Kruger Park Lodge Hazyview, Mapumalanga
The Kruger Park Lodge is just as great as I remember it, a rolling 9 hole golf course, herds of Springbok on the fairways and vervet Monkeys in the trees. At night you have to keep a keen watch for hippos as they take a walkabout to graze as soon as it gets dark. It is located on Portia Shebanga road, which was formely Paul Kruger Road, part of the sweeping name changes that are confusing anyone and infuriating the map makers. The local Hazyview gazette put out a request for anyone who could tell them who she is. The lodge used to be 40km from the Numbi Gate, but there is now the closer Phabeni gate at 12km which is far more convenient.
The houses are big and have vaulted thatched roofs which add to the spaciousness. This one has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 8. They are all self catering, but there is a restaurant by the main pool as well as a golf bar and a Boma on the river which holds functions and Bring-and-Braai’s (you bring the meat and they cook it for you).