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Indlovu River Lodge Reviews & Information

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Restaurants

Dining at the Indlovu River Lodge

Scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches and delicious dinners are available for all guests at the Indlovu River Lodge in the most magnificent setting of the lodge admits bushveld surroundings.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Game drives

The Indlovu River Lodge offers two game drives per day; game drives that will leave unforgettable memories for all visitors.  Skilled game rangers and local trackers share their passion and love for the African bushveld with visitors as they provide extensive knowledge about the game and vegetation of the region.

Game drives are three hours long each including a mid-way break and as animals have become accustomed to the vehicles over time, guests can view the wildlife going about their daily routines in the natural habitat.

Game drives for children

The Children’s Bumble Drive is popular amongst children and lasts between 60 to 90 minutes.  These drives avoid dangerous wild life and rather focus on sharing the small miracles of the African bush.  Children get to experience the bushveld with all the senses by touching, hearing, seeing, smelling and feeling bark, leaves, sounds, flowers, etc.

Bird watching

With over 350 species of birds on the reserve, bird enthusiasts will be delighted with the bird baths strewn about the lodge’s gardens as they appeal to a variety of different bird species.  The Indlovu River Lodge offers a custom-built look-out point enabling the patient bird-watcher to see their favorite species.

Guided walks

Guided walks, through the African bushveld, are carried out by qualified guides and are often the highlight any safari.  This activity provides the most wholesome way of experiencing the bush and all its inhabitants and provide guests with a different perspective of the bushveld.

Conferences & Events

Conferences at the Indlovu River Lodge

The Indlovu River Lodge is an ideal inspirational retreat for a conference, meeting or workshop away from the distractions of city life. The African themed meeting room at the lodge is equipped with a flip chart, flat screen TV for projection of presentations and Wifi access. In addition, the lodge supplies bottled water and mints, pads as well as pens.

The Indlovu River Lodge caters for all meals and coffee breaks which may be enjoyed on the large timber deck shaded by majestic Jackalberry trees. End a hard day’s work with a late afternoon game drive followed by refreshments and dinner under the stars at the lodge. Tailor made conference packages are available and the lodge caters for particular needs in terms of accommodation, equipment, catering and activities.

Facilities

Baby Facility

Children are welcome to stay at the Indlovu River Lodge in South Africa, and baby cots are available on request.

Services

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Internet access in rooms
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Concierge services
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Pre-arrival shopping
  • Safari drives
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The four-star Indlovu River Lodge is in a malaria-free area. Over 353 bird species reside in the game reserve as well as elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, hippos, lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs making for an outstanding game viewing experience.

Children Policy
  • Children are welcome at the Indlovu River Lodge and those under the age of four years old stay free of charge.  Children between five years and twelve years old will pay 50% of the adult rate.

Children Activities
  • Game drives, specially designed for children, are available at the Indlovu River Lodge and last approximately 60 - 90 minutes.  

    Rangers ensure that dangerous game is avoided during these drives and instead, children are encouraged to smell, feel, touch and experience all things beautiful about the African bushveld.

Available Rooms

Shawu - Dzombo (Luxury)

# Rooms:
3

Chalet types:

  • Chalet Shawu: 4 Superior Suites
  • Chalet Shingwedzi: 1 Superior Suite and 2 Standard Suites  
  • Chalet Kambaku: 2 Superior Suites and 1 Standard Suite.

The Kambaku Chalet and the Shingwedzi Chalet at the Indlovu River Lodge  feature six suites offering a comfortable accommodation space for guests.

Chalet Kambaku

The lodge's Chalet Kambaku accommodates nine guests in three downstairs bedrooms and two upstairs rooms.  The open-plan kitchen and dining/living area are well equipped including a fridge/freezer and a gas stove as well as a freshly ground coffee and milk and sugar.

Kambaku offers a large and enticing rock pool with an adjacent deck offering incredible views of the river below and the outlaying Drakensberg Mountains. The private pool and boma provide the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day while enjoying cooking under the stars.

Shingwedzi Chalet

The Shingwedzi Chalet is considered the lodge’s most prized chalet and sleeps up to four guests. A very beautiful and well-equipped open-plan kitchen and lounge, with comfortable leather armchairs, ensure that visitors are content while a large and well-laid out master bedroom offers a small balcony; ideal for taking in the majestic views.

The private boma, plunge pool and veranda all add to the sublime experience and provide the perfect vantage points for the idyllic views.  A well situated spotlight allows for the spotting of nocturnal animals.

Located towards the back of the lush gardens, the great Shingwedzi Garden Suite is at the top of a set of stairs.  Offering a king-sized bed, facing sliding doors that open onto the balcony, the chalet offers visitors delightful early mornings filled with the soft sounds of the mourning doves and incredibly scenic views. The chalet is equipped with coffee and tea making facilities and is stocked with ground coffee, tea, sugar and milk.

Single Room R4120
Double Room R8230

Villa Kambaku (Luxury)

# Rooms:
3
The double suite with open plan bathroom boasts gorgeous crystal chandeliers that capture the African sun during the day and energise the suite at night. Glass folding doors make up the front of the suite and provide unadulterated views of the Kuvjename River as well as free-flowing access to the sun deck and infinity swimming pool. 
Single Room R4120
Double Room R8230

Villa Shawu (Luxury)

# Rooms:
3
The double suite with open plan bathroom boasts gorgeous crystal chandeliers that capture the African sun during the day and energise the suite at night.
 
Glass folding doors make up the front of the suite and provide unadulterated views of the Kuvjename River as well as free-flowing access to the sun deck and infinity swimming pool.  Below the deck is a fireplace which is the perfect spot for a night cap.
Single Room R4120
Double Room R8230

Ndlulamithi (Superior)

# Rooms:
7

The luxurious king-sized bed and comfy leather chairs face an enormous window that looks out onto the river below ensuring that visitors experience the awesomeness that surrounds them.

At the back of the suite, is a tropical garden with outdoor shower – a well-lit walkway is provided making it possible to enjoy the shower even after the sun goes down.

Single Room R5210
Double Room R10420

Shawu - Joao (Luxury)

# Rooms:
7

The luxurious king-sized bed and comfy leather chairs face an enormous window that looks out onto the river below ensuring that visitors experience the awesomeness that surrounds them.

At the back of the suite, is a tropical garden with outdoor shower – a well-lit walkway is provided making it possible to enjoy the shower even after the sun goes down.

The Ndlulamithi Chalet is a modern and the newest chalet to the lodge and is tucked away in the far corner of lodge’s land.  The double suite with open plan bathroom boasts gorgeous crystal chandeliers that capture the African sun during the day and energise the suite at night.

Glass folding doors make up the front of the suite and provide unadulterated views of the Kuvjename River as well as free-flowing access to the sun deck and infinity swimming pool.  Below the deck is a fireplace which is the perfect spot for a night cap.

Single Room R4120
Double Room R8230

Villa Shingwedzi (Superior)

# Rooms:
7

The luxurious king-sized bed and comfy leather chairs face an enormous window that looks out onto the river below ensuring that visitors experience the awesomeness that surrounds them.

At the back of the suite, is a tropical garden with outdoor shower – a well-lit walkway is provided making it possible to enjoy the shower even after the sun goes down.

The Ndlulamithi Chalet is a modern and the newest chalet to the lodge and is tucked away in the far corner of lodge’s land.  The double suite with open plan bathroom boasts gorgeous crystal chandeliers that capture the African sun during the day and energise the suite at night.

Glass folding doors make up the front of the suite and provide unadulterated views of the Kuvjename River as well as free-flowing access to the sun deck and infinity swimming pool.  Below the deck is a fireplace which is the perfect spot for a night cap.

Single Room R5210
Double Room R10420
 

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.202450

Longitude: 30.576308

Directions

Directions to the Indlovu River Lodge from Johannesburg and Pretoria:

Take the N12 to Witbank (E Mahlaleni) (148km,) or from Pretoria take the N4 to Witbank (E Mahlaleni) (111km).
Continue along the N4 from Witbank (E Mahlelani) to Belfast (87km) and take the left hand turn off to Belfast along the R33. From Belfast drive through Dullstroom (R540) to Lydenburg (Mashishing).
From Lydenburg (Mashishing) take the R36 through Ohrigstad to the Strydom Tunnel. Approximately 15 km after the tunnel takes the left hand turn off to Tzaneen along the R36.
Stay on this road for 23km.
Approximately 150 m after you have passed Shiduli Lodge and crossed the Kuvjename River turn right to the entrance gate for Indlovu River Lodge (Karongwe Private Game Reserve).
To enter, press the white button and state your name and destination. The gate will be opened for you; please wait for it to close behind you. Follow the Lodge signage for 3.2 km.


Directions to the Indlovu River Lodge from Polokwane:

Take the R71 towards Haenertsburg.
In Haenertsburg turn right onto the R528 towards Tzaneen.
In Tzaneen turn right onto the R36 towards Lydenburg.
Follow this road for about 70 km. 5 km after you have passed the turn-off to Bismark turn left to the entrance gate for Indlovu River Lodge (Karongwe Private Game Reserve).
To enter, press the white button and state your name and destination.
The gate will be opened for you; please wait for it to close behind you. Follow the lodge signage for 3.2 km.


Please phone the Lodge if you expect to arrive after sunset.

Distances from Airports:

Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport: 450 km
Hoedspruit Airport: 70 km
Phalaborwa Airport: 90 km
Nelspruit KMIA Airport: 230 km.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

Memberships

  • AA Quality Assured Associate
  • Bird Life South Africa - Birder Friendly Establishment
  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)