Luxury self-catering with wildlife on your doorstep
Cambalala’s location means you’ll never be short of things to do. Within Kruger Park Lodge, there’s so much choice you could be forgiven for not wishing to step out at all. If you don’t want to ditch your fitness routine, you’ll be happy to learn there are designated jogging routes, as well as nature trails if you wish to wander at a more leisurely pace. You’ll find three swimming pools, a kids’ playground with trampoline and giant chess. And you don’t have to stop just because the sun’s gone down. The four tennis courts are floodlit at night though you’ll probably want to change out of your gear to watch the evening entertainment if you visit in peak season. Of course, we’ll forgive you if you prefer to sit back and relax with a drink on your private deck and light up the braai.
From golf to game reserves and everything in between
All that you could ask for from a vacation spot
But we know you’ll want to explore some of the beautiful countryside surrounding Kruger Park Lodge. We don’t need to remind you that Kruger National Park is right on the doorstep. In ten minutes you could be experiencing the thrill of a safari in one of the world’s premier game reserves. All the family will delight in spotting the enormous variety of creatures that make their home here, from the Big Five to the Little Five and everything in between. If you tire of Kruger Park Lodge’s own 9-hole golf course, there’s another at Skukuza within the boundaries of the National Park, as well as the spectacularly located Sabi River course, one of the few 18-hole courses in the area.
Hazyview, Mpumalanga is perfectly situated.
Thrill seekers or chill seekers are equally well looked after
Adventure-seekers will be spoilt for choice. The Sabie River affords the opportunity to test your mettle on twenty grade 2 and 3 rapids. Nearby, you could try ziplining, quad biking and abseiling, all designed to get the adrenaline racing in a setting as thrilling as the activities you’re tackling. Take to the air by helicopter, microlight or hot air balloon to savour Mpumalanga’s breathtaking landscapes from above, or jump in to the water for a canyoning, geckoing or kayaking adventure. Caution – you will get wet! If you prefer to stick to dry land, mountain biking or horse-riding are activities that all the family can enjoy together. If all this sounds just a little too adventurous, then of course there’s a plethora of hiking trails or opportunities to fish for trout in the well-stocked Sabie River.
Whatever you decide to do, keep your eyes peeled. The animals are inquisitive in these parts and have a habit of popping up to see what you’re up to. This diverse region deserves your time. Don’t be in a rush to leave.
The Panorama Route
Breathtaking views and a rich cultural heritage
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.
The Kruger National Park
South Africa's must see wildlife park on your doorstep
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.
Quality accommodation representing excellent value for money
All prices are listed in ZAR (South African Rands) and are per unit per night for the entire house on a self-catering basis. The price also includes a daily cleaning service for your convenience and and free WiFi (limits apply).
Luxury Units: Our luxury units accommodate up to 6 adults and an additional 2 children.
Most of the time
|USD: 160||EUR: 132||GBP: 114|
June, July & August
|USD: 178||EUR: 146||GBP: 127|
December & January
|USD: 196||EUR: 161||GBP: 140|
Private Villa: Our private villa sleeps up to 6 guests and guarantees privacy in generous proportions.
Most of the time
|USD: 188||EUR: 155||GBP: 135|
June, July & August
|USD: 203||EUR: 167||GBP: 145|
December & January
|USD: 238||EUR: 196||GBP: 170|
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
“Serene and Excellent” Cambalala is perfectly located for a weekend in Mpumalanga! The unit we booked was clean and the reception staff was... read morelesa_samb...25 Feb 2021
“Missing it already.” Great place to stay, clean, peaceful, everything you need. Will definitely book at Cambalala again in future.Odyssey10...10 Feb 2021
“Great for game and golf lovers” The location, unit and immediate environment make this a relaxing getaway with family. Very close to all conveniences yet equally... read moreTeboho L14 Dec 2020
The unit met all our needs. There is a small lake outside the varenda that adds to the outdoor ambience.... read moreTeboho06 Dec 2020
“Perfect location, tranquil, always neat and clean, well maintained” We recently revisited/returned for the fourth time. A problem with one of the room's airconditioner was sorted out quickly. We... read moreQuest0569...02 Nov 2020
“Family Break” Kruger Park Lodge is an amazing lodge, with so much to do for the whole family.
Cambalala Lodge was beautiful, clean,... read moreExplorer2...23 Oct 2020