Klipkuile Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY)

Sterkrivier, Limpopo - South Africa

 
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KlipKuile - "Rock Pools"

Klipkuile translates as 'Rock Pools' and refers to the unique natural rock pools in the Klein Sterkrivier ('Little Strong River') which is the heart of the Klipkuile lodge. Being just over 2 hours drive from Pretoria, Klipkuile is ideal for weekend Bushveld getaways for small groups or the whole family. Accommodation comprises of one camp for ideally 5 to 15 people.

Days are based around the clear water pools with swimming, tubing, reclining and picnicking to your heart's content. Klipkuile is situated in 600 Ha of pristine Waterberg Bushveld, with walking and driving trails and 5km of River to explore. Naturally occurring game like Kudu, Ribbok, Bushbuck, Warthog and endless small species will be encountered. Bird life is abundant, while tree, rock and insect enthusiasts will be in for a treat. Kids will hardly hang around for board games, as the water and the bush is any child's dream come true.

The Bush Camp is set on the edge of a valley with rock pools in the river right below. Opposite the valley, the famous Sterkrivier Castle is to this day 'growing' out of the rock. The camp consists of a large communal Lapa and two Rondavels (Chalets). It is ideal for one or two families or small groups who would spend most of their time socializing in the Lapa or splashing in the natural rock pools.

Klipkuile Bush Camp is a down to earth rustic experience. Luxuries like good coffee and fantastic steak can be achieved in the good old fashioned way (that is without electricity). Up to 15 people can be accommodated, and most groups will find themselves abandoning the chalets to create "Christmas-beds" under the thatched roof of the Lapa. Cooking is done over the open fire and is usually a team affair. Lighting is provided by gas and paraffin lamps.

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse is situated near the gate to the castle. Most modern amenities are present, but if you prefer to abandon the luxury of electricity, a half-cut 44 gallon drum awaits your "braai" fire. The Gatehouse is ideal for 2-6 people staying in a semi open plan setup. Your winter's evenings will by snug and warm in front of the fireplace, while summer days are cool within the half-meter thick walls characteristic of old forts and castles.

Klipkuile is a place to forget the world and lose yourself for endless hours with friends and family, within the tranquillity of the Bushveld.

Activities

  • 600 Ha of Bushveld and 5km of river to explore.
  • Swimming, splashing and tubing in the river and pools.
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Mountain Biking - self guided, but endless.
  • Game drives internally - Naturally occurring game like Kudu, Ribbok, Bushbuck, Warthog and various small species.
  • Game drives - Many commercial game farms surround Klipkuile including Entabeni -
  • Big Five Game Reserve Nearby.

Accommodation

The Bush Camp

The camp is rented out as a whole and consists of two chalets, a large lookout lapa and an open boma braai area.

Accommodation: Up to 15 people can be accommodated
Chalet 1: 3 beds, with an on-suite bathroom
Chalet 2: 2 beds, with an on-suite bathroom

Lookout lapa: 13 beds on the floor and in the trusses of the thatched roof (this is the prime sleeping spot and most chalet dwellers will also carry their beds out to this semi-open lapa)

Amenities: Each chalet has an on-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, basin and gas heated shower. A communal outside toilet and shower (both with magnificent views) is situated thirty meters away.

Facilities

Open fire cooking with all the needed Pots and Utensils is provided.

All the basics are provided: Limited wood for camp fires; lamps and lanterns; matches and fire starters; dishwashing liquid and cloths; toilet paper; drinking water.

Cleaning Staff: Although all will be prepared for your arrival no cleaning staff will be around for the duration of your stay. This is great for privacy and peacefulness, but implies that dishwashing and basic cleaning will be up to you.

Not provided:

Bedding is not provided. Only mattresses and fitted sheets. Pillows and duvets are optional.
Towels - With swimming in the river it is advised that you bring an old towel
Spices, tea, coffee

Check list:

  • WOOD - for braai and cooking
  • Anti histamine (for those allergic or sensitive to Thatched roofs, Bushveld grass, and camp fire smoke)
  • Board Games
  • Binoculars & Cameras
  • Swimwear (Robust farm 'swimwear' as staining by algae is likely. PT shorts and an old T-shirt will befit the active and adventurous bather.)
  • Sun screen, wide hats and sun glasses.
  • First-aid kit and basic medications - nearest town is 30 minutes drive.
  • Insect repellent
  • Food, spices, coffee, tea
  • Torch

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse consists of 4 semi-enclosed areas including a dining area and kitchen area. An outdoor dining area is situated close to the "braai" area and sandpit.

Accommodation: Up to 6 people can be accommodated including bedding and towels, with extra mattresses for 3 children under 8.

Amenities: A bathroom with a shower, bath, basin and flushing toilet, and multiple electrical points.

Facilities

All the needed Pots and Utensils are provided for cooking on electricity.

All the basics are provided: dishwashing liquid and cloths, toilet paper and safe drinking water in all the taps.

Bedding (Sheets, pillows and Duvets) are provided. Cleaning Staff: Although all will be prepared for your arrival no cleaning staff will be around for the duration of your stay. This is great for privacy and peacefulness, but implies that dishwashing and basic cleaning will be up to you.

Not provided:

Swimming Towels - With swimming in the river it is advised that you bring an old towel
Tea, coffee

 


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