Where to Stay - South Africa

Accommodation within the Kruger National Park itself can naturally be quite expensive and needs to be booked well in advance. An alternative is to find accommodation outside of the park but within easy reach of one or two of the Kruger Park Entrance Gates. Here are a few ideas of venues that fit this bill.

Kruger National Park has eight entrance gates.
There are five gates in the Southern Section of Kruger Park:

  1. Malelane Gate
  2. Crocodile Bridge Gate
  3. Numbi Gate
  4. Paul Kruger Gate
  5. Phabeni Gate

There are two gates in the Central section of Kruger Park:

  1. Orpen Gate
  2. Phalaborwa Gate

There is one gate in the Northern Section of Kruger Park

  1.  Punda Maria Gate

These gates open at the following times:

  • October to March: 05h30
  • April to September: 06h00

 Accommodation ideas close to Numbi Gate and Phabeni Gate entrances to Kruger Park

Nandina Guest House

Nandina Guest House (Hazyview)

Nandina Guest House has three lovely rooms all with en-suite bathrooms (shower only). The Honeymoon room “Wisdom room” has aircon. The rooms include extra length beds: TV, (DSTV Easy view, SABC Channels), bar fridge, couch / chairs, built in cupboard, coffee/tee station, ceiling fan and standing fan. Rooms are cleaned daily linen and towels supplied.

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages in Hazyview

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages (Hazyview)

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages (300m from the Guest House) offer four private Self-Catering Cottages, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with prolific birdlife. These owner-managed establishments’ offers tailor-made packages each uniquely developed to suite your individual requirements, making each moment memorable.
Nandina Guest House and Self-Catering Cottages are 17.9km from Numbi Gate and 17.6km from Phabeni Gate.  READ MORE

When Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge finally opened the doors to the public on the 23. July 2014 the team was very excited and could not wait to welcome their first guests and watch their reaction about their brand new luxury tented camp.

Wow! What a view and what a stunning place! – Not their words but those of their guests.

Since then they have collected wonderful memories and comments in their guest book, had fantastic international guests who spend a great time at Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge and enjoyed their hospitality and service and left with the promise to come back and send friends.

During the past 9.5 months Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge turned from the dream of running a lodge in South Africa into a place where people from all over the world can experience the South African bush with wild animals roaming around their luxury tented rooms in a peaceful and private atmosphere with a breath taking view on the Drakensberg Mountains. READ MORE

By Neil Playdon

There are times when it’s just great to escape normal life and to leave behind the internet and DSTV (ok so you can get 3G here but lets face it you are here to relax!) and this was one of those times.

Over the Mother’s Day weekend we took a trip to Haga Haga which for this of you that don’t know is situated 60km east of East London on the famous Wild Coast. The small seaside village of Haga Haga lies midway between Chintsa East and Morgan’s Bay. To get there we took the N2 route out of East London towards Mthatha and then turned off right down to Haga Haga. The first part of the road down to Haga Haga is tarred but the last 10kms take you along a dirt road which is best done in a 4×4.

Haga Haga beach along the Wild Coast

Beach at Haga Haga, Wild Coast


We thought we would share with you a few of the Winter 2014 Special Accommodation Deals for our venues in South Africa. Click on the photos to take you to a detailed description of each of the venues.

Black Leopard Camp, Mpumalanga

Tented safari accommodation in South Africa

Black Leopard camp is a luxury tented Lodge that can sleep a maximum of 23 adults, singles or 10 couples. We have 4 Double Luxury Tents, (see pic attached) each with their own en-suite bathroom and outside ‘bush’ bathroom these units sleep 2 adults, either in a KingSize bed or in two Single beds. We then have 3 Family units (see pic attached) which are two Double Luxury Tents under 1 roof, each with their own en-suite bathroom and a shared outside ‘bush’ bathroom. These units sleep 5 adults sharing in either 2 x Kingsize beds and one Single or in 5 Single beds.

Our 2014 rate is (R875 + vat) R997.50 per adult sharing, per night. Single supplement an additional 25%. Children under 13 years sharing with their parents will be charged at 50% less. Children under 4 are at no charge.

Our rate is Full Board, which includes accommodation in en suite Tents, all meals, unlimited teas/coffees and guided game drives with registered professional guide. This rate does not include bar / beverages.

Winter 2014 Special

Stay 3 nights and pay for only 2
Duration: Anytime from the 1st June 2014 until 31st August 2014 (Winter 2014)


This weekend we took a road trip up the Wild Coast to stay at Umtendwe Beach Cottages located on the Eastern Cape coast between Haga Haga and Morgan’s Bay. The drive down to our self-catering accommodation on the Wild Coast took us along dirt-roads and through a private reserve before we arrived at our destination.

self-catering accommodation on the Wild Coast

Umtendwe Beach Cottages

Umtendwe Beach Cottages are two privately owned holiday cottages and we were staying in one of them – Milkwood Cottage. Aptly named with all the Milkwood trees nearby. The cottage was perfect with three good size bedrooms and three bathrooms. Inside was a fully-equipped kitchen plus a nice size scullery area. The thatched roof, outside deck with table and chairs for six people and braai were all we were looking for. The very large fridge and freezer in Milkwood Cottage is ideal and more than adequate for those thinking of a longer self-catering stay of 5 to 7 days. READ MORE