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  • Located in a safe game conservancy right on the border of the Kruger
  • Classic bush lodge with all the traditional comforts
  • Fantastic access to the Kruger and numerous nearby activities

Bushwise Safaris

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

27km from Komatipoort


-25.336, 31.7915


Set on the banks of the Crocodile River in the conservancy of Marloth Park, Bushwise Safari Lodge is frequented by a wide range of harmless game and prolific birdlife, getting guests in touch with the bushveld’s wildlife before they even head out for a safari in the Kruger National Park. 

Zebras have been known to peak their heads through the door, and warthogs, wildebeest and giraffe are some of the iconic species that regularly pay visits, while bigger game can be seen on the other side of the fence that separates the lodge from Kruger. 

To get guests up close with the rest of the bushveld’s bounty, including the Big Five, the lodge has its own open-air vehicle to conduct personalised safaris into Kruger, and is able to arrange night drives and game walks.

The lodge itself is owner-managed and comfortable, housing seven air-conditioned double rooms equipped with tea and coffee facilities, bar fridges, hair dryers and wireless internet. Insect screens on the doors and windows ensure that no unwelcome critters disturb the peace.

Two of the rooms are situated upstairs and have balconies with fantastic views of the river, opening up the possibility of seeing elephants and other wildlife drinking or wallowing in the water, while the lower level rooms open onto patios with scenic bushveld views. Guests in all the rooms will fall asleep to the soundtrack of the African bush, with hippos grunting in the river, lions roaring in Kruger and hyenas giving their haunting call. 

The African flavour of the rooms is matched by the food, which is delicious and filling. In good weather, the lodge’s upstairs balcony is a wonderful setting to enjoy breakfast and offers the chance to do some relaxed bird watching and game viewing, while tea and coffee is served here throughout the day. Guests who have chosen the dinner, bed and breakfast option will enjoy the experience of dining next to the fire in the outdoor boma. 

Days at the lodge can be as action-packed or relaxed as you wish. Guests can chill around the swimming pool and go for a stroll along the riverside path, or embark on self-drive or guided safaris into Kruger, leaving directly from the lodge. Apart from the exceptional wildlife experiences, activities offered by the lodge include tiger fishing trips, excursions to cultural villages and tours to places of interest in the neighbouring countries of Mozambique and Swaziland. 

Prospective guests can also enquire about packages that include all meals, transfers to and from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and a choice of one of these activities per day. Whatever your needs, owners Tim and Anette will attend to them with friendliness and efficiency, ensuring that their guests leave with cherished memories of their stay in the African wilderness.

Rates & Summary

7 Double/twin rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
6 with en-suite shower, 1 with en-suite bath
Patio or balcony overlooking Kruger Park


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B&B and DBB options available
Enquire for all-inclusive packages


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River in Marloth Park, neighbouring the Kruger National Park, Bushwise Safari Lodge is an African-style lodge that offers a deep connection with nature and a range of exciting outdoor activities. The lodge’s location in a safe game conservancy means that wild animals can be seen wandering freely around the property. The comfortable accommodation is tastefully decorated to reflect Africa, while guided safaris into the Kruger National Park, which is just across the river, are available.


  • Located in a safe game conservancy right on the border of the Kruger
  • Classic bush lodge with all the traditional comforts
  • Fantastic access to the Kruger and numerous nearby activities

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Kruger National Park safaris.
  • Nearby: elephant back safaris, tiger fishing, golf courses, Panorama Route, quad biking, river rafting, tubing, horse trails. 


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • 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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