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Mpala Safari Lodge

Parsons Private, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1390 South Africa
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Nestled on the beautiful banks of the Olifants River, Mpala Safari Lodge is situated within the private reserves of the world famous Greater Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa. The beautiful and unspoiled nature with its fascinating wild life literally surrounds Mpala Safari Lodge. Whilst visiting the lodge you will experience the colorful richness of animals, birds, nature and South African traditional culture on the many excursions on offer by us. The lodge have a maximum of 6 double rooms which ensures the exclusive atmosphere. Mpala was created in close cooperation with skilled architects and is a unique combination of African architecture which incorporates the Danish owners demands for total comfort as well as exclusive and practical layout. The decor is stylish, simple and serene. The 3 cozy duplex chalets all have a view of the river. Each unit has an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning with a cooling as well as heating setting, telephone and panoramic windows. The beds are large and comfortable. There is a choice of light blankets or thick down comforters depending on the season. The special about Mpala Safari Lodge is the package of experiences which is included in price. Each day offers a brand new experience of nature, traditional culture and safari. Whether you choose a one week (5 or 7 days) or two week stay at Mpala Safari Lodge, you will never be bored. All of this is included: All meals. Transfer from/to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airport on a Monday (at 5 nights stay departure is on a Saturday). The weekly programme - please read more on our web page: • Guided Bush Walks • Game Drives • Night Drive • Traditional Bush Braai. A romantic dinner in the bush by the open fire. • Two-day's safari trip to the Kruger National Park with an overnight stay • Safari on Quad Bike • Sotho-tribal performance with traditional dance and song • Visit to Diphuti Village School in a town ship (Mpala's charity project) and lunch at a nice countryside restaurant in a fruit plantation area. Please observe that the visit to the school does not take place on the schools holidays. If you wish to add even more activities to the regular program, we offer a variety of options that will be remembered long after you return home. To name a few: Hot air ballooning, River Cruise, Drakensberg sightseeing, Golf, Horseback riding, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, a Cheetah project and much more. Please read more on our web page. Mpala Safari Lodge accepts children from age 6+. Children of all age pay full price. Please note that according to South African Law children of age less than 12 years are not allowed on a bush walk in a Big 5 area (Mpala Safari Lodge is situated Great Kruger Park which is a Big 5 area).
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Parsons Private, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1390 South Africa
Mpala Safari Lodge
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Hoedspruit Airport
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René H wrote a review Jul 2023
Randers Municipality, Denmark2 contributions
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We had an amazing family vacation at Mpala Safari Lodge. Everything about the stay was just perfect. Excellent trip program, nice food and very clean and luxurious surrroundings. You feel welcome right away and the maximum 12 guests capacity gives a personal atmosphere. We spend hours relaxing on the porch enjoying the wildlife by the Olifant River, when not on gamedrives. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and they make you feel like part of the Mpala family:) We are definately going to Mpala Safari Lodge again soon.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Benny Pedersen wrote a review Jul 2023
Aalborg, Denmark1 contribution
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By fare my best holyday ever, and I will go again som day. Very friendly hosts, almost became family. The experience program is one of a kind, we saw the big 5 two times on our two tips to Kryger national park The lodge is placed rigtig on the riverbank with a fantastic wiew
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dael Strange wrote a review Apr 2023
Jaipur, India5 contributions
Your safari guide/ driver (the older white man) is a poor ambassador for your establishment. We encountered him while on our own drive and he ignored park rules regarding stopping/parking, deliberately stopped alongside us to obscure our view of a wild dog pack and insulted us when we complained. Re-training is recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 3 Jul 2023
Thanks for your review. Unfortunately, your description does not match any of our staff, and no one can recognize the episode you referred to. You are welcome to send us more information on info@mpala.dk, so we can investigate the episode.
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kandt43 wrote a review Dec 2022
Frederiksvaerk, Denmark74 contributions57 helpful votes
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Mpala Lodge is a great place. The bungalows are well laid out and provide you with a lot of privacy. The main lodge gives you room engaging with the other travellers as well as serve as office, boutique and the main restaurant. The view from the balcony overlooking the Oliphant River and the surrounding savanna is just magnificent. The staff is great, the food is great and varied, what not to like?
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Date of stay: September 2022
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illuminator2019 wrote a review Oct 2019
Frederiksberg, Denmark5 contributions2 helpful votes
Thanks You soo much Estel Hanekom and Zanelle for a most fantastic stay with so professionel service and wonderfull safari tours!! The food was so delicious and the lodge just perfect. There were hippos, giraffs, elephants,antilope, lions and leopards around the lodge and just infront of our Windows!! Most fascinating holiday! Thanks ever so much Zanelle for your sharp eyes and your extensive knowledge about the wildlife and your talent to create so wellcoming atmosphere!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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PeterCopenhagen wrote a review Oct 2019
Klampenborg, Denmark42 contributions44 helpful votes
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My wife and I spend 12 days at the Mpala lodge. We had lots of fabulous and genuine experiences s.a. leopards hunting right outside the lodge, beautiful elephants everywhere, and lions roaring right outside the house, to keep you awake at night. Mpala lodge is top quality luxury in every aspect, located right at the river bank. Both the staff and the rangers and you do not meet better. We would especially highlight that Mpala has a two day trip with overnight stay inside Kruger which allows for a much better safari experience than just one day. Mpalas own land around the lodge also provided many exiting moments. We can really recommend Mpala.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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E J F wrote a review Mar 2019
Minehead, United Kingdom43 contributions15 helpful votes
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Sorry this review has taken so long to write. We stayed in Sept 17. This lodge is Danish owned and run by South Africans, we were the first Brits that had stayed. We were really well catered for in all aspects. My husband is on a gluten free diet and was catered for separately. There are lots of activities to take part in, but no pressure if you only want to relax. We went quad biking and I went on the school visit. I don’t do Facebook, but I wonder if you have built the roof for the outdoor kitchen at the nursery? The trips I to the Kruger were the highlight Luke and Theo are very knowledgeable and we saw the big 5 on both occasions. Our only complaint - too much meat! We had a brilliant 2 weeks, sorry it’s taken so long or say thank you. A+++++
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Mona B wrote a review Dec 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark16 contributions1 helpful vote
This Lodge can really be recommended: maximum number of guests are 12, professionel staff and Rangers, cosy atmosphere, beautiful view over the Oliphant river, nice and clean rooms and excellent food and service.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Kenneth V wrote a review Dec 2016
Fredericia, Denmark230 contributions53 helpful votes
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My visit to Mpala Safari Lodge stil stands as the best place i've ever been to this date. Located at the edge of Kruger National Park the place only have room for a small amount of guests. A lot of trips are included in the price for example 2 days in Kruger National Park. You can also go on ekstra trip, here when chose to go on balloon flight river cruise, visit to the animal hospital, and the unforgettable Panorama Rute. All in all you get A LOT of value for your money. I visited Mpala in May 2011 not 2016 as Trip advisor says. If you ever go to South Africa you must come here, promise me that.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Henrik H wrote a review Mar 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark31 contributions13 helpful votes
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3 Luxurious double roomed lodges make up for accomodating up to 12 guests and the main house serves as a library/TV-room (although we never even turned it on to see if it works), a souvenir shop, lounge area, breakfast and coffee bar as well as the common dining place when at the lodge. The terrace overlooks the Olifan'ts river where elephants, buffalos and Impalas fouraged, and crocodiles and hippo swam. Adjacent to the main house is a fenced-in boma with outdoor kitchen, drinks bar and the most cosy under-the-stars dining imaginable. A stay with Mpala includes a fixed program for 5 days, leaving the weekends open for optinal extras. We particularly enjoyed the program included bushwalk, quad bike ride, bush camp dinner, gamedrives, visit to a sponsor school and, of course, the two-day trip to Kruger, staying in one of the park camps with our rangers serving a braii. Our optional extras included a visit to the Moholoholo wildlife sanctuary and a hot balloon sunrise flight. Both priceless experiences. The management, the staff and the rangers are all experts at making you feel relaxed, well looked after and fed and loaded with knowledge of both animals, trails and the habitat they live in. I can strongly recommend staying at Mpala Safari Lodge.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Mpala Safari Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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