Need to know
18 rooms, 20 suites, nine villas and a treehouse.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm; both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $1361.27 (ZAR17,500), excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of ZAR100.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include all meals and most drinks, transfers to and from Skukuza airport, two game drives every day and other wildlife activities such as escorted bush walks.
At the hotel
A team of local experts and safari guides, public lounges with open fireplaces, outdoor decks with telescopes, and free WiFi in all public areas. Ivory Lodge has an art gallery. In rooms: a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, black-out curtains, a minibar with free bottled water, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
The villa nearest the river has the best views and a little bit of extra privacy – it's often given to honeymooning couples.
Each villa has a private pool. There is a telescope for viewing animals from deck.
Each of the Lodges has an Africology spa where you can enjoy facials, massages and manicures in between game drives. Africology is one of South Africa’s leading eco-friendly and holistic spa brands and uses all natural ingredients that are kind to the skin. Some treatments are performed outside, so if you can keep your eyes open while having a relaxing massages, there are beautiful surroundings to gaze at.
Bring sturdy, ankle-length thick-soled boots for bush walking. Sun cream and a hat are recommended. Bring a warm fleece in winter for night safaris.
Park entrance fees are not included; guests on self drives will have to pay R110–R120 for their vehicle and R20–R30 a person. Tinga and River Lodge are suitable for disabled travellers.
Children aged 10 and older are welcome in all of the lodges. Babysitting is available in Tinga and River Lodge, and both have family rooms; River Lodge also has two interconnecting rooms. Tinga, River and Narina all offer kids’ activities for bush babies.
Each booking is subject to a Conservation Contribution fee of ZAR100 a person, each night, which will be used for protecting endangered species and upkeep of the park.