experience combined with our photographic skill is what sets us apart! That together with the locations we choose make for an unforgettable workshop experience. Not only do we live and work in the bush 24/7 we have been doing it for 15 years. We choose locations that offer value for money and good wildlife sightings, our workshops are designed around animal movements and concentrations in the various locations.

We try and keep our groups small to offer more personal attention and to create an intimate and exclusive atmosphere. We like to encourage creativity as we all learn from a new perspective. On all workshops there are notes and loads of practical tuition out in the field or on the vehicle. Most people arrive, soon making friends with common interests.

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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is a private and intimate camp situated in the prestigious Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, giving you best traverse viewing. The Klaserie now forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park with a common unfenced boundary.


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Guests are accommodated in fully furnished, brick and thatch chalets all with en-suite facilities and power points. Accommodation options vary: there are 4 x 2 bed chalets (1 room, double or single beds and luxurious bathroom) or 4 x 4 bed family chalets (2 rooms, 1 double bed and 2 single beds and shared luxurious bathroom).
Breakfast and lunch are served in the open thatched dining room overlooking the watering hole, while dinner is served in traditional African style around a log fire in the boma.
Our friendly and efficient staff will endeavour to make your stay at Gomo Gomo the highlight of your visit to our diverse and interesting country in Africa.

During the day guests can relax on the patio in the shade of a century-old Weeping Boer Bean tree or cool down in the swimming pool. At night the camp is transformed into an African wonderland with kerosene flares, creating a true safari ambience.
There are daily scheduled flights on from Johannesburg to Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit (±40 minutes drive from the lodge). Road transfers to and from the airport with Fun Time Tours can be arranged on request. It takes approximately 7 hours to drive from Johannesburg to Gomo Gomo, and exposes travelers to beautifully scenic parts of South Africa's Mpumalanga & Limpopo provinces. (Panoramic Route with Fun Time Tours)
Dress code is bushveld casual and lightweight. During winter months (May to August) warm clothes are needed early morning and at night. A hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, flashlight and binoculars are recommended as is precaution against malaria.


Game Drives

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Your private safari at Gomo Gomo Game Lodge allows access to over 6000 hectares (14800 acres) of the reserves, offering guests varied landscapes with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and numerous other mammals and bird species in their natural african habitat. Hectares of the finest big game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo thriving alongside giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope.
Early morning, late afternoon and evening Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is wonderful, with various eagles, owls, francolins, kingfishers, rollers and weavers among the over 300 recorded species.

Bush Walk

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An optional guided bush walk will open up the fascinating world of some of South Africa's intricate ecosystems with its varied fauna and flora. Guided bush walks provide an insight into nature's finer details and the chance to track game on-foot. Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Gomo Gomo unspoiled, untouched and unforgettable Africa.


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Tanda Tula Safari Camp is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
As one of South Africa's most luxurious tented bushveld lodges, we offer our guests an unforgettable experience in game viewing, warm hospitality and award-winning cuisine. Consisting of 12 luxurious tents, Tanda Tula Safari Camp exudes elegance and combines comfort and style with African roots. The open plan lodge, which is completely unfenced, merges luxury with the natural environment.
Tanda 2Tanda Tula Safari Camp is sanctuary to Africa's Big Five, with traversing over more than 20,000 ha of wilderness and undisturbed biodiversity. As there are no fences between the Timbavati and Kruger National Park, game are able to roam freely between the two, offering guests an incredible, unforgettable African wildlife experience.

Our highly skilled ranger and tracker teams guide our guests in the early mornings and evenings, in open Land Rovers or on foot. Tanda Tula Safari Camp is also proud to be the first in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve to offer a unique, Overnight Walking African Safari experience.
Tanda Tula is the oldest safari camp in the Timbavati. Steeped in history, our routes go back many generations linking conservation and the Shangaan culture, and our joy is sharing it with the world. The Timbavati is also home to the very rare white lions.

Set on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Tanda Tula Safari Camp is shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts wildlife from dawn till dusk. Each of the 12 luxury tents is completely private and surrounded by lush riverine bush overlooking the riverbed, epitomising the ultimate African wildlife experience. Each tent has its own private deck complete with comfortable loungers, which offers guests an opportunity to relax, on their own, and absorb the beauty and tranquility of the African bush.
Each of our tents features a beautiful en suite bathroom with a traditional Victorian bathtub and romantic outdoor shower, overlooking the African bush and riverbed. The interiors are furnished in sheer elegance and comfort, ensuring that you will enjoy a true African experience in complete luxury.
The infinity pool overlooks a large watering hole which is often frequented by a variety of African wildlife, including the Big Five. The bar and lounge are always open, and our superb barmen, Harry, Smiling and Thabo, will gladly bring you your favourite drink while you relax and immerse yourself in the serenity of the African Bush.
Tanda Tula, ‘’To Love the Quiet’’


In the evenings, guests can enjoy a superb dinner in the boma, under the stars in the garden or, for the more adventurous, in the riverbed which runs alongside our safari camp. Here you will enjoy quintessential African cuisine prepared by our highly trained and award-winning chefs. Sumptuous bush breakfasts are served daily at our bush site and after breakfast, guests can arrange a guided walk back to camp with their ranger.


Out in the bush, we have a lovely hide on the Machaton Dam where private picnics and 'Starbeds' can be arranged, bringing you even closer to the wilderness. The Machaton Hide also forms part of our Overnight Walking Safari experience.


Tanda 11The highly skilled ranger and tracker teams at Tanda Tula Safari Camp guide guests in the early mornings and evenings, in open Land Rovers or on foot.
Each of our Safari Camp's rangers and trackers are amongst the most highly qualified in Africa, assuring that your game experience will be unforgettable, exciting and informative. Each member of our team has extensive experience and training so that we can offer our guests an incredible African bush experience.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park), is known for its vast variety of game including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). The Timbavati is renowned for its numerous lion prides as well as the famous White Lions of the Timbavati.
The Timbavati is also recognised for its low human impact. With only 8 lodges in more than 50 000 hectares, guests experience the bush at its most pristine. The lodges have mutual traversing and co-operate well with each other in animal sightings during all game drives.


Each day, guests are offered the option to either experience the Timbavati Private Nature reserve on foot or in an open Land Rover. Bush Walks provide a unique opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers to experience the beautiful African wildlife on foot and up close.
Each bush walk is led by one of Tanda Tula Safari Camp's highly qualified ranger and tracker teams, ensuring that our guests safely experience the African bush and wildlife.
Sunrise bush walk (3 hours)
Guests will kick-start the day with steaming hot coffee and homemade rusks, before venturing out on the game walk. They will depart at sunrise on foot from our safari camp and make their way to our bush breakfast site where our master chef will prepare a scrumptious meal in true African style. All sunrise bush walks are to be booked in advance.
Mid morning bush walk (1 hour)
After bush breakfast guests may return to camp on foot with their ranger, where they will have the opportunity to experience the African bush at a slower pace.
All bush walks are available for children aged 14 years and older.


Spend an incredible night out under the stars at Machaton Hide, overlooking the spectacular watering hole on the banks of the Machaton riverbed. After an evening game drive, guests will be taken out to the hide with a delicious packed picnic dinner.
Special preparations will have been seen to, the oil lanterns lit, comfortable camp beds made with linen and duvets, hot water-bottles (in winter) and your favourite night-cap. A game viewing spotlight will help the guests spot the nocturnal visitors to the dam, and a radio with direct connection to the camp will ensure that they feel secure.
In the morning, after coffee and rusks, the ranger will collect the guests and the group will immediately head out on a game drive. This experience is available at no extra cost to all our guests.
It is limited to couples or friends and family travelling together. Machaton Hide can accommodate a maximum of four guests. Please note that bookings are subject to availability as well as weather conditions permitting.


Tanda Tula is proud to be the first in the Timbavati to offer a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experience: the overnight walking safari.
The Overnight Walking Safari provides an opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers to experience the beautiful African wildlife on foot and up close, and to sleep under the stars, exactly as the early explorers did. This experience is ideal for guests who love to hike, enjoy bird watching, flora and fauna and game tracking on foot. Each Walking Safari itinerary is individually tailored to suit guests' requirements.
On foot and up close!


At Tanda Tula Safari Camp guests can experience a variety of bush picnics where they will enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch in the riverbed, out in the bush or at the Machaton hide which is frequented by a variety of wildlife, including the big five.
A bush picnic is a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon, away from camp in complete privacy and enjoy the African wildlife, while enjoying a picnic lunch prepared by our experienced chefs. Once guests have relaxed and enjoyed their bush picnic, they will be collected by one of our experienced rangers to set off on a game drive.
This experience is available at no extra cost and is limited to couples or friends and family travelling together. All picnics are subject to availability and weather dependent.


Tanda Tula Safari Camp is widely known as the ideal romantic bush getaway, where privacy, luxury and a unique game experience is the order of the day.
At no extra cost, guests can be treated to a romantic turndown and special dinner, in complete privacy on the deck of your very own secluded luxury tent.
Overlooking the Nlharalumi river, you will be spoilt with fine dining and magnificent bubbly while listening to the night sounds of the African bush. After dinner, you and your loved one can relax in a candle lit bubble bath.


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Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past in a pristine corner of unspoilt Africa. Kings Camp is situated facing an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, day and night.
The size of the reserve covers about 60 000 hectares of pristine African bush, part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park itself is a further 2 million hectares in size, which is about the same size as Israel or Wales. In the early 1990’s the boundary fence between the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves, namely Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Klaserie, Umbabat and Manyaleti was removed to create the greater Kruger National Park, covering an area of 2.2 million hectares. The reason being conservationists wanted to re-create ancient migration movements of wildlife from the
Kings Camp is situated in the northern corner of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and has been in operation as a game lodge since 1995. Our commitment to our guests is to freely share in the experience in a manner that is both enlightening and relaxing. We are further dedicated to a gracious style of hospitality from a bygone era, combined with a flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first. But above all, we will do this in a manner that will never compromise our environment, instead it will materially benefit our surrounding community culturally, environmentally and economically.


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The eleven generously spaced thatched colonial suites luxuriously equipped with romantic soft cascading mosquito nets, remote controlled air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah with hammock, all combine to make Kings Camp the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colours of the bushveld.
For your comfort and convenience, other room amenities include robes, mosquito repellent, an umbrella, hairdryer and a torch. Your suite is also equipped with its own safe and telephone.


At Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, your wedding ceremony will become a subtle stroke of Colonial grace and charm. Each wedding takes place in a dry riverbed sculptured by the NhlaraluMi River, surrounded by African bushveld. Defined by its careful attention to presentation, service and co-ordination, Kings Camp will lend a stylish yet relaxed and generous atmosphere to your exclusive wedding. A wedding at Kings Camp is more than just a ceremony; it is a celebration of the love between two people…


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Morning and afternoon game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks and canapés on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot our nocturnal animals with a spotlight.

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Walks through the bush take place just after breakfast, on request, and is the best way of experiencing the “finer” aspects of the bushveld. Your knowledgeable ranger will guide you through the fauna and flora of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, pointing out insects, grasses, trees and the smaller species that are all an integral part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve


On warm evenings, guests may be treated to a three course meal in the heart of the bushveld. As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit “dining room” in the bush.
With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under African starlit skies.


Lodge facilities include a dining room, bar, swimming pool, library and conference room with internet access, boma, game-viewing deck overlooking a very active waterhole, a curio shop, gym and massage tsala.


Game drives in open vehicles with knowledgeable rangers, guided walks, and game viewing deck, bush breakfasts or dinners. We offer masseuse treatments in the privacy of your suite or in the massage tsala. (Additional charge applies).
Private game drives can also be arranged at an additional cost of R3500-00 (non-commissionable).


We offer true South African cuisine in a homely atmosphere comple- mented by an exceptional wine cellar. Specialized dietary requirements will be catered for subject to prior notice.


Children aged from 6 and above are permitted at the Lodge. Children ages 6-11 years can share a room with their parents. Children sharing a suite with 2 full paying guests will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate. We regret we do not allow children under the age of 6, unless the whole camp is booked. However children of all ages are welcome at Waterbuck Camp.


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