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 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


Longing for an escape from the rat race? We take a look at some wonderful places to stay in South Africa where you can just kick back and relax.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

As locations go this is definitely going to inspire you whether you are staying in the Winter or Summer months. This luxurious lodge with both suites in the mian lodge and lovely self-catering cottages close by is situated in a gorge at one end of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. If you need pampering then treat yourself to an hour or two in their Forest Spa. Read more……

drakensberg accommodation

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa



Nature’s Valley had been on our ‘bucket list’ of places to go to in South Africa for quite some time so it was with great excitement when we sent off this weekend for a last minute getaway. We left Port Alfredat about 13h00 and drove the 360 km in just over 4 hours which included a short stop off at the garage at Storms River. There is only one toll road on this route which you pay R38 for just as you turn off the N2 down to Nature’s Valley. Strangely when you go back home the toll road costs R40 – don’t ask me why there is a difference I have no idea.

Things to do in Natures Valley

Nature's Valley


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