Mhlati Guest Cottages

The Buffalo cottage
Booking.com

Location

Mhlati Guest Cottages are situated in the secluded village of Mhlatikop just a few kilometers from the town of Malelane and only 2 km from the Malelane Gate of the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Malelane Gate early in the morning.

About Mhlati Guest Cottages

If you're looking for tranquility and luxury then this is the place for you!

The cottages are family-owned and managed.

The small reception and lounge has DSTV and air conditioning, 

which leads down a corridor to a large thatched lapa which is both lounge and dining room.

The swimming pool is set in the lush garden between the rooms which provides great bird life while relaxing in the cool water.

Mhlati offers free Wi-Fi; it was a little slow in our room but is quicker in the main reception and lapa area.

Accommodation

Mhlati Guest Cottages offer 3 individually furnished luxury cottages; Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo and two rooms - Robin and Kingfisher.

All have air conditioning, DSTV, tea and coffee station, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. Wooden sliding doors open onto a small sundeck which either overlooks the swimming pool or the lush tropical garden.

Elephant Cottage

The Elephant Cottage has a double bed and a separate lounge with a large double sleeper couch and en suite bathroom. There is also a small kitchenette fully equipped for self- catering. 

Leopard Cottage is like Buffalo Cottage but overlooks the swimming pool and has twin beds.

Leopard cottage

We had the privilege of staying in the Buffalo Cottage which was separate from the other cottages and rooms.

Buffalo cottage

It was lovely and very private, with an en-suite bathroom with large shower ...

a separate dressing area with desk, microwave, bar fridge and a tea and coffee station and a small wooden deck overlooking the shady garden.

Part of the gardens
Buffalo cottage entrance

Each cottage was tastefully furnished and even the cupboard handles matched the cottage theme...!

Food & Drink

The Lapa has a jetmaster braai and Weber braai available together with a fully equipped kitchen should you wish to braai or self-cater.  Breakfast is served in the lapa.

We enjoyed our breakfasts at Afsaal picnic site - the food and service were great.

Bacon, egg and tomato on Rooster-koek (bread roasted on a braai) with salad, chips and coffee in tin mugs. This is one of the best breakfasts in the park!

There are fast food outlets and restaurants in town - our recommendation would be either Hamilton’s Restaurant, about one kilometer down the road or The Deck Restaurant at Rio Vista, about nine kilometers away in Malelane.

Hamilton's Restaurant

For dinner we chose to eat at Hamilton’s as it’s so close to Mhlati.

Our first dinner was great and the service was prompt and friendly, but on the 2nd night they were out of stock of a few items, which was a little disappointing. 

Seafood pasta
Chicken curry
Tiramisu
Creme brulee

The service, however, was still friendly but a little slower than the night before and the food was still good.

We even had wildlife visiting us in the restaurant...

Activities

Malelane Golf Club and Leopard Creek Golf Estate are just down the road.

Mhlati is very close to the Kruger's Malelane gate which meant we could be at the gate first thing each morning for self-drives into the Kruger National Park.  

We got to see the Big five and had three lovely sightings of leopard during our stay... 

We also spent a few hours at Biyamiti Weir where we saw a huge crocodile and waterbirds catching fish...

When leaving the park each afternoon, stop on the Malelane Bridge that goes over the Crocodile River where you may get to see a few crocs, hippos and water birds or the elusive Malelane leopard and the bridge is the ideal place to watch and photograph the setting sun!

Sunset over the Crocodile River - captured from Malelane Bridge.

Mhlati’s sister B&B - Mbili Villa

Mbili Villa is located right next door to Mhlati Guest Cottages.

This modern luxury four bedroom self-catering villa has a large lounge with a separate dining area and another TV lounge with DSTV, a small passageway leads to the 4 rooms; each has an en suite bathroom and looks onto the swimming pool.  

Outside you will find a large thatched lapa with braaing facilities and seating area which also looks onto the swimming pool.

The large fully equipped kitchen will provide you with ample space to prepare your meals.

Mbili Villa can be rented out as a 4 bedroom house or per room.

Thank you to Eric and Jeremy for a lovely 3 days, you have a little bit of paradise at Mhlati & Mbili!


For more information or to book your stay visit the Mhlati Guest Cottages website or the Mbili Villa website.


Return from Mhlati Guest Cottages to Kruger Park page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Please leave us a comment in the box below.


"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA

Viator
Booking.com