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Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

19 Sable Road National Kruger Park, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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#21 of 71 lodges in Hoedspruit
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Ku Sungula is a small intimate lodge located in the Balule private reserve, part of the Greater Kruger park. Besides accommodation we offer safaris, day trips, excursions and complete vacations. Our typical African rondawels have an en-suite bathroom and private terrace. Our shady terrace and the pool overlook a small waterhole. Discover the magic of Africa at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, a bush experience with a touch of luxury.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Complimentary tea
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Massage
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Minibar
Electric kettle
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch, German

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19 Sable Road National Kruger Park, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
Ku Sungula Safari Lodge
Getting there
Hoedspruit Airport
Phalaborwa Airport
40.2 km
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Tomas S wrote a review Mar 2024
Stockholm, Sweden456 contributions130 helpful votes
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Best ever safari experience! Everything was perfect! Great place, friendly staff, good food, nice pool and a totally best ever experience with the safari. We had two safaris per day, one in the early morning and one in the afternoon and we did see elephants ( a lot), lions, buffalos, crocs, giraffs, rhinoceros, impalas, other deers and many more during the four tours we did during three days.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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kerrybullenb wrote a review Feb 2024
Greater London, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Had the most amazing safari experience. Ku Sungula offers a fantastic stay, the rooms are lovely, each with its own outside veranda/sitting area, the food was exquisite, a la carte. The grounds are well kept, a lovely pool and lots of sitting areas. We were visited by elephants whilst sunbathing by the pool. We went on two safari drives per day, our rangers, Universe and John, were absolutely fantastic, in tracking the big 5. Had great service by all.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Adrianobonc wrote a review Aug 2023
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It is a pity that there are only five stars to rate our stay at the Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, because the lodge, the reserve and all we experienced was worth a lot more than that. Paola is a well-travelled visitor of African reserves and lodges, from Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Botswana, while the four days we spent in the Kruger were my very best stay in an African lodge. We chose the Ku Sungula through Safaribookings becuase we liked the versatility of the portal and the description of the lodge. Still, I would have never expected the much we definitely found and the bonuses we enjoyed. The whole process of inquiry and booking went smooth and easy. Yolanda, who then we met at the lodge, was just perfect in replying quickly to all my requests of information. The great and extremely pleasant surprise came with the arrival to the lodge: friendly and caring staff, great attention to all services, the neat and cozy cottage they assigned to us, fantastic food served on immaculate tableclothes for breakfast and lunch, while watching elephants, zebras and giraffes grazing and walking right in front of our eyes. As well as a warm boma dinner time spent with the other guests of the lodge. All was as described and shown in the lodge's web site. Even a lot better than a picture or a blurb can describe. And then the early morning and the night safari games with a brilliant Moses, as well as the great tracker (the best "eyes of Africa" in spotting wildlife, as Paola called him) sitting in front of the reliable and sturdy car. We have been able to spot all Big Five and much, much more, mostly close to the car but always with a sense of safety given by the both driver and tracker. This has certainly been the most rewarding experience of the whole 4-week trip in South Africa and quite likely one of the very best travel experiences both Paola and I have made during these past twenty years spent together travelling across all continents. A REAL paradise that unfortately lasted only four days. I wish I had previously decided to stay longer than that. A special thank goes to fabulous Yolanda, who did a lot more than we would expect from a manager-in-residence. She offered us an unforgettable surprise candle-lit dinner for our anniversary that I had only brielfy mentioned to her. Yolanda also arranged for us a safari inside the Kruger NP with Bress, a nice, experienced and multi-skilled English lady who has resided here for over 15 years . Furthermore, Yolanda arranged for us the booking of one unplanned flight and drove us personally to Huidspruit airport. It is very hard to thank her properly. We only hope to come back soon to Kruger and Ku Sungula, which we could certainly consider our wonderful home-away-from home.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Anette E wrote a review Mar 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark258 contributions20 helpful votes
I absolutely loved Ku Sungula, the safaries/gane drives, the amazing staff and the atmosphere! I do hope I will come back soon, because the place is amazing! I saw all the animals I could have imagine and then some. Thank you, Inkomo, tak!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Havips wrote a review Jan 2023
Vancouver, Canada9 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed for 5 nights - service was excellent! Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Janco took us on a walking safari and was very knowledgeable about conservation and all sorts of information. Moshe was our ranger and helped us spot the Big 5 in 2 hours. More importantly he was was very professional and knowledgeable. Showed us hyena cubs and 3 leopards! The lodge is lovely and it is fun to sit by the watering hole and watch the animals.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Frauk3 wrote a review Dec 2022
Eindhoven, The Netherlands3 contributions1 helpful vote
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Our stay was everything we hoped for and more! The lodges were super clean, nicely decorated and the beds were very comfortable. The staff were the sweetest ever, always kind and very hospitable. The manager is very well educated on everything that has to do with nature. He can answer all of your questions which made our guided tours and camping trip so much more valuable. We’ve so enjoyed all of the animals on the game drives, and even hanging by the pool with a “mengeldrankie” you see an occasional giraffe grazing by. We’ve missed the rhino for our big five, even more reason to return! Would definitely recommend for just a few nights or longer. You can put all of your planning in their hands and I’m sure you will have a magical holiday as well!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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252ccv wrote a review Oct 2022
Heemstede, The Netherlands25 contributions25 helpful votes
What a great experience to be in this resort. A special welcome from the staff, the beautiful accommodation and the wonderful surrounding gives us a an unforgettable memory. Every day animals will come to the waterfront while you relaxed in the swimming pool. The game drives twice a day were great, the guys now so much and find the smallest animals! Lovely food was served and delicious homemade cookies in your own accommodation.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David wrote a review Oct 2022
The Netherlands16 contributions19 helpful votes
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The team at the Ku Sungula Safari lodge really make you feel welcome from the very first moment. All aspects of our stay left beautiful memories with us. The staff is so friendly and took very good care of us with lovely food and drinks and are very helpful at any time. The lodges are very comfortable and nicely decorated and have direct view on the wildlife outside. Our stay included 2 game drives per day. The ranger and the spotter are very experienced and have lots to tell about the animals moving across the Balule reserve. The ranger does not give an ‘animal-guarantee’ but just that makes the drive an adventure. The mix of their tracking skills, incredible hawk eyes and collaboration with other rangers results in seeing a wide variety of animals every time. Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, lions, crocodiles, vultures, …. Please pay the team a visit, they deserve it; you will have a wonderful time!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Katrine P wrote a review Oct 2022
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Ku Sungula is the most incredible lodge to stay at. We spend a part of our honeymoon at Ku Sungula, and it was without a doubt the hightlight of our trip to South Africa. Everything was more than perfect - but especially the amazing staff made our stay absolutely wonderful. We were lucky enough to be the only ones staying there for the first 4 nights - and we felt so at home right away. The staff and especially the manager Janco went out of their way to make us happy. Annabel and the other staff even made a romantic setup for dinner and brought us champagne, because we were on our honeymoon. The facilities are wonderful. Amazing rooms with a private patio, and we even had a outdoor shower, from where we one day were lucky enough to see elephants! There is a nice pool, with a view of the waterhole. A wonderfull boma, where we enjoyed some of the amazing meals. We had wonderful safari experiences and had several amazing lion sightings and lots of beautiful elephant herds. We were lucky enough to see a wild dog, and both white and black rhinos several times. Our rangers Muxe and Ridwel and trackers Sibusiso and Wisdom did everything they could to find all the animals and all had great knowlegde og stories, that they were kind enough to share with us. We can not recommend Ku Sungula enough. We were so sad to leave, and we really hope, that we get a chance to return in the near future. It felt like a home away from home.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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8sunshine8 wrote a review Sept 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom55 contributions
Thank you to all at Ku Sungula for making our honeymoon so unforgettable! The staff are so friendly, they can't do enough for you. Our tracker Sibs and ranger Riduel tracked down all of the big 5 for us along with too many other animals to count. The elephant came right up to our rondavel one night which was an experience! Clementine is a fantastic chef and the food was excellent every day and served in lovely surroundings. Overall it was a perfect start to our honeymoon in beautiful South Africa!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$644 - $899 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Amukela Game Lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceMarulengHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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What are some of the property amenities at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea, a free welcome drink, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ku Sungula Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Ku Sungula Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Dutch, and Afrikaans.
Is Ku Sungula Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.