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

By Lesley Stones

There’s an exciting moment whenever you set off on a game drive and the ranger asks what you’d like to see. It always makes me laugh, as if this khaki-clad Dr Doolittle can conjure up spectacular animal sightings on command. But if you do yearn for a specific view of wildlife – a leopard in a tree or a wild dog hunt, perhaps – you can increase your chances enormously by choosing a destination slap bang in the middle of your favourite animal’s kingdom.

Lions in Madikwe Game Reserve

The magnificent lions



With its vibrant national parks and reserves, spectacular scenery, and some of the most thrilling flora and fauna in the world, South Africa seems the perfect showcase for the eco-holiday phenomenon. Allowing tourists to take in the most exhilarating sights nature has to offer, while also creating the perfect environment in which those animals and plants can not simply survive but thrive, it’s unsurprising that South Africa has become the go-to-venue for the clean-living thrill-seeking holiday-makers of the green age.

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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

Google Drones to help the fight against poachers

The war against rhino poaching in Africa recently received a boost from an unlikely source. Google announced on the 4th December 2012 that it was giving a $5 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to enable them to buy a fleet of drone aircraft. These drones are lightweight, can fly up to 18 miles and are launched by hand.

The grant has been awarded by Google as part of their Global Impact Awards which aims to help organisations, such as the WWF, tackle problems like rhino, tiger and elephant poaching through the use of innovative technologies. READ MORE