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Monday, September 9, 2013

Bushbreak Little Carthage Guest Lodge in Limpopo

Little Carthage Guest Lodge is located near the town of Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province.  After a 25 minute drive from the main road to the Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve, is a unique and beautiful destination that awaits you and your family.   You will be hosted by Heather Wagner and her friendly pets.

This lofted chalet is like home away from home and sleeps four, with a queen-size bed downstairs and a loft bedroom with twin beds. The ladder to the loft is very steep and not easy for very small children or older folk. There is a kitchenette with a small fridge, a kettle, and basic cutlery and crockery. There is a bathroom with a shower.

Upstairs are 2 comfy single beds, located above the shower and the kitchen.
Features available
Bathroom Facilities: En-suite, Shower only
Beds: Queen beds, Three-quarter beds
Other: Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge
Views: River, Swimming pool
Cost: R750 per night

The outside kitchen is open plan and perfect for relaxing and making use of, while enjoying the view of the Olifants River, the pool deck and the braai area. The kitchen also houses a 8-seater table under the thatch, a fridge-freezer, a gas oven and stove, a microwave and cutlery and crockery.

Does not include:  Food, drinks, firewood or swimming towels.
Does include:  Bath towels, electricity, drinking water and bedding.

Little Carthage is a pet friendly venue for all sociably friendly pets.  Please remember to make prior arrangements to confirm your pets visit.

There is nothing nicer than going for a walk in this fairly easy to navigate river bend, which is a stones throw away from the main river. It has waterfalls and rock pools to explore everywhere.

Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve (according to the gate guard directly translated from Zulu meaning Elephant House) is a private 1000-hectare game reserve on the Olifants River. It includes game such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, eland and waterbuck.

This being a lovely central location, you have a variety of wonderful day-trips and activities to explore, these include but are not limited to:
  1. Maholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  2. Mariepskop Peak
  3. Manutsa Hiking Trail
  4. Blyde River Canyon
  5. Kruger National Park
  6. Khumani Reptile Park
  7. Hot Air ballooning
  8. Various game viewing and bush walks at places like Tsukudu Lodge etc.
  9. Jessica the famous Hippo
  10. Pancakes at the Glencoe Giant Baobab restaurant
and much more... thats over and above enjoying the peace and tranquillity that Little Carthage has to offer.

Rondavel (not in these pictures)
Self-catering : Cost R450 per night
The Rondavel sleeps two and is a very basic but neat open-plan room, with a queen-size bed and a bathroom with a shower. Cooking and catering needs to be done at the communal kitchen. It is suitable for a short stopover, or for family or friends hiring both chalets together.
Features available
Bathroom Facilities: En-suite, Shower only
Beds: Queen beds
Other: Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Fan
Views: River, Swimming pool

Know before you go:
  • Hoedspruit is about 5 hours drive from Johannesburg.
  • Stock up before you arrive because this reserve has no shops or garages, the closest shop is a 40 minute drive away.
  • The weather is hot in summer and a comfortable 20 degree average in winter, with cold morning starts.
  • The area is classified as a low risk malaria zone, but sufficient precaution should be taken when visiting the area at all times. It is recommended that you bring along insect repellent and a medical kit.
  • The reserve has a variety of animals, but it is safe for walking around during the day. 
  • There are hippos and crocodiles in the main river.  The lodge is located on a shallow river bend off the main river.  Hippos do roam the banks for grazing the grass at all the nearby lodges.
Little Carthage and can not to be held liable for any harm to any person, animal or property of whatsoever nature.

It's a great getaway for people who love the bush, but please be prepared for the bush. There are geckos, lizards, spiders and the occasional snake, monkeys, and baboons, and a little field mouse that is occasionally seen in the Loft Cottage.
Pictures: Alex Aitkenhead

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