Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge Hotel in Badplaas, Mpumalanga
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests41
  • Rooms/Units10
  • Minimum Stay1-2 Nights

About Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge

Dawson’s Game and Trout Lodge, a unique African experience, is situated in Mpumalanga where the last remnant of the Great Rift Valley forms the Escarpment, separating the High- and Lowveld with their dramatically different climates, flora and fauna.

Dawson’s lies at the transition of these two regions, where Highveld Blesbuck meet Lowveld Impala, with dramatic mountain backdrops forming perennial streams and waterfalls that is the Komati River. Explore at you leisure over 2000 hectares of wide open grasslands and bushveld, teeming with herds of antelope.

We accommodate sixteen guests in eight rooms, all of our facilities are of the highest standard, so that a stay with us is more like a country house party of yesteryear. For the mature and more thoughtful guest to relax and contemplate the qualities of life, that here, make a truly splendid place.


En-Suite Rooms
Eight luxurious en-suite rooms with large Victorian-style bathrooms. All of our facilities are of the highest standard, large suites with dry-stone interior walls, percale linen, king size 4-poster beds, hand picked antique furniture, fireplaces, sherry and nuts, walk-in closet, heated towel rails, fully stocked mini-bars with Dawson’s home-made chocolate chip cookies as well as freshly ground coffee.


Marvel at our chef’s innovative talent while you sit back and soak up the atmosphere, savouring the taste and aroma of cuisine in its most exquisite form. Breakfast and lunch can be served either in the privacy of your own room, on the patio or enjoyed in our dining room.

For a romantic lunch, our chef will prepare a sumptuous picnic basket that can accompany you on a self-drive outing to any secluded point on the reserve. Finally, for a truly African experience, dinner can be taken in our traditional African-style boma, around an open log fire.


Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge offers two conference venues each offering boardroom seating for 12 delegates, cinema 30, u-shape 15 and school room seating for 20. We specialise in intimate weddings and exclusive functions.

Dandy-Line Spa

Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge now offer their guests spa treatments that focus specifically on de-toxification and de-stressing in an inspiring environment. Stiglingh, a renowned therapist whose treatments embody her “All natural, all hands on” approach. Lengthy treatments beside the fireplace in the privacy and warmth of a guests cottage or outside on the grassland plains under the aloe trees, are filled with scents of peppermint, ginger, camphor, lemon verbena, coffee and vanilla.


Guests have full access to a variety of activities while staying at Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge. These include guided game drives and walks, trout and bass fishing, bird viewing, horse riding, scenic hikes or just simply relax around our pool area and soak up the magnificent sunshine and views.

Bass and Trout Fishing:
While away the hours doing what comes naturally from our well-stocked waters or let us offer you expert tuition.

Bird Watching:
The area hosts a unique combination of bird species such as Knysna Lourie, Malachite Hum bird, Olive Bush-Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbill and many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants. Spending a few hours in our corner of paradise accompanied by a professional field guide will offer constant excitement and photographic opportunities.

Hikes and Walks:
Revitalise your spirits with a short guided or free walking day - walk along 100-year-old water canals to a spectacular waterfall overlooking the valley.

Horse Riding:
For the adventurous there can be no better way of getting up close and personal to our wildlife.

Game viewing:
Early morning and late afternoon guided game drives will thrill you across wide-open grasslands and through dense bushveld. Experience the unique behavioural patterns of our myriad of wild indigenous game species whilst enjoying your favourite sundowner.

Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge, is situated in Mpumalanga (meaning “the rising sun”) which is well known for its spectacular scenery, wild life and historical interest. Exciting day drives can be taken to nearby Barberton, Pilgrims Rest (Discovery of Gold - Gold Rush), Graskop, Sabie and Swaziland, as well as the Kruger National Park.

Features you'll appreciate

only available in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (SABC, eTV only)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Airport transfers

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Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Twin Room

Luxury Twin Room

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Double Room

Luxury Double Room

Qty: 7
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults


Self Catering, 7 Bed Rooms, Kitchen, Lounge, TV, Entertainment Lapa, Swimming Pool.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 18 guests (max 14 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults


Suitable for 4 guests. Self Catering, Open-plan Loung, Kitchen. One double bed, two single beds and a pull out bed for a fith guest.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 5 guests (max 5 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

We were here only one night on our way through to Natal from Kruger and enjoyed it immensely. We stayed in a wonderfully peaceful and comfortable room with very generous bathroom - everything had been thought of including fires lit for our warmth in the evening. The whole place is very attractively decorated with really interesting colllections of furniture, pretty courtyards all set amidst lovely gardens and views. We were looked after by Zeph for our entire stay - please double his pay - he's marvellous! Delicious food for supper and a lovely breakfast as well. Many thanks

August 2012

Ms Gillian Charles (Hertfordshire, UK)

Verified reviewexcellent

We had an amazing stay at this very special lodge. It was such a pleasant surprise to reach the lodge at sunset and be greeted by such a stunning place! The lodge is even more stunning in real life! We felt right at home and was treated like royalty. Rob and his team made a huge effort to make our little girl of 20 months comfortable and even prepared special meals for her. We went on a wonderful game drive with Jerry and he had such great knowledge of all the wildlife. The look on our daughters face every time she saw an animal was priceless! Our picnic lunch overlooking the mountains was extra special! The food was delicious and every meal was a treat! Our room was very spacious and comfortable with stunning decor elements as well as special attention to comfort as only a five star facility can provide. We would definitely recommend the lodge to our family and friends! Thank for an amazing weekend!

May 2012

Janneke, Andre and Jane' Greeff (Secunda)

Need to Know

Response timeDawsons Game & Trout Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 100km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyDiners, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since January 2010

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