A Luxury Self Catering Lodge In The Heart Of The South African Bush
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Les, our host, will welcome you at Zandspruit main gate and show you the way to Mavalo Lodge. He will go through the lodge with you and will be pleased to answer all your questions. He will be available during your entire stay if you need assistance and will be able to make the bookings for some of the activities for you. You can also give him a list of the groceries you would like to find at Mavalo Lodge on your day of arrival and he will get them for you at a small charge.
Laurent purchased this Lodge in 2012
What makes this Lodge unique
At Mavalo Lodge the prime activity will be resting and getting back to the roots, seated on the patio or laid down on the lounger next to the pool, listening to and looking at the wonderful surrounding nature. Zandspruit, the reserve Mavalo Lodge is located on, houses a wide variety of wild animals. Game viewing on the estate includes giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, several kinds of bucks, jackals, and many species of birds and other small animals. Game can be seen not only in the Wilderness Area but also in the developed part of the reserve (North of the Sandspruit River) as they are free to roam around the estate. Properties have no garden, the natural environment being such. Animals are not chased on the reserve and it often happens that a giraffe has a drink in the swimming pool or impalas have a rest in front of the patio. No dangerous African specie (like lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo or leopard) lives on Zandspruit, making the estate fully enjoyable to residents. The Wilderness Area, only accessible to residents and their guests, will be your favorite adventure and discovery field. Several tracks are available for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. When with your vehicle (preferably a 4x4), stop at one of the water holes and have a picnic or a sundowner while watching the animals or the sun setting behind the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Located along the Sandspruit River that separates the Wilderness Area from the developed part of the reserve, the Bush Camp is another treasure from Zandspruit. It is a small complex made of two rondavels (small round African houses) with double bedroom, toilet and shower, a swimming pool and main building (lapa) equipped with its own kitchen and bar. The Bush Camp is only accessible to Zandspruit residents and guests, and is subject to vacancy. It is the ideal place to gather with neighbors or meet with friends and spend a fantastic day at the swimming pool or evening around a camp fire.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A lovely experience on all levels!
For us, the design and layout of the lodge is an extension of the nature it is set within. Kudos to the owner and the very inviting and hospitable team that keeps this luxurious gem in pristine condition. For us the lodge facilitated a private, peaceful, and rejuvenating experience. We will definitely return to Mavalo and have already recommended to our friends.
Peace in the Wild
A lovely get away in the middle of the bush but close enough for a fine dinner and good wine. What more could we want!!! The house is great, well outfitted, and wonderful. Morning coffee on the deck was just the serenity we needed. The visiting Nyala, birds and nighttime porcupine were the icing on the cake. Go Now! You need a break!!!
Many places of interest are around Mavalo Lodge, several being well known from National Geographic. Among them we will name:
- The Cheetah Conservation Project
- The Khamai Reptile Park
- The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Jessica the hippo: the only wild hippo in the world who likes to interact with humans
- The Kapama private game reserve: Through our hostess Sue, you may book a game drive or an elephant ride on this wonderful reserve.
Less than an hour drive from Mavalo Lodge is the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest green canyons in the world. A drive on that scenic route will grant you breath taking views and the Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre will offer you a host of adrenaline sports : kloofing, abseiling, hot air ballooning, white water rafting and several other activities.
Also an hour's drive away, Orpen Gate welcomes you to the Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. When leaving early from Mavalo Lodge you can easily make a day trip to the Kruger and be home at night (the Kruger’s gates close at 6 PM sharp!).
Golf enthusiasts will delight in being in the heart of the Lowveld, with no less than four renowned golf courses within an hour’s drive (Hans Merensky - Phalaborwa,
Tzaneen Country Club, Sabi River Golf Course - Hazyview and White River Country Club), or just in teeing-off at the Drakensig Golf Course, only 15 minutes away where you will also find tennis courts.
So, plenty of activities are waiting for you in and around Mavalo Lodge ! And if ever it wasn’t enough, you can always go for a day in Nelspruit (2.5 hours’ drive) or a few days in Cape Town (direct flights are available from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport several days a week).