This River Lodge borders and overlooks the world renowned Kruger National Park and is only minutes from the Kruger Gate entrance: for sale

This River Lodge borders and overlooks the world renowned Kruger National Park and is only minutes from the Kruger Gate entrance

R536 Kruger Gate - Skukuza Road, Mpumalanga, South Africa


85 000 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address:
Type: Game Lodge
Bedrooms: 18
Bathrooms: 18
Showers: 18
Parking: 30
Yield: Not Disclosed

Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Mpumalanga (/əmˌpməˈlɑːŋɡə/) is a province of South Africa. The name means "east", or literally "the place where the sun rises" in the Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu languages. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, bordering Eswatini and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa's land area. It shares borders with the South African provinces of Limpopo to the north, Gauteng to the west, the Free State to the southwest, and KwaZulu-Natal to the south. The capital is Mbombela.


Before 1994, Mpumalanga was part of the now-defunct Transvaal Province. The province's name was Eastern Transvaal, from its initial establishment in 1994 until 24 August 1995. Prior to the establishment of the province, the term "Eastern Transvaal" was used to refer to the eastern part of Transvaal Province, or to the scenic tourist area around the Escarpment and Mpumalanga Lowveld bordering the Kruger National Park.

Mpumalanga has a rich archaeological heritage. Dotting the landscape are distinctive Bokoni stone-walled sites, built by a precolonial agropastoral society between ~1500 and 1820 A.D.


The Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga into a westerly half consisting mainly of high-altitude grassland called the Highveld and an eastern half situated in low altitude subtropical Lowveld/Bushveld, mostly savanna habitat. The southern half of the Kruger National Park is in the latter region. The Drakensberg exceeds heights of 2000 m in most places, with this central region of Mpumalanga being very mountainous. These regions have alpine grasslands and small pockets of Afromontane forest. The Lowveld is relatively flat with interspersed rocky outcrops. The Lebombo Mountains form a low range in the far east, on the border with Mozambique.

Some of the oldest rocks on earth have been found in the Barberton area; these ancient greenstones and metamorphosed granites form the Crocodile River Mountains in the southeast of the province. The Lowveld is underlaid by African Cratonic Basement rocks of ages in excess of 2 billion years. The Highveld is mostly Karoo Sequence sedimentary rock of a younger, Carboniferous to Permian age.

Mpumalanga is the only South African province to border two provinces of Mozambique (Gaza Province to the northeast and Maputo Province to the east), as well as all four regions of Eswatini (LubomboHhohhoManzini, and Shiselweni Districts).


The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its latitude and proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300 m to 1700 m above sea level. The Drakensberg escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, while the Lowveld is mostly frost-free. Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment. The differences in climate are demonstrated below by the capital, Mbombela, which is in the Lowveld, an hour from Belfast on the Highveld.

  • Mbombela averages: January maximum: 29 °C (min: 19 °C), July maximum: 23 °C (min: 6 °C), annual precipitation: 767 mm
  • Belfast averages: January maximum: 23 °C (min: 12 °C), June maximum: 15 °C (min: 1 °C), annual precipitation: 878 mm

Fauna and flora

The diverse and special flora and fauna of the province enjoys protection in a range of nature reserves, including:

Law and government

The Mpumalanga Province's legislation is an amalgam of national and regional legislation promulgated before the establishment of the province on 27 April 1994 and legislation which it has itself promulgated since it came into existence. Lists of and the original texts of this legislation are available through South African governmental websites. Amended and updated versions of the legislation is available through commercial vendors on subscription and at a price.

A brief modern history of Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The Lowveld has always been considered a hunter's paradise despite the depredations of malaria and sleeping sickness that made summer visits to the region a health risk. By the mid-1800s the area had all but been decimated of game by hunters who operated in an unregulated environment. The loss of wildlife was further compounded by an outbreak of rinderpest in 1896 which led to the deaths of thousands of animals. 

The disastrous depletion of game was brought to the attention of the president of the Transvaal Boer Republic, Paul Kruger, who in 1898 proclaimed the Sabie Game Reserve, a 4 600 square-kilometre area between the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers. In the face of virulent opposition from private landowners and hunters, he also proclaimed a second reserve, the Shingwedzi Reserve, which stretched between the Shingwedzi and Luvuvhu Rivers. These original reserves formed the core of what is Kruger Park today. 

Control of the region only became effective after the end of the Anglo-Boer War when James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed head ranger of both reserves in 1902. With a small force of rangers, he enthusiastically enforced his mandate to let animals rule - and made himself unpleasant to anyone getting in his way. He vigorously set about removing people from the demarcated reserve including the indigenous populations who had lived in the area for hundreds of years, earning him his nickname of "Skukuza" ("he who sweeps clean"). 

Stevenson Hamilton's battle was not only against hunters and poachers but against sheep farmers and mining entrepreneurs who all perceived that they had a prior claim to the land. His vision of creating a national park that would be sustained by tourism came to fruition in 1926. That was when the Shingwedzi and Sabie Reserves were merged and the 70 privately owned farms between them were purchased by the government to form a consolidated block of land - the Kruger National Park. 

The Park was opened to tourism in 1927 and, after a slow start (only three cars entered the Reserve in that first year), Kruger soon turned into a popular destination. Within a decade, 3 600 kilometres of roads had been built and several camps established.

By 1950 a research station and rest camp had been developed at Skukuza, transforming Stevenson-Hamilton's base into the "capital" of Kruger. By 1969 the Park was fenced in by 18 000 kilometres of wire and poles. In the 1960s and 1970s, there was enormous pressure on the government to allow the northern part of Kruger to be mined for coal, but this was resisted and the Park was rededicated to conservation. 

In the 1990s Kruger went through a process of commercialization by which certain services and activities were outsourced and a number of new private camps were allowed to develop. In 2002 visitor numbers to Kruger topped the one million mark for the first time. 

During this same year the dream of a transnational park was realized when agreement was finally reached between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to merge conservation areas in their respective countries to form the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Once this process is complete the transfrontier park will be the biggest game reserve in the world.

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Key features

The exquisitely designed lodge consists of 18 luxury units; all equipped with private plunge pools overlooking the iconic river that is home to hippos, crocodiles and countless species of birds. It also boasts an elevated restaurant that gives guests a unique view of the park and allows this exquisite River Lodge to cater to travellers from around the globe.

Brought to life out of a love for nature, hospitality and sustainable tourism, this River Lodge cannot wait to welcome guests to experience the breathtaking scenes on offer right on its doorsteps.

Summary of the lodge:

Each room is 85m2, sleeps 2 adults and comprises:

  • Own private plunge pool
  • Indoor and outdoor shower 
  • Private deck
  • Airconditioning 
  • Other standard amenities 

The rooms are fully furnished.

Other facilities:

  • Reception
  • Curio shop
  • Spa
  • Restaurant with viewing deck
  • Outside Boma

The Restaurant and viewing deck has elevated views of the Sabi River and Kruger National Park.

The measurements are as follows:

  • Restaurant: 180 m2
  • Kitchen & storerooms: 124 m2
  • BOH 69m2
  • Viewing Deck: 340 m2
  • Total under roof is 976 m2 including port cochere and outdoor reception

The kitchen and spa are not equipped as we have signed a Service-Level Agreement with Tindlovu to operate the restaurant and Spa. Therefore they are responsible to furnish and equip the restaurant and Spa.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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