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About Southern Sands Eco Lodge

Come, relax and enjoy our very special bush retreat.

We have two very well appointed safari tents set on the banks of the world famous Oliphants River. We are located in the Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve near the Safari town of Hoedspruit. Our special reserve is home to a range of plains game including Giraffe, Wildbeest and Zebra. The reserve is perfect for those wanting to walk or cycle with the animals and if you are looking for the big 5 we are close enough for a day trip to Kruger Park too.

Our tents are fully equipped with en-suite bathroom with outside showers and their own private fire pit and outdoor kitchen. We are based on a very large riverside plot. Our two safari tents are spaced well away from each other, with plenty of room for privacy. As well as being perfect for couples we are a family friendly lodge. We can provide everything from cots to high chairs to help you and your family enjoy your stay. The tent can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate 2 adults in singles or a king size double. We can then add extra beds to accommodate infants and children, with a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children per tent. Please feel free to contact me if you are unsure about the arrangements for your family. We can provide everything from a cot through to a small single bed. We have a large solar heated and naturally filtered swimming pool and a children's splash pool. Next to our pool is a large well equipped lapa that guests are welcome to use. This area has a braai, a firepit and cooking facilities there for our guests to enjoy.

You can reach the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park in just over an hour and we are very close to start of the panoramic route. Ndlovumzi is an excellent base to explore the many wildlife focused attractions such as Moholoholo rehabilitation centre, the excellent Kinyonga Reptile Centre and the Hoedspruit endangered species centre. As a guest of ours you are free to explore the reserve by yourselves or you can join us on a safari drive, walk or cycle. Commonly seen on our reserve are giraffes, zebra's, wildebeest, Kudu and Nyala. there is also the possibility of seeing other animals less commonly seen such as the Cape Clawless Otter, Aardvark, Porcupine, Civet and Genet Cat. Our reserve list also includes some real rarities. The bird life is also fantastic, we see a good range of riverine and woodland/scrub birds plus a very impressive range of raptors, vultures and owls. Since there are no big 5 animals in the reserve, a bush walk is a must. Hoedspruit is less than 45 minutes away.

We will always be here to check you in. We live in the farm house on the very large 8Ha plot. If you need us generally we will be here. If you wish to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush you are free to do so!

We can offer a range of activities including photographic workshops, guided walks and trips into the Kruger National Park with our recommended tour guide.

If you would like more information please let me know and I can email you further details.

Each tent has a fully equipped outside kitchen and fire pit.

The nearest supermarket is in Hoedspruit town, which is 30km away.

If you don’t think that you will have chance to pick up supplies we can provide a Braai pack, Please PRE ORDER before your stay.

Braai Pack includes:
Prepared green salad, New potatoes, 2 T-bone steaks, fire lighters and Braai wood.

We can offer different catering options, these have to be arranged prior to your stay. If you would like further information please contact us.

There are plenty of activities and restaurants in Hoedspruit.

Safari: We can offer walks and drives on Ndlovumzi. Guided trips into the Kruger park can also be arranged. Your host is a wildlife photographer and has huge knowledge of reserves and can help you plan you safari activities.

Wedding Venues: By special arrangement we can offer our entire property as a small intimate wedding venue.

Family friendly: We have various cots, cribs and toddler beds available in our tents. We have a large pool and a separate children's splash pool next to our lapa. Children's toys are always available at our lapa.

Romantic: Our tents are located next to Oliphants River and are nicely secluded with their own firepit and cooking area.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Breakfast in room
  • Check in from 11:00
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Lunch
  • Maid service
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Shower
  • Total number of rooms 1 - 50
  • Year of construction after 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.


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  • 2 night min stay (check-in between 15 Dec 2019 and 31 Mar 2020)

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  • Tent 1 Tent 1 Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Set on the banks of the river, this tent has a king size bed and private bathroom with outside shower. It also offers a... see more
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      Reviews for Southern Sands Eco Lodge

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      Timothy Wilson
      28 June 2018

      Absolutely amazing stay! We only stayed for one night but wish we could spend a week there, as South African residents we had International guests with us and could not have given them a better Glamping experience, we would recommend this to any RSA resident and International guest. Great food, great hospitality, most comfortable bed and tents, overall amazing experience. Thank you Jo and Richard.

      Elle Klopper
      22 May 2018

      What was there not to love? The bush walks were a wonderful way to explore and get to know the nature reserve. It also gave us an opportunity to see animals and the surrounding bush from a different perspective. The private boma was coupled with a fully equipped kitchen which made the experience easy and relaxing. In the evenings we were greeted with a troop of vervet monkeys crossing from one side of the reserve to the other side via the trees on the river bank. I would highly recommend Southern Sands Eco Lodge to anyone looking for a romantic weekend getaway or even just to take a break...
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      Julian Wertheim Aymes
      10 April 2018

      We really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Southern Sands Eco Lodge. The lodge is well placed to be in the Bush, but also conveniently close to some amazing day activities.

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      Southern Sands Eco Lodge is 21.9km from the centre of Hoedspruit , the nearest airport 33.3km (Eastgate Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling