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  • Unique take on an African game lodge with its treetop chalets, offering epic views
  • Dream Treehouse has a 4-poster bed on wheels, allowing you to sleep outside it total luxury
  • Great Big 5 activities on offer

Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

41km from Hoedspruit


-24.5242, 31.1207


Pezulu Tree House Lodge offers a unique tree house experience in the tranquil bushveld. Built as high as seven metres up in towering indigenous trees, the charming tree houses allow the opportunity to view the African bush and sunsets over the Northern Drakensberg mountains from a wonderfully different perspective.  

Each tree house is individually designed to blend perfectly with the environment whilst maintaining an element of luxury. Solid walkways lead up to the units and all tree houses are supplied with running hot water, electricity, tea and coffee facilities, electronic safes, overhead fans, heaters and mosquito nets. They are far away from each other and hidden from view.

The Dream Tree House is built on two Marula trees and consists of a very spacious main bedroom, a cosy lounge as well as a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. A separate walkway leads to the twin outdoor shower. The four poster king-size bed is built on wheels, allowing guests to sleep either inside or outside on the balcony under a canopy of stars. The large balcony overlooks the African savannah as well as a waterhole.

The 7m high Mountain View Tree House is built in a Jackalberry tree and consists of a spacious bedroom with a King bed and a separate bathroom with a Jacuzzi. Just around the corner is an outside bathroom with an outdoor shower surrounded by leaves and branches. The balcony offers panoramic views.

The Honeymoon Tree House is built 5m high in a Huilboerboon tree on two levels. It is spacious with a King bed, a sitting area, a bathroom and a sunken bath with a view over the bush. You can chill out in the hanging chairs on the balcony overlooking a waterhole.

 The thatched main building of the lodge is entwined around a large Marula tree. It consists of a cosy lounge with pool table, a dining area, a reception with curio shop and a charming treetop bar. The rock swimming pool is the perfect place to cool off during hot summer days or relax on the loungers and hammocks.

A 3 course dinner featuring a mix of South African and European dishes is served under the stars around a log fire in the Boma. Private candle light dinners can be arranged on request. Big 5 game drives are conducted in an open 4x4 vehicle with a knowledgeable ranger, while a variety of plains game can be viewed on early morning Game Walks.

Rates & Summary

10 Tree Houses

Privacy in a tranquil bush setting
En-suite outdoor shower and/or bath
Spacious balcony 
Standard & Superior Family Suites
3 luxurious double units


  • R 895 - 1 450 pp sharing
  • R1 250 single

Rates vary according to treehouse type
There are 5 categories
Conservation gate levy: R50 for car, R70 for small bus


Breakfast, high tea, and dinner included.


4 family tree houses can accommodate families up to 5 children; 1 or 2 beds for children can be added in most tree houses

  • 0 - 3: stay for free
  • 4 - 11yrs: R 550 pp sharing.

Why Stay Here?

Pezulu Game Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated in a private game reserve in the Limpopo province. Pezulu provides one-of-a-kind accommodation in wooden tree houses overlooking the African bushveld, and a thatched main building entwined around a large Marula tree. Amongst its many attractions, the lodge offers game drives and walks in Big 5 territory, and traditional 3 course dinners in an intimate outdoor boma.


  • Unique take on an African game lodge with its treetop chalets, offering epic views
  • Dream Treehouse has a 4-poster bed on wheels, allowing you to sleep outside it total luxury
  • Great Big 5 activities on offer


All units are set well apart and hidden from view to ensure privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, insect repellent, torch, binoculars for bird watching and game spotting.

Road Conditions

The approach road is on 9km gravel road, which can be bad in rainy weather.

Activities & Attractions

  • Unique treetop experience
  • Rock swimming pool
  • Lookout point
  • Big 5 game
  • Game drives (R590 pp)
  • Guided bush walks (R190 per adult, R95 per child)
  • Birding


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry 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

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







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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