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Set in Limpopo’s magnificent Waterberg mountains and plains, just half an hour east of Vaalwater lies a hidden gem.  Riverdance Lodge is perfect for self-catering families and groups of friends to escape to the tranquility of the bush.

This social lodge caters for 12 persons in 6 en-suite bedrooms set in emerald rolling lawns down to the dam where the hippos splash and call.

The Lodge has a large kitchen, indoor fireplace in an expansive lounge and an open plan dining area.  This flows to an outdoor braai and boma area.  The entertainment room has a pool table, small bar with full DSTV and Wi-Fi.  The sparkling pool, patio and kids play area provide something for everyone.

The classic safari styled thatched lodge has a wonderful blend of old world feel with modern facilities.  Enjoy a sundowner around the fire, admire the stunning dam views and hear the calls of Africa all in idyllic comfort.  The property boasts very unusual bushman paintings, fishing and game drives from the lodge.  Magnificent rolling plains, deep ravines and towering cliffs are some of the varying landscapes on the property.

Other activities include quad biking, clay Pidgeon shooting and walks on Nyati.  Only 15 km of easy dirt road!

Area Info:

Nyati Wilderness is home to an expansive 12500 hectares of beautiful bushveld located between Vaalwater and Lephalale in the Waterberg, Limpopo.  This wilderness area boasts 3 of the Big 5, many different species of plains game and other interesting wildlife that wander between the many rivers, dams, mountains and plains.


Nyati Wilderness, besides offering a spectacular accommodation portfolio, offers a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained.  Nature is truly incredible.  The magnificence of the bush, stars, landscapes and game will enthrall and delight visitors.  There are a multitude of different species on the farm which we are increasing to create the most diverse endemic species that a Limpopo property can offer!

Species of Game on the farm for viewing - Aardvark / Anteater, Klipspringer, Baboon, Kudu, Blesbuck, Leopard, Brown Hyaena, Nyala, Buffalo, Oryx / Gemsbuck Bushbaby / Galago, Ostrich, Bushbuck, Porcupine, Bush pig, Red Hartebeest, Civet, Roan Common and Mountain Reedbuck, Sable, Crocodile, Steenbuck, Duiker, Tsessbe, Eland, Vervet Monkey, Elephant, Warthog, Genet, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Hare and Springhare, Zebra, Hippo, African Wildcat, Caracal, Aardwolf, Bat Eared Fox and Pangolin are rare sightings, Honey badger and Impala. 
Springbuck and other game species will soon be introduced.  A multitude of both migratory and resident birdlife, fish and insects abound.


Bushman painting viewing – two sites. 
Clay Pidgeon shooting, Fishing, Game drives, Game walks, Helicopter flips, Hippo blind game viewing, Hot air balloon, Night drives, River picnic, Boma for sundowners or dinner.  Target shoot, Swimming, Boma dinners (pre book), River braai, Weddings and corporate events, Quad biking.

Rooms and Units Available:

3 Queen size bedrooms en-suite 3 Rooms with two ¾ beds in each; en-suite Kitchen and pantry Dining room and lounge, 2 Patios, Outdoor dining table, Pool, Entertainment room with pool table, bar and DSTV.
Braai and boma area Kids jungle gym 6-car garage.  Electric hippo fence.  Wood supplied.

Riverdance Lodge

With gorgeous views of the plains and dam, this lodge caters for 12 guests in 6 en-suite bedrooms. The Lodge has a large kitchen, indoor fireplace, lounge, 2 patios, private braai and boma area, outdoor dining and WiFi.

Sleeps 12 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Tswana / Sotho
Communal Television
Games Room
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- 50% accommodation deposit is payable to secure the booking.
- Self catering deposits may only be refunded 2 weeks before arrival.
- Balance is due 7 days before arrival.

Forfeit 100% of total amount if guest cancels 7 days before arrival
Forfeit 50% of total amount if guest cancels 14 days before arrival
Forfeit 25% of total amount if guest cancels 15 or more days before arrival

Terms and Conditions

-  Damages to the property will be charged for at the replacement/repair value.
-  Loss of Nyati Wilderness property due to client negligence will be charged for at the replacement value.
-  Game Drives and other activities can be paid for in cash at Nyati Wilderness or by means of Visa/MasterCard in the office in Vaalwater town on the day of departure.
-  No camping is allowed at any of our lodges.
-  No self-drive game drives are allowed, however requests for mountain biking will be considered (please bring your own bike).
-  Limited ice and wood will be supplied.
-  Please remember that this is a Big 5 area and please take due caution.  In booking this accommodation you exempt Nyati Wilderness as well as its staff from any loss, damage, injury or death.

**Rooms 5&6 may only be booked as an add on for a group booking of Riverdance Lodge and cannot be booked as stand alone rooms


Follow the N1 North to Kranskop tollgate and keep left through the left toll.
This is the Marble Hall / Nylstroom (Modimole) turn off. At the T-junction turn left to Nylstroom / Modimole. Travel straight thought Nylstroom / Modimole. Continue on to Vaalwater.
Stop at the Big 5 Centre to check into the Nyati Wilderness Office. 
Please note that the gates close at 6pm.
In Vaalwater continue to the four way stop (the only one).
Turn right onto the Melkrivier Road. You will drive past the police station and through a small township.
Proceed for approximately 34 km past Cesar’s and Eventira.
Turn left onto the Dorset dirt road and (ignore the fork left) keep straight for about 10.5 km. You will see the Nyati Wilderness gate for Riverdance on your right.
Proceed through the gate and follow the main road for about 5.5 km to the lodge which you will see opposite the dam on your right.  Please note that there is MTN cell phone reception on the farm or Wi-Fi and intermittent cell phone reception on the road.

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Children Policy

Children Welcome.  Lodge is booked as a whole/has a set price, no sliding scale according to age.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM