Hoyo Hoyo Lodge is located in the 10 000 hectare Imbali concession found in the centre of the Kruger National park. The region is rich in Shangaan history and culture, which is reflected in the traditional Tsonga-style lodge. Hoyo Hoyo seamlessly combines luxury with ethnicity, elegance with rusticity, and modern-day opulence with traditional temperance, which allows guests to experience the lifestyle and culture of the locals.
Located on the path of an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River, the earthy coloured lodge blends harmoniously with the landscape. The breathtaking lodge exudes welcoming warmth, and flawless service ensures a magnificent safari experience.
The innovative Hoyo Hoyo Lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in 6 luxurious traditional ‘beehive’ suites. Spaced for privacy, the thatched cylindrical suites nestle beneath the shade of ancient giant fig and leadwood trees. Fabrics and décor are sourced from the local Tsonga community.
The suites have en-suite bathrooms with stone baths and outside showers, and expansive private game-viewing decks with gorgeous views onto the river and the game-filled plains beyond.
The Kruger National Park boasts huge biodiversity in both its plant and animal life. The Big Five live here, as well as many cheetah, elephant, hippopotamus, spotted hyena, wild dog, and zebra
The Mluwati Pride frequents the Ngwenyeni Dam and is usually spotted in the immediate lodge surrounds. The high density of leopards in the area ensures regular sightings of these shy nocturnal predators.
The region is a paradise for bird-watchers, boasting more than 500 species. The diversity of habitats in the reserve results in a rich diversity of species. This includes the renowned ‘Big Six’, namely Ground hornbill, Martial eagle, Saddle-billed stork, Pel’s fishing owl, Kori bustard and Lappet faced vulture.
- Game Drives
- Swimming Pool
The main area of Hoyo Hoyo Lodge centres around a sunken fire pit, surrounded by a circular timber deck with magnificent views of the waterhole and surrounding savannah. The spacious and comfortable lounge and dining rooms, each with large fireplaces, reflect the flowing circular shapes of the suites. The rim-flow swimming pool is the perfect spot to chill-off, with drinks served in an authentic calabash.
A healer or ‘nanga’ plays an important role at the Lodge, providing guests with a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Tsonga people. Staff, in traditional Tsonga dress, entertains with storytelling, song and dance around the fire at night. Meals are a highlight at Hoyo Hoyo, with a fusion of traditional fare and European flair.
Experienced rangers lead early morning and late afternoon game drives in open game-viewing vehicles. Alternatively, guests may head out on self-drive game drives.
If required, Hoyo Hoyo can accommodate a maximum of 12 delegates in an informal conference set-up. Relaxing spa treatments are available on request and can be enjoyed in the privacy of the guest suites.
Please check the visa requirements before your visit.
Hoyo Hoyo is situated in a Malaria area and it is advised to consult a medical professional regarding appropriate medication before your trip.
Hoyo Hoyo welcomes children over the age of 8 years. On game drives, children aged between 8 and 12 years are allocated a separate vehicle with their parents, and have separately catered dinners. Children pay the full adult rate and will be accommodated in their own rooms.
Parents must accompany children at all times, as the camp is unfenced and wildlife moves freely throughout the camp.
Rates include all meals, and standard safari activities, but exclude gate entry fees.