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  • Tranquil bushveld location in the safe game conservancy of Marloth Park
  • Right on the border of the Kruger for easy access, and lots to explore
  • Intimate, luxurious lodge with warm hosts

Turaco Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

27km from Komatipoort

 

-25.3945, 31.7652

About

Highly personalised service and incredible wildlife encounters await guests to the luxurious Turaco Lodge in the heart of Marloth Park, who will share their stay with the giraffe, zebra, warthog and various antelope which come right up to the lodge’s door.

Owners Tony and Danielle have a huge passion for the bush, realising a lifelong dream when they bought the property, and are hospitable hosts who ensure that guests are given individualised attention and a treasured safari experience. They also go to great lengths to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, using gas for cooking, and recycling greywater for irrigation. 

The intimate lodge accommodates a maximum of just six guests in three luxurious air conditioned rooms, all overlooking the bushveld. Individually decorated, the rooms have tiles and dark wood furniture that create a modern ambience which blends nicely with tasteful African touches, while amenities include tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers and safes.

The luxury rooms - Tree Wisteria and Marula – provide ample space and comfort, appointed with extra length King-size beds and large en-suite showers. Privately situated at the far end of the lodge, Coral Tree is a generously-sized room with a full en-suite bathroom, and boasts some delightful features that make a honeymoon or special celebration especially memorable. 

Guests can sip champagne from the comfort of loungers around the splash pool in their private boma, or watch birds and animals from the deck. The lodge will go out of its way to add extra touches for guests celebrating anniversaries, honeymoons or any other notable occasions. To go with the comfortable accommodation, guests enjoy a satisfying full breakfast and a typically South African three-course dinner, eaten on the open deck or in the dining room. 

Packed breakfasts or lunches can be arranged for guests going on safaris into the Kruger National Park or on any other tours of the surrounding areas. The lodge offers a huge range of safari experiences, ranging from sundowner, half and full-day drives in Kruger, to guided bush walks and drives in Marloth Park, where participants are taken along the Crocodile River and through the town.

Guests who want to diversify their stay can book an extraordinary elephant interaction or a full-day tour of the spectacular Panorama Route along the Northern Drakensberg escarpment. It is also easy to embark on self-drive visits to all of these attractions. Those who want to spend a few hours unwinding can do so around the lodge’s swimming pool or in the cosy lounge area. 

At the end of the day, a nightcap around the fire is the perfect way to bring a wonderful African day to a close.

Rates & Summary


2 King Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Bushveld views

Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
Can accommodate 2 extra children
En-suite bath and shower
Private boma with splash pool
Deck with bushveld views

Pricing

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Catering

Full hot and cold breakfast included
Three-course dinner included
Picnic baskets can be arranged

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.
Children under 12 by prior arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

Inside the boundaries of the wildlife-filled Marloth Park conservancy on the Crocodile River, bordering the Kruger National Park, Turaco Lodge offers well-appointed luxury accommodation, a swimming pool and hearty South African cuisine. Guests share their luxury safari experience with the wide variety of wild, but habituated, animals which visit the lodge. With only three rooms, guests can enjoy good privacy, especially in the gorgeous Coral Tree Deluxe Room, which has its own boma and splash pool.

Summary

  • Tranquil bushveld location in the safe game conservancy of Marloth Park
  • Right on the border of the Kruger for easy access, and lots to explore
  • Intimate, luxurious lodge with warm hosts

Privacy

The Deluxe Room, with its own boma and splash pool, is situated at the far end of the lodge and is particularly private.

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 roads leading to the lodge are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game viewing
  • Kruger Park safaris
  • Panorama Route tours
  • Elephant interaction
  • Nearby: tiger fishing, golf courses, quad biking, river rafting, tubing, horse trails.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Limited alcohol license

Utilities

  • 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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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