Mpumalanga is renowned for its spectacular scenery, a nature-lover’s paradise of dramatic mountain ranges, deep and peaceful forest, wide roaring rivers and never-ending vistas. Add to this the wealth of biodiversity and iconic African wildlife, and you have all the makings of a truly unforgettable holiday.
While hotel accommodation is typically the go-to option for most holidaymakers, you might find that a cabin is the best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of this region.
Guests can relax in peace at these cabins, which are set far from any major thoroughfares. You may rest easy in your private cabin without worrying about being disturbed by other guests or the hotel staff.
Rather than risking a view of a parking lot and noisy neighbours, spend your vacation surrounded by farmland, wildlife, and breath-taking views in these 10 best Mpumalanga cabins.
1. Wolwekrans Eco Lodge
Wolwekrans Eco Lodge is an intimate and luxurious family-owned lodge nestled deep in the majestic Schoemanskloof escarpment. Wolwekrans is entirely eco-friendly with electricity supplied via solar and gas for a true experience of untouched nature.
Wolwekrans is popular for its rich variety of naturally occurring wildlife, including Koedoe, Rietbuck, Duiker, Nyala, Bushbuck, Klipspringer, Bushpigs, Warthog, Jackal, Baboons, and some local Leopards, earning it the moniker of “Jewel of Mpumalanga”.
Apart from a selection of private chalets fully equipped with a boma, deck and braai facilities, Wolwekrans also boasts luxury tented cabins for a truly captivating luxury stay.
These cabins are perched high on the mountainous farm with awe-inspiring panoramas of this gorgeous vista, and offer complete privacy with personal braai facilities at a hand-masoned fire pit, enveloping decks, soft white linen and outdoor showers.
Each cabin sleeps 4 people and offers an epic glamping experience with the lowest possible carbon footprint, making these a great option for romantic getaways or a memorable family breakaway.
2. Wetlands Game Lodge
The stunning Versamel Mountains provide as a backdrop to this quiet lodge. Located Between Gauteng and the Midlands, the Wetlands Game Lodge is centrally located.
On a game drive, a quad bike trip, or just a stroll through the resort, you can view a wide variety of wildlife, birds, and plants in their natural habitats of grasslands and wetlands. Guests can also enjoy game drives, go on quad bike excursions, and go horseback riding.
It’s perfect for a relaxing vacation with the family, a honeymoon, a wedding, or just to get away from it all to reconnect with nature.
The lodge is around a three-and-a-half-hour trip from either Johannesburg or Pretoria and is located only 6.5 km outside of Wakkerstroom. The lodgings are a haven of peace and quiet, boundless convenience, and stunning scenery.
3. Kruger Private Lodge
This seven-bedroom lodge in Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, is right on the banks of the Crocodile River, where all sorts of exotic animals and birds freely frolic.
There are four rooms with river views (two on the upper level and two on the lower floor), three rooms with garden views, two decks with river views that are shared by all visitors (one on the upper floor and one on the lower floor), and a boma/braai area from which to take in breath-taking sunsets and starry nights.
At the river, you may see wild animals walking freely, and at from back door in Marloth Park, you can give them some food.
The freshly prepared breakfast features both a buffet and a plated hot meal, with options for a wide range of diets.
Marloth Park is conveniently located next to Kruger National Park, where visitors may take in breath-taking scenery on guided or independent game drives. Those looking to take a leisurely stroll or drive through scenic countryside will find what they’re looking for in Marloth Park.
4. Rainbow Lodge Dullstroom
Located in the middle of Mpumalanga, only 200 kilometres from Pretoria and 250 kilometres from Johannesburg is the picturesque farm with self-catering chalets known as Rainbow Lodge Estate.
Whether you’re a couple in search of a romantic weekend away or a family looking to escape the noise of the city, Rainbow Lodge is the perfect place to stay.
Depending on your needs, they have six different country cabins that may accommodate anywhere from two to six people.
The Rainbow Lodge is currently being subdivided into an estate with individual flats for sale to city-dwelling investors. The third phase is well under way, and in the fourth they hope to construct an eco-friendly community where residents will be encouraged to adopt sustainable practises such as recycling and using alternative energy sources.
5. Lakenvlei Forest Lodge
Located in the heart of a 4500 hectare (Ha) woodland estate, Lakenvlei is renowned for its unparalleled tranquilly and gorgeous scenery.
Birdwatching, mountain biking, hiking, guided out-rides on horseback, pedal boats, and bass fishing from two separate dams are just some of the activities available to guests.
There are 12 cabins available for guests, each with everything they need to cook their own meals. The main dam is equipped with pedal boats for your enjoyment. The main dam and wetland may be viewed from the deck of the restaurant and pub, both of which are decorated like rustic cabins in the woods and serve delicious food and drink.
Kiepersol in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is nestled in the middle of the magnificent Elands Valley, on the banks of the Elands River, and is surrounded by stunning scenery and attractions. River fishing, mountain climbing, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing are all at their best here.
Kiepersol’s excellent location, right off the N4, offers it a convenient home base for seeing the surrounding sights. In addition, it serves as an excellent transit point for travellers enroute to Mozambique and Kruger National Park.
Kiepersol is located on the banks of the Elands River and provides excellent, cheap lodging and self-catering facilities. Over 100 species of birds, such as the Crowned Eagle and the Egyptian Goose, breed here throughout the winter, and you may enjoy them all while fishing to your heart’s content or watching the abundant wildlife.
On holiday weekends, a two-night minimum is required. There is a fully-equipped meeting room for as many as forty guests.
7. Forest Cottage
This charming wooden cabin enjoys a secluded setting in the midst of a gorge, next to a native forest, and within earshot of a stream and beautiful mountain scenery. It’s in a private nature reserve on the premises of Forest Stream Lodge & Spa.
The cottage’s combined living area and kitchen features a fireplace. There is a big outdoor braai area with a table, perfect for a leisurely morning, afternoon, or evening meal.
There is a master suite with a queen bed and an attached bathroom with a shower over the tub. There is also a smaller bedroom with a single bed and a double sleeper sofa in the living area.
The open layout of the cottage’s bathroom makes it ideal for families with young children or a romantic weekend away.
The “Cloud Forest” hiking trails are one of the most distinctive features of Forest Creek. The trails were made so that even individuals who aren’t particularly fit can enjoy them with their families. You feel dwarfed by the towering trees and otherworldly vistas at the mountain’s edge.
The journey to the waterfall is around 2 kilometres long and takes you through the forest and across the creek multiple times, all while being shaded by towering native trees. Stone buildings that may be several thousand years old have been found scattered around the woodland and are currently being investigated.
The woods are lovely, welcoming, and risk-free.
8. Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve
Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve is a valley bordered by some of the most spectacular mountain landscape in the Waterval Boven district, and it is located 270 kilometres from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven – Nelspruit N4.
This is a typical summer-rainfall climate. The average low temperature in the winter is around 6 degrees, while the average high temperature in the summer is around 34 degrees.
Bushbuck, baboons, klipspringers, duikers, steenboks, vaal reedbucks, vervet monkeys, leopards, genets, rooikats, rock pythons, and many more species of flora and fauna call the Nature Reserve home. The Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Kites, and Falcons are just some of the birds that may be found here.
9. Bananien Lodge
Vacation in beautiful self-catering units within 40 km from Kruger National Park at the Bananien Lodge in Sabi for an experience you won’t soon forget.
The combination of the resort’s modern amenities and the serenity of its malaria-free natural setting makes for a perfect place to get away from it all.
Guided trips of the surrounding forests, complete with cascades and waterfalls, can be experienced in one of these open vehicles. There are self-catering log cabins and rondawels available, each with space for one to four people and a private braai area in which to disconnect from the outside world.
10. Log Cabin Village
Both the Log Cabin Village and the Settlers Village at this Graskop, South Africa resort are owned and run by private families.
All of the cottages and chalets are self-contained, with everything you could possibly need, including OVHD-TV channels, private braais, and 24 hour security.
Wooden log cabins with two, three, four, five, and six beds make up the Log cottages, while the homes in Settlers Village are designed to seem like those of the early pioneers.
There are both one-person and two-person options available in the cottages. All of the chalets are also three-star rated and have access to the resort’s pool and Wi-Fi hotspot. Each cabin has a full kitchen for self-catering.