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  • Intimate and luxurious venue in the spectacular Sabi Sand Big 5 conservancy
  • Epic game viewing on drives, and at the waterhole in front of the pool deck
  • Attentive service, full board accommodation and classic bushveld comfort

Nkorho Bush Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

97km from Hoedspruit


-24.7339, 31.5971


Set within the unspoilt bushveld of the 65 000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, visitors will find Nkhoro Bush Lodge, a secluded lodge where the wilderness and complete luxury work hand-in-hand to create a very special experience. Authentically African in style, the thatched lodge offers full board accommodation that includes superb game drives and bush walks, delicious cuisine and high levels of comfort, not to mention service fit for royalty.

The chalets are designed to fit unobtrusively into their natural surrounds, but inside, guests will find stylish decorations and every comfort one could expect from a top-class hotel. This is no hotel however, as a maximum of only 12 guests are accommodated to ensure that everyone receives personalised attention.

There are four standard chalets with Queen-size beds and full en-suite bathrooms with huge baths and walk-in showers. Two of the chalets can have a single bed added to them for a child.

The open-plan standard chalet features the added bonus of a unique stone bath and an outdoor shower with lovely views over the plain in front of the lodge.

For honeymooners or the romantic at heart, the honeymoon chalet is the perfect choice, boasting a King-size bed and outdoor shower to go with the luxuriant bathroom.

Families of four can sleep comfortably in a chalet with a Queen-size bed and the choice of a bunk bed or two single beds, opening onto a full en-suite bathroom and another outdoor shower. 

A deck or patio in each suite allows guests to view game wandering across the plain or do some armchair bird-watching. This is the perfect way to spend time unwinding between game drives. The morning drive accompanies a beautiful bush sunrise, and an experienced ranger will most likely lead you to all of the Big Five during a long stay, as well as a huge variety of other wildlife.

The afternoon drive will herald another extraordinary safari, with the excursion made all the better by a stop for sundowners at one of the reserve’s many special spots, followed by a night drive. A daily bush walk is conducted too, giving guests a fascinating look at the lesser-seen aspects of the bush.

The hotter hours of the day can be combated with a refreshing dip in either the rim flow pool or the intriguing rock pool. Swimming towels are provided, and deck chairs can be set up wherever guests wish. To accompany relaxation time, choose from a wide selection of drinks from the bar.

The three meals a day are African in flavour and prepared with expertise, keeping palettes and appetites satisfied throughout. Dinner is a particularly special affair to be enjoyed by the orange glow of lanterns in the outdoor boma. Good food, good company and the nocturnal bush sounds will set the tone for a blissful night’s sleep in preparation for another exciting day.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Single bed can be added
En-suite bath and shower
Deck with partial views of plain

Standard Double Chalet

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed

En-suite bath and shower

Deck with bushveld views

Standard Open Plan Chalet

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Deck with view over garden and plain

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Deck with view of plain

Family Chalet

Sleeps 2 adults in Queen-size bed
Bunk bed or single beds can be added for 2 children
Bath, shower and outdoor shower
Patio with bushveld views


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Full board


Children of all ages are welcome.
Babysitting service available.

Why Stay Here?

Extraordinary wildlife encounters and top-class facilities make Nkhoro Bush Lodge an idyllic venue to connect with the African bush. The lodge consists of five beautifully-appointed chalets, two swimming pools, an outdoor boma and indoor relaxation areas. The lodge offers a highly exclusive experience in the heart of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which boasts arguably the best Big 5 game viewing in South Africa. Guests enjoy delicious African cuisine and luxurious accommodation, while staff attend to every need.


  • Intimate and luxurious venue in the spectacular Sabi Sand Big 5 conservancy
  • Epic game viewing on drives, and at the waterhole in front of the pool deck
  • Attentive service, full board accommodation and classic bushveld comfort

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, mosquito repellent, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 29km sandy approach road is suitable for all vehicles. Speed limits apply.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool and rock pool
  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Photographic courses


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • 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
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted







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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