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  • Comfortable, spacious African-styled venue with flexible catering and configurations
  • Majestic views into the Kruger from the banks of the Crocodile River
  • Well located for exploring the Kruger, and lots of outdoorsy offerings nearby

Bucklers Africa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

15km from Komatipoort


-25.3853, 31.882


With a formula based on flexibility, cheerful service and comfortable, relaxed accommodation, there is nothing pretentious about the endearing Buckler’s Africa. Set on a 5ha property where lush lawns and indigenous trees form a perfect marriage, the thatched lodge is ideal for families and large groups, while couples can also enjoy a romantic, peaceful getaway.

There are a variety of accommodation options, including double rooms, a twin room and spacious self-catering units, decorated with simple African flavour and fitted with attractive terracotta tiles. All are equipped with air-conditioning, DStv and kitchenettes or kitchens, while guests can look straight out over the Crocodile River and into the Kruger National Park from the patios.

The double rooms each have an en-suite bath and shower, while one can accommodate a third guest in a single bed. The twin room has an en-suite shower only. Breakfast is included in the rates, while the small kitchenettes are ideal for making a sandwich or other light meals.

Guests looking to cater for themselves can choose between three units sleeping between four and six people in comfort. The lounges in each unit are comfy and spacious, while the attractive country-style kitchens are very well equipped. Braais can be enjoyed on the patios while looking out over the gardens and river. The large lawns will delight the kids, who can run around to their hearts’ content, Birders, too, will be delighted at the avian diversity of the property.

A highlight of the main lodge is the deck on the edge of the front lawn, which occupies a spectacular position under a tree overlooking the river and the Kruger National Park.

Elephants can often be seen wallowing in the water and have on numerous occasions come right up to the deck to feed on the tree’s green leaves: an awe-inspiring experience for guests lying on the loungers.

Guests can wallow in the sparkling swimming pool, perhaps with a cooling cocktail from the bar. In the evenings, drinks can be taken in the cocktail lounge, and barbeques can be enjoyed at the braai area. 

The nearest gate into Kruger is just six kilometres away, so it is easy to head into the park for game drives, either self-guided or guided. The surrounds are rich with attractions, including fishing for the legendary tiger fish, golf, horse riding and quad biking, and the lodge can arrange outings for you. Hot-air ballooning and microlight flights over this wild and beautiful region are particularly special experiences.

Rates & Summary

3 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double beds
One with extra single bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with views over river

Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with views over river

One-bedroom unit (self-catering)

Sleeps 4 in Queen and single beds
Bathroom with shower
Lounge and kitchen
Patio with views over river

Two-bedroom unit (self-catering)

Sleeps 4 in Queen and twin bedrooms
En-suite baths and outdoor showers
Lounge and kitchen
Patio with views over river

Three-bedroom unit (self-catering)

Sleeps 6 in 1 double and 2 twin rooms
2 rooms with en-suite bath and outdoor shower
Third bathroom with shower
Lounge and kitchen
Patio with views over river


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Bed and breakfast or self-catering options


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set on the banks of the Crocodile River outside Komatipoort, Buckler’s Africa offers bed-and-breakfast and self-catering accommodation for guests looking for a carefree holiday in the African wilderness. With views stretching over the Crocodile River and into the Kruger National Park, and a wide range of accommodation options, the lodge is ideal for couples, friends or families, while the expansive grounds provide plenty of space for picnics and children’s games.


  • Comfortable, spacious African-styled venue with flexible catering and configurations
  • Majestic views into the Kruger from the banks of the Crocodile River
  • Well located for exploring the Kruger, and lots of outdoorsy offerings nearby

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to Buckler’s Africa are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: Kruger National Park, bush walks, elephant-back safari, horse riding, quad biking, fishing, golf, hot-air ballooning, microlighting.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • No verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • 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
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




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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