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  • Exclusive-use luxurious self catering lodges, ideal for groups
  • In a safe game conservancy right next to the Kruger
  • Great for an outdoorsy holiday, exploring the region and the Kruger

Khaya Umdani Guest Houses

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

22km from Komatipoort


-25.3398, 31.7968


Private African-style abodes set in the heart of the bushveld, Khaya Umdani and Khaya Romantica offer ample luxury and space for families or groups who want to settle in for an entertaining holiday. 

The two lodges are located in Marloth Park, a unique conservancy where residents and wild animals live in harmony. Guests will be visited by a range of wildlife throughout their stay, with zebra, warthog, giraffe, wildebeest and antelope being the most common sightings. 

Khaya Umdani sleeps ten people in five spacious bedrooms, individually decorated and designed to create their own distinctive African feel. All have King-size beds (several of which can be converted to twins), and four are air conditioned. 

Luxury is at a premium in the Lions Den room, which has an en-suite shower and spa bath, along with a comfy lounge opening onto the bushveld. 

In the Kingfisher Room, guests look out onto the pool and the lodge’s private waterhole, which is frequented by a variety of animals and birds, including colourful Malachite Kingfishers. The bathroom is directly across the hall and has a shower. 

Charmingly situated below the thatched ceiling on the first floor, Bushbaby has an enchanting treetop atmosphere, putting guests on eye-level with giraffes, and at night, bush babies. 

Occupants of the Hippo Room can wallow in a huge bath and sink into an extra-large bed at night.

Warthog opens onto the lodge’s main verandah and can be easily switched from a double to a twin room. Since it is slightly separate from the rest of the house, a refrigerator and coffee corner are welcome conveniences.

The Safari Room is ideal for those who want to experience a closer connection with nature. The walls are made of mosquito net under a thatched roof, which is all that separates you from the sights and sounds of the bushveld. A fan keeps you cool during summer.

Khaya Umdani is equipped with all the necessary self-catering conveniences, housing a large kitchen, pantry and dining area, and provides more than enough opportunity for both indoor and outdoor entertainment.

The lounge has a satellite television with a DVD player, but you may well find yourself spending most of your time outside, reclining on the verandah, lazing in the hammocks, having fun at the braai areas or refreshing in the swimming pool. The pool has a shallow splash section for the kids to enjoy, and doubles as an idyllic spot to sip a sundowner while watching the wildlife.

Sleeping six guests, Khaya Romantic has equally good facilities and is supremely private. Similar to its bigger brother, the lodge’s three King rooms are individually decorated and air conditioned, with all featuring full en-suite bathrooms. In addition to a lapa and swimming pool with soothing waterfall, the house has a lovely outdoor boma to experience the essence of Africa. A romantic feature is the upstairs balcony overlooking the bush, which has been converted into an outside bedroom with a King-size bed, en-suite Jacuzzi bath and shower.

At both houses, firewood, charcoal and all the necessary braai equipment is provided, and the braai areas are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.

Rates & Summary

Khaya Umdani

Available for exclusive use only
Sleeps 10 in 5 King-size/twin rooms
4 rooms have their own bathrooms
Either shower or bath or bath and shower
Lounge, dining room and kitchen
Verandahs and balcony
Braai area with two fireplaces
Swimming pool
Views of waterhole and bushveld

Khaya Romantica

Available for exclusive use only
Sleeps 6 in 3 King-size/twin rooms
Each room with en-suite bath and shower
Lounge, dining room and kitchen
Verandah and balcony
Lapa with fireplace and braai facilities
Swimming pool with waterfall
Bushveld views


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Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the unique wildlife conservancy of Marloth Park, bordering the Kruger National Park, Khaya Umdani and Khaya Romantica are fully-equipped self-catering houses where guests can enjoy a private bushveld holiday in the company of family and friends. The self-catering houses are luxurious and amply equipped for indoor and outdoor entertainment, while allowing guests to immerse themselves in the bushveld. A variety of wildlife can be seen wandering around the properties, and the private swimming pools provide cooling escape from the Lowveld heat.


  • Exclusive-use luxurious self catering lodges, ideal for groups
  • In a safe game conservancy right next to the Kruger
  • Great for an outdoorsy holiday, exploring the region and the Kruger


The houses can each only be booked for exclusive use and are ideal for a private holiday.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the houses are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Game viewing
  • Swimming pools
  • Nearby: Kruger National Park, elephant back safari, tiger fishing, golf courses, Panorama Route, quad biking, river rafting, tubing, horse trails.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Catering
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No 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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