Where to Stay - South Africa

(SANParks) has announced the dates of the South African National Parks Week 2015.

National Parks Week 2015 in South Africa


The 10th annual SA National Parks Week will take place from 14 to 18 September 2015. The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks.


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

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)


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.

Shamwari – the luxury eco option READ MORE