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  • Panoramic views of town from the tranquil hilltop location
  • Modern, luxurious rooms and a pool with a view
  • Fantastic cuisine at the adjoining restaurant

Francolin Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mbombela


-25.4784, 30.9894


Occupying one of Mbombela’s characteristic granite koppies, offering a wonderful view over the city, Francolin features some very modern architecture and gives guests top-class service in every respect.

The open-plan rooms feature the most stylish of modern-urban décor, with vibrant artwork displayed on the walls and colourful throws decorating the extra-length beds. Cooling, smooth slate floors, along with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, help to alleviate the heat of the Lowveld, while bathrooms are the epitome of luxury, with oversized bath tubs, large showers and a host of luxury amenities.

To exceed expectations, the owners have ensured that attention is paid to the smallest detail. A host of multi-sockets accommodate every plug imaginable, meaning that guests will never be left frustrated at being unable to charge their essential electronics, while various lighting settings cater to every mood.

Each room has a balcony offering gorgeous views of the city and putting you at eye level with the birds flitting around in indigenous trees. The four Executive Suites sleep two adults, while a mezzanine level in the Family Suites is able to accommodate one extra adult or two children.

As befits a boutique hotel, the rooms offer guests high-quality percale linen, soft cotton gowns, hair dryers, flat-screen satellite televisions, free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar. A mini-kitchenette has a microwave, perfect for on-the-go guests to heat up snacks.

Mbombela has suitable swimming weather all year round, and guests can take a plunge in the large palm-fringed pool or soak up the rays from the surrounding loungers. The expansive outdoor lounge and the landscaped garden are tranquil relaxation and bird-watching spots.

The on-site Orange Restaurant is well known as one of the best eateries in town. An extensive breakfast is served here in the mornings and is best enjoyed on the pool deck overlooking the city, hills and valleys.

At night, the lights of Mbombela paint a very pretty picture, and some stunning modern cuisine can be savoured in this sophisticated and beautiful setting. The restaurant offers room service for lodge guests.

Francolin Lodge is close to attractions such as the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route and is a luxurious stopover point for people travelling to and from Mozambique. The Mbombela Golf Club, one of the top 100 courses in the country, is just over a kilometre away.

Rates & Summary

4 Executive Suites

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private patios overlooking Nelspruit

4 Family Suites

2 adults sleep in double bed
Mezzanine level sleeps 1 adult or 2 children
En-suite bath and shower
Private patios overlooking Nelspruit


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Buffet breakfast included
On-site restaurant serves lunch and dinner


Children over all ages welcome in Family Suites.
Children over 16 welcome in Executive Suites.

Why Stay Here?

Francolin Lodge is located in a quiet residential suburb of Mbombela (Nelspruit) and offers top-class luxury, service and cuisine for travellers exploring the province or couples looking for a romantic retreat. The guesthouse offers the best in modern urban luxury and has a spectacular vista of Nelspruit. The adjoining restaurant offers one of the finest dining experiences to be found anywhere in the town.


  • Panoramic views of town from the tranquil hilltop location
  • Modern, luxurious rooms and a pool with a view
  • Fantastic cuisine at the adjoining restaurant

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: golf course, water park, botanical gardens, Kruger National Park, elephant back riding, reptile park, mountain biking, Sudwala Caves and dinosaur park, Panorama Route, historical tours, farm stalls, shopping.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • No under floor heating
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal 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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