The Locality

Kruger Park Retreat is situated on the banks of the Sabie River between Hazyview and The Paul Kruger Gate Entrance of the Kruger National Park. A mere 10 minutes drive to the Kruger National Park.

Kruger Park Retreat is also the location of an excellent Golf Course. We have impala grazing on the lawns, troops of monkeys, and from the 'hide' you can watch our resident hippo and crocodiles wallowing in the water.

Kruger Park Retreat is the perfect base for your safari experience and for visiting the many beautiful areas of Mpumalanga.

Game Drives into either the Kruger National Park or any one of the major private reserves bordering the park, such as Sabi-Sabi, Mala-Mala and Londolozi are easily accessible from our Lodge.

We are 30 minutes from the Drakensburg Mountain Range where dramatic sites like Gods Window and Blyde River Canyon are a must when visiting the area.

Guided Tours and Night Drives into Kruger can be booked from the reception area at Kruger Park Lodge, or you may prefer to drive yourself. Whichever way you choose, be sure to bring the camera! The landscape is both beautiful and fascinating, and Kruger will undoubtedly be the highlight of your South Africa trip.

Kruger Park Retreat also allows one the opportunity to do Self-Drives through the park.

Hazyview

1 kilometre from the villa, there are ample shops to buy supplies. There are banks, two large supermarkets, a doctor and chemist. There is a small tea room and some fast food resturants. It is a small supply town servicing the rural villages and farmers in the local area.

Whiteriver

30 km away - Whiteriver (Witrivier) is a little higher and less humid than Nelspruit. It is a green, pleasant little town with a colonial feel.

5Km outside White River in the direction of Hazyview is a great souvenir shop on the left side of the road next to 'The Baghdad Cafe' at 'Safari Junction'. The shop is called 'African Art'. Opposite this is a small but very nice shopping complex called 'Casterbridge Farm' specializing in handmade furniture, farm products and household items. There is a pottery shop signposted from Whiteriver high street. It is owned and run by one of South Africa's best potters. It is about 5 km after Rochester Wineries on the same road.

Nelspruit

50km away, Nelspruit, in the Crocodile River valley, is the largest town in Mpumalanga's steamy subtropical lowveld. The capital has a good selection of pubs and restaurants, giving it a lively atmosphere.The promenade is a tree-lined street in the town centre housing the Promenade Centre, a large shopping complex. The huge Riverside Shopping Mall is 5km north of town on the White River road. It has many shops and a very good 'Spur' restaurant. Within the centre is a cinema and the Emnotweni Casino if you fancy a bit of gambling!

Graskop

This is a lovely tourist town with many curio/souvenir shops. The best one is called 'Delagoa' and is situated next to 'Harry's Pancakes' a very good spot to stop for lunch. You are bound to be stopped by peanut sellers in this town. Be sure to negotiate on their prices with them! Graskop is on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, at the top of Kowyns Pass. This is where you will find the 'Big Swing', a must for the adrenalin junkies! Nearby are some spectacular views of the lowveld, almost 1000 metres below. There is an Information Office next to the Spar supermarket.

Barberton

Barberton, 45km south of Nelspruit and about one and a half hours from the villa. This was something of a boom town during gold rushes last century and was home to South Africa's first stock exchange. Barberton is a quiet but alluring town in harsh but interesting lowveld country. This town is worth a visit as you can do many activities such as panning for gold and some self guided walks in and around Barberton and the surrounding mountains. One of the walks through an old ore tunnel requires you to bring a torch. The Information Centre is in Market Square on Crown Street. The best place for lunch is 'Ragamuffins', a purple painted restaurant just behind the main square.

Other Places to Visit in the Area

  • Kruger National Park
  • Sabi-Sabi Park
  • Mala Mala Park
  • Londolozi Park
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Gods Window
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Bourkes Luck Pot Holes
  • Drakensburg Mountains
For eating out, this area provides many alternative choices. Most of the resturants are on private farms or other local resorts in the area. The Kruger Park Lodge has a good restaurant on site. Of course the best way to enjoy the atmosphere is to make your own Braai (barbeque) at the villa.

  • The Ant & Elephant - Hazyview: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 8172
  • Rissington Inn & Restaurant Hazyview: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7700
  • Tree Tops: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 8294
  • Digbys: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 6957
  • Hippo Hollow - Hazyview Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7752
  • Kuka Restaurant: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7957
  • Harrys Pancakes - Graskop: Tel: +27 (0) 13 767 1349
  • Pioneer's Butcher Grill - Hazyview: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7397
  • Tides Seafood Diner - Hazyview: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 8087
  • Spur Steakhouses:If you enjoy steak and you have never experienced a "Hot Rock" you must go to a "Spur" steakhouse to try their very reasonably priced fillet steaks. There are "Spur" restaurants in the "Riverside Mall" shopping centre in Nelspruit, one in Sabie and one in Whiteriver and Hazyview.
    • Spur Steakhouse - Hazyview: Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7767
    • Spur Steakhouse - Nelspruit: Tel: +27 (0) 13 745 8043
    • Spur Steakhouse - White River: Tel: +27 (0) 13 751 1419
    • Spur Steakhouse - Sabie: Tel: +27 (0) 13 764 3355
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