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  • Comfortable, elegant country lodge with well appointed rooms
  • Forested surrounds offer tranquility and ample birdlife
  • Well located for exploring the region, including the Kruger

Chestnut Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 8 years and older

12km from Hazyview


-25.05, 31.0512


Chestnut Country Lodge is ideally situated for all the major scenic attractions of Mpumalanga, namely Blyde River Canyon, 3 Rondawels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, the historic mining town of Pilgrim's Rest as well as the various and beautiful waterfalls in and around Sabie. The world-famous Kruger National Park is easily accessed via either the Numbi and Phabeni Gates which are a mere 30 minute drive away, or the Paul Kruger Gate, some 54 kilometres away. 

All rooms and suites include tea/coffee making facilities, overhead fan, wall heater, hair dryer and guest amenities, and have fitted security gates to ensure guest safety at all times. The Chestnut Suite is elegantly and comfortably furnished and is ideal for honeymoon couples or for that romantic weekend getaway. By prior arrangement, enjoy a romantic breakfast for two or an intimate candlelit dinner that can capture that special moment.

Facilities include a large crystal clear swimming pool surrounded by a wooden deck overlooking fabulous views, which gives you the feeling of sitting among the trees – an ideal spot to grab the binoculars and birdwatch, or sip quietly on a refreshing cocktail. There are a number of birds who feed and nest among the Kiaat, Lowveld Chestnuts, Wild Fig and Mobola Plum trees, to name but a few of the many indigenous trees on the property. A resident brown-hooded kingfisher is a delight to watch as he bathes in the garden birdbath - and keep an eye out for the colourful purple-crested turaco.

Upper and lower patio areas in the guest areas are great for socialising, sitting outside and enjoying the views and the weather. The cosy bar and lounge with with open fireplace and DSTV are comfortable places to relax at the end of a day for a sundowner or drinks before dinner and to discuss the excitement of the day’s activities.

The Lodge is renowned for its delectable cuisine. Three-course table d’hôte dinners on request are prepared using only the freshest of herbs, vegetables in season (both freshly cultivated on the property) and quality meats, fish and poultry, for its discerning guests. Picnic lunches can be prepared and packed for you on request, to enjoy as you spend the day exploring the richness that the area has to offer.

Rates & Summary

8 Rooms

Queen or twin beds
En-suite shower or bath & shower
Own patio overlooking beautiful views

4 Suites

Spacious bedrooms
En-suite bath and shower
Separate lounge area
Large patio with table & chairs
Magnificent views of the Sabie Valley

Chestnut Suite

King bed
En-suite bath and shower
Large corner bath and his & her basins
Privately enclosed patio
Outside shower


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Full English or Continental breakfast included
Optional 3 course set dinner: R200 pp


Children older than 8 years are welcome, but must be supervised at all times. Rooms 3 and 4 are interleading.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park, Chestnut Country Lodge is a great base from which to explore the many attractions that the area has to offer.  Chestnut Country Lodge is situated in indigenous bush on a 48-hectare farm. It boasts magnificent mountain and valley views, together with great lodging, friendly service and fine dining.


  • Comfortable, elegant country lodge with well appointed rooms
  • Forested surrounds offer tranquility and ample birdlife
  • Well located for exploring the region, including the Kruger


Each room has a separate entrance and its own patio.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Please enquire in advance about prevailing road conditions on the two possible access roads.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Bird watching
  • River rafting nearby
  • Horse-riding nearby
  • Panorama Route
  • Kruger park safaris


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • 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
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 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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