Hidden in the Great Olifants river gorge, tucked in against the banks of the mighty river You will find Olifants River Lodge, You are woken by the calls of the fish eagle and greeted by the chirp and chatter of the 1000s of species of bird life. Whether for leisure, conferencing, functions Olifants River Lodge has all the spoils of relaxation yet the sophistication of a professional conference and exhibition venue.
Nowhere else will you find a more balanced property which caters for the serious business conference, fun-filled team builds, nature loving birdwatchers, keen bass anglers or just a down right lazy leisure weekend away.
We are situated between Witbank (Emalahleni) and Middelburg ( Van Dykes Drif off ramp from N4) just off the R555 a prepared gravel road is the path that Oom Barries took back in 1985 to Presidentsrus. He came over the hill and fell in love with the mystical view from afar. With humble beginnings as an Inn, caravan and camping site Olifants river was born.
We are 200 km shot from all major metropolitan areas (Pretoria ,Johannesburg, Nelspruit almost Polokwane). We are an exceptional venue specializing in all aspects of hospitality, named God`s Valley with its indigenous fauna and flora hugs our Diverse accommodation from rough camping to luxury villas set on stunning manicured gardens. Ideal setting for your next conference or family getaway.
Day Visitors and Sunday Lunches by booking only.
Accommodation at Olifants River Lodge:
Ethnic Thatched Rondawels: 16 Units
Spacious rooms with a private en-suit bathroom, Ideal for a leisure couple or twin room for conferencing guests.
Selected DSTV channels, a kettle and fridge is in the room with guest bath towels and amenities. Please we ask to bring your own swimming towels no braais will be permitted as it is not self-catering, all meals will be served in the restaurant.
Log Cabins: 3 Units
A happy space between camping and a hotel room.
An open plan family unit for 4 people sharing, Simple kitchen with breakfast table. Double bed with two single bunk bed style. No TV in units. Shower bathroom and toilet with towels and amenities. Please bring swimming towels as bathroom towels are not allowed at the swimming pool.
Chalet Style Delux: 1 Unit
River View with balcony and braai area, a neat 4 sleeper with kitchenette, lounge, loft room with twin beds and private master bedroom. Combination shower bath. Fan in the room with Limited DSTV. Guest amenities supplied with bath towels, not permitted at swimming areas.
Cosy Cabanas: 6 Units
Neat Open plan family loft style cabana with balcony, braai facilities, kitchenette, bathroom shower combination , double bed with two single beds in loft. Air conditioned, Limited DSTV ,Guest amenities supplied with bath towels , Not permitted at swimming pool areas.
River View Villas: 37 Units
Our Luxury duplex Villas are home away from home, hugging the banks of the Olifants river they boast a fully equipped holiday kitchen, lounge and Private patio braai area. Our comfortable 2 bedroom villas have 2 bedrooms upstairs 2x2 beds with en-suite bathrooms. Our 3 bedroom villas have downstairs master bedroom private en-suite bathroom with two bedrooms x 2 beds upstairs with a shower bathroom. These give you the leisures of home set in the bush. Manicured lawns till the river edge with lots of shady trees. All Villas are air conditioned with select DSTV channels with secure covered parking for your vehicle.
"Off-road" Camp & Caravan: 40 Sites
In the Valley along the Olifants river we have a maintained camping area with 220V power point, camp sites are not marked and ample water points distributed throughout the park. Braai stands available and on request.
Although the park is not graded if you want a stand on the river or set up under the trees. The beautiful views are breath taking. We offer a clean, safe facility. Two of the 4 ablutions offer separate lockable rooms with shower toilet and basin. Each ablution has dishwashing facilities.
Olifants river has 9 multi-purpose conference rooms, multi-media equipped with different size rooms to suite small to large groups - up to 650 in main venue. Our versatility for different functions, conferences, team-building and exhibitions allows us to host any event, our large property also gives us the freedom to do exhibitions and shows when needed. The conference venues are taste fully decorated. Therefore if you require a formal corporate conference, Gala dinner, wedding or 21st birthday party our rooms can be decorated, draped to suit your occasion.
Teambuilding has become a major tool in the motivation of Employees, building gees (spirit) in sales, production or admin staff. We have a energetic, professional team- building company, Nostophobic Adventures, who facilitate the team builds. Our property has large grounds, mountains and river to host something suited for your company , even if you would just like to play a few games in a large group.
Team-building is always great to break up or refresh a long sales seminar or training session. Please send an enquiry to our marketing department. If there is anything special that you would like to arrange that you do not see on our website please dont hesitate to ask.
- Mini supermarket (snoopy)
- Coin operated laundromat
- Hiking Trails
- Horse Riding
- Chess games
- Quad biking
- Pedal boats
- Jungle gym
- Paint ball
- Obstacle course
- Bird watching
- Raft building
- Volley ball
From Johannesburg / Pretoria - Toll road:
Take the N4 / N12 Emalahleni (Witbank) Highway. After the Shell Ultra City, take the first offramp (Middelburg West / Van Dyksdrift - R575 Road). Turn left towards Middelburg, carry on until you get to the 4-way stop (R555 Old Witbank / Middelburg Road). Turn left towards Emalahleni (Witbank) for about 4 km. On your left hand side will be the Telkom / FM Towers and on your right hand side the Presidentsrus turnoff. Turn right here and travel for 11 km on the gravel road and you will be at the Lodge.
From Johannesburg / Pretoria - Via Emalahleni (Witbank) Old Middelburg / Witbank road:
Take the N12 / N4 towards Emalahleni (Witbank). These two roads become the N4 when you pass Emalahleni (Witbank). Take the Mandela Drive offramp. The Ridge Casino is on the left hand side. At the traffic light, turn left into Mandela Drive. Turn right into OR Tambo Road. Carry on with this road until you come to the 4-way stop at Kentucky and Sasol Garage. Turn right into the R555 (Voortrekker Road), towards Middelburg. This is the old Witbank/Middelburg Road. Travel on this road for 17.7 km. On your right hand side you will see the Telkom / FM Tower, on the left hand side will be a road sign displaying 'Presidentsrus'. Turn left into this road (gravel road). Travel for +/- 11 km and you will be at the Lodge.
Take the N4 towards Middelburg. Take the R575 offramp (Middelburg West/ Van Dyksdrift ). Turn right towards Middelburg, carry on until you get to the 4-way stop (R555 Old Witbank / Middelburg Road). Turn left towards Emalahleni (Witbank) for about 4 km. On your left hand side will be the Telkom / FM Towers and on your right hand side the Presidentsrus turnoff. Turn right here and travel for 11 km on the gravel road and you will be at the Lodge.