Bushbaby River Lodge
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Bushbaby River Lodge

700 Hardekool Street Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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5.0
#3 of 22 guest houses in Hoedspruit
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Bushbaby River Lodge is a 4* boutique lodge in the exclusive and most picturesque part of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate and awarded best 4* B&B of the province Limpopo 2017 by TGCSA, the official tourism board of South Africa. Overlooking the dry riverbed and surrounded by big trees, the five luxury chalets and the villa are set privately in a large garden, where the wildlife literally comes up to your doorstep. From zebra, to nyala, waterbuck, bushbabies, porcupine, civet and even the elusive leopard: all are regularly spotted around the lodge. You can count on all luxury and comfort in the tastefully designed chalets. Close to world renowned attractions like the Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon, Bushbaby River Lodge is a comfortable, safe and private base for your adventures. Your stay is on a bed & breakfast basis.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycle tours
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Taxi service
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Lisa R wrote a review Nov 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is one of a kind! Greeted upon arrival with hot towels, the owner Yvette is so welcoming and friendly! Her staff continue her high level of service, so accommodating and great cooks - both the breakfast and braai (African Barbeque) were delicious (the homemade croissants were out of this world). Our room was gorgeous and you're staying inside a wildlife refuge so you have a good chance of being greeted by them as well - we had a mom and baby antelope visit one afternoon.
We booked all our activities (safari's and hot air balloon ride) through them and were so pleased. On all our morning activities we'd have a picnic basket and cooler packed for us with hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, coffee, tea and water.
Cannot speak highly enough about Bushbaby River Lodge - if I'm ever lucky enough to go back to South Africa I wouldn't stay anywhere else!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All the rooms are very nice, but the stand alone Leopard room was great!
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 2 Nov 2021
Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for your amazing review!! This really made our day. We are so proud and happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and hope it will inspire other international guests to come back soon as South Africa is a safe destination . All the best, Kind regards, Yvete
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Traveler41141227368 wrote a review Sept 2020
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved our stay, and GOT ENGAGED at the lodge! Yvette was such a fantastic host, and put together the most romantic and awesome picnic for me and my then 'girlfriend'. I was able to surprise her, and Yvette did a great job with preparing vegan snacks for us, and setting up the spot with champagne, roses, balloons etc. and it was just great! Yvette also catered an awesome vegan breakfast for us every morning, and she really went out of her way to make it very special for us. We also loved being able to ride our mountain bikes around the massive estate, and to see all the wildlife. Hoedspruit is an awesome little town, with great places to eat, it felt safe, and was just generally an awesome holiday that we will definitely go back for. Thanks Yvette!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 15 Sept 2020
It was a huge pleasure having you as our guests, you truly are a beautiful and wonderful couple. The whole team of Bushbaby River Lodge wishes you lots of love, happiness and success for the future and we hope to welcome you back some day for one of your anniversaries!
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talentankuna wrote a review Jan 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival Ms Yvette came to the parking lot to welcome us with warm fresh cloth to freshen up. She was so friendly and welcoming. Excellent service.
The male who served us breakfast was friendly too. My fiancé and I enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this place for couples.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 6 Jan 2021
Dear Talenta, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and would love to welcome you back again some day. Kindest regards Yvette
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ShelleyH aka muppettnumber2 wrote a review Sept 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were 4 couples staying here for 1 night on our way further up north for a Safari. The rims were beautiful and setting peaceful and pleasant. The breakfast was delicious. The property has a bomer area with seats and a braai pit which we decided to use for diner. The staff were extremely useful in assisting us to acquire supplies for supper and cleaning up afterwards.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kim Scott, General Manager at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 5 Sept 2023
We really appreciate you taking the time to review your stay at Bushbaby River Lodge. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Warmest regards, The Bushbaby River Lodge Team
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Fruity Traveller wrote a review Jun 2022
Teignmouth, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful 1 night stay during a business trip last week. The lodge was accommodating for me and my 4 other colleagues who were staying for the night.
Lovely rooms which were well serviced with plenty of tea, coffee, water etc.
The outdoor shower was invigorating considering we were in winter but the water was lovely and warm.
Would be very happy to return here on non-business for a relaxing stay.
Thanks to all
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Kim Scott, General Manager at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 4 Jul 2022
We really appreciate you taking the time to review your stay at Bushbaby River Lodge. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your quick visit and we would love to welcome you back in the near future. With best wishes, The Bushbaby Team
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Sunshine35675862437 wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, what a place!! Yvette was, by far, the best hostess we've ever found during our vacations in South Africa. She's 100% committed with guests comfort, wellbeing and experience. We'd been there for 4 days and ur feeling is that we should stay for more 3 or 4 days. Rooms are simply beautiful, always clean, cozy and gave us an unforgettable experience. Yvette supported us on selecting our safaris, cultural experiences, dinner and even cooked an amazing barbecue during our stay. We are really amazed about this wonderful place and thankful for all your attention Yvette! Many thanks, wishing you all the best! :) Antonio & Aline
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Dear Antonio & Aline, Thank you so much for your kind words and amazing review, you really made our day! It was a true pleasure hosting you and we hope to welcome you back to South Africa one day. Kind regards, Yvette
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alwynr2016 wrote a review May 2021
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to do a two night stayover in the Hoedspruit area en route to the Kruger National Park. We decided on Bushbaby River Lodge after a search on the internet for suitable accommodation. On arrival we were met by Yvette and shown our accommodation for the two nights. The room was very comfortable and our breakfasts we sumptuous add Yvette and the staff's friendliness and you have to look no further if you need accommodation in the area.
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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 14 May 2021
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to read you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back. Kind regards, Yvette
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Tsielo M wrote a review Aug 2020
Polokwane, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Enjoyed our stay here at bushbaby. From the first day we arrived till the last day, our host Mrs Yvette made sure we had everything we need. Amazing stuff. Big, cozy clean room with outside shower....
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 1 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your amazing review, apologies for the delay in response. I am so happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back some day!
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mariagenathynico wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Bushbaby lodge is located in a beautiful area, with animals (wild but nice - zebras, giraffes, ...) but as well providing an exceptional quality service. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. We had a wonderful stay and we recommend strongly this property.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Yvette Hes, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 5 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your amazing, we are so happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us! It was a real pleasure having you as our guests and we hope to welcome you back some day. Kind regards, Yvette
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kmalekutu wrote a review Jun 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at Bushbaby River Lodge. The service was impeccable and the rooms are so clean and beautiful. The location of the lodge is perfect, we got visited by a group of Nyalas during breakfast and they were harmless. Lucky for us, we got to see the big 4 during our afternoon game drive (we didn’t see the buffalo. Overall it was an amazing experience.
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Date of stay: June 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Freddie Marion Kraemer, Owner at Bushbaby River Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you soooo much! The Team is delighted that you liked staying with us. Come again! (next time we book some Giraffe for you in the Lodge:-)) Happy days The Team of Bushbaby River Lodge
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Leane_Dee asked a question Sept 2017
Sandton, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi which is the closest Kruger gate? How far is it? Thank you
Answer from Freddy Kraemer
Hoedspruit, South Africa69 contributions29 helpful votes
We are 45 minutes from both Orpen and Phalaborwa gate, but Orpen is the better gate to go to. Hoedspruit is the last town before the Kruger this side of the park.
Answer from Freddy Kraemer
Hoedspruit, South Africa69 contributions29 helpful votes
The Manyeleti Game Reserve safari is done by the Manyeleti game reserve government vehicles, open safari vehicles with a roof cover.
BertinFL wrote a tip Jun 2024
Fort Lauderdale, Florida122 contributions43 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The villa is beautiful once the maintenance issue have been fixed. There is plenty of parking"
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savytravel99 wrote a tip Jan 2023
Jerusalem, Israel111 contributions184 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We came in late January. I would suggest that you book morning and afternoon drives, rather than full day Kruger, it get hot, and is quite tiring. "
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Barratt's On the Move wrote a tip Jan 2022
Pretoria, South Africa139 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Aircon for the heat is available, parking as well. Breakfast is lovely too, lots of options."
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Lisa R wrote a tip Nov 2021
22 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are very nice, but the stand alone Leopard room was great!"
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DamonandMichelle wrote a tip Jan 2019
Croston, United Kingdom63 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Leopard room has an immediate view of the river bed however all rooms have a good balcony and have similar views"
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PRICE RANGE
$213 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bushbaby River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Bushbaby River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Siyafunda Wildlife & Conservation (5.6 km), High Tea With Elephants (6.2 km), and Benedictions (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bushbaby River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Bushbaby River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Bushbaby River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Bushbaby River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bushbaby River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hat & Creek - Hoedspruit, Sleepers Restaurant, and The Kitchen @ Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bushbaby River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Bushbaby River Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Bushbaby River Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bushbaby River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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