Awelani Lodge in Masisi offers easy access into northern Kruger National Park

Awelani Lodge

From its location on a 1000ha eco-park in Masisi, Limpopo, the 3-Star Awelani Lodge provides easy access to the Kruger National Park’s northern section through the Pafuri Gate.

It’s a great way to social distance, unwind and re-energise in the bush. This self-catering lodge has chalets, safari tents and an on-site restaurant and a pub.

Awelani Lodge is also run by Transfrontier Parks Destinations, which runs several amazing holiday destinations across South Africa. They have also put in place various COVID-19 protocols to protect you during your stay.

Many of their previous guests had wonderful things to stay about the lodge and its facilities as well as the hospitality they received from the staff.

Accommodation at Awelani Lodge

Accommodation at Awelani Lodge consists of chalet, bungalow, tent, backpacker and camping options.

There are two Chalet rooms furnished with two beds per room. Both are en-suite with a bath, toilet, basin in one and a bath, basin, toilet and outside shower in the other. They share a lounge & kitchen area. Everything has been provided for self-catering stays including cutlery, crockery, stove with oven, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment. There is also a built-in outside braai.

The Bungalow also has two rooms with two beds per room. The rooms share a bathroom with bath, shower, basin, toilet. Again, everything that you will need for a self-catering stay has been provide including cutlery, crockery, stove with oven, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment and braai stand.

Those wanting to fully experience the African bushveld can opt for their Safari Tents. You live like the famous explorers of a by-gone era. Still, expect en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet, basin and shower with hot and cold water. The tents have electricity and two single beds, two chairs, dressing table and two bedside tables and bedside lamps. Linen and towels are also provided.

In the Backpacker Rooms, you will find shared bathrooms with shower & basin, separate toilet, separate kitchen and a corridor between rooms. They are self-catering and come with cutlery, crockery, stove with oven, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment and a braai stand.

See their accommodation rates HERE and make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Awelani Lodge

Guest facilities at the lodge include free Wi-Fi access, a restaurant and a licensed bar stocked with your favourite drinks. Refresh in the swimming pool on a hot summer day.

There is also a conference and wedding venue, which is designed for unforgettable events in the bush.

Activities in Masisi

Within the Awelani Conservancy, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. You can walk, hike or mountain-bike through an area of the African bushveld dotted with baobab, plants and bushes endemic to the Limpopo river-basin area.

Reviews from previous Awelani Lodge guests

“The lodge is well located, it’s a quite place for holiday and leisure. Several attractions within and outside the lodge. There is a need to improve customer service and especially when it relates to making movement of guests flexible within and outside the lodge beyond office hours. Otherwise we will recommend the lodge to others,” wrote bilisi on their TripAdvisor page.

abrook716301 added; “A really nice with excellent self-catering chalet accommodation set in extensive and attractive bushveld. Very welcoming and helpful onsite lodge manager. Chalet well equipped and spotlessly clean with aircon. Big swimming pool and Lapa area. And only 12 kms from the Pafuri Gate to Kruger Park.”

Awelani Lodge is located along the R525, in Masisi, Limpopo. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call + 27 (0) 21 701 7860; email or visit them online today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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