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About Uncle Tom's Guest House

Relax and enjoy the hospitality of a home away from home, with farm style cooking that will make you lick your fingers. If you stay long enough you will have to support our local outfitters as well!
We are a 3 Star (TGCSA) graded establishment, less than 3km from the entrance to the Kruger National Park and just off the main road leading to the park gate. From both our guesthouses you have easy access to the centre of town, sports grounds, hospital, and a gateway to the surrounding areas.

Whether you arrive exhausted or not, you will find the rooms, as well as the garden, comfortable and relaxing, with safe parking and lockup gate, a pool and braai facilities. All rooms are tastefully furnished with: have air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms, microwave oven, fridge, coffee, tea and sugar. We gladly arrange night drives and guided walks in the Kruger National Park for our valued guests.

Phalaborwa: was once inhabited only by wild life (lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo) is currently the only town right on the border of Kruger National Park. The town, which is home to 30 000 people, is known for its excellent semi-tropical climate with sunshine all year round.

It is a tourist destination the world over and offers:
Hans Merensky Golfing Estate (is 2km from Uncle Tom's Guest House) - play 19 holes on Hans Merensky's championship golf course while giving way to wildlife. Top grade caddies and a large garage of electric caddy carts are available.
The Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa receives 3 daily scheduled flights from to and from Johannesburg International (1 hour flight), morning, midday and evening. An alternative is to fly from Johannesburg International Airport to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, hire a vehicle and drive the 80 km route to Phalaborwa whilst visiting the attractions along your way.

The Masorini heritage site close to the Phalaborwa gate was once inhabited by a group of the Ba-Phalaborwa people who made a living by manufacturing and selling iron artefacts during the Iron Age. This is an archaeological site situated in the Kruger Park, approx. 11km from the Phalaborwa gate. Ancient copper smelting, working tools and lots more are to be seen on this rocky hill. There were old shafts and stopes from which ore had been mined and extracted thousands of years ago. In local legend it was from these shafts that iron had come from and beaten into spears and primitive agricultural implements, and were used as a means of exchange among the locals.

Pilgrim’s Rest. This historical gold panning town, with many of the original buildings still intact, is only 2 hour’s drive away. Other places worth visiting in the surrounding areas include: Buffalo Project, Mac Mac Pools, Graskop Gorge Swing, God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, White Lions of the Timbavati, Cheetah Project.

View the largest man-made hole at Phalaborwa Mining Company: more than twice as deep as the Kimberly hole, the bottom of the pit being 500m below sea level.

Amarula Lapa. Sap from the Marula fruit gets extracted here for making Amarula Crème Liquor.

  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 36
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • AA Recommended
  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Uncle Tom's Guest House Rooms

Reviews for Uncle Tom's Guest House

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06 July 2017

The stay was very pleasant, with a good breakfast in the morning.We will definitely recommend the guest house to anybody.

Janine Nicholson, South Africa
07 July 2012

We had a very warm reception and the room was adequate for our needs for a one night stop over. It was neat and clean with good bedding and tea and coffee facilities. It is however very basic. The room structure, tiling, wiring etc. is very patchwork. Cupboards and doors for example are unpainted. An effort has been made to create a lovely garden and there was space for the children to run around. If it were warmer they would have had a swim.

Aiden Doyle, South Africa
12 February 2010

Very pleasant stay with extremely helpful hosts and the parrot does not bite if you are male!!

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Uncle Tom's Guest House is 5.7km from the centre of Phalaborwa , the nearest airport 50km (Eastgate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling