Welcome to our list of top hoedspruit accommodation. Finding accommodation in the picturesque and vibrant Hoedspruit is an exciting exercise. The town is scandalously beautiful; a place in the world where nature is completely herself. Hoedspruit is abounding with biodiversity and a variety of species of the most precious creatures in the world. Hoedspruit is a major contributor to South Africa’s reputation as a jewel in Africa, being home to the Big 5 and proximate to the iconic Kruger National Park. There are safaris available for every inclination, and the accommodation is no exception.
The Best Rated Hoedspruit Accommodation
In this article, we will be covering twelve of the best overnight stay locations in Hoedspruit. These lodges have built a stellar legacy because of their superb staff, services, facilities, and localities.
This guide is incomplete without our post on all the fascinating things to do on Hoedspruit that can be found here; in it, we cover the wonderful things that this stunning little town has to offer including horseback safaris, hot air ballooning, and gin-tasting. Visit that article in parallel with this one to create a memorable adventure.
Safari Moon Luxury Bush Lodge
With the honour of having Tom Cruise as a guest for 2 months earlier this year while he was shooting Mission Impossible 8, the Safari Moon Luxury Bush Lodge makes the top of every list of the best accommodation in Hoedspruit.
Safari Moon’s atmosphere is reminiscent of an art exhibition, inspired by creations from around the globe. This brand-new boutique B&B is draped with indulgent finishes and fine art, from a 55-piece collection of renowned Ardmore ceramics to an array of Lionel Smit paintings and sculptures. Safari Moon décor is cultured and contemporary.
Lodge amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge, garden views, and free Wi-Fi. And since Safari Moon is on a private wildlife estate, guests can take walks, self-driven game drives, scenic hikes, horse riding, or cycle around the property.
The lodge has an inventory of six stylish suites named after the diverse wildlife species that can be seen on the estate. Every room has its own charm, style, and story and is adorned with a unique international and African art collection. Room service is available to enhance the experience and attend to guests during their stay, leaving them feeling pampered and revitalised after visiting one of South Africa’s most sought-after locations.
Ukuthula Bush Lodge
The creators of Ukuthula Bush Lodge, Fabian & Karine, founded the establishment to share their passion for Africa and nature with others. Given its setting in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, guests will be able to admire the passing game from their rooms. The animals that frequent the estate include Warthogs, Zebras, Giraffes, Antelopes, and many others.
The lodge is a 4-star accommodation located at the corner of the reserve, which guarantees guests privacy. The property can only host a maximum of 10 people.
The lodging is just 18 kilometers from Kinyonga Reptile Centre, with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar, a shared lounge, a sun terrace, a garden, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, each with a private bathroom on location.
The Lissataba Private Game Reserve and Jessica the Hippo are 44 kilometers and 20 kilometers from Ukuthula Lodge respectively.
More on Ukuthula here.
Little Kubu Lodge
Little Kubu Lodge is situated just outside of the Kruger National Park, in the amazing Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The lodge is a serene space where guests can unwind and immerse themselves in the rural landscape of Hoedspruit. Nature lives on the doorstep of the estate, with Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Jackal, Warthog, Bushbaby, Leopard, and Hyena, and a variety of Birds frequenting the venue on occasion. Guests are invited to explore the estate by car, foot, or bicycle and experience the animals in their natural habitat.
The lodge has six en-suite bedrooms, each with a private patio and a view of the pool and surrounding bush. Five of the rooms feature a king-size four-poster bed, with one room available as an adjoining twin or double, making it the perfect option for families. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a bar fridge, a Nespresso machine, Wi-Fi, and other amenities. Guests may also make use of the shared lounge, bar, swimming pool, games room, fire pit, free parking, and viewing deck, which overlooks the gorgeous Drakensberg Mountains.
An a la carte and a full English/Irish breakfast are served to guests every morning.
The hosts pride themselves on giving guests a pleasurable experience.
Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Unembeza boutique Lodge & Spa is located on the greenbelt of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate and caters to the mindful traveler looking to connect with nature.
The lodge started operations in July 2016 with 12 beds and 5 staff members. Through focused dedication, diligent staff, and amazing food, Unembeza has become one of the most talked about accommodations in Hoedspruit. Growing demand inspired an expansion of the facility with a Private Family Villa in April 2017, Deluxe Garden Suites in September 2017, Villa Mbali in August 2018, and the most recent Mhlabeni Boutique Villa. The property now employs 55 staff members and has a capacity of 55 guests.
Unembeza’s ethos is to remain conscious, connected, and committed.
This was inspired by the Zulu culture which assigns the meaning of unembeza (conscious) to the embodiment of virtue. In fact, in the Zulu language, unembeza is such a strong concept that it goes beyond wrong and right, it’s the very essence of humanity.
And Unembeza’s environment is wild, scenic, and welcoming.
The Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is home to healthy populations of plains game, with regular sightings of indigenous leopards. The estate’s greenbelt area can be explored on foot, by mountain bike, or on horseback.
Guests can be assured that they will be attended to personally and receive the help they need to connect with this wonderful part of the world. The facility is enamoured with nature and its glory, which is demonstrated through its design. Guests can observe their surroundings from the privacy of a room, the pools, viewing decks, Boma bonfire, shared lounge areas, or a spa.
The lodge offers a full range of hospitality services that include dinner, bed and breakfast, assistance with booking local activities, laundry and transfer services, an onsite spa, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lodge.
Moditlo River Lodge
Moditlo River Lodge sits at the heart of the Blue Canyon Conservancy, along the Nbesi River, which is a stretch of protected land proximate to the Greater Kruger National Park and is bounded by astonishing greenery that the lodge seeks to maintain.
Named after the gentle beast of the bushveld, Moditlo means ‘place of the elephant,’ and the quiet grace of this elegant creature resonates throughout the lodge and its environment.
Moditlo also celebrates the abundance and species of animal, bird, and plant life in the area. Therefore, the venue is perfect for weddings.
Guests can relish their stay in this chic lodge while enjoying the beauty of a glorious slice of African heaven.
The property was designed to provide guests with an authentic, yet luxurious African safari experience, that provides an answer to the call of the wild without compromising on comfort. The main lodge is a spacious structure of warm, natural wood and thatch with large balconies that wrap around the various dining and entertainment areas. It also has an alluring swimming pool, restaurant, curio shop, communal lounges, and bar.
Sumptuous accommodation can be found in 18 deluxe rooms, each of which are at the end of walkways that link to the main lodge. The locations of the rooms and the raised walkways were built in accordance with the lodge’s conservation policy to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
Kusudalweni Safari Lodge & Spa
This intimate 5-bedroom lodge was designed to combine the rustic nature of a bushveld retreat with the style and elegance you would expect of a 5-star safari hotel. Guests can look forward to every type of leisure and convenience, including game drives conducted by knowledgeable nature guides, a full-service restaurant that serves the very best in Pan African wines and cuisine, as well as al fresco boma barbeques prepared by talented chefs.
Kusudalweni Safari Lodge & Spa sits at the heart of the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, on a stretch of protected land within the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem, and claims numerous plant and bird species as well as Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, a variety of Antelope and many more as its own.
The property features an outdoor pool, a barbecue, a sun terrace, a hot tub, and a restaurant. Free private parking is also available on-site. They also sell packed lunches.
The units are air-conditioned and have a seating area and a minibar. Wi-Fi can be accessed throughout the property.
Couples particularly like the location.
Source: Leopard’s Lair Bush Lodge
Leopard’s Lair Bush Lodge
This hidden gem is expertly positioned along the Mohlabetsi River in the exclusive area of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate and within driving distance of Hoedspruit’s most famous attractions: Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park.
Leopard’s Lair Bush Lodge has three tastefully furnished luxury suites with en-suite bathrooms, a dressing room, an outdoor shower, Jacuzzi, a mosquito net, a mini fridge, and an aircon. All suites are free-standing units that sleep 2 guests and have small terraces overlooking the river and garden for an intoxicated consumption of nature.
There is a family room that consists of a 2-bedroom unit with a revolving door. Each room has 2 single beds and an adjacent bathroom and aircon.
The communal space has a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge, a deck, and a braai/barbeque section with a spectacular pool overlooking the Mohlabetsi Riverbed.
The Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate consists of 400 hectares of beautifully conserved bushveld which allows for hiking and cycling, bird spotting, and game drives. At night, the roar of lions and the call of hyenas can be heard from the wilderness nearby.
The estate is located on the edge of town, close enough to well-known retail outlets, restaurants, tourist attractions in the area, and not least of all, an amazing view of the Drakensberg Mountain escarpment.
For those that prefer a visual description, click here for a video preview of the lodge.
AM Lodge goes by the motto ‘Luxury Defined.’ The resident spa has nabbed five of the annual World Luxury Spa Awards since 2016.
The lodge offers special all-inclusive packages to provide an intimate African experience to individuals or families of all ages who are looking to immerse their senses into African culture. The property hosts a maximum of 22 guests; six suites that deliver peaceful seclusion and breathtaking views. There are also two concealed suites with private plunge pools for added exclusivity.
Just a few minutes drive from the main lodge is the self-contained AM Villa, which is optimal for groups. The AM Villa can accommodate six guests and has three en-suite bedrooms, its own private chef, private butler, private vehicle, and private dining and sitting areas with a magnificent glimpse of the bush over the Klaserie dam.
AM Lodge is a conservancy; therefore, it is home to a range of animals including Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, and several types of Antelope. The property is bordered by big five private game reserves that form part of the Greater Kruger National Park, an area that covers approximately 20 million hectares dedicated to the conservation of wildlife.
The venue’s game viewing experiences are memorable due to custom-made itineraries and a team of passionate and expert rangers and trackers who have vast knowledge.
A night game drive is an ultimate adventure because guests get to participate in game spotting with a flashlight and a fully equipped game vehicle. Through floodlights, guests can detect domain-hunters such as Lions and Leopards in their elements. The AM Reserve accommodates 3 of the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, and Leopard), therefore some of the game drives are done inside Manyeleti Game Reserve (40 min drive) so that guests can experience the Elephants and Rhinos.
Lindiwe Safari Lodge
The architects of Lindiwe Safari Lodge built it as ‘the result of a desire for Africa to be shared with those who, without our presence there, would perhaps not dare to discover this wonderful destination!’
The lodge was intended and equipped for families and couples, by a family that is delighted by the idea of making guests live out an incredible African adventure with their kindness and attentiveness.
The property is in the heart of a tourist triangle made up of the Blyde River Canyon, the Kruger National Park, and two of the largest animal rehabilitation centres: the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
This quaint safari lodge offers modern, air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi. The safari-themed rooms are individually decorated and equipped with a flat-screen TV. The bathrooms include a bathtub, a shower, and free toiletries. The outdoors is furnished with a terrace that has an outdoor swimming pool.
The premises have a restaurant serving African and French cuisine with vegetarian options, with the ability to recline with a drink in the outdoor seating area beside the fireplace.
Nearby activities include game drives, cycling, hiking, and golf. The estate is home to wildlife, including Giraffes and Zebras.
Guests will certainly enjoy every day spent at the lodge.
Wild Dog Guest Lodge
Wild Dog Guest Lodge delivers a timeless bush experience with soul.
The lodge is situated on the Greenbelt of Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, a conserved 680-hectare reserve that lies at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg Mountain escarpment, between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park.
The estate’s pristine lowveld bush has a splendid collection of plants, birds, and animals including Impalas, Kudus, Zebra, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Warthogs, Hyenas, and Leopards. Nocturnal creatures navigate the area with their heightened senses in the evenings.
The property is made up of a luxury villa and two modern single-bedroom self-catering guest cottages (for a choice between bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation). The cottages have recently been refurbished to provide guests with an elegant stay. All the units are air-conditioned, have a private patio, a dining room, and a lounge, and are isolated with restricted access.
Wild Dog has a swimming pool that is in front of a bar and lounge and is surrounded by a garden.
Along with the opportunity to unravel in this peaceful paradise, there are physical activities available in the vicinity.
The estate has a game viewer’s path for cycling and hiking so that guests can engage with the natural surroundings. Guests can also cycle to the coffee shops nearby; the hiring of bicycles from the lodge is available. Horse Riding services happen inside the estate – African Dream Horse Riding Safaris.
Bird and animal watching is made possible by the wildlife that visits the Wild Dog Guest Lodge waterhole, this can be done from the Sable Cottage or viewing areas.
Guests can also have a meal at the Boma bushfire and take some time to listen to nature’s conversations.
Little Africa Safari Lodge
Little Africa Safari Lodge is a wildlife haven that can be found in the heart of the lowveld, within the Blue Canyon Private Game Reserve, just a few minutes away from the Greater Kruger. Surrounded by the legendary bushveld, the reserve offers amazing African Safaris and unhindered views of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. This rustic safari lodge is built on the banks of the Moditlo river and envelops guests with its splendor.
The lodge promotes ethical and responsible tourism, and its hosts are proud to show guests Africa and its wildlife in the truest form – wild and free. The lodge’s team wishes to continue their support of the formal conservation community to secure the survival of Africa’s predators and other species in the wild.
The owners, Hugo & Leandra Bekker’s vision, was to create a silent oasis so that guests can return to nature and experience the opulence of the African bush.
Little Africa Safari Lodge seeks to provide hand-picked amenities & experiences. The open lounge offers comfortable seating.
There are five en-suite opulent safari tents with private patios and riverbed views. The lodge can accommodate a total of 14 guests per night. Rooms can be configured to be either King Size or Single, depending on desired requirements.
Each tent is fitted with air-conditioning and has courtesy bathroom amenities. The tents are all wheelchair accessible and Tent Nr. 1 has a fully wheelchair-friendly shower.
Guests can take in the reserve by game drive, bush walk, or bird-watching excursion, and enjoy exposure to some of the best Big Five viewings South Africa has to offer.
Guests are treated to daily game drives – and can choose between a sunrise and a sunset cruise. The lodge’s highly qualified and intuitive guides are sure to teach patrons a thing or two about the rich concentration of fauna & flora around the lodge. The game drives are wheelchair friendly.
Bush Walks – Experiences are Better on Foot
For active guests, walking tours around the lodge are available for more personalised interactions with the landscape. A qualified guide accompanies guests to keep them safe from dangerous encounters and share their knowledge about the bushveld.
As proclaimed non-hunting activists, Little Africa has an extensive list of activities to accommodate guests who share the sentiment which includes photographic safaris.
The Maya Manor owners named the property after their beloved Meerkat, Maya, an orphan that was rehabilitated at the lodge before she was re-introduced into the wild.
The Maya Manor Collection consists of three different self-catering holiday homes, all with a modern finish. The collection is strategically located in the hub of Hoedspruit where the Kruger National Park meets the Drakensberg Mountains.
The contemporary apartments are cosy enough to enjoy as a family or couple.
The manor is situated in a gated community, has a private entrance, and is a few steps away from local restaurants, a tourism centre, curio shops, and luxury spas. To maintain a peaceful environment for all guests, parties on the property are prohibited.
The units have a fully functional kitchenette and a lovely balcony with a gas braai/barbeque and a satellite TV.
Maya’s Den is the downstairs apartment of Maya Manor. The unit sleeps 4 people with one double room and one twin (both en suite), an open-plan kitchen, and a lounge area, which opens onto a deck and a swimming pool.
Manor House is the flagship of the Maya Manor Collection. It is a double-story 3-bedroom house with a private pool and outside entertainment area. The enormous upstairs main bedroom contains a dressing room and an adjacent bathroom with a double shower.
As we have thoroughly described in this post, you can acquaint yourself with an unrivalled context of Africa in one of the most biodiverse places in the universe if you hurry to book yourself into a luxury lodge in Hoedspruit.
To describe Hoedspruit as exceptional is an understatement. We do not doubt that once you visit this luscious town, you will wholeheartedly agree (Tom Cruise certainly does)!