It’s Gesa and Frank again and today we would like to share with you five of our favorite lodges in South Africa!
1. Return Africa Pafuri Lodge
Pafuri Lodge feels like home to us. The lodge lies in the Makuleke Concession, in the very North of the Kruger National Park. This is where we did our guide-training. Pafuri Lodge lies on the banks of the Levhuvhu-river, where hundreds of elephants love to bathe and drink. The luxury tents with wooden floors are situated alongside a long boardwalk and have en-suite bathrooms as well as an outdoor-shower. Pafuri also offers two back-to-basics trails camps from where you can do bush walks and drives. The Pafuri area is known for huge buffalo and elephant herds and looks like a fairytale forest!
This is still a secret spot and we share it with you because we love you.
2. Klaserie Sands River Lodge
This is our absolute go-to-lodge for special trips or occasions. Perfect for honeymooners, too! The Klaserie Sands River Lodge has unbelievably friendly staff and the guides will go out of their way to find you the animals and show you a good time. Rooms are spacious and all have river-views (we had elephants, wild dogs and leopards from our terrace here before!). The pool looks out onto a waterhole where elephants love to come and drink during the hot hours of the day. And one thing is for certain: There will always be more than enough food at Klaserie Sands River Lodge for you!
3. Angelas Camp
Angelas lies on the high banks of the Klaserie river and had us at “Hello.” Their private deck and swimming pool are the best we’ve ever seen. The rooms have a down-to-earth but oh-so-comfortable feel to it. Chef JB loves to cook excellent meals and joins you for a story or two around the campfire. You will be taken on game drives by guide Elvis who has been working in this area for over 18 years now.
4. Bateleur Eco Camp
Bateleur Eco Camp in the Timbavati Nature Reserve got so many things right! The camp lies in the shade of a quiet thicket along the river, where Nyalas and bushbuck take shelter. You will stay in simple yet comfortable (and huge!) tents with en-suite bathrooms. The whole lodge is built eco-friendly and runs entirely on solar… and did we mention the food? Wholesome, homemade, delicious – what else could you expect from a chef named “Comfort”? The guiding team are amongst the best trackers we know and if you are keen, will take you on a prolonged bush-walk to track down a crush of rhinos or a pride of lions…
5. Rock Fig Safari Lodge
Also situated in the Timbavati, Rock Fig Safari Lodge has a long-standing history and very relaxed vibes. The rooms are basic but very comfortable and have a homely feel to them. You still get a bit of the “Old-Africa-Vibe” here without it being rustic. Game-viewing in the area is excellent and the guiding-team know their territory by heart! You can do self-catering here or ask for a chef to cook delicious meals for you.