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

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.

malaria free safari south africa

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)


Looking to combine a beach holiday in South Africa with a trip to see the Big 5? Well this isn’t as complicated as it might sound and doesn’t have to involve internal flights from one end of the country to the other. The Sunshine Coast along the shores of the Eastern Cape in South Africa is an excellent way to combine both and means you don’t have to worry about any malaria tablets.

The Sunshine Coast stretches all the way from Tsitsikamma up to East London a distance of some 460km by road with some of the best game reserves in South Africa to visit plus endless wide sandy beaches to explore. It’s an ideal trip to tag on to a trip to Cape Town or the Cape Winelands offering a host of things to do for all the family. Another option is to fly to Port Elizabeth or East London which both have good connections with OR Tambo International and Cape Town International Airports.

Map of the Sunshine Coast in South Africa

Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape


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