Nestled in a corner of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Unembeza is a luxury boutique lodge that caters for the conscious traveler looking to connect with nature.

Located between the world-renowned Blyde River Canyon and the Kruger National Park, nature-loving guests will marvel at the beauty and diversity that exists on the doorstep of this boutique bush lodge.

While staying with us, you’ll experience a lifestyle many people dream of; jackals calling in the distance as you sit around a fire at night, afternoons spent watching giraffes from your deck as they browse from knobthorn trees in the garden, and mornings spent listening to a dawn chorus of bushveld birds as you embark on your own private game drive…

The reserve is home to healthy populations of plains game, with regular sightings of our resident leopards. The absence of elephants, buffalos, lions and rhinos mean you can explore the reserve’s wilderness area on foot, by bike or on horseback  – or simply watch them from the pool deck as they saunter by.

With only 26 beds, you can be assured of a carefully curated stay, with a focus on personal attention. With conscious-living as our ethos, expect organic wines, locally sourced produce and an eco-friendly ethos that respects nature and her bounty, helping you connect, in comfort, to this wonderful part of the world. You can download the Unembeza Boutique Lodge fact sheet Unembeza Boutique Lodge fact sheet 2018 here.

We’ll help you explore further afield too, with activities that include excursions into the Kruger National Park, visits to the Blyde River Canyon and cultural, wildlife and adventure activities that will introduce you to the area and the people at the warm heart of our community. You can download Unembeza’s activity sheet for 2018 Unembeza’s activity sheet 2018 here and read about our on-site Unembeza Bush Spa.

You’re also welcome to book out the whole lodge with friends or family – children over 6 are welcome – and stay as long as you like…

Our service

  • full bed and breakfast service
  • locally roasted coffee
  • fresh juices and organic produce
  • 3 course dinner menu
  • Light lunches
  • special dietary requirements
  • Reservations at many restaurants
  • Full laundry service
  • on-site manager

Our facilities

  • The whole lodge has wifi
  • open fire place
  • large swimming pool
  • inside and outside dining areas
  • a lapa (entertainment area)
  • a braai (barbeque)
  • viewing deck over the bushveld


The intimate elegance of Unembeza Boutique Lodge lends itself to private functions. Sleeping a maximum of 26 people, we can cater for small weddings, corporate events and other celebrations with family and friends. We work with local caterers and service providers and can offer you a range of options to suit your taste and budget.

Our Team

Together, Dutch-born business partners Arnold Streefkerk and Joris Bertens have more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry in South Africa and The Netherlands. Unembeza represents their personal vision for the ideal boutique lodge in the bush, combining their love of nature, their commitment to South Africa and their dedication to conscious living. With a hand-picked team of local professionals, they are excited to welcome you to Unembeza Boutique Lodge.