Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s most well-known provinces thanks to its abundance of natural beauty, excellent vacation rentals, and welcoming locals. Mpumalanga’s reputation as a prime destination for safaris and other travel and adventure opportunities in South Africa draws many tourists from around the world.
Summers in Mpumalanga are known for their sultry temperatures and beautiful sunsets. After a long day of sight-seeing and safaris, there’s nothing like unwinding with a beverage in your own private hot tub and taking in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.
In this article, we take a look at 10 of the region’s finest hotels and lodges, all of which provide Jacuzzis or hot tubs.
1. Wolwekrans Eco Lodge
Wolwekrans Eco Lodge, perched on the Schoemanskloof escarpment, overlooks the Lowveld valley and the Schoemans mountains from its 120 hectares of scenic terrain.
For a truly relaxing and enveloping encounter with nature, guests can take advantage of private hot tubs newly outfitted at each of the exclusive, luxury chalets.
Wolwekrans has a rich history and was designed to give guests an authentic taste of Africa while also ensuring a truly luxurious and tasteful experience.
2. Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
Rooms at Summerfields are located on a 100-hectare farm and provide outdoor showers and access to a river. Guests can watch hippos take evening dips in the Sabie River from the comfort of the pool, spa, and restaurant.
Each room features wooden furnishings and high-end linens, as well as a private deck and bathroom with views of the surrounding forest. The villa is built with stone and has a covered terrace.
Massages, aromatherapy, and rose-based cosmetic therapies are just some of the offerings at this spa. One of the lounges features a satellite TV and a library that looks out over the river. One of the many relaxing activities available includes a tour of the rose garden and macadamia nut orchard.
The menus at both of the hotels’ restaurants change on a weekly basis and include breakfast, lunch, and supper. The restaurant on the river is perfect for a romantic evening by candlelight. There is also the option to use the barbecue grills.
A mountain bike track and hiking paths are located nearby. Both Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Kruger National Park can be reached within a half-hour’s drive.
3. Eagle’s View
Beumont farm, around 15 km east of Dullstroom, is home to Eagles View, which is just next door to Walkersons Estate. It has a remote cabin perched on 300 ha of undulating hills and peaks, perfectly placed to take advantage of the breath-taking scenery.
The modern retreat’s glass facade lets in the beautiful scenery outside, giving a sense of oneness with nature and allowing guests to take in the fresh mountain air as they relax.
The unit was designed with consideration for the environment in mind. The contemporary cabin gets its power and water from a natural spring and runs on petrol and batteries.
With its open floor concept and king-sized bed, the cabin is ideal for a couple’s getaway. The venue has its own private helipad and an attached washroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. Two little children can sleep comfortably on the sofa bed.
4. Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge
Beautiful gardens blend with excellent natural environment to create a hideaway including spectacular cliffs and gorges, woodlands, and sweeping views at Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge, a Four-Star self-catering resort perched atop Robber’s Pass on the historic old road to Pilgrim’s Rest.
The Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including several bird species and mammals including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, antelope, and leopard.
Many of the most impressive sights in Mpumalanga are within reasonable driving distance of Crystal Springs. The beautiful Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, and the intriguing rock formations of the Bourke’s Luck Potholes are all within easy driving distance of the old, picturesque village of Pilgrim’s Rest.
The resort is located within an hour’s drive of Kruger National Park, where you may see the “Big Five” animals.
The Lodge’s face brick buildings and design complement the surrounding landscape. There are plenty of family-friendly amenities, and various outdoor pursuits to partake in.
Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge was received a Four-Star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, ensuring that your stay will be comfortable and enjoyable.
5. Floreat Riverside Lodge and Spa
The Floreat Riverside Lodge is a terrific place to stay if you’re looking to meet a lot of people in the region and take advantage of all that the surrounding area has to offer. The interior and external design of Floreat create a sense of seclusion. In certain accommodation options, you’ll get an exciting African vibe, while in others, a luxury Tuscan one.
The brightly furnished cabins have a riverside (upon request) location and a stunning vista of the surrounding mountains. Each flat has an open-concept kitchen and living room with a plasma TV.
Self-contained with a tub and a shower, these units may accommodate four people. A private terrace with grills is available outside the chalet.
6. Goodehoop Boutique Manor Lodge
The views from the Goedehoop Boutique Manor House over the beautiful Kruger National Park are unparalleled.
This Manor House is located on the banks of the Crocodile River, which only adds to the beauty of the scenery. Animals such as elephants, crocodiles, buffalo, hippos, and a plethora of antelope frequent the area, adding to the charm of the site. The lovely bush veld is home to a wide variety of large and tiny animals.
Relaxing sounds of nature will enchant you as you enjoy a beverage by the infinity pool. Guests love staying at this hotel because of its prime riverfront location. Explore an intimate section of the 19,485-square-kilometer Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve.
This manor house has five bedrooms and is equipped for self-catering. There are a total of five opulent bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, that can sleep ten guests.
7. Geo Trail Lodge & Spa
Barberton is well located at the foot of the Makhonjwa mountain range, with a view of the picturesque De Kaap Valley. These Lowveld chalet cottages with thatched roofs are ideal for business travellers, vacationers, spa lovers, and couples looking for a quiet getaway.
Guests can take a break from their busy lives and unwind in the luxurious surroundings of the on-site spa. The spa provides both à la carte services and full day spa packages.
This lodge is popular for its sunrises and sunsets, set against a dramatic backdrop. The Geo Trail Lodge and Spa is conveniently located on the road to the Far North Coast and as a gateway to Kruger National Park, Mozambique, and Swaziland.
The property has a wonderful pool area, sundowner terrace, and spa. Relax in the shade of a thatched umbrella by the pool, take in the scenery from a lounge chair in the gazebo, read a book in a poolside lounger, or watch the kids play in the shallow end of the pool.
8. Tranquil Nest
Tranquil Nest is a Mpumalanga, Kruger Holiday resort that is ideally located next to the R40 between White River and Hazyview.
This Mpumalanga resort is about 16 kilometres from the park’s popular Phabeni Gate, making Kruger National Park easily accessible.
Located on the edge of the escarpment of the misty Drakensberg Mountains, the chalets and tents offer stunning views of The Sabi River Valley and are surrounded by native trees that are home to a wide variety of birds. Zebras, tiny bucks, and other similar wildlife frequently visit Tranquil Nest.
Hazyview is now Mpumalanga’s main commercial and tourist centre. Exciting day trips can be had by taking advantage of the area’s many outdoor pursuits, wildlife sanctuaries, and stunning scenic roads. Golf courses, tennis courts, and bowling alleys are conveniently located nearby for sport enthusiasts.
9. Lions Rock Rapids
If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation spot, look no farther than Lions Rock Rapids. You can relax in the comfort of your own private pool and spa tub in one of the luxurious Lodge units, or try out glamping in a tent adjacent to the Sabi River in the Luxury Tented Camp.
You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure here, one that can only be had in the Sabi River Valley’s bush. The lodge is centrally located in Mpumulanga, often known as Paradise Country, so you can go sightseeing, hiking, or just kick back and enjoy.
10. Elandskloof Trout Farm
Located in Dullstroom, 14 kilometres from Dullstroom Railway Station and 39 kilometres from Bergendal Monument, Elandskloof Trout Farm features a café and lake views.
Some of the rooms have a private kitchen, a patio overlooking the mountains, and a private bathroom with a shower.
There is a hot tub available for guest use in the country house. In addition to the garden and BBQ grills, guests can use the indoor pool, go for a walk or ride a bike.