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Mbizi Bush lodge is for the distinguished nature travellers who share a love of nature, the depth of its silence and the beauty of our Greater Kruger Big5 reserve.

Mbizi bush lodge is a family-owned and operated luxurious safari lodge. It is an exclusive small boutique lodge nestled in the African bush.  Our reserve is situated in a low risk malaria zone.  A stay with us will provide you authentic atmosphere and warm hospitality with fabulous food. 

Guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends. You can either watch the game in the privacy and tranquility of your own veranda or from the veranda at the main house overlooking our private waterhole. As Mbizi is not fenced around the property, its a perfect place to relax and  watch majestic creatures including the Big Five. Mbizi offers incredible viewing opportunities as the animals wander around in their natural habitat. 


We are part of Balule Greater Kruger, which means our reserve has open borders with Kruger National Park. If you wish to visit Kruger National park, the Phalaborwa gate is only 25 km away from us. Mbizi is the perfect place to view all big 5 you would see in Kruger national park at our door step with drink in your hand. 



  • Ensuite Bathroom

  • Private terrace with wildlife on your doorstep

  • 42 sqm rooms with airconditioning

  • Mini bar

  • Overhead fan



The food is one of the highlights when you stay at Mbizi Bush Lodge. Both of us are coming from differnt background, culture and having lived in different countries,  flavours have surely influenced us. Our menus are a careful balance between  traditional African cuisines and Asian flavours with fresh produce. 

The price per night includes 2 course breakfast and 3 course dinner made from fresh local ingredients.

The main dining area overlooks the illuminated waterhole, often resulting in some 
spectacular game viewing. The outdoor dining area with an open fire under a dazzling canopy of stars 
let you experience the incredible atmosphere of the bush at night.

A light lunch can be arranged if you prefer to stay at Mbizi to enjoy bird and game watching at the veranda or at the pool deck for an additional surcharge. 

Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know before your arrival

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Morning or afternoon drive in Balule (BIG5) reserve. The drives lasts for around 3hours and includes beverages and snacks.


Private FULL day trip into Kruger National Park which offers an excellent opportunity to watch a variety of African bird- and wildlife.  We provided packed breakfast

PRICE : 2500 ZAR

* All our gamedrives are conducted by fully certified rangers.


Watch the sun rise over the African bush from a hot air balloon. This is an early morning expirience, where you will see the animals from the air as they awake. Balloonist tradition tells, the landing will be celebrated with a glass of champagne.

This is a 3 hour cruise on The Mighty Olifants River, where you will get the opportunity to study hippos and crocodiles as well as watch the game of the bush, when they come to the river to drink by the end of the day.

Balloon Safari


River Safari

Mbizi Bush Lodge will be pleased to assist you arrange and book below activities. As some activities should be booked well in advance, please let us know about your plans when you are booking or as soon as possible.

Moholoholo is a rehabilitation centre for wild animals that have either been abandoned, injured or poisoned. Among others, you will meet lions, leopards, eagles and vultures at the centre

But also:

Panorama Route:

Take a nice day trip and enjoy the encounter of magnificent nature sceneries in the Mpumalanga Highveld. Lunch can be enjoyed in the quiet town of Graskop where souvenir shopping for carved wooden sculptures and African silk also is possible.

Golf at Hans Merensky

The Hans Merensky Golf Estate offers a beautiful 18 holes, par 72 golf course. You can meet giraffes, monkeys and impalas on the fairway. A very special golf experience



Adult and Baby Elephant

Room with double occupancy

R4,300 /night 

This includes breakfast and 3 course dinner.

​We regret but no children under 5 years.


*Gamedrives are not included.

From 1/11/2023 the price will be 5,000 / Night


Room with single occupancy

R3,150 /night 

This includes breakfast and 3 course dinner.

​We regret but no children under 5 years.


*Gamedrives are not included.


From 1/11/2023 the price will be 4,000 / Night 


Early Bird Discount

Book early with us and you get your room for R 3,800 / Night

Book minimum 90 days before the stay, the discount will be deducted upon arrival.

  • Minimum stay 2 nights

  • Not valid with other discounts.

  • Only available via our website

From 1/11/2023 the price will be 4,000 / Night

Discovery Package


This includes:

  • 3 day/ 2 night stay with breakfast and dinner

  • Evening Drive on date of arrival in Balule Greater Kruger.

  • Morning Drive on date of leaving in Balule Greater Kruger.

  • 1 Full Day Kruger trip on 2nd day

Now only for R14,000 instead of R15,200 for the full stay for 2 people.

  • Not valid with other discounts.

  • Only available via our website.

  • Please contact us for this deal.

  • Based on double occupancy

  • Not available for single occupancy

From 1/11/2023 the price will be 14,500 ZAR

Read more about our policies and T&C's.



Grietjie Private Nature Reserve

1390 Phalaborwa

Tel: +27 71 974 8617

Directions to us:

Mbizi Bush Lodge is a comfortable 5 hour's drive from Johannesburg.


You will find Mbizi just off the R40 that runs between Nelspruit and Phalaborwa.


The entrance to Grietjie Private Nature Reserve is 25 km south of Phalaborwa and 50 km north of Hoedspruit.  me. 

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