A Travellers Palm



A Travellers Palm is ideally located in the town of Phalaborwa in the Limpopo Province. It is just five kilometers from the Kruger Park's Phalaborwa gate. 

Phalaborwa Gate at sunrise

We are usually one of the first visitors to queue at the gate each morning so we get to see the sun rising.

About A Travellers Palm Guesthouse

A Travellers Palm B&B is true to its name, the palm tree studded garden brings an array of indigenous bird life.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by Natley and Marley who then showed us around; there is an outdoor thatched lapa and seating area with a games area and swimming pool.

Each year at Christmas, they put up a 'Phalaborwa snowman' - melting in the December heat...!

Food & Drink

Breakfast is served round the pool, weather permitting, or under the thatched lapa, or you can order breakfast packs; we leave very early around 3.30- 4.00 am so that we can be at the Phalaborwa gate to beat the long queues so we take the breakfast packs.  

Natley had our delicious breakfast packs ready and waiting for us each morning; we were given fruit juice, yogurt, fruit, boiled eggs, two large sandwiches and a breakfast bar - you will never go hungry with their breakfast packs!

For dinner you can enjoy an African braai under the stars near the swimming pool or head to town to one of the many restaurants that Phalaborwa has to offer.

We went to Hat and Creek, which is situated at the Bushveld Terrace Hotel (The service at the Hat and Creek had improved since we were last there) and Chef Mo’s at CU guest house for dinners. Chef Mo’s is new at CU and worth a try.

Accommodation at A Travellers Palm

A Travelers Palm offers six spacious rooms that are beautifully decorated, they range from family rooms to budget rooms; each features satellite TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee station and a bar fridge.

En-suite bedroom
Family room with second room leading off

Most of the rooms have an en suite bathroom with shower and free toiletries. The 2 Budget Rooms share the bathroom facilities.


We had room number 2, which was a large split level room; upstairs had a double bed with 2 single beds downstairs, with en suite bathroom, microwave, bar fridge, cutlery and crockery and tea and coffee station.

Our downstairs bedroom, coffee station and bathroom
Our upstairs bedroom

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Cool down during Phalaborwa’s hot summer days in the swimming pool or enjoy the surroundings; golf at the Hans Merensky Golf Estate, Blyde River Canyon, the Panorama Route, Kapama Cheetah Breeding Project, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Tshukudu Walk with the Wild. There is also table tennis or a darts board on the patio.

For us it was all about the Kruger Park - this is the place to visit because it is so close.

We love doing self-drives into the park and got to see some unusual stuff during our stay: Crocs feeding on a hippo carcass in the Letaba River...

We had driven up to the Mopani Camp area in the morning and were returning in the afternoon. Just past Mopani the road splits and you can carry on straight on the H1-6 or turn right onto the H-14.

The H-14 was the obvious choice as it leads us straight to Phalaborwa gate but we had a feeling we may be missing something on the H1-6, so we checked the Latest Sightings app and saw that someone had posted that crocs were feeding on a dead adult hippo, which can be seen from the Letaba high-level bridge.

That's where we headed and were not disappointed!

We don't chase sighitngs as people often get there and the subject has gone, such as a leopard crossing the road. This sighting was guaranteed and we spent an hour with the crocs.

One of the Kruger’s large emerging tuskers called Ngonyama. The legend of the Magnificent Seven elephants lives on in Kruger National Park through these 'emerging big tuskers'.


He can be found in the Phalaborwa-Mopani-Letaba areas. He has very widely splayed ivory, with the left tusk appearing to be slightly shorter then the right but that's due to the curve of the left tusk - from the side profile they appear even in length ... 

Ngonyama - side view. We saw him near Ngobeni short loop.

buffalo, a lion, hyena and many birds...

One of the old kings

Thank you Natley and Marley for a wonderful stay, we enjoyed the comfort of our room, your delicious breakfast packs and your great hospitality.

We will be back, God willing.

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