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  • Incredibly intimate traditional bushveld camp
  • Plentiful wildife includes the Big 5, and numerous activities nearby
  • Hands-on service will help you get the most out of your stay

Muweti Bush Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 14 years and older

20km from Phalaborwa


-24.0581, 31.0569


A typical day for guests staying in the fully-catered tented chalets starts with an early morning tea or coffee, before guests can ease themselves into the open game drive vehicles, in the expert hands of a qualified guide who will provide a fascinating insight into the fauna and flora of the reserve.

After returning to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, the leisurely middle part of the day can be enjoyed in your chalet, or on the pool deck with its views extending all the way to the northern Drakensberg, and overlooking a waterhole where intimate encounters with elephants are often the case.

After a light lunch, excursions to local places of interest, including the Cheetah breeding project, ballooning safaris, Amarula Lapa or Hans Merensky golf course can be organised (by prior arrangement).

Sundowners are held on the banks of the Olifants River, followed by an evening drive to spot nocturnal animals and a return to the lodge, where authentic South African meals are complemented by magnificently clear night skies and a crackling fire. 

The elusive Pels Fishing Owl can be sought in the riverine vegetation, and guided game walks are on offer for a fully immersive experience of the bush. Encountering wildlife on foot is an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation at the cottage does not include meals or game drives, and the reserve does not permit self-drive game viewing, but self-catering guests can book guided drives at an extra cost.

Guests should be advised that the area falls within a mild malaria risk belt, so the necessary precautions before, during and after your stay should be taken in consultation with a doctor.

Rates & Summary

2 Tented Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck overlooking the bush

Self-catering Cottage

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
1 bedroom with King-size bed
1 with twin beds
En-suite baths and showers
Fully-equipped kitchen
Patio with barbeque area


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Breakfast and dinner included
Light lunch by arrangement


Children under 14 are only accommodated if the camp is booked for exclusive use.

Why Stay Here?

Named after the magnificent Leadwood, one of Africa’s most revered trees, Muweti accommodates a maximum of 4 guests in the tented chalets and 4 guests in the self-catering cottage. The lodge is located in the animal-rich Balule Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park. This extremely intimate lodge is completely immersed in the African bush. Guests are given an all-rounded safari experience where wildlife, including encounters with the Big 5, is plentiful and fused with the comfortable accommodation.


  • Incredibly intimate traditional bushveld camp
  • Plentiful wildife includes the Big 5, and numerous activities nearby
  • Hands-on service will help you get the most out of your stay


Accommodating a maximum of 8 people, the camp is extremely intimate and private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 12km gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Bird watching
  • Olifants River sundowners/breakfast
  • Sleeping under the stars
  • Walks to find the Pels fishing owl
  • Cheetah breeding project
  • Ballooning safari
  • Massages and beauty treatments


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Limited 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

  • Full board
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge and freezer


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

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 can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • 24 hour security







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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