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  • Elegant, intimate and luxurious guesthouse in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon
  • Beautiful vistas over the lush, ruggedly mountainous region
  • Relaxing venue, well located for the variety of thrills to pursue in the region

Umvangati House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 16 years and older

11km from Kampersrus


-24.5161, 30.8506


Nestled in the lush sub-tropical vegetation and spectacular mountains of the Blyde River Canyon - the third largest canyon in the world - umVangati House treats guests to spectacular views, complete tranquillity and the best in sophisticated modern luxury. 

The building was named after the Swazi word for the indigenous Kiaat tree, and the owner has used magnificently-crafted Kiaat timber throughout, augmenting the house’s minimalistic style and earthy feel. This creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxation in a stunning natural setting, and is complemented by high-end amenities that offer the ultimate in comfort.

The five air-conditioned guest rooms are contemporary havens of luxury, with tea/coffee stations, minibars, hairdryers, wireless internet, minibars, and high-definition satellite televisions. Kiaat trunks mounted above the beds enhance the earthy interior decorations, reminding guests of where they are. 

The main house holds a King room and a Queen room next to each other, each with a private entrance and appointed with en-suite shower. From the shared patio, guests are able to enjoy an intimate connection with the indigenous bush.

Separate from the main house, the three freestanding mountain suites are exceptionally spacious, private and luxurious. The bedroom has an extra length King-size bed, leading to a magnificent modern bathroom with huge single-paned windows that frame spectacular views over the mountains and green valleys. These vistas can be fully appreciated while soaking in a heavenly corner bath or being soothed by an equally impressive walk-in shower, while double basins add to the indulgence. Balmy afternoons can be spent sipping drinks on the private balcony or patio, admiring panoramic views of the surrounds.

In the mornings, guests take the short, scenic walk down the wooden walkways to the main house, where a lip-smacking breakfast is served on the expansive main patio. Couples wanting to make a special occasion memorable can arrange a romantic dinner in the intimate atmosphere of the domed-in wine cellar, while a fully-equipped kitchen is available to prepare meals for leisurely enjoyment in the dining room.

A comfy lounge area and bar add to the list of facilities, while outdoors guests can cool off in the swimming pool, relax on loungers or use the telescope to spot birds and wildlife in the bush below. Nightcaps around the patio’s firepit, underneath an unspoilt night sky, are a blissful way to end the day.

Energetic souls who want to explore more of the region are conveniently close to Mpumalanga and Limpopo’s best attractions, including the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route.

Guests can take their pick from a huge variety of things to do, see and experience, ranging from encounters with elephants, to hot air ballooning, boat cruises on Blyde Dam and thrilling adventure activities.

Rates & Summary

3 Mountain View Suites

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite corner bath, shower and double basins
Private balcony/patio with mountain, bush and waterhole views

Luxury King Guest Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Private entrance
Next to Luxury Queen Guest Room
Shares patio with Luxury Queen Guest Room
Patio views of indigenous bush

Luxury Queen Guest Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Private entrance
Shares patio with Luxury King Guest Room
Patio views of indigenous bush


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Continental and cooked breakfast included
Dinner served on request


Children 16 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Surrounded by untouched indigenous bush and majestic mountains, Umvangati House is an idyllic retreat close to Mpumalanga and Limpopo’s best tourist attractions, offering comprehensively appointed luxury accommodation in two guest rooms and three free-standing suites. This spacious modern guest house boasts a remarkably secluded location in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Blyde River Canyon, creating an unforgettable experience for guests who appreciate luxury and tranquillity.


  • Elegant, intimate and luxurious guesthouse in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon
  • Beautiful vistas over the lush, ruggedly mountainous region
  • Relaxing venue, well located for the variety of thrills to pursue in the region


The Mountain View suites are separate from the main lodge and offer complete privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wine cellar
  • Nearby: Blyde River Canyon, The Three Rondawels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, waterfalls, game reserves, Kruger National Park, wildlife rehabilitation centres, boat cruises, river rafting, tubing, quad biking, horse trails, elephant back safaris, hot air ballooning, reptile park, silk farm.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

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


  • 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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