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  • Nestled in a remote, secluded valley in a beautiful mountainous reserve
  • Rustic but comfortable camp offers an intimate connection to the tranquil surrounds
  • Opportunity to get involved in the leopard conservation project on site

Black Leopard Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mashishing


-24.9694, 30.3806


Nestled in a secluded valley in a Mountain Wilderness Reserve, with 500m high cliffs rising above the camp and the gentle murmur of a bubbling stream nearby, Black Leopard Camp caters for a maximum of 23 single guests or 10 couples.

The camp has been designed to capture the look and feel of centuries past whilst still offering the ultimate 'Bush Luxury'. The canvas ensures that one remains close to nature while still enjoying the luxuries, and tents feature hand-made linen and Persian or Afghan rugs.

There is a hairdryer in the office, that may be used whilst the generator is switched on.

There is also a laptop and printer with limited W-Fi in the office. The communal lounge has DSTV for watching major sporting events.

Black Leopard Camp is more than just a “bush getaway”; it is an active attempt to conserve and protect the threatened leopards of northern Mpumalanga. Working with the Ingwe Leopard Research, it monitors the free-roaming leopards that traverse it lands, giving visitors the opportunity to participate in these worthwhile experiences. On bush walks, you can learn about the tracks you may see and check on the 'motion sensitive' camera traps on the reserve.

On game drives, you may see species such as leopard, mountain reedbuck, Narina trogan, black eagle, oryx (gemsbok) and majestic kudu bulls. Led by your professional, experienced guide, you will learn new and fascinating facts about the African Bush.

The Reserve boasts an amazingly high concentration of ruins, with artefacts from early Voortrekker pioneers and rock art from ancient indigenous tribes. Guests are welcome to bring along their mountain bikes, to enjoy the challenging routes. At the moment the mountainous roads are more suited to experienced mountain bikers. Spend a night sleeping out under the stars for a genuine bush immersion experience in the Buffalo Thorn Camp, or select an optional Kruger Park Excursion as an add-on.

One of the greatest activities on offer at Black Leopard Camp is the fact that you do not have to do any of the above. Relax on your own private patio or with a book next to the splash pool or put your feet up in the lounge – it is up to you!

Rates & Summary

4 Tents

King or twin beds
En-suite with shower
Outside bath & shower

3 Family Units

Each sleeps 5 in two adjoining tents
En-suite with shower
Outside bath & shower

All tents include handmade linen and Afghan or Persian rugs.


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Brunch, high tea, dinner, and unlimited tea and coffee included. Bar and beverages excluded.


Kids are very welcome. Bear in mind that game drives last about 3 hours.

Why Stay Here?

Black Leopard is an affordable owner-run tented camp, situated in the malaria free Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve near Lydenburg. In addition to a wide variety of animals, it is steeped in history. At Black Leopard Camp, exemplary customer service is the order of the day. It offers an immersion in the bush, leaving guests more knowledgeable in the ways of the wild, thanks to 'fireside learning' discussions.


  • Nestled in a remote, secluded valley in a beautiful mountainous reserve
  • Rustic but comfortable camp offers an intimate connection to the tranquil surrounds
  • Opportunity to get involved in the leopard conservation project on site


Two tents, Swazi and Trekker, offer greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, mosquito repellant, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching and game spotting.

Road Conditions

On arrival, guests park at neighbouring Oppiberg Restaurant, where they are collected for a 4x4 transfer to the lodge. The drive up to the pick up point is on 500m of dirt road.

Activities & Attractions

  • Daily game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Birding
  • Splash pool
  • Mountain bike routes
  • Archeological artefacts
  • Stargazing
  • Sleep out under the stars
  • Fireside learning interaction


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • 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

  • Full board
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Gas geysers
  • 12V electricity only from solar

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Library

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe




Panorama & Lowveld



The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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