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Home to all the Big 5, Mutsami Private Bush Lodge is a thatched villa tucked away deep in the African bush of the vast, expansive Greater Kruger Park, creating authentic, personal wildlife experiences for guests from every corner of the world.

With spectacular sunrise and sunset views, this 4-Star destination is the ideal escape for the ultimate bush breakaway.

Start the day with a scrumptious continental breakfast and enjoy adventurous game drives and refreshing sundowners on the Olifants (Afrikaans for ‘Elephant’) River or just relax and unwind with a cocktail at the sparkling lodge pool. With the big 5 and an array of birdlife including the rare Pels Fishing Owl on your doorstep, gourmet meals are served in the lapa (an African meeting place), where guests are spoilt with traditional African fare whilst gazing at the wildlife at Mutsami Private Bush Lodge’s popular waterhole.

Our world-class Chef will delight you with her culinary skills and will cater to your specific requirements.

Whether you’re relaxing with delicious treats or, treating yourself to refreshments at the little pub, The Olive Toad, strolling about the indigenous garden or just taking a break in the sumptuous lounge and catching up on the satellite television, Mutsami Private Bush Lodge has free WiFi and mobile phone reception to keep you connected.

Area Info:

Balule Nature Reserve is a protected area in Limpopo Province, South Africa which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park as a member of the Associated Private Nature Reserves which includes Grietjie Game Reserve.  The nearest town is Phalaborwa which is ± 20km from the Reserve and Hoedspruit ± 50km. The nearest airport is Phalaborwa, 29 km from Mutsami Private Bush Lodge - Grietjie Game Reserve.


Big 5 Game Reserve, excellent Bird watching.  Daily game drives 


The following activities can be arranged by the lodge:

Flying safaris are offered to allow your guest to experience flying in a Bantam microlight.  Flights of 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes are available. Your have the option to sit and experience the flight and view the game or you can have hands on experience from the first flight.  Contact your host for additional information and prices.


The impressive rock features of Bourke’s Luck Potholes marks the start of the extraordinarily scenic Blyde River Canyon and is one of the tick-offs on the well-beaten path of the Panorama Route.


Home to Africaâ??s wild and silky cream liqueur, the Amarula Lapa is a great spot to chill near the Phalaborwa Gate of Kruger National Park.


Is a home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.


Experience the bush in a different light, ballooning offers one-hour long flights from Hoedspruit over the scenic Blyde River.


The renowned course has a unique bushveld atmosphere and it is not uncommon for visitors to share their golf experience with resident giraffe, hippo, crocodile and other wildlife!


On the Olifants River - Game viewing and bird watching on the Olifants river.


Day trip into the Kruger National Park for a private tour - ask your host for details.

Clothing and Accessories:

We recommend that you note the following in order to maximise your comfort during your stay:
-  Sunglasses
-  sun hat
-  swimming costume
-  Good walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are suitable)
-  suntan lotion and sun block and insect repellent
-  Cameras
-  binoculars
-  Warm pullover for Winter months (June to September)

Health and Climate:

Dietary requirements
Please inform the reservations in advance should any special dietary needs be required.

Medical Conditions:
Prior to arrival, guests should notify the reservations office of any pre-existing medical conditions. this includes any allergies etc.

This is a malaria area and prophylactics are recommended.  Check with your doctor prior to arrival.

Rooms and Units Available:


Three Bedroom House in a big 5 Game Reserve.

Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Special Meals on Request
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.

Terms and Conditions

Children 12 and older are Welcome.  Maximum of 2 children per room. Children from 12 years and older, will be charged the full adult rate.

Transfers: from Eastgate (Hoedspruit) or Phalaborwa Airport can be arranged.  Ashton Tours Shuttle operates from OR Tambo Airport and drops Guest off at the Grietjie Gate (the lodge will pick guests up) and returns Guests to OR Tambo Airport -  Contact lodge for pricing.

Rates quoted include Dinner, bed and breakfast and game drive.

Rates exclude:  Guided Walks, Alcohol, Beverages, Discretionary Gratuities and Laundry. 

Adult rates are quoted per person per day, sharing in twin queen-size accommodation.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
To secure your booking,a 50% deposit must be paid on receipt of invoice and the balance payable on arrival.  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total. If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit. If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit. If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.

PLEASE NOTE: Under no circumstances can the lodge refund or transfer unused bed-nights caused by cancellation due to flight or airport delays, sickness and any other unforeseen circumstances.           


Grietjie Private Nature Reserve is located in the northern section of the Balule Nature Reserve, on the R40, 30 kms south of Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province.  Enter at the Balule Grietjie gate sign, drive until you reach the Grietjie Gate 3.5km, Mutsami Bush lodge is located 1.5km from the Grietjie gate on the right - No 91.

Book Through Ashton Tours

Ashtons Phalaborwa Comfort shuttle service will stop at the R40 Grietjie turnoff at the following times (pre-arranged bookings only):

  • OR Tambo to R40 Grietjie turnoff: ETA @ 17h55.
  • R40 Grietjie turnoff to OR Tambo Shuttle: Departure @ 07h20.

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Children Policy

No under 12years Old

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Game Lodge and Guesthouse
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM