South African Lodges
Address
21 Wild Rivers Nature Reserve
Greater Kruger Park Region
Hoedspruit
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Tented Camp

The Rukiya Safari Camp nestles in the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  This unique tented camp provides travellers with a private and intimate wildlife experience with the chance of admiring the Big Five which include lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants.

Adding to an unforgettable wildlife experience is the fact that this safari camp is actively involved in the conservation of leopards allowing visitors to get required in some of the exciting activities.

The Rukiya provides guests with a once in a lifetime wilderness experience.  The camp has access to three prime wildlife areas in the Kruger National Park area.  To most of this part, the field has single access providing guests private viewing for an unlimited time with never more than two vehicles at any wildlife sighting.  The staff at the lodge aims to maximise the safari time and heads out on morning and afternoon safari trips.

The six luxury tents are beautifully set on the banks of the pristine Blyde River ensuring guests a tranquil, private and most natural safari stay.

Luxury tent features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Comfortable Double or Twin beds
  • Viewing deck.

Facilities & Services

From this eco-friendly, tented bush camp one can admire beautiful mountain and river views.  The natural bushveld view is maximised from the deck of the outdoor, infinity swimming pool.  The traditional African style boma offers a memorable dining experience in the evenings under the star-studded sky.

Facilities and services:

  • Six luxury tents with decks
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Viewing deck
  • Open-air boma
  • Wifi.

Activities

Guests may participate in the adventurous game drives which are accompanied by experienced and qualified game rangers in open 4x4 safari vehicles.  Travellers learn about the local fauna and flora while admiring the magnificent wildlife from a close distance. 

The thrilling walking safaris are a unique experience during which visitors have the opportunity to get closer to nature and learn about the smaller creatures which inhabit the South African bushveld. 

The rare chance is provided for guests who are interested in the conservation of leopards to get involved with the camp's ongoing Leopard research which includes checking motion sensor camera images as well as plaster casting Leopard tracks on a bush walk.

Activities:

  • Game drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Leopard Conservation.

Wildlife

Situated in a 3100-hectare reserve within the 12200 hectare Blyde Olifants Conservancy this vast ecosystem is home to a wide variety of animals.  These include impalas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, kudus, leopards, bushbucks, hyenas, waterbucks, klipspringers, caracal, the African wildcat and much more.  It is along the rivers where one most likely encounters the hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and baboons. 

Some of the best birding opportunities are found along these river banks with the rare Pel's Fishing Owl, the Goliath and Grey Heron, the Hooded Vulture, the Trumpeter Hornbill, and the African Fish Eagle being seen here.  During the game drives, the game rangers visit the nearby wildlife reserves which are home to an abundance of 'Big Five" animals.

Below detailed information about the Rukiya Safari Camp is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Viewing Deck

Wildlife
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Leopard conservation.
Nearby Attractions & Activities
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Horseback Safari
  • Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Kruger National Park
  • Reptile Centre
  • Water Sports
  • Local Shangaan School
  • Wine tasting.

  • Boma
  • Hiking trails
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

Matumi (River View)

# Rooms:
6

The Rukiya Safari Camp features only six Luxury Tents which ensures privacy and exclusivity.  Only a total of sixteen guests can be accommodated at one time.  The tents offer a natural safari experience with added comfort and luxury.

Luxury Tent features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Comfortable beds (double or twim)
  • Viewing deck.

Boerbean (River View)

Jackalberry (River View)

Leadwood (River View)

Bush Room

# Rooms:
6

The Rukiya Safari Camp features only six Luxury Tents which ensures privacy and exclusivity.  Only a total of sixteen guests can be accommodated at one time.  The tents offer a natural safari experience with added comfort and luxury.

Luxury Tent features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Comfortable beds (double or twim)
  • Viewing deck.

Marula (Bush Room)

Rukiya Safari Camp Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Rukiya Safari Camp Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rates.

Included in the rate:

  • Dinner, bed & Breakfast rate - Accommodation in luxury ensuite tent. Breakfast & dinner. Teas & coffees

Excluded from the rate:

  • All drinks & meals not mentioned, transfers & additional activities not mentioned. Gate fee of R150.00 per person once off (this needs to be pre-paid along with your accommodation) Conservation levy of R200.00 per person (once off) – conservation fee can be paid at camp.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Items of a personal nature
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.254703

Longitude: 30.832699

Directions

Directions from the South (Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Lydenburg)

Drive to Hoedspruit.
At the stop street at the intersection of R40 and R527, travel North towards Phalaborwa.
Continue for 10 km on R40.
At the Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve sign - post, turn left onto the gravel access road. This is directly opposite the Mohlabetsi sign - post and entrance gate.
Continue about 600m (across the railway line) to the entrance gate. (Be careful, the railwayline is active).
Then once in the reserve follow signs to number 21.


From Phalaborwa:

Drive West for about 5 km from town.
Turn left on R40 (South) and continue on R40 until you reach the Olifants River Bridge.
From the bridge, drive 13.6 km towards Hoedspruit.
Turn right onto the gravel access road. The sign here is not very visible! Turn directly opposite the Mohlabetsi sign-post and entrance gate.
Continue about 600m (across the railway line) to the entrance gate. (Be careful, the railway line is active).
Then once in the reserve follow signs to number 21.



From Tzaneen:

Drive East on R71 (towards Gravelotte and Phalaborwa).
In Gravelotte continue straight (do not turn left towards Phalaborwa) towards Mica. This is now R526.
At the T-junction, turn right on R40 towards Hoedspruit, and continue until you reach the Olifants River Bridge.
From the bridge, drive 13.6 km towards Hoedspruit.
Turn right onto the gravel access road. The sign here is not very visible!
Turn directly opposite the Mohlabetsi sign-post and entrance gate.
Continue about 600m (across the railway line) to the entrance gate. (Be careful, the railway line is active).
Then once in the reserve follow signs to number 21.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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