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Southern Sands Ecolodge offers tented accommodations within the Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve, located on the banks of the mighty Olifants River. Set apart to offer privacy, these well appointed tents each have an private bathroom with an outdoor shower, a fire pit and a fully equipped outdoor kitchenette. They also each have a furnished deck area overlooking the river. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool. For our smaller guests there is a dedicated splash pool. On advance request, the lodge can provide meal options, subject to availability. The reserve is home to a range of plains game, including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and a number of antelope species. Guests at Southern Sands Ecolodge can enjoy organized tours into the Kruger National Park and the celebrated Panoramic route as well as guided game drives on the 1000 hectare Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve in an open game drive vehicle. Running, walking and cycling is possible on the reserve. Hoedspruit is 22 mi from Southern Sands Ecolodge, and the nearest airport is Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, 27 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.8)

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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Room Type
Number of guests
1 king bed
2 futon beds
1 king bed
2 futon beds
2 twin beds
2 futon beds
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free Wifi
Low score for Hoedspruit
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  • Olebogeng
    South Africa South Africa
    We had an amazing time at this beautiful lodge. It's peaceful and tranquil. It's the perfect place if you want to truly experience nature. Falling asleep near the river is a truly wonderful experience.
  • Charlene
    South Africa South Africa
    The setting was amazing. Simplistic, but all that you need. The hosts catered to our every need and even prepared a special anniversary dinner for my husband and me. The attention to detail was so appreciated with special provisions such as...
  • Adventourist
    South Africa South Africa
    The scenery and the setting were amazing. The accomodation is immersed in the bush and is right next to the flowing river. The tent was comfortable and the facilities were well kept. Having access to the game park was such a treat. We went on a...

Hosted by Terry, Robina & Sarah

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Terry, Robina & Sarah
Come, relax and enjoy our very special bush retreat. We have two very well appointed safari tents set on the banks of the Olifants River. We are located in the Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve near Hoedspruit town. Our special reserve is home to a range of plains game including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra & sable. The reserve is perfect for those wanting to walk, run or cycle with animals and if you are looking for the big 5 we are close enough for a day trip to Kruger Park (45 minutes to Orpen gate). As well as being perfect for couples we are a family friendly lodge. We are able to provide everything from a cot to high chair to help you and your family enjoy your stay. The tent can be configured in a number of ways to accommodate 2 adults in singles or a queen size bed. We can then add up to 2 extra beds (stretchers) to accommodate infants and children. Each tent has it's own braai area, fully equipped kitchenette & fire pit. Cooking & braai facilities are also available at the pool/communal area. On advance request, the lodge can provide meal options.
We're very passionate about the bush and are fortunate to live on a nature reserve. Now that we have retired from the 'corporate world' we have decided to make Southern Sands Eco lodge our home. Terry has many years of experience in the bush. As a guest you are free to explore the reserve by yourselves or you can join us on a safari drive or bush walk. Our aim is to make your stay relaxing & comfortable.
Hoedspruit town is less than 45 minutes away where you will find supermarkets, restaurants, curio shops, etc. If you do not want to head in to Hoedspruit there are other options for eating, coffee shops and curio shops closer to the reserve. Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre & Blyde River dam are some of the attractions that are close to the reserve.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English

Area info

Amenities of Southern Sands Eco Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular amenities
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Free Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • River view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • High chair
  • Dining table
  • Stovetop
  • Kitchenware
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Fold-up bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Pool table
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sitting area
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
Wifi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Private check-in/out
  • Express check-in/out
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Designated smoking area
  • Mosquito net
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Private entrance
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
2 swimming pools
Pool 1 – outdoorFree!
  • Open all year
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Pool 2 – outdoorFree!
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Infinity pool
  • Shallow end
  • Swimming pool toys
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Southern Sands Eco Lodge takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM


From 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Damage policy

If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to ZAR 1000 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 300 per child, per night
Crib upon request
3 - 17 years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 300 per child, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Payments by takes your payment for this stay on behalf of the property, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 12:00 PM and 11:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please note that a compulsory park fee per stay is applicable and excluded from the rates. This amount is payable in cash at the entrance gate.

Please note, the property is accessible via a 6.2 mi gravel road.

Please inform Southern Sands Eco Lodge of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 12:00:00 and 11:00:00.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to ZAR 1,000 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

FAQs about Southern Sands Eco Lodge

  • Check-in at Southern Sands Eco Lodge is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • The prices at Southern Sands Eco Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Southern Sands Eco Lodge offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Pool table
    • Walking tours
    • Swimming pool
    • Game drives

  • Southern Sands Eco Lodge is 11.8 miles from the center of Hoedspruit. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.