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  • Tranquil setting in a small wildlife estate close to the conveniences of town
  • Excellent location for Kruger National Park access
  • Friendly and knowledgeable hosts to help you get the most out of your stay

African Rock Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Hoedspruit


-24.3439, 30.9887


African Rock Lodge owners Gerard and Yvonne are great conversationalists and will generously share their intimate knowledge of the area with their guests to ensure a memorable stay.

Under the characterful scent of thatch, guests are hosted in luxurious suites, each with a private patio that overlooks a landscape filled with an assortment of wildlife. Similar to the main building, rooms are decorated with colourful paintings, statues of wild animals, leopard print and cultural pieces, adding to the authentic African feel of the lodge.

With only ‘safe’ wildlife on the estate, guests can enjoy great bush walks and game drives at their leisure to better explore the surrounding nature. A waterhole attracts most of the game to be found here. You will probably want to visit the Kruger National Park if you are in search of a true wilderness experience, and African Rock Lodge is close enough to act as a base for day trips into the park. In close proximity to the lodge, a host of other outdoor activities and experiences lie in wait.

In the morning, alarm clocks are replaced by birdsong, and the freshness of a new day is usually celebrated with a lovely breakfast on the main lodge’s outdoor patio.

Internet access is available from the rooms, and every unit is equipped with air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, a bar fridge and a safe.

The en-suite bathrooms are one of the outstanding features of the accommodation at the lodge. At day’s end, you will enjoy washing off the bushveld dust in an extra-large bath, or under a huge double shower. At night, mosquito nets protect against these irritating critters and ensure that you will be able to make best use of the peace and quiet that descends after dark. On clear nights, look up to see a beautifully clear blanket of stars.

If you are not out exploring, have a drink in the lapa or at the quirky bar in the main lounge, take a plunge in the sparking pool or just laze the day away with a good book and a glass of chilled ice tea.

In winter, a heated pool is a warming comfort to ward off the chilly nights. Dinner is served in the open dining room or boma, and it is best to call the lodge and arrange this a day in advance.

The lodge is ideally situated in one of the most scenically beautiful and wild areas of South Africa, with the Panorama Route, the world-famous Kruger National Park and a host of amazing, fascinating and touching experiences all within touching distance.

With Yvonne and Gerard going out of their way to drive guests to attractions and providing a helping hand wherever you may need it, African Rock Lodge ensures that each and every guest experiences true African magic during their stay.

Rates & Summary

5 Luxury Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and rain shower
Private patio overlooking the bush


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Continental and English Breakfast included


Babysitting services are available.
Make sure to watch the kids around the unfenced pool.

Why Stay Here?

African Rock Lodge is located in a private wildlife estate in the town of Hoedspruit, and is the ideal base from which to travel to the Kruger National Park or the host of other attractions that the area has to offer. Africa Rock Lodge is a classic bushveld venue and offers rustic sophistication in an inviting setting. Your personable hosts will make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive, and are a fount of information on things to do in the area.


  • Tranquil setting in a small wildlife estate close to the conveniences of town
  • Excellent location for Kruger National Park access
  • Friendly and knowledgeable hosts to help you get the most out of your stay


African Rock Lodge is situated in a secure private estate.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Bush walks

Nearby: caving, hot air ballooning, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, river rafting, horse riding, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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