Matimba Bush Lodge is an exclusive Bush Lodge, located 8km from the famous Kruger National Park in the town of Phalaborwa. Matimba is situated on private property in the Hans Merensky Golf Estate.
The owners, Daniela and Alberto, have always dreamed of owning a luxury lodge in an idyllic bush setting and Matimba has now brought their dream to reality.
On entering Matimba you walk into a large open lounge /dining area with glass doors that lead out onto the patio and swimming pool; a wooden walkway leads to a thatched lapa with a lovely view of the Mala Mala Dam; a nice place to relax for sundowners.
There is free Wi-Fi and cell phone connection plus a large TV in the lounge.
Matimba only prepares breakfast but a private chef can be arranged on request to cater for lunches and dinners. The tea and coffee station is between to the kitchen and dining room.
There is a fully stocked bar next to the kitchen that overlooks the swimming pool...
or you can relax round the pool or under the thatched lounge near the dam.
We did not have breakfast at the lodge but took our breakfast packs to the Kruger Park each morning.
There is also a small boma for dining under the stars.
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Matimba has 4 rooms that go according to the size of the animal; Elephant., Rhino, Lion and Leopard; each is beautifully furnished with traditional African furniture made from orange trees and Daniela’s pictures on the walls give that extra personal touch.
They all have large en-suite bathrooms and the Elephant room has both an indoor and outdoor shower plus a bath. Each room has a king size extra length bed, mosquito nets, hair dryer and bathrobes, air conditioning, hairdryer, bathrobes and a safe.
Daniela and Alberto will gladly assist you in arranging night drives, riverboat safaris, visits to the Amarula factory or any other nearby attraction.
You can obviously do a self-drive safaris into the Kruger National Park like we did or you can go on one of their photographic safaris.
The Kruger Park gets very busy during peak seasons so Alberto is usually the first in the queue in the mornings – in December January the gates open at 05h30 so Alberto will be at the gate at around 04h00! Don’t worry, if you’re going on safari with him you can sleep in as Daniela will drop you off at the gate at around 05h00.
Alberto knows the Kruger Park very well and it’s not unusual for him to find the big five in one day for his guests.
These are some of the images we captured on self-drive safaris while staying at Matimba Lodge for three nights.
When we stayed at Matimba the area was going through one of the worst droughts in living memory as the image depicts...
We did, however, get to photograph some interesting birds...
...and we found a leopard mother...
and in another tree, her cub...!
For more information or to book your stay, please visit the Matimba Bush Lodge website
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