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  • Tranquil working farm location offers plenty to do
  • Sabie River runs through the property, providing easy access
  • Well located for Kruger exploring

Idle & Wild

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Hazyview

 

-25.037, 31.0805

About

As its name suggests, Idle & Wild offers an equal measure of relaxation and adventure. On site, guests can embark on a memorable river raft along the Sabie River, suitable for the entire family, or take to an easy-to-ride quad bike for an exciting ride through the scenic valley. The relaxation factor is provided by the comfortable rondavels, cottages and rooms, all set in an oasis of lush lawns and forest plants, enhanced by a picturesque little dam.

Although the words rondavel and luxury rarely go hand in hand, the three Honeymoon Rondavels can lay claim to being rustically luxurious. Occupying prime position along the dam, the rondavels have Queen-size beds along with a lovely spa bath. The outside seating areas have views of the dam, garden and hills, and a braai area allows guests to enjoy tranquil outside eating. Although not featuring the same opulence as a boutique hotel, the rondavels have a rustic but comfortable African feel.

The other two rondavels are also set in tranquil garden surrounds, but have twin beds and an en-suite shower only, and are perfect for adventurers to retire to after an energetic day in the Sabie River Valley. Housing a lounge with fireplace, along with an amply equipped kitchen, the split-level self-catering cottage is ideal for families or groups of friends. 

A main bedroom has a Queen-size bed and bathroom en-suite, while the en-suite upstairs room has twin beds, and an extra child can be accommodated by arrangement. The kitchen leads out onto a verandah overlooking the valley, making it easy to enjoy a jovial meal in the company of nature, family and friends.

Sleeping a family of four and two people respectively, the Sunbird and Fish Eagle Rooms are adjoined to the main house, have basic self-catering facilities, and lead out onto a courtyard with braai facilities.

Conducted by an experienced guide, with all the safety equipment provided, the one-and-a-half hour river-rafting experience is a memorable adventure along the Sabie River and one that can be undertaken with the entire family.

Quad-biking trails take guests through the scenic riverine areas, indigenous bush and farmlands, with optional natural obstacles to negotiate. The quads are semi-automatics, making them easy to drive, and no previous experience is required.  

If you feel like you haven’t had your fair share of adventure, then the surrounding area has a plethora of activities ranging from abseiling, to kloofing, hot-air ballooning, aerial cable trails and horse trails.

The Kruger National Park is on Hazyview’s doorstep, and the lodge will arrange a packed breakfast if you want to leave early in the morning for a day trip into the park.

Rates & Summary


2 Rondavels

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Verandah and braai facility

3 Honeymoon Rondavels

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite spa bath and shower
Private braai area
Overlook the dam

Cottage

Sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms
Main bedroom with queen-size bed
Upstairs bedroom with twin beds
Open-plan lounge and kitchen
Verandah overlooking the valley

Sunbird Room

Open plan room adjoined to the main house
Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children in Queen-size bed and bunk beds
Main bedroom with bath en-suite
Lounge area with kitchenette
Courtyard with braai facilities

Fish Eagle Room

Adjoined to the main house
Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge area with kitchenette
Courtyard with braai facilities

Pricing

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Catering

Full English breakfast included

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located on a working farm in the forests around Hazyview, close to a plethora of attractions, Idle & Wild offers comfortable accommodation in a selection of African-style rondavels and rooms. Guests can take part in some exciting guided river rafting on the Sabie River, which runs right through this lovely property, or get on a quad bike to traverse the forests and streams. The rondavels are set in lush tropical gardens with a pretty dam.

Summary

  • Tranquil working farm location offers plenty to do
  • Sabie River runs through the property, providing easy access
  • Well located for Kruger exploring

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • River rafting
  • Quad bike trails

Nearby: abseiling, kloofing, archery, hot air ballooning, aerial cable trail, hiking, horse trails, golf courses, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • 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
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security

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Panorama & Lowveld

Mpumalanga

About

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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