Mhlati Guest Cottages

The Buffalo cottage


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 that 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.


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
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...

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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.

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