Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Balule Nature Reserve

Days 1 - 4: Balule Nature Reserve

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge Location Map

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge is situated in the vast Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The emphasis here is upon close-up encounters with Africa's spectacular wildlife, from the mighty elephant, the impressive lion or the miniscule termite. Evening game drives are conducted in specially modified open Land Rovers, giving guests excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa's Big 5 close up. The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari. Guided bush walks can also be arranged.

The main lodge is nestled under age-old trees with a panoramic view over the bush and onto a well-frequented waterhole. The shady lawns, with chaise lounges, create a wonderful scene of tranquility.  There is also a swimming pool to relax around as well. Lunch is served under the shade of a massive Acacia tree, with the chance of seeing animals coming to drink at the waterhole at this time. In the evenings, the boma showcases a crackling log fire, where dinners are often served.

The Tranquility Lapa is situated in a quiet area of the lodge and offers relaxing massages during the day. Indulge yourself with an Aromatherapy Massage, with only the sounds of nature to provide background music.

The accommodation consists of 6 African rondavels. These typical African dwellings are round huts with characterful thatch roofs. Each rondavel has an outdoor shower for a wonderful close-to-nature experience. There is also space for an extra bed to convert each room into a triple room if required.

There are also 2 family units. Each unit has 2 rooms with an interleading door for privacy. One room has a queensize bed and the other has 2 single beds - it is possible to add an additional bed into each room too, thereby accommodating up to 6 guests. Each room has its own bathroom facilities and an al fresco shower.

Example Details For Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x African Rondavel
Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner; twice daily shared game drives; and a morning foot safari are included. IN ADDITION: The Conservation fee (currently R185 per person but subject to change) is not included and is payable directly to the lodge at check out. For self-drive visitors, there is also a R150 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).

Bush walks with your ranger are available on request. Only children of certain ages are allowed to participate in a bush walk - to be agreed with the lodge manager on arrival.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge Location.

Address

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge,Near Hoedspruit , Balule Nature Reserve

Directions

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. After approximately 10 km from Hoedspruit, turn right at the Mohlabetsi signboard. Enter the manned security gates. For self-drive visitors, there is a R150 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Travel 7 km and drive straight to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: From the airport, turn right out of the airport and then turn right onto the R40 towards Hoedspruit, and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.

Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn left onto the R40 Phalaborwa/Mica road, and continue along this road until you see the Mohlabetsi signboard. Follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and follow the directions as above.

PLEASE NOTE: On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from midday on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, as lunch is served at 14:00, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.

Rooms must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children of any age are allowed on game drives.

All rondavels have a thatched roof, an al fresco shower, an international multi-plug, a personal safe, an overhead fan, and air conditioning.

The Family Rooms have 2 bedrooms separated by an interleading door - each room has it's own bathroom facilities including an al fresco shower.

The lodge offers free/unlimited Wi-Fi access.

There is a curio shop stocking an array of trinkets, clothing and objects d'art.

The bar lounge is furnished with comfortable chairs and offers beautiful views over the lawn and bush, making it the perfect place to meet after safaris to regale your exciting animal stories. The garden also has hammocks for an afternoon siesta. There is also a boma for dining under the stars.

The swimming pool is surrounded by sun loungers and provides the perfect place of relaxation during the warm midday hours.

Your rate includes an evening game drive as well as an early morning safari too. The lodge uses specially modified Toyota Land Cruisers for the game drives. Renowned for their comfort and reliability, they are able to conquer even the most difficult terrain. The 10 seater vehicles are completely open to allow for unrestricted views of animals, birds, trees and the stunning stars at night.

Your guide will keep up a commentary during the drive, interpreting and informing you of the sightings. Their knowledge and unique relationship with the bush will ensure that your game drive is both a sensory and educational experience. They are also in radio contact with a number of other vehicles to maximize game-viewing opportunities.

For true lovers of wildlife, nothing beats the adventure of getting close to nature on foot. Your guide will lead you through pristine African bushveld, stopping for anything of interest. Animal encounters take on a completely different feeling, once you come down to their level. And the silence allows you to listen to bird calls, appreciate the vegetation and be overwhelmed by the ways of the termite.

Credit cards are accepted.

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Bush walks with your ranger are available on request. Only children of certain ages are allowed to participate in a bush walk - to be agreed with the lodge manager on arrival.

Regardless of any age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hazyview

Days 5 - 7: Hazyview

Hippo Hollow Country Estate Location Map

The Lowveld area around the Kruger Park is beautiful, and there are several attractions worthy of a visit during your stay in the area. The small town of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area.

The self-drive Lowveld Panarama Route includes highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Lisbon Falls, the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Other activities in the area include visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vunerable or endangered animals, enjoying a morning or afternoon tour at Moholoholo (a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned or injured wildlife), visiting the Shangana Cultural Village, white water rafting, or taking an early morning balloon ride over the surrounding countryside.

The Kruger National Park itself is only an hours drive away, and is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and birds, including the Big 5.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated on the Sabi River just outside Hazyview where beautiful water birds as well as hippos grazing on the lawns is a common sight.

Accommodation consists of 37 chalets located on the river or in a sub tropical garden as well as 54 en-suite hotel rooms. There are 2 large central swimming pools and a well-stocked curio shop on the premises including a selection of local art. There is a full service restaurant and bar offering country cuisine and a fine wine selection.

Open vehicle safari adventures into South Africa's largest and world famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park, in a specially modified open vehicle can be arranged (additional cost).

The Shangaan River Club, based at Hippo Hollow, offers traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine accompanied by a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local orphanage. The evening entertainment begins at 18:30 and prebooking is advised.

Example Details For Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe River Chalet
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Hippo Hollow Country Estate Location.

Address

Hippo Hollow Country Estate,Route R40, 3 km outside Hazyview, Hazyview

Directions

From Nelspruit/Mbombela: Take R40 North to White River/Witrivier (passing straight through Rocky Drift). In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself (with White River Toyota ahead of you on the left), turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next lights, turn right - with the playing fields on your left and, further on, an open park with a pond on your right. Cross over the next set of lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview, signposted to Phalaborwa (the R538 to Hazyview via the Numbi Gate is a slow, busy, potholed road and not recommended.) Continue on the R40 for about 45 km, where you will come to a T-junction.Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From KMIA Kruger Nelspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport in the direction of White River/Witrivier on the R538. Continue on this road for 12 km (there is a quick left and immediately right turn at the Plaston intersection – do not turn right to Kabokweni!) to the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40 (signposted Phalaborwa). After approx 45 km, at the T-junction, turn left, staying on the R40 and following signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From Skukuza/Paul Kruger Gate: Follow signs from the camp or the airport to the Paul Kruger Gate (about 12km). Travel through the gate and continue on the R536 to Hazyview. After crossing the North Sand River (some 50 km from the Gate), go straight across the first 4-way stop and straight across the next 2 stop streets. Continue over the roundabout to the traffic lights. Turn right, and continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport: Take the R40 southwards towards Hazyview, turning left at Klaserie to stay on the R40. Be especially cautious about speeding on this road. Pass through the towns of Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge and Marite, following signs to White River and Hazyview. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your right just after the Sabie River bridge.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take N12 or N4 Highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg’s O.R.Tambo Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12) and then follow N4 Highway through Belfast and Machadodorp. After the Machado Toll Plaza follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit (lunch at Old Joe’s Kaia is recommended). Turn left where you rejoin the main N4 at Montrose and continue towards Nelspruit/Mbombela. At Nelspruit/Mbombela, follow the Hazyview/White River R40 signs from the N4 and around two subsequent roundabouts until you meet the R40 alongside the Mercedes dealer. Turn left and follow instructions from Nelspruit/Mbombela above. 

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. A babysitting service and cots are available (pre-booking necessary).

All the chalets and rooms are en-suite and include air conditioning, ceiling fans, tea/coffee making facilities and modern guest amenities.

Standard rooms have satellite television and baths/showers.

Deluxe river chalets have twin beds, a loft with a sleeper couch and satellite television.  

River and deluxe river chalets each have a private deck overlooking the Sabie River and double showers.

Garden chalets have a verandah overlooking lush gardens.

Main guest facilities include a well stocked curio shop, 2 swimming pools, 24 hour security, river club, free secure parking, a restaurant and a public lounge and bar.

Guests can go on a Sabie River Bridge Sunset Dinner - an exclusive 3 course al fresco dinner overlooking the Sabie River. The dinner is limited to just 20 people so pre-booking is essential. Please contact your Travel Butlers consultant for more details and cost.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided.

A babysitting service and cots are available (pre-booking necessary).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.