PLACES TO STAY
KHAYA NDLOVU MANOR HOUSE - HOEDSPRUIT, LIMPOPO
Khaya Ndlovu Manor House is a breath-taking destination outside of the quaint town of Hoedspruit in the Lowveld. Here, guests can look forward to exceptional accommodation in the midst of the 15000-hectare Blue Canyon Conservancy that is home to four out of the famed Big Five.
This exclusive retreat is a wonderful option for couples, families and group of friends who require polished service, exceptional attention to detail and plenty to see and do throughout their stay. Khaya Ndlovu offers game drives and walks, as well as Kruger Park day tours.
Guests can also book pampering treatments at an on-site spa and families may make use of childcare services if required. The establishment is tailormade for weddings, and honeymooning couples enjoy the ultimate indulgence. In short - everything you need for a gorgeous bushveld getaway.
GARONGA SAFARI CAMP - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, LIMPOPO
Are you yearning for a getaway to the wild, far from the madding crowds, where you can revel in the quiet and tranquillity of nature at its undisturbed finest?
Look no further than Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga - exclusive camps located in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, west of the world-famous Kruger National Park.
The Makalali Conservancy is the perfect option for wildlife enthusiasts who want to enjoy a holistic safari experience that will allow them to drink in the beauty if this singular region in an intimate setting. Visit their website for more information.
TSHWENE LODGE, LIMPOPO
If it is unbridled luxury in a stunning African location you want, Tshwene Lodge is the place to be. It's very seldom that you find such a beautifully-appointed getaway destination that ticks all the luxury travel boxes, but Tshwene Lodge delivers on all fronts: location, accommodation, amenities, cuisine, wildlife proximity and more!
First of all, let's talk location. It's an exclusive lodge comprising five standard suites and one ridiculously romantic honeymoon suite, set among a verdant canopy of trees overlooking the stunning vistas afforded by the rugged Taaibos River valley below.
KOLOLO GAME RESERVE - VAALWATER, LIMPOPO
Tailormade for romantic getaways and family holidays, Kololo offers accommodation in a range of upmarket villas and chalets positioned in pristine bushveld surroundings that offer plenty of cycling and hiking opportunities among 'small' wildlife that are allowed to roam free on the reserve.
Excursions are offered to nearby areas, where the toothier animals enjoy spacious, yet secure, living quarters. At Kololo you can enjoy the wildlife from the comfort of your private terrace or view it from the decks at the restaurant.
Guests can also look forward to a range of leisure options that include everything from swimming sparkling pools to partaking in guided horse safaris!
PALALA BOUTIQUE GAME LODGE & SPA - NEAR GROBLERSBRUG, LIMPOPO
Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa near the Groblersbrug border crossing into Botswana in the Limpopo province is one such place. Here, guests are invited to shake off the dust of everyday life to indulge in a luxurious, 5-star African safari experience unlike any other. Accommodation is provided in a range of exquisitely appointed, beautifully decorated suites that feature various sleeping configurations suitable for couples and families. Naturally, there's fine dining as well. And we do mean fine dining. Matoppie Restaurant features an innovative, seasonal menu with all sorts of unexpected touches.
The on-site spa that is set to open its doors at Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa in 2018 is sure to become another unmissable aspect of their singular offering. Here, visitors will be able to indulge in everything from signature massages and beauty treatments, to full-day pampering packages in tandem with their partners.
With all this in place, it makes sense that the lodge is one of most sought-after wedding destinations in the region. Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa has offers everything you need for an utterly unforgettable wedding. The magical allure of this inimitable venue cannot be overstated - it's what every bridal party's dreams are made of.
KURISA MOYA NATURE LODGE - MAGOEBASKLOOF, LIMPOPO
Situated in the verdant Limpopo Province near Magoebaskloof, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is a place of peaceful tranquillity, where forests take the place of highways and footpaths the place of grim office corridors.
Here, guests can get closer to nature, experience the ancient rhythms of life, and enjoy comfortable, unpretentious accommodation in log cabins, beautifully appointed cottages or a spacious farmhouse in private settings that overlook mountains, forests, rivers and bushveld.
As one of SA's top eco-destinations, Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge is the ultimate destination for couples who want to spend their leisure time in the midst of nature, with plenty of walking paths, hiking trails, MTB tracks and bird walks to explore.
ITAGA LUXURY PRIVATE GAME LODGE - BELA BELA, LIMPOPO
Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge lies nestled among the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains near Bela Bela in the greater Mabalingwe Nature Reserve - home to the famed Big 5 and only an hour's drive from Pretoria via the N1.
Here guests can indulge in 4-star luxury accommodation in one of eight tastefully appointed, air-conditioned chalets that open onto private patios and feature screened outdoor showers for a true African experience.
The lodge also offers the services of an on-site spa, game drives and archery lessons; and guests can book elephants adventures, horseback safaris, quadbike outings, zipline excursions and more from nearby activity providers.
THE FAIRVIEW HOTEL - TZANEEN, LIMPOPO
The Fairview Hotel is situated less than two kilometres from the central business district of Tzaneen, on a lush plot of farmland within an hour's drive from the Kruger National Park.
Here you will find tranquil surroundings, manicured gardens and a home away from home for families, couples and groups of friends. Founded in 1996, the four-star Fairview Hotel & Conference centre offers a variety of accommodation options that includes hotel suites and self-catering family units, all decorated in tasteful Afro-Colonial style with roomy verandas and everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Fairview Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the Tzaneen area, Magoebaskloof and surrounding areas. Nearby activities range from scenic hiking trails, boat trips on the Tzaneen and Ebenezer dams and bird watching in the indigenous forests, to golf, treetop canopy tours and township experiences.
EHLATHINI GAME LODGE - WATERBERG, LIMPOPO
Situated in the Waterberg biosphere, Ehlathini Game Lodge is a beautiful hidden gem pitched high upon a hill southwest of Marken, a small settlement in Limpopo Province.
But just because the lodge overlooks the lower-lying Bushveld, doesn't mean that it's a rustic venue - to the contrary, it's a place of true sophistication and tranquil relaxation where guests determine their own pace.
Nature walks and game drives bring visitors close to an array of bird life, giraffe, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest and many other antelope species.
Crisp and clear night skies encourage stargazing where you can lose yourself and almost touch the Southern Cross and Orion’s belt. This stunning accommodation venue will leave you with special memories and a longing to return.
CHITWA CHITWA - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, LIMPOPO
There are very few wildlife lodges in South Africa that manage to combine absolutely luxurious accommodation with a respectful approach to nature conservation and holistic wildlife experiences.
This is why we were absolutely thrilled to come across Chitwa Chitwa. This remarkable destination, situated on the sunny banks of one the largest dams in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve within the confines of the greater Kruger National Park, manages to tick all of the ‘stunning accommodation’ boxes without imposing on the incredibly scenic environment that surrounds it.
BONWA PHALA GAME LODGE - BELA-BELA, LIMPOPO
Bonwa Phala Game Lodge is located at the heart of a sweeping 4000-hectare game reserve in the picturesque Bela Bela region. This exquisite bushveld getaway is no more than two hours' drive from the Johannesburg and Pretoria metropoles, yet enjoys unspoiled vistas and true Bushveld tranquillity.
Here, couples, families and groups of friends can enjoy luxurious accommodation in thatched chalets or tented bush camps, all of which have been equipped with all the amenities you need for a picture-perfect holiday. Bonwa Phala offers a range of exciting on-site activities, including game drives, and there is a great variety of attractions to explore nearby.
BIRDSONG COTTAGES - MODIMOLLE, LIMPOPO
Located at the heart of the Bushveld on a working 64-hectare farm, Birdsong Cottages offer a series of self-catering units a mere 14 kilometres outside of the small town of Modimolle in the scenic Waterberg Mountains. Guests can choose between budget, standard and upmarket cottages, all within an easy 90-minute drive from Pretoria and 2 ½ -hour drive from Johannesburg.
This delightful Bushveld destination is the perfect option for couples, families and groups of friends who enjoy time in the great outdoors. Choose from a variety of exciting leisure option in the vicinity or even host a small party, function, conference or venue at the Uitkyk venue.
ATKV KLEIN-KARIBA - BELA-BELA, LIMPOPO
Nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Waterberg region, ATKV Klein-Kariba is centrally located just outside Bela-Bela, about an hour's drive from Pretoria.
This popular resort offers comfortable self-catering accommodation at affordable rates in beautiful surroundings, not to mention the awesome variety of leisure options on the grounds and visitors' attractions that can be explored nearby.
ATKV Klein-Kariba also has a gorgeous stone chapel, as well as a waterfall and forest that can be used for wedding ceremonies, so it's tailor-made for a beautiful destination wedding.
AL THANDIWE SAFARIS - MOKOPANE, LIMPOPO
Situated in pristine Bushveld, two and a half hours from Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport, Al Thandiwe reserve is owned by Adel Sumait, a Kuwaiti national and Marc Armstrong, a British national.
It is with their dedication, vision and rare understanding of the land and its finely balanced ecosystem that this unique place was brought to its full potential.
Al Thandiwe is contained in nature's own amphitheatre - a vast wilderness with an aura of majestic splendour created by the Buffelshoek mountain range. In the lower-lying area the land displays vast plains with vistas of pristine bushveld from the mountains, where game such as gemsbok, eland, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest, giraffe, and waterbuck live in large herds.
Guests can look forward to tailor-made game safaris and luxurious accommodation at this exceptional four-star lodge.
ATKV EILAND SPA - LETSITELE, LIMPOPO
Winner of the AA Travel Guide/American Express accommodation awards for the category 'Large self-catering resorts in South Africa', ATKV Eiland Spa is the picture of peace and tranquillity in the Bushveld.
This Limpopo refuge, located on the banks of the picturesque Letaba River less than an hour's drive from Tzaneen, offers exceptional self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Hans Merensky nature reserve.
Here guests can enjoy sunny, warm weather year-round and revel in diverse natural beauty and an array of leisure activities - the perfect option for couples, families and groups of friends.
ADVENTURES WITH ELEPHANTS - BELA-BELA, LIMPOPO
Adventures with Elephants offers up-close and personal encounters with elephants that are conducted with the utmost respect for these magnificent creatures.
Learn about the African continent's gentle giants, their intelligence, bodies and behaviour and leave moved and humbled to become a lifetime ambassador for holistic wildlife conservation.
More than just a touch & feel experience, Adventures with Elephants offers educational interactions, safaris, swims and tailor-made activities as a part of their responsible tourism operation.
MABALINGWE NATURE RESERVE - BELA BELA, LIMPOPO
Mabalingwe is a beautiful nature reserve near the town of Bela Bela that offers a variety of accommodation options for adventurous couples, families and groups of friends.
Out here it’s all about enjoying nature at her unfettered best, so you can expect to feel truly immersed in the untouched bushveld ambience. Mabalingwe accommodation options include the Kalahari Bush Camp, Kalahari Tent Camp, 4x4 Camp and Pitsi Bush Camp.
MANGWANANI AFRICAN SPA - NATIONAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Mangwanani African Spa came into existence in 2002, when Erin Limbert, the company’s dynamic CEO, first set into motion the realisation of her dream to create a wellness retreat where South Africans could experience true head-to-toe indulgence.
With branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, as well as the Eastern- and Western Cape, Mangwanani African Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments that combine age-old African wisdom with contemporary techniques.
Whether you want to enjoy some time off on your own, are interested in a couple's retreat or would like to treat a few of your girlfriends to an afternoon of pampering, Mangwanani African Spa is the place to be.
MONATE GAME LODGE - MODIMOLLE, LIMPOPO
Discover the gem of the bushveld! Monate Game Lodge is an elegant and peaceful break-away retreat where guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the bush while being treated like royalty.
Monate Game Lodge is nestled in manicured gardens on a 1839-hectare private reserve in the Limpopo Province, within easy reach of the Gauteng area. It is home to abundant wildlife including buffalo, lion, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra, a large variety of antelope and almost 50% of the bird species found in South Africa.
This malaria-free area is beautiful in its diversity, ranging from open plains to typical bushveld and interesting rocky outcrops, caves and koppies - the perfect place to enjoy the quintessential South African safari.
MOOIPLAAS WEDDING & FUNCTION VENUE - NYLSTROOM, LIMPOPO
Mooiplaas Wedding & Function Venue specialises in the creation of beautiful events to celebrate your special day. Here you can say your vows under a giant Wildfig tree against the backdrop of a lush granadilla orchard, or get married at one of the stunning churches in Nylstroom and host your ceremony at the venue, which is only 10km from town.
Mooiplaas has a hall that can accommodate up to 300 guests and offers a fully-customisable wedding feast that can be tailored to your specifications. Their standard wedding package includes venue rental, set-up and breakdown, servers and barmen, all cutlery and crockery, a three-course meal, a fully-licensed cash bar and wine cellar, as well as the services of a wedding coordinator on the day.
Accommodation is available on the premises at Mooiplaas Lodge (4 chalets and a 6-bedroom house), and at sister venue Valleyview Bush Lodge about 22km from the farm. In short – everything you need to host the perfect wedding!
SONDELA NATURE RESERVE & SPA - BELA BELA, LIMPOPO
Located in the verdant Limpopo province, Sondela Nature Reserve & Spa is one of South Africa's most popular holiday resorts. This private camp offers a wonderful variety of high-quality accommodation options that range from 4-star self-catering chalets and 5-star, butler-serviced accommodation in the Country House, to a beautifully appointed caravan park and convivial tented camp.
Tailor-made for active families and nature-loving couples, Sondela offers a great selection of activities that include game drives, guided horse trails and quad bike adventures, bush expeditions, rental bicycles, an animal farm yard, organised poolside games, bird viewing excursions, traditional kleilat games, a 4x4 obstacle course and more!
The on-site spa boasts trained therapists, quality products and assorted treatments have been carefully selected to enhance your overall experience at this welcoming and truly relaxing retreat. In short - everything you need for a rewarding getaway with your partner or family.
THE OUTPOST LODGE - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, LIMPOPO
If a visit to the Kruger National Park has always been on your bucket list, The Outpost should be your first port of call when it comes to secluded, luxury accommodation.
Situated in the wildest and most remote part of the renowned Kruger Park, The Outpost offers exclusive luxury accommodation in a wilderness area that is known for abundant wildlife species that aren't always evident in other regions of the park.
Here, guests can look forward to sightings of large elephant- and buffalo herds, Nyala and diverse flora that ranges from Mopane Woodlands to Fever Tree Forests. Visit their website for more information.
ZEBULA GOLF ESTATE & SPA, LIMPOPO
Zebula Golf Estate & Spa is situated a mere 2 hours north of Johannesburg in the magnificent malaria-free Limpopo Province, amidst 1600 hectares of pristine bushveld in the shadow of the Waterberg mountains.
Here guests can look forward to indigenous tree-covered hills and wide-open grasslands that are punctuated with frequent dams and waterholes – a diverse landscape that supports a wide variety of game, birds and small wildlife, and is also home to an environmentally-friendly Peter Matkovitch-designed golf course.
Accommodation is available at the 4-star Zebula Bush lodge in cosy chalets that overlook either the golf course or the unspoiled bushveld, close to the main clubhouse with its many facilities.
The Spa at Zebula offers an array of indulgent therapies in a serene space that features 10 private treatment rooms and a raised deck overlooking the bush for open-air therapies. In short, Zebula Golf Estate & Spa has everything you need for a luxurious couple's getaway.