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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!

Activities and food we can offer:

Photographic workshops
Richard is a talented Wildlife photographer; his workshops are all tailored to individual needs.
Introductory workshops start from R750 per person for 1 hours tuition, more advanced workshops can be arranged and are tailored to your specific needs for example if you want to master a certain technique.

Guided walks including breakfast:
Guided walks will start at sunrise, and Richard will take you around the reserve, he can give an insight into the reserve and how it is managed whilst also being able to help with the animals and birds, which we have on the reserve

Our traditional South African Breakfast will be served by our swimming pool on your return.
Duration: 2-3 hours.
Price: R500 per person

Day Trips into the Kruger
A one day classic:
Safaris conducted in by Richard in our Land Rover
Your game drive will start in the early hours of the morning to get to the Kruger National Park as soon as it opens. After a few hours you will be taken to have breakfast at one of the rest camps or breakfast can be prepared for you at one of the picnic spots. After a few more hours we can have lunch before we continue our afternoon drive until past 4pm, when we leave the park.
2 Guests ZAR 1300 per person
3 - 4 Guests ZAR 1000 per person
Duration: 10 hours. Included: Game drive, packed breakfast. Excluded: Lunch, entrance fee, Professional Guide.

Meals we can offer on site
Breakfast R90 – Order the night before

South African Breakfast
Boerewors/sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, toast, served with Tea, Coffee, Fruit Juice
Fruit pancakes (wheat free)
Breakfast pancakes served with seasonal fruit, natural yogurt and honey. Served with Tea, Coffee, Fruit Juice

Champagne Breakfast – R150 Pre Order by midday the day before.

Breakfast as above, but served with a sparkling wine at our riverside braai area if available.

Lunch – Ordered by 10am

Pizza toppings subject to availability
Margarita – R100
Cheese and ham – R110
Chicken and Bacon R120

Toasted Sandwiches served with Salad and crisps – R65
Cheese and ham
Cheese and chicken

Evening Meals– please book by midday

Authentic South African Braai R250 pp –
Boerewors, range of South African meats, served with a bean and green salads and pap.

Or Authentic South African game Potjie R350pp
Served with served with a bean and green salads and pap

Vegetarian options are available.

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: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Safari Tent Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Luxury safari tent suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children. Bed option can be specified by correspondence. options... see more Features:  King beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Single beds, Outdoor shower see more King beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Single beds, Outdoor shower, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
    from R1100 For 2 guests
    • Adults

      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 7.8km from the centre of Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve , the nearest airport 33.3km (Eastgate Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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