Abelana River Lodge
South Africa|Limpopo Province Abelana Game Reserve,Phalaborwa,Mpumalanga,South Africa
This stylish, newly rebuilt 20-room lodge offers spectacular views over the Selati River. The river is home to a plethora of wildlife such as hippo and crocodile and a variety of bird species, from the African fish eagle to Pel’s fishing owl. The main area and swimming pool also overlook the river and include indoor and outdoor dining areas and a bar, as well as a lounge and fire pit for sharing safari experiences and sightings in the evenings. All rooms are under thatch with en-suite facilities, including an additional outside shower and spacious deck overlooking the river where guests can spend time relaxing between activities. The rooms are airconditioned with ceiling fans and a mini bar. Various dining experiences are offered, from alfresco bush dinners to the deck overlooking the river. Dining options are dependent on weather and guest preferences. Abelana Game Reserve is a 15,000ha (36,000 acre) Big Five game reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve, close to the town of Phalaborwa in South Africa’s beautiful Lowveld – the country’s prime big game region. Owned by the Mashishimale community, the word “abelana” means “to share amongst each other” in the local Northern Sotho language.