Awelani Lodge is ideally situated just 12kms from the Kruger Park’s most northern Pafuri Gate on the R525, making it an ideal base for day visits to the Kruger Park’s northern section.
It’s also ideal as a stopover for cross-border travelers and those wanting to visit the northern parts of Limpopo and Zimbabwe.
The main building houses the reception area, a bar and restaurant.
On arrival Anita, the GM, warmly welcomed us to this magical place and after settling in we went exploring on foot.
Awelani lodge is set on a 1700 hectare Eco-conservancy that provides outstanding landscape photography opportunities.
When exploring, we found a few very interesting caves - some had rock art,
another had pottery fragments and one had two very interesting little structures inside, which looked like ovens.
There are also many rocky outcrops and we climbed a few as they have stunning views over the lodge and bushveld.
There is limited cell phone coverage and no Wi-Fi but that may change in the near future.
The pool area was still under construction when we were there but the pool did have water in it and the kids put it to full use during the hot summer!
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Both the bar and restaurant are in the main building and breakfast and dinners can be arranged, just ask when you make your booking.
We braaied outside our chalet and then we had a braai in a romantic setting, in the overhang cave, which was a lot of fun.
We had a wonderful Christmas dinner in the restaurant - roast beef, tongue, gammon and roast chicken, a big variety of salads, rice and gravy with a delicious chocolate mousse to finish it off. Thanks Anita for a great spread!
The lodge has 3 different types of self-catering accommodation: 9 chalets, a camping site and a bush camp site.
We had chalet 2 (Witgat) which is one of the luxury chalets, it had 2 bedrooms each with two single beds – both rooms have an en suite bathroom of which one had a bath and outdoor shower and the other had an indoor shower.
The fully equipped kitchen and lounge area are between the two bedrooms, with a braai area out back.
Awelani provides easy access for self-drives into the Kruger National Park.
You can do a nature walk/hike through stunning baobab trees and bush to see the many smaller animals and birds on the property, or photograph the views and the rock art in the caves.
The bird hide and waterhole can also offer great bird watching as the Pafuri area has recorded over 700 bird species.
For more information and to book your stay, please visit the Awelani Lodge website.
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