Sometimes we just need a place to retreat to, a haven far removed from the demands of work and the chores we face at home. Other times, when we need to be inspired or thrilled, we look for a base from which to explore. But why should you have to choose? At Cambalala, you can experience the best of both worlds.
Our well-equipped and stylish units sit in the beautifully landscaped grounds of Kruger Park Lodge, a 4 star resort on the banks of the Sabie River. With a golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts on site, there’s a plethora of reasons to stay in. And when you want to go out, Kruger National Park is only a ten minute drive away. Hazyview with its many shops and restaurants is conveniently located just down the road.
You don’t have to settle. You can have it all.
Stay with us at the award winning Kruger Park Lodge resort
Compromise has never felt this good
You know the dilemma: you’re desperate to go on safari, but prising your partner away from the golf course is impossible and the kids just want to splash around in the pool. If this sounds all too familiar, then the place you choose to spend your holiday has got to multi-task. Look no further: Kruger Park Lodge fits the bill perfectly. This award-winning complex is the ideal choice for everyone, whatever their age or interests.
Located on a nine-hole course designed by Gary Player, this 4-star resort is situated on the banks of the Sabie River just ten minutes from Kruger National Park. The three on-site swimming pools, four tennis courts, kid’s playground and mini-golf course will keep the youngsters happy. Against a verdant backdrop of lush green lawns and dense woodland, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of the area’s wildlife without having to leave the estate. Guests can follow one of the nature walk trails along the river bank or, from the safety of the purpose-built hippo hide, watch the resident hippo potter in the shallows. If you need it, there’s a laundry and even a car wash – they’ve really thought of everything.
Luxury self-catering with wildlife on your doorstep
4 Luxury self-catering vacation rental units
Each of our four chalets offers a high standard of accommodation at an affordable price. They each sleep 6 adults and 2 children, perfect for a family or a group of friends. Air conditioning in all bedrooms is standard and with fully equipped kitchen, bedrooms designed with comfort in mind and cosy living rooms, this is your home away from home. There’s a loft in each chalet, sleeping four; with its own television and comfy couch the kids can have their own space, leaving you in peace. There are two bathrooms so there’ll be no need to queue and we know it’s important to have a shower and a bath, so we fitted both. But it’s the finishing touches that really make a difference, so we’ll supply fresh linen, towels and the all important hairdryer. Daily cleaning is included too and that includes the braai, of course. Who wants to spend their vacation making the bed?
Hazyview, Mpumalanga is perfectly situated.
Easy access to the Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park
Cambalala nestles in the heart of Mpumalanga Province, in the east of South Africa, its name in both Zulu and the local SiSwati language meaning “the place where the sun rises”. The chalets are perfectly situated for visiting not only Kruger National Park, but for excursions along the famed Panorama Route as well. The breathtaking views over the Klein Drakensberg escarpment are some of the most spectacular in the country, with the God’s Window viewpoint perhaps the jewel in the crown.
Lush Blyde River Canyon with its sub-tropical foliage delights hikers. Impressive rock formations and plunging waterfalls punctuate the landscape. Its geological highlights include The Pinnacle, a 30 metre high quartzite needle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, ground into the landscape at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers and of course, the iconic Three Rondavels. The cascades at Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac Falls add drama to an already magnificent setting. Deep in the Mankelekele Mountains you’ll discover the Sudwala Caves, thought to be the oldest in the world, and the nearby Dinosaur Park, whose life size models chronicle a time that fascinates us to this day.
People have left their mark here too. At the gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest you can try your luck panning for gold, just as the first prospectors would have done back in 1873. The Shangana Cultural Village will delight those interested in the area’s cultural heritage. There, you can shop for locally made crafts at the village’s traditional market, enjoy music and dance performances and share dinner at the Chief’s Kraal.
This diverse region deserves your time. Don’t be in a rush to leave.
The Kruger National Park
South Africa’s must see wildlife park on your doorstep
Kruger is only a ten minute drive from Cambalala
Kruger National Park is firmly on the A-list of African national parks. South Africa’s flagship park is characterised by the diversity of its habitats and therefore its great variety of wildlife also. You can tick off the Big Five – that’s elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion – in your first morning and still have a Noah’s Ark full of animals to cross off your safari bucket list. Cheetah, hyenas, zebra, monkeys, antelopes and more birds than you can crane your neck to look at afford the very best of nature’s riches. Beware – you’ll become almost blasé. Some say you can spot the most recently arrived tourists in Kruger National Park because their cameras are the only ones still clicking away at the ubiquitous impala. Safari veterans will enjoy the chance to look out for the Little Five, though if you’re a novice, you might need to Google the Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle first so that you know what you’re looking for.
Best of all, this is accessible wilderness. Kruger is only a ten minute drive from Cambalala and as one of the world’s most accessible parks, it’s a safe and popular choice for a self-drive safari. You don’t need to confine yourself to your car. Kruger also offers a wide range of hiking trails and draws mountain bikers keen to explore. Game drives and guided walking tours can be conveniently booked at the reception desk of Kruger Park Lodge, taking the organisational headache out of your trip. And finally, a word from the wise: don’t forget to schedule in some downtime. Why not spend the morning exploring Kruger before returning to Cambalala for a leisurely lunch and a siesta? With the park so close, you can afford to dip in and out.
Venture out to explore Hazyview
Everything you’ll need right on the doorstep
Though there’s no need to leave the confines of the Kruger Park Lodge unless you want to, you’re just a stone’s throw from the centre of Hazyview. Whether you need to stop off at the ATM or grab some milk for your breakfast cereal, you’ll find what you need there. Stock up the fridge at Checkers or Pick n Pay.
For everything else, browse the many stores that fill Lowveld Mall or Hazyview Junction. Both malls are situated within a kilometre of Kruger Park Lodge, but Hazyview Junction wins by a nose when it comes to groceries and everyday purchases. The Trading Post at Perry’s Bridge is probably the best place locally to pick up high quality souvenirs, with a wide range of curios, silks, artwork décor pieces and leather goods to choose from.
When it comes to dining, all your regular chains and fast food joints are represented, from Steers and Nandos to McDonalds and KFC. But you’re on holiday: treat yourself to something a little more special. If you’re looking for a cultural experience to go with dinner, then reserve a table under a thatched boma at the Shangaan River Club on the Hippo Hollow Country Estate. Traditional storytelling, rhythmic drumming and dancing accompanied by a Shangaan feast make this a night to remember.
For something more rustic, then Tanks Bush Pub, a little out of town to the west, is our recommendation. G’s Bistro & Bar is located conveniently close to Cambalala and on its diverse menu, there’s something to please everyone. Kuka’s do great food and even better cocktails. Topolino’s will hit the mark if you’re in the mood for Italian, or for meat try Pioneer’s Grill – we think they serve the best steaks in the area.
Tables at the Reserve at River’s Edge overlook the Sabie River, making this a popular choice for lunch, though we should point out dinner reservations are for larger groups only. Rivalling the setting at the Reserve at the River’s Edge is The River Café, where the food and the view are both outstanding.
If you just fancy a coffee, head out to Shiloh’s near the Elephant Sanctuary or in town, there’s a branch of the dependable Mugg and Bean inside a small service station – good for coffee on the run.
Quality accommodation representing excellent value for money
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The price also includes a daily cleaning service for your convenience and and free WiFi (limits apply).
Highly rated on many traveller portals
AirBnB Reviews - 4.7/5
Booking.com - 9/10
Tripadvisor - 4.5/5
What our guests are saying about Cambalala
“Excellent Service” The beauty of Hazyview itself, God's window, bourke's Luck Potholes and blyde river caynyon nature reserve. Cambalala Lodge was nice... read moreCapsize M19 Feb 2020
A pousada Cambalala é um dos lugares mais lindos que conheci. Se você quiser descansar e viver em plena harmonia... read moreDiogo04 Feb 2020
“Beautiful lodge” Beautiful lodge with thatched roof, cleaned every day and well maintained. Play golf, mini golf, swim or walk to see... read morejuliecZ57...26 Jan 2020
“Cambalala great stay” This was our 5th stay with Camabalala. As always it was great. With my daughter having her birthday that week... read moresonbandat13 Jan 2020
“Thank you” Had the most amazing stay at Cambalala. The reception was great, nice and friendly staff. The chalet was beautiful, clean... read more908thande...12 Jan 2020
A very nice house inside a comfortable resort. The location is great - 3 Kruger Park gates are quite close,... read morePavlo06 Jan 2020
Very comfortable, stylish and clean accommodation with all the amenities you need for self catering. The outlook of the... read moreJulia31 Dec 2019