Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge (Northern Kruger National Park, Limpopo Province) South Africa
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge promises guests an extraordinarily cultural interactive safari experience. Just the fact that it is set in its own 10 000 hectare concession area, part of the world-famous Kruger National Park, rich with Shangaan heritage and traditions. Located on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River, the lodge is steeped in modern day opulence and luxury. The result is a breathtaking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style, never seen before.
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is located within the Imbali concession area of the Kruger National Park. This private 10 000 hectare wilderness area is situated 35 km due South East of Orpen Gate in the central Kruger region. Bordering the Manyeleti and Sabi Sands to the West, the Talamati road makes up the Northern Boundary whilst the S36 gravel road is the eastern boundary.
An earthy, traditional Tsonga styled lodge, Hoyo Hoyo offers luxury in six beautifully furnished thatched suites. The combination of the bush, traditional cuisine, the warmth of the accommodation together with the opportunity to witness the lifestyle and culture of the Shangaan people, ensure an unforgettable safari experience.
They say Africa is still home to hidden treasures, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is one of them. According to early Portuguese accounts, the Tsonga people lived in the central and southern areas of Mozambique during the early 16th century. During most of the 19th century, they settled in the Mpumalanga Province near the present-day Kruger National Park and made a living hunting and fishing. At the end of the 19th century, however, in order to establish the Kruger National Park, conservationists closed down most of the area that was home to the Tsonga people and hunting and fishing became illegal.
Fortunately not all was lost, as today one of the largest groups of Tsonga people still live in the Kruger National Park, offering an interactive cultural experience, at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, steeped in modern day opulence and luxury. The result is a breathtaking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style, never seen before. Located on an ancient elephant route on the Mluwati River, this unique camp is built in traditional tribal design and accommodates 12 people.
Managed by the ‘hosi’ or Tsonga Chief, guests are immediately introduced to the Tsonga ways upon their arrival. Traditionally, a typical Tsonga homestead unit or ‘muti’ was circular and cylindrical in structure with earth coloured walls and a tapering thatched reed roof. So too is the design of Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge as six luxury, air conditioned suites, boasting king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private game viewing decks welcome guests to a unique safari experience. All fabrics, décor and objet d’art are sourced from the local Tsonga community and stand tribal proud. Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge offers a once-in-a-lifetime, interactive cultural African experience combined with outstanding safari or game viewing.
Six luxury air conditioned ‘bee-hive’ suites, cylindrical in structure with earth coloured walls and a tapering thatched reed roof boast king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private game viewing decks.
All fabrics, décor and objet d’art are sourced from the local Tsonga community and stand tribal proud.
• Butler Service
• Land Lines and internet available at Imbali (5km)
• No Cell phone reception
• Swimming Pool with a view of the busy waterhole
• The water is safe to drink, while bottled water is placed in your room courtesy of Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
• Transfers can be arranged from Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit and KMI Airport outside Nelspruit
• Welcome drinks upon arrival
The Menus at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge are of world – class standards, yet served with a traditional flair, such as breakfast in a potjie pot or over the coals of a braai, delicately balanced with a European flair to accommodate all tastes. Drinks are served in an authentic calabash, and dinner is a delightful social affair.
A healer or ‘nanga’ plays an important role at the Lodge providing guests with a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Tsonga people. Dancers and singers, all staff members, jointly promote an African feel. All the professionally trained staff at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge come from the local community and interact with guests, teaching them the Tsonga ways in a personal manner – usually around an open fireplace or ‘huvo,’ or on the deck outside the main lodge where tribal tales are told before and after dinner. Upon retiring, guests can look forward to a little Tsonga ‘magic’ as they rest their weary heads.
• Nomadic Spa experience
• Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles
• Bird Watching
• Self drive in the Kruger National Park
Activities at Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge include daily game drives/safaris in “Big Five” country, bush picnics and champagne breakfasts.
Game drives are conducted in open safari/game viewing vehicles with experienced and informative Rangers. Alternatively guests can take a guided walk (subject to availability)or relax on the deck and view the animals that come to enjoy the adjacent waterhole.
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is situated within the Kruger National Park which boasts one of the most diverse game viewing experiences in South Africa and is home to an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).
Our Sister Lodges - Imbali Safari Lodge, Hamiltons Tented Camp and Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge are within convenient transfer distance to each other. Therefore ideally a visit should include a stay-over at each of these individual, unique camps, each offering guests an extraordinarily ‘special’ safari experience in Africa.
From $580 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.