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Rooted Bush Safaris is situated a 30-minute drive from Hoedspruit Town.  The farm is approximately 261 hectares, and with the undulating hills, it is closer to 360 hectares.  The property boasts a variety of plains game with approximately 500 bird species in and around the area.

The camp allocates for self-catering in a group setting, with the feeling of ‘owning your lodge’.  Each glamping tented stand is elevated and is furnished with a queen-size bed or twin beds. Each tented stand features an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower.  Each stand boasts a balcony with outdoor seating overlooking the bush.

The camp is surrounded and has a low-level electric fence for safety.  Guests have access to the communal kitchen, which is well-equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, an oven, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, and crockery.  Extend onto a covered verandah, with a naturally styled pool covered by Marula trees providing that much-needed shade on the hot summer days.  The main deck provides the perfect setting to have your early morning coffee or the perfect refreshment in the afternoon while taking in the beautiful sounds of the African bush showing off panoramic views of the Klein Drakensberg.

Enjoy an evening under the stars at the boma, move and enjoy dining under the thatched dining area set for 8.

The main camp facility overlooks the watering hole which is frequently visited by the variety of plains game on the property, giraffe, kudu, zebra, and impala.  The camp also includes housekeeping, grounds men, and a professional FGASA registered guide.  With tent flaps up, wake up and fall asleep, bringing in nature and soaking up the sounds of the African bush.

From the farm, it’s a 40-minute drive to Phalaborwa Gate and approximately an hour and ten minutes to Orpen Gate into the world-famous Kruger National Park.  On a clear day, enjoy an ice-cold beverage with friends and family whilst sitting on the main lodge deck overlooking a boasting view of the Blyde River Canyon the third largest canyon in the world, which is part of the Klein Drakensberg range.

In-Room facilities:
* En-suite bathroom
* Bathroom amenities
* Shower only
* Balcony/Terrace
* Outdoor furniture
* Glamping tented accommodation
* Non-smoking
* Sitting area
* Desk
* Cleaning service
* Turn down service
* Fan
* Garden/bush views

Establishment Facilities:
* Free limited W-Fi access in the main thatched building
* Communal kitchen, lounge and dining area
* Outdoor swimming pool
* Overlooking the watering hole
* Boma/Braai/BBQ area
* Personal qualified guide
* Free open-air parking
* Day tour trips/game drives can be arranged

Area Info:

Hoedspruit is a small farming town at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg Mountains, in the Limpopo province. Hoedspruit is the perfect getaway for animal lovers. Guests can enjoy wildlife experiences at one of several animal sanctuaries. Do a guided tour of the non-profit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre to see cheetahs, African wild dogs, and black-footed cats, or try a Platinum tour which includes African wild dogs and vulture feeding. Other animal sanctuaries include the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, and Khamai Reptile Centre. Just a stone’s throw away from the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit is one of the best bases for Big Five wildlife viewing. In addition to the Big Five, there are over 40 mammal species and 350 different species of birds. Activities include game drives, bush walks, and elephant interactions and rides.


* Kruger National Park day trips
* Blyde Dam Cruise
* The Blyde River Canyon Panorama Route Tours
* Hot Air Ballooning
* Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
* Hoedspruit Reptile Centre
* Elephant Orphanage


Rooted Bush Safaris is in the fortunate position to offer an exclusive, open game vehicle, day trip to the Kruger National Park, planned and driven by the owner and game ranger of Rooted Bush Safaris, Dillan Levin.

This experience is for a minimum of 2 (see artes paying guests (max 8), who want to experience the wonders of the KNP in an open game vehicle which is only allowed by licenced operators and is limited to a certain number of vehicles per day. Entrance to the KNP will either be through the Phalaborwa or Orpen Gate and will stop for a tea / coffee break in the park and then for lunch (guest to pay) at one of the KNP camp sites and returning to the Rooted Bush Camp late in the afternoon.

This activity must be prepaid in advance.

As space is limited, prebooking of this activity is essential. Rate includes park fees.

Clothing and Accessories:

Pack your neutral and light-coloured clothing so you blend in better with the surrounding environment. Khaki, beige, brown and green draws the least amount of attention and distraction when out on game drives. Darker and brighter colours can attract unwanted mosquitoes and insects.

The lodge is surrounded by mountains and is secluded, with limited Wi-Fi spots.

There is a cell phone signal within the reserve, but we do advise you to leave mobile phones behind when going on a game drive as they are an unnecessary disturbance to the wildlife and other guests. If you are taking photos with your cell phone camera, set it to aeroplane mode. Local cell phone cards are available to purchase at South African international airports.

Rooms and Units Available:

Glamping Safari Tent Queen Bed
Each glamping tented stand is elevated and is furnished with a queen-size bed and features an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower. Each stand boasts a balcony with outdoor seating overlooking the bush.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Glamping Safari Tent Twin beds
Each glamping tented stand is elevated and is furnished with twin beds. Each tented stand features an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower. Each stand boasts a balcony with outdoor seating overlooking the bush.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Xhosa / Zulu
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
Mountain Biking
Eco Tours

Cancellation Policy:

>30 days prior-    Deposit: 100%  Cancellation: 75% Days to confirm a booking: 2 Days.
30 - 90 days prior-  Deposit: 25%  Cancellation: 25% Days to confirm a booking: 7 Days.
90 - 365 days prior-  Deposit: 10%  Cancellation: 10% Days to confirm a booking: 14 Days.     

Please note:
-  All deposits made are non-refundable.
-  In the event that the reservation is cancelled, a cancellation fee will be levied equal to the required deposit payments.

Terms and Conditions

  • All rates above are based on a per-person sharing per night basis, in our safari tented camp.
  • No Children under the age of 12 years old are allowed on the property.
  • Children and adults between the ages of 13 and 25 must always accompanied by an adult.
  • All rates are subject to availability.
  • Maximum occupancy for the tented camp and lodge is limited to 8 people.
  • Participation in bush walks will be at the Lodge Manager’s and/or trails guides discretion and is dependent on the age and potential fitness levels of the guests.
  • Minimum age for a bush walk is 16 years and older.
  • Rooted Bush Safaris reserves the right to revoke promotions and specials at any time.
  • No off-road motorcycles, quad bikes, dogs or pets shall be permitted access to the Farm unless you want them eaten!
  • No hunting allowed on the Umnulu Reserve.
  • No discharge of fireworks or firearms, or collection of animal remains permitted.
  • A breakage deposit is part of your booking fee and will be refunded upon exit, minus breakage costs.
  • All rates are in South African Rands and include VAT. (VAT is determined by South African government regulations and is subject to change).
  • All guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.


From Polokwane International Airport:

1. Head southeast on Gateway St for 290 m.
2. Turn left to continue on Gateway St for 1.5 km.
3. Turn left onto Landdros Mare St/R101 and proceed for 1.2 kilometers.
4. Use the right two lanes to make a right turn onto Veldspaat St, covering 1.4 km.
5. Continue straight on Veldspaat St for 1.2 km.
6. Continue straight, passing through one roundabout, on Veldspaat St for 1.3 km.
7. Turn left onto Munnik Ave and travel for 1.0 km.
8. Continue onto R81 for 110 meters before turning right.
9. After 2.4 km, turn left onto Grobler St/R71 and continue on R71 for 1.3 km.
10. At the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on R71 for 15.0 km.
11. Stay on R71 for 65.4 km by taking the second exit at the next roundabout.
12. Turn right onto R36/R71 and travel for 4.0 km.
13. Take the R71 ramp to Phalaborwa, using the left lane, and turn left onto Wolkberg Dr/R71, following R71 for 6.3 km.
14. Continue straight to remain on R71 for 49.4 km.
15. Proceed onto Gravelotte St/R40 for 300 meters before continuing straight on R40 for 1.2 km.
16. Continue onto R526 for 31.1 km before turning left onto R40.
17. After 800 m, turn right; the entrance to Rooted Bush Safaris will be on the right, just 66 m away.


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Children Policy

We regret no children under the age of 12.
Children aged between 12 and 18 pay an extra fee.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM