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Ilala Country Lodge lies on the African Ivory Trail with the Iron age World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe 40 km away and 13 km from Beit Bridge Border Post.

Ilala Country Lodge lies 5km north-west of Musina on the R572 Pontdrift Road. Our self-catering chalets in Musina and main complex had been constructed in stone and thatch, blending perfectly with the natural bushveld surroundings of the 240 ha game estate.

Ilala Country lodge, located on an escarpment, overlooks the Limpopo River Valley offering sweeping views of giant baobabs and distant Zimbabwean hills. Ilala Country Lodge lies within the former BAOBAB Conservancy promulgated by Premier Jan Smuts and fine specimens of these giants can be seen on the estate.

Game species include: Impala, Gemsbok, Kudu, Duiker, Warthog etc. and various small mammals. LONELY PLANET tour guide selected ILALA COUNTRY LODGE as the Editors Top Choice for Musina accommodation. As an owner-run lodge, now in business for 23 years, we strive to live up to that standard.

Facilities and Services at Ilala Country Lodge:
Ilala Country Lodge has a sparkling swimming pool with lapa and braai-facilities, secure parking, breakfast daily, bird watching (list available), bushwalks (unguided), daily cleaning service, laundry on request, sprawling garden with various natural indigenous trees (marked & listed), electronically controlled high security fence surrounding lodge area. Musina airport is only 7 km away and we have wheelchair friendly entrances.

Accommodation at Ilala Country Lodge:
The 6 self-catering chalets each consists of a main bedroom with a double bed and an upstairs loft with two single beds for children u/16. Separate bathroom with bath & shower, open plan lounge, equipped kitchen, TV, air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Barbecues outside each chalet. Linen and towels supplied.

The 4 guestrooms have spacious bedrooms with double beds, lofts with two kiddies beds, bathroom with shower. Tea & coffee facilities, fridge, TV, aircon and ceiling fans, and balconies with panoramic views.of the surroundings.

Musina Activities and Attractions:
- Mapungubwe National Park and Iron Age Heritage archaeological site. The park offers elephant, buffalo, lion, giraffe and various other animals. Drives and walking trials
- Musina Nature Reserve, 15 km from the lodge with wide variety of game & drives
- Scenic drives along the Limpopo River
- Musina Civic Centre Small museum hosts interesting historical artifacts
- Kruger National Park (Pafuri Gate entrance): 140 km away
- The famous Segoli Big Tree (Baobab): 50km away

Health and Climate:

Hot summers & moderate winters.

Rooms and Units Available:

Chalet (self catering)
Sleeps 4 Adults

Double Room with en-suite bathroom
1 x Spacoius room with Double bed
Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

0-7 days = 100% forfeiture
7-14 days = 75%
14-21 days = 50%
21-28 days = 25%
28 days plus = 5% admin fee.


Follow N1 towards Messina. Drive through Messina on N1 towards Beit Bridge.

On the northern outskirts of Messina, turn left on the (R572) Pontdrift Road. Follow this road for exactly 5 km from the N1 turn-off.

The well sign-posted lodge lies on the left-hand side.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast and Self-Catering