Welcome to Tshukudu Game Lodge on SA-Venues.com, offering 3 star graded accommodation in Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants.
Guests arrive at Tshukudu Game Lodge for lunch with a view onto the veranda in the shade of a generous Natal Mahogany and the attractive bird feeder beyond. The pride of Ala Sussens the owner, her daily feeds of seeds, papinos and grated cheese attract an exciting array of birds.
The reception area in the main lodge handles general queries and requests. The rooms are allocated according to the needs of the guests. Family units with en-suite bathrooms sleep 4 or more guests and some rooms are wheelchair accessible. The rooms are decorated in warm colours, with mosquito netting over the beds and both ceiling fans & air-conditioning for our hot summer season.
The chalets and rondawels offer spacious twin or double accommodation with en-suite bathrooms with shower. Children are always welcome. Since 1980 the lodge has been built up and constantly enhanced to provide comfort for around 30 people.
The round swimming pool set in a green lawn to the right is invitingly deep and the pool loungers under the thatch offer a rest after a good meal. Perhaps Savannah the cheetah will stretch out on the grass nearby. She was hand-raised at Tshukudu and though free roaming she regularly visits the lodge.
Further to the right the guests can shop for souvenirs in the small Tshukudu Gift Shop before they return to the veranda in the afternoon for tea and sweet treats. Paths of slate tiles connect the rooms to the veranda and the outdoor ‘boma’ eating area behind the main lodge.
Guests are hosted during their stay by our knowledgeable and friendly guides. After a three hour game drive through the reserve of Tshukudu the guests refresh at the veranda bar. The sun has set and the rangers lead the way to dinner in the open air reed enclosure. The central fire casts a warm glow over the subtle African print cloths. The atmosphere is relaxed and the well planned meal offers a treat for all taste buds.
In the early morning the rangers call the guests to an inviting cup of coffee before the walk starts. Walking in the bush is a special treat especially when a young lion streaks past you to playfully pounce on the family dog and wrestle it into the dust. The fresh air builds up an appetite and a full spread awaits guests at the lodge. Any need can be catered for and after a hearty meal the bushveld calls as the guests embark on the morning game drive to search for an elusive something.
Summer rains see us through the dry winters that start around March to September. The area is considered a low-risk malaria area and generally the ‘bugs’ are just pesky for a while during summer.
Game viewing is especially good in winter as the vegetation is sparse. In order to show guests the surrounding area, we offer day trips to the Kruger National Park one hour away or the Blyde River Canyon. There is no extra charge during a 4 night stay and for a three night stay we plan a scenic boat trip on the Swadini dam at the foot if the Drakensberg mountain.
Location & Transport
The lodge and general area are accessible by plane on SaExpress to Hoedspruit or SAAirlink to Phalaborwa and Nelspruit. Transfers can be arranged by the lodge. The roads are very good and rental companies are well represented in the local town of Hoedspruit.
TSHUKUDU GAME RESERVE
See our Self Catering Bush Camp at: Tshukudu Bush Camp
ACCREDITATIONS (as claimed by the establishment)