Where to Stay - South Africa

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

Well the good news is that you don’t have to succumb to a course of Malaria tablets in order to see the Big 5 in South Africa unless of course you are hell-bent on going to Kruger National Park where I am afraid you absolutely must. You might ask why should I even bother to consider a Malaria-free safari but for any of you who are pregnant, unable to take malaria tablets, or perhaps travelling with elderly relatives or children it’s a real life-saver.

Spread out across South Africa are numerous top-rated safari parks which are Malaria-free. Here are some suggestions of where to stay on your trip of a lifetime to see the magnificent Big 5.

Prescription medicine is required to protect yourself from Malaria and usually has to be taken before, during and after your trip. You should always consult with your doctor for protection against Malaria as it will depend upon the duration of your trip, any previous adverse reactions to antimalarial tablets, allergies and medical history. If you are travelling to a high-risk area such as Kruger National Park always adhere to the advice given to you at your accommodation as insect nets and screens are normally provided but are only a deterrent against mosquitos.

Eastern Cape (Malaria Free Safaris)
There is an excellent choice of Malaria-Free Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape that have become very popular due to their easy accessibility via airports at Port Elizabeth or East London or visitors driving up from Cape Town.

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Shamwari Game Reserve – is just 75km or about an hours drive outside of Port Elizabeth and has consistently been voted one of the leading safaris in the World. The very high standard of accommodation with plunge pools coupled with the experienced game rangers ensures visitors the trip of a lifetime. The reserve is 20,000 hectares in size and home to the Big 5 and Cheetah as well.(www.shamwari.com)

Pumba Private Game Reserve – is about 105km from Port Elizabeth near Alicedale in the Eastern Cape. Choose from a variety of luxurious lodges some of which overlook the water dam while others overlook straight out onto the bush and plains. If you are in a group of 4 they have family lodges that offer parents their own privacy whilst still being close enough to keep an eye on the teenagers. On our last trip there our ranger (Gladman) was super helpful and he even managed to locate a Leopard that had been on our ‘must-see’ list for a couple of years. Don’t forget to look out for the family of White Lions that they have there – amazing. (www.pumbagamereserve.co.za)


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)


Nomathemba, a female white lion, has recently given birth to three cubs at Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. The three cubs sex is yet to be determined as it is not absolutely possible to tell until the cubs reach an age of about 6 months. Nomathemba was released into the 900 hectare camp in October 2011 and sired the cubs with their white male lion Themba.

Photo Credit: Dale Howarth


Lion cub brothers at Moholoholo Animal Rescue

Photo courtesy moholoholo.co.za

A trip to a game reserve in South Africa is on many people’s bucket list and our country is blessed with some beautiful national parks as well as stunning private game reserves. For many visitors the thrill is all about getting the perfect photo and seeing the animals in their natural habitat.

The on-going survival of these animals is of huge importance and the role that the parks and reserves play should never be underestimated. For a number of years now Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, which is not far from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, has been actively engaged in rescuing and rehabilitating injured, poisoned or abandoned animals. They have combined a unique educational experience with a luxurious holiday at their Moholoholo Mountain View Camp or Ya Mati venue.

Their aim is to, where possible, rehabilitate the animals back into the wild but in some severe cases they are impelled to offer a permanent home at the Rehabilitation Centre. These animals are often used as part of their education programme and in some cases to provide ‘up close and personal’ experiences under close supervision. READ MORE