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If you prefer a small, friendly and intimate bush lodge, where the emphasis is on personal service, good traditional bush cuisine and a warm and relaxing atmosphere. You will love Kwa-Mbili!

Explore the African bush on foot and from the back of an open safari vehicle. Discover the animal world, from the smallest termite to the tall and elegant giraffe, from the cute dwarf mongoose to the moody buffalo.

Listen to the distant roar of the lion whilst relaxing around the campfire, or simply appreciate the silence, space and brilliant night skies.

By limiting guests to 10 per night we can offer a choice of accommodation in African style thatched chalets with en-suite facilities or luxury en-suite safari tents which will ensure an unsurpassed bush experience.

Kwa-Mbili is an affordable game lodge, situated in the Thornybush Nature Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park.

It offers a large variety of bird and game species. It is the ideal place to use as a base from which to explore this part of South Africa: Cheetah breeding project, Moholoholo rehabilitation centre, Panorama route, Nyani traditional village

The lodge offers a comprehensive infrastructure:
Accommodation in either thatched chalets or safari tents
Thatched relaxation and dining areas
Friendly bar and curio shop
Comfortable hide overlooking a water hole
Filtered splash pool
All-weather aircraft landing strip
Telephone, fax and e-mail facilities
Laundry service


Late afternoon, depart on a game drive, enjoy sundowners in the bush before continuing on an exciting night game drive.

Return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening under African skies around the camp-fire.

The next morning, after an early wake-up call, enjoy tea/coffee and traditional rusks before departing on a walking safari. The focus is on the small things in the bush - learning to track animals, how termites live, what the various trees and plants are used for, etc.

Encounters with animals while on foot are always exciting!

After the exhilarating walk, a full English breakfast is served in the lapa.

A light lunch is served around 14:00.

The day can be spent at leisure: read and relax around the filtered pool or spot birds and animals from the hide.

Alternatively, numerous attractions in the area can be visited.

Clothing and Accessories:

Casual, neutral coloured clothes and comfortable walking shoes.
Warm jacket for the evenings.
Hat, sunglasses and binoculars are also recommended.

Health and Climate:

This is a low risk malaria area.

Rooms and Units Available:

The thatched chalets are decorated in African style.

Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The chalets have overhead fans.

Each chalet has a patio where guests can sit and enjoy the natural surroundings.

The safari tents are furnished with either double or single beds.

Each safari tent has its own en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The safari tents have thatched roofs over them to protect them from too much sun as well as shelter the bathroom areas from rain.

The tents also have sheltered patio areas.

Thatched Chalets or en-suite Safari Tents
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Laundry Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- 100% of total cost if no-show or between 0 – 14 days prior to arrival
- 75% of total cost between 15 - 28 days prior to arrival
- 50% of total cost between 29 - 42 days prior to arrival
- 25% of total cost between 43 - 56 days prior to arrival


By Air:
Daily scheduled flights from both Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit (Eastgate) Airport.
Transfers to and from the airport.

By road:
From Johannesburg take the N4 to Witbank, bypass Middelburg and then turn left off the N4 to Belfast.

Proceed to Dullstroom & Lydenburg and take the R36 to Ohrigstad and Strijdom Tunnel. Follwin the R531/R527 to Hoedspruit and continue straight to the the T-junction. Turn right to Klaserie.

After 6 km, turn left into Argyle Road and follow Thornybush signboards to Thornybush Game Reserve entrance gate. Follow the signs to Kwa Mbili.

Please Note
Please note an entrance fee is payable at the gate.

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