Our philosophy at Leopard’s View Game Lodge is as much about being as it is about doing things. 

 

Simply being in the bush, relaxing and re-charging your batteries - these things underpin our approach. 

 

The essential activities are watching whatever wildlife passes by or visits the waterhole, be it from the viewing decks or from the top of the observation tower, or listening to and observing the constant bird activity. 

 

This experience is made all the more enjoyable by being in a small establishment and often we have just one party of guests in the Lodge at any one time.

 

In addition to close-contact with nature we provide some of the finer things that civilisation has to offer. 

 

So we have comfortable, high-quality accommodation; spacious decks and viewing areas; a small splashpool for hot summer days; a stock of good South African wine in the bar and a warm fire to sit around in the evenings. 

 

We will feed you well with a big breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea & cakes and a superb three-course dinner or traditional South African braaivleis (barbecue) each evening.


 


Your hosts - Neil and Ann

However, for those who do want to be more active, a typical day could involve some or all of the varied activities available in the Reserve and the region.  Three-hour game drives, covering a wide area of Balule Nature Reserve, are available morning and afternoon/evening, but are optional and are charged for separately (see our ‘Rates’ page). 

 

It is best to arrange drives with us in advance to ensure availability as we organise these in collaboration with other lodges.  We can also take you out ourselves on shorter, more local drives and for these make a relatively small charge to cover fuel. 

 

There are many scenic and wildlife attractions in the area (for example, the boat trip on the Blyde Canyon Dam), all easily accessible from Leopard’s View:  we may be situated deep in the bush but we have good access to major roads.  For anyone who has not been or is not planning a visit there, a day trip into the core part of the Kruger National Park is a must.  See our ‘Activities’ page for more details.

 

Most guests enjoy a combination of relaxation at the Lodge and selected activities but the decisions are entirely up to each individual:  at Leopard’s View, your choice is what counts.


 












Important Information

Location
Leopard’s View Game Lodge is situated only 5 km from the Balule Nature Reserve gate on the R40 trunk road.  The gate is 16.4 km north of Hoedspruit and 11 km south of the R530/R40 junction en route to Phalaborwa.  Access through Balule Nature Reserve is along good gravel roads.

See our ‘Directions’ page for maps and more detail.

 

Transport links
Road: most guests self-drive and the Lodge is easily reached along major routes from Johannesburg and Pretoria, from Nelspruit and from Polokwane. We will send you maps and directions for whatever route you will be taking to reach us.
Air: Hoedspruit (Eastgate) Airport is 35 minutes from the Lodge and is served by two daily flights to and from Johannesburg and six flights per week to and from Cape Town. Phalaborwa Airport is 1 hour away and has three flights per day to and from Johannesburg. Nelspruit (Kruger-Mpumalanga International) Airport is three hours away and has daily flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Livingstone (Zambia).
Shuttle Bus: there are daily shuttle bus services to and from Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport and also to and from Nelspruit.  In particular Ashtons shuttle operates from OR Tambo, leaving around 6.30 a.m. daily and at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and dropping off at our Reserve gate around 5-6 hours later.  Return shuttles pick up from our Reserve gate at 11.30 a.m. daily and deliver to OR Tambo 6 hours later (see our ‘Links’ page for the Ashtons website).
Transfers: we can arrange transfers to and from Hoedspruit (Eastgate) and Phalaborwa Airports, using local contractors. We can also collect you from the Reserve gate should you wish to make use of one of the shuttle bus services to our region from Johannesburg, Pretoria or Nelspruit (see our ‘Links’ page).

 

Check in / Check out

Given notice, we can always cater for unusual timings but our normal times are:

Check in 12.00 noon / Check out 10.00 am

 

Facilities
The heart of the Lodge is the deck with dining area, shaded viewing area, sun decks, fire deck, splashpool and bar.  There is a viewing tower with shaded seating and sun-loungers about 20 m from the main deck.  The deck, dining and bar areas look out over our small birdpool some 20 m away and our main waterhole down in the valley, both of which are floodlit at night, and are regularly frequented by a wide variety of mammals and birds.

The Lodge is surrounded by a discrete electric wire to prevent entry by elephants:  otherwise there is a real sense of being in the bush without intrusive fences.

 

Bar
Leopard’s View offers a small bar with a selection of soft drinks, beers, cider and spirits:  we also offer a personally selected range of South African wines.

We respectfully request guests not to bring their own alcoholic drinks for consumption at the Lodge.

 

Meals
Leopard’s View Game Lodge is fully catered and we do not have any self-catering facilities.  We provide three full meals per day as well as afternoon tea and homemade cakes.  Breakfast always includes fruit, yogurts, cereals and full English breakfast to order.  Lunch is generally a light, salad-based meal.  In the evening, we provide a top-quality three-course dinner or a traditional South African braaivleis (BBQ).

Meals are served in our thatched deck area or sometimes out in the open, with views over our waterholes and the valley below so game viewing continues through meals (which are indeed interrupted on occasion by the arrival of some exciting species.)

Guests with specific dietary requirements are requested to provide us with relevant information in advance.  As a small Lodge we do not carry a stock of special foods to cover all eventualities but will shop accordingly to meet guests’ needs given adequate notice.

 

Laundry
A laundry service is available, weather permitting with a same-day return.  Laundry charge income goes straight to our staff

 

Climate
Our monthly average temperatures (oC) for the last 6 years are as follows:

 

Maximum:

 

Minimum

31.2

Jan

22.6

32.4

Feb

22.2

32.2

Mar

21.4

29.1

Apr

17.6

28.4

May

14.5

27.1

June

11.6

25.1

July

11.8

27.1

Aug

13.0

29.1

Sept

16.8

29.7

Oct

19.5

30.2

Nov

20.6

31.1

Dec

22.0

 

The main rainy season lasts from November to April with the peak rainfall from January to March, although there can be a great deal of variation from year to year.  During the rainy summer months the humidity can be quite high.

 

Clothing 
We recommend clothing suitable for warm to hot temperatures but with light long-sleeved and long-treasured items for evening wear in summer (mosquitoes) and warm clothes for cold winter evenings.  Game drives require hats and sunscreen and in winter a warm coat or windproof jacket is vital.

 

Malaria
Although mosquitoes are really only present during summer and the rainy season – usually December to March/April - and we are outside the main malarial mosquito area of the Lowveld, malaria is know to occur in the region. We therefore suggest that guests use a repellent and wear sensible clothing at night and also consult their own medical practitioner about preventative medication.

 

Gratuities
It is customary in South Africa to leave a gratuity for domestic and catering staff, although not for management.


 


Your experience at Leopard's View Game Lodge will be the most peaceful, refreshing and invigorating time you will spend in all Africa!