, accommodation only 25 km from Hoedspruit on the banks of the Olifant’s River in the Limpopo Province. We offer self-catering accommodation in luxury units with en-suite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning.
Bushriver Lodge has the main Hlatifula Lodge which can sleep up to 13 guests in 4 luxury en-suite rooms. The Marula Camp rondawel is perfect for families with 4 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen and braai area.The Riverhouse can sleep 5 people . Kingfisher Cottage can sleep 4 people . We have 3 swimming pools that provide a chance to cool off during the hot summer days.
Being centrally situated, it is the ideal place from which to explore the Kruger National Park and surrounding Lowveld. A wide range of activities are offered to ensure that your stay with us remain as memorable as can be.
Essentially, Bushriver Lodge is a destination suitable for singles, couples, romantics, families and groups. With its diverse offerings of wildlife, river frontage, luxury accommodation options and well appointed position for day outings to all the major attractions like the Kruger Park and other places you may want to visit, all makes it a winning destination of choice.
Game viewing opportunities are constantly available to ensure that all our visitors get to enjoy the feel of an African safari. Whether you prefer an adventurous walk in the bush, or to sit back, relax and view the activity of Hippos and Crocodiles in the river, it`s all here at Bushriver Lodge. The opportunity to join a game drive to see the Big 5 is available.
To elaborate on the game viewing options which Bushriver Lodge has to offer:
A gentle morning stroll along the river will relax your senses, or for the more energetic, bush walks are always exciting. Game drives provide guests with the opportunity to view the game from an open vehicle. Wild Life photographers paradise. Bird watchers can enjoy the abundance of birds in the natural bush. Combine stargazing and the sounds of the night life of the wild. Game viewing is but one of the specialties which Bushriver Lodge offers as a four star African Game Lodge.
Frequently asked questions:
Is it safe on the outside of the Lodge ?
This is a wildlife area and a respect for wildlife must be adhered to. There are hippos and crocodiles in the river, so care must be exercised if you go outside at night
Is it expensive to self cater?
It is very reasonable to self cater and you benefit by having a complete lodge to yourselves and total flexibility to do what you like and when you like!
What about other attractions. Are they good value?
Yes, the attractions in this area are priced for the South African domestic market mainly, so overseas visitors benefit. Accommodation at Bushriver Lodge:
Accommodation in luxury units with beautiful river views, en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.
The various camps are well spaced for privacy. For bigger groups we have the main Lodge which can sleep up to 13 guests. We have 2 swimming pools that provide a chance to cool off during the hot summer days. MAIN LODGE - Hlatifula Camp
Hlatifula Main Lodge consists of 4 units. Each unit sleeps 3 to 4 people and has en suite bathrooms with a bath tub. Main lodge rooms have a private deck and overlook the Olifants River. Rooms are spacious and have coffee or tea making facilities . The main lodge has a deck overlooking the Olifants River with braai facilities, bar, lounge, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and private pool.
Room 1: 3 people in 1 double and 1 single bed.
Room 2: 4 people in 1 double and 2 single.
Room 3: 3 people in 1 double and 1 single bed.
Room 4: 3 people in 1 double and 1 single bed.
At night the hippos leave the river to graze. During the day crocodiles will laze about in the sun on the banks of the river. The call of the fish eagle will make you search the sky and tree tops. The occasional owl will also visit in the night as well as porcupine, warthog, leopard and Hyena.
RONDAWEL - Marula Camp
Marula camp accommodates 8 people. The rondawel consists of four bedrooms 2 double and 2 single, 2 bathrooms with showers, fully equipped kitchen with lounge, dining area and braai facility.
At night the bush comes alive with sounds of various animals, even a lion`s roar can be heard in the distance. The Riverhouse
This is a 2 bedroom , 2 bathroom villa , with open plan kitchen , lounge and dining area . It has a private pool , deck and veranda under thatch lapa with views overlooking the Olifants River. Kingfisher Cottage
This is a quaint 2 bedroom , 1 bathroom cottage with open plan lounge and kitchen , veranda and braai area situated beneath a shady tree canopy with lovely river views .
Bushriver Lodge Activities: At the Bushriver Lodge:
- A gentle morning stroll along the river will relax your senses, or for the more energetic, bush walks are always exciting.
- Game drives provide guests with the opportunity to view the game from an open vehicle.
- Wildlife photographers paradise.
- Bird watchers can enjoy the abundance of birds in the natural bush.
- Star Spotting - Brilliant clear Southern Hemisphere night skies. See the Milky Way!
In the surrounding area:
- Kruger National Park for day trips or overnight – Orpen and Phalaborwa Gates.
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - a tour on foot of the rehabilitation centre as well as contact with some of the animals eg: baby Rhino and Cheetah.
- The Panorama Route – drive all along the edge of the Blyde River Canyon and visit spectacular view points, a variety of waterfalls and interesting historical and natural attractions.
- The Blyde Dam boat trip – one and a half hour boat trip on the Blyde Dam.
- Bushwalks in Big 5 reserve.
- Game drives in Big 5 reserve.
- Micro Lights - Excursions or learn to fly.
- Drakensig Golf Club (9), Hoedspruit.
- Hot Air Ballooning over the Bush.
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Health & Climate:Malaria:
There is malaria in the area although the risk is usually relatively low, especially in dry seasons when water is scarce. Most mosquitoes do not carry malaria so being bitten does not mean one will contract the illness. However, anti-malarials are recommended for visitors, but even prophylaxis is not 100% foolproof. The best is to avoid being bitten by covering exposed skin, using mosquito repellent, (especially between dusk and dawn – when mosquitos are most active). The normal incubation period for malaria is 7-14 days but may be longer if one is semi immune or has taken prophylaxis. A typical malaria attack includes headache, periodic episode of sequential chills, fever and sweating. Associated symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, muscle and joint pains, weakness, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. If in doubt, seek medical help immediately.
Spring and summer (Rainy Season):
The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March. Summers are hot and humid with afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The summer rains transform the arid farm into a lush flowering paradise, but the increased foliage does make animals harder to see. Bird watching safaris at this time of year are excellent. November and December are the calving months, this is a fantastic time for a safari, you will see lots of young animals, but remember, at this time the animals are very protective of their young, so keep a safe distance between yourself and the larger animals which have calves.
Spring (Sept - Nov):
- Average Minimum 20°C / 68°F
- Average Maximum 31°C / 87°F
Summer (Dec - Feb):
- Average Minimum 22°C / 71°F
- Average Maximum 35°C / 95°F
Autumn and winter (Dry Season):
The winter months from April to September are extremely pleasant with warm dry days and cold nights. The dry winter season is the ideal time to visit the Bushriver Lodge. The days are pleasant and warm, however the early mornings and evenings are cold. Game viewing is rewarding during the winter months as the vegetation is sparse and animals congregate around the waterholes, hence they are easier to find.
Autumn (March to May):
- Average Minimum 19°C / 66°F
- Average Maximum 28°C / 82°F
Winter (June - Aug):
- Average Minimum 12°C / 53°F
- Average Maximum 25°C / 77°F
Hoedspruit ’s average yearly rainfall is just 513 mm. There are around 25 thunderstorms in a the year, with brief periods of heavy rain accompanied by spectacular lightning. After the rain, the sun will come quickly and the weather is fine again.
During the summer the surroundings are colored brown and yellow, but when the rain fall it transforms into a lush green paradise.