CHESTNUT COUNTRY LODGE - Hazyview, Sabie Valley, Mpumalanga, South Africa
At the gateway to one of the world-renowned safari destinations lies Chestnut Country Lodge, a place enveloped in the natural beauty of the Sabie Valley and surrounds. Wash away the dust of the Kruger National Park with a home-away-from-home-inspired safari stay in the province aptly named "place of the rising sun" (Mpumalanga).
Firmly rooted in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in the heart of the Kiepersol district near Hazyview, Chestnut Country Lodge provides true tranquillity and an escape from the drama of the bush. Its affordable and comfortable rooms offer everything you need for a safari stay and restorative night's rest before heading to the Phabeni Gate, Numbi Gate, or Paul Kruger Gate all within a 20-45 minute drive for a day of exhilarating Big 5 spotting.
Spending the night outside of Kruger National Park still promises the thrill of the bush as Chestnut Country Lodge is located within a 48-hectare farm with lush bushveld forest, home to an impressive list of bird species, along with the troops of local vervet monkeys who play in the treetops above by day, high above the elusive duikers who frequent this area.
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World Wonders Await
Kruger National Park is only a 20-minute drive away, giving you the option to self-drive this great piece of untouched wilderness or we can arrange for a guided open vehicle safari starting from Phabeni Gate. Another discovery deserving of a place high up on your bucket list is the nearby scenic Panorama Route, with Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls, and God’s Window.
Farm Style Living
Founded in 1996, Chestnut was once a humble old farm before being transformed into a country lodge that invites you to experience the sheer beauty of the Sabie Valley. With thirteen rooms, a 3-course table d’hôte restaurant, a swimming pool with a view, and a South African 'braai' area (barbeque) with a balcony framing the views below, this is the place for comfortable living without pretence in the famed Lowveld area.
Chestnut Lodge is surrounded by natural fauna and flora so our birdlife is abundant. Sit in their garden under our beautiful and majestic trees and enjoy some opportune bird watching, identifying the various bird species that Chestnut lodge has. A true birding paradise.
Traverse Unspoilt Lands
As one would expect from this part of the world, there are numerous natural bush trails to explore on foot and on peddle as you traverse lands rich with fauna and flora. Trails accommodate all levels of fitness and you get to decide the pace of the day. In addition, the local neighbouring farm has agreed to let guests visit their dam that offers truly breathtaking views.
If the Big 5 isn't thrilling enough, Hazyview is the destination for an adrenaline rush. River raft along the Sabie River, gain a new perspective with a microlight flight, or zip-line through trees on a canopy slide. Drive on scenic trails with a quad bike or go canyoning on the Sabie River. With simply too much to mention, memories of a lifetime are waiting to be made.