The distinct thatched peaks peeping over the tree-line with hints of burnt orange flashing through lush Leadwood indicate your imminent arrival at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, set on the banks of the Mluwati River in the heart of the Kruger National Park.
The unique architecture is a celebration of the local Tsonga culture and integrates traditional suites with splashes of tribal design and the earthy tones which define the interiors. The overall effect encapsulates the hearty spirit of warmth and welcoming that is so characteristic of the Tsonga people. Expect an authentic encounter with the local Tsonga culture in extraordinary bush surroundings; the Kruger National Park, one of Africas renowned conservation areas and home to the Big Five.
Join the cape-turtle doves and arrow-marked babblers welcoming in a new day as you head into the bush for a feast of the senses; the smell of damp grasses: pinks, oranges and yellows of the gorgeous African sunrise and the hissing of hundreds of crickets preparing for a warm bush day. Spend an afternoon lazing at the infinity pool, watching the monarch butterflies flit past while the geckos scurry across the deck, or retreat to the comfortable lounge for a quiet read surrounded by traditional Tsonga craft and the light breeze of a relaxed afternoon.
Guests are accommodated in six circular air-conditioned suites with traditional brightly earth-coloured walls, tapered thatched roofs and folding glass doors that allows one to fully experience the wilderness.
Tsonga tradition runs throughout these comfortable suites; the warm glow of brightly coloured walls, traditional ornaments and little embellishments on lamps, door handles and mirrors bringing this local culture to life.
Relax on your private deck looking out on to the bush, take a long, leisurely shower in the open air or melt in to your comfortable king-size bed for an afternoon siesta. Its your relaxing, informal bush experience on your terms.
Enjoy a relaxing & soothing massage with blended aromatherapy oils of ylang ylang, cedarwood & vanilla to sooth your soul while overlooking the African bush from the comfort of your deck!
Room facilities and amenities include:
- Separate large stone bath and outdoor shower
- Bathroom amenities
- Insect repellent
- Air Conditioning
- Tea and coffee-making facilities
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge offers indulgent spa treatments and a soothing massage in the seclusion of your private deck with the scents of ylang-ylang, vanilla and cedarwood soothing body, mind and soul. There is no Wi-Fi or cellphone signal at this exclusive and remote safari lodge, allowing complete relaxation for our guests. The suites offer a radio link to the manager at the lodge.
The sparkling swimming pool promises a refreshing dip while providing the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied wildlife that comes to the river for a cooling drink.
Please Note Kruger Gate Times:
05h30 18h30 January, February, November & December
05h30 18h00 March & October
06h00 18h00 April, August & September
06h00 17h30 May, June & July
Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay.
All guests must enter at Orpen Gate a minimum of 1.5 Hours and Paul Kruger Gate 3 hours before gate closure. PLEASE NOTE: If guests are not in time at the respective gates, they will not be permitted to enter the park and they will have to find alternative accommodation for that night.
Imbali is in a malaria area and malaria tablets are recommended all year round (Please consult your doctor). Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge is in a high-risk malaria area, guests are advised to take maximum precaution. Water is safe to drink, while bottled water is placed in your room, courtesy of Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, Kruger Park.
Summer: Min Temp 17 C / 63 F Max Temp 37 C / 99 F Winter: Min Temp 9 C / 48 F Max Temp 28 C / 83 F
Summer rainfall region, generally hot in summer.
Thunderstorms often occur in the late afternoon, but do not last long. Winters are dry, with cold nights and early mornings.
Dining and Cuisine:
Your rewards for a hard days safari are the delicious dishes created by Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodges talented chef.
Homemade baked goods, light salads and local specialties such as beetroot salad and ostrich steak are served in relaxed surroundings; the sounds of the bush providing all the accompaniment you need for a memorable dining experience.
Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast with a variety of fruits, nuts, yoghurts, breads, pastries and cheese or opt for a full English breakfast with bacon, sausage and eggs; freshly squeezed orange juice and strong coffee at the ready after your morning game drive.
Lunch is a light, informal affair with a buffet laden with tasty salads and meats. Followed not long after by High Tea with tea or coffee to wash down a delicious selection of cakes and pastries baked freshly at the lodge.
After a rewarding evenings safari, warm yourself around Hoyo Hoyos open-air fire and enjoy a magical three-course dinner under the stars. Good wine and good conversation flow while you listen to the enchanting sounds of the surrounding bush coming alive at night.
Our guides are more than happy to share their unrivalled knowledge of our feathered friends with our guests. There is so much to learn about birds on our concession. From the fierce marshall eagle to the smallest and most delicate blue waxbill.
Join us for a lovely braai on the deck under the African sky.
Safe, Hairdryer, Separate bath and outdoor shower, Bathroom amenities, Insect repellent, Umbrellas, Air Conditioning, Tea and coffee-making facilities.
ORPEN GATE ENTRY:
(Estimated Driving Time: 1.5 hours)
Take the H7 towards Satara
Drive for approximately 6.7km
Turn right onto the S106 (Dirt Road)
After 1.6km, turn right onto the S140 towards Talamati
After 19.5km, turn right onto the S145
Continue along the S145 for 10km till you see the Hoyo Hoyo sign, turn right
After 3.5km you will reach a T-junction which is signposted, turn right
Continue along this road for 4km and you will find Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Whilst driving within the Kruger National Park, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 50km per hour on tarred roads and 40km per hour on dirt roads.
Please adhere to the Kruger National Park safety precautions, and do not disembark from your vehicle unless you are in a designated area.
No children under the age of 12 unless the lodge is booked on exclusive use.
Children over 12 years are welcome and are accommodated in their own rooms.