Buhala Lodge a conference venue in Mpumalanga

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BUHALA LODGE – On the edge of the magnificent Kruger National Park where nearly 2 million hectares, home to diverse life forms fuse with history and archaeology … Only in Africa


Kruger National Park, the widely acclaimed Game Reserve in Southern Africa offers a wild-life experience that ranks with the best on the continent. Attracting visitors from all over the globe because of its vast diversity of various life forms and its policies to preserve its unique environment. This park, as is well-known, is home to amphibians, reptiles, birds, small and large mammals, trees, bushman rock paintings and interesting archaeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela.

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BUHALA LODGE, a personally, owner-managed 4-star lodge, built on a rise on the banks of the Crocodile River, with sweeping views over the Kruger National Park is the perfect location for game viewing, for tourists seeking exhilaration, for weddings and pampering. Personal service and attention to detail, together with the unique opportunity to play golf at Leopard Creek Country Club are just some of what’s on offer at this beautiful venue.

This traditional thatched lodge is 15 minutes from Leopard Creek Country Lodge and the Malelane Gate entrance to the Kruger National Park and 45 minutes from Nelspruit Airport and an hour’s drive to the borders of Swaziland and Mocambique.

Along Mpumalanga’s Panorama route which includes the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Burke’s Luck Potholes.

ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT BUHALA LODGE consist of 10 air-conditioned spacious, double rooms, beautifully appointed to a 4-star standard. 

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The two serene Elephant Suites separate from the hotel; overlook the Crocodile River and Kruger Park. Each of these suites has their own verandah and they share a splash pool. In addition, each Suite offers an indoor and outdoor shower plus a bath in the bedroom where guests may lie back and can watch game drinking at the river!

These are also fitted with a bar fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The main lodge has 2 balcony rooms plus another 6 double rooms.

ACTIVITIES include full and half day safaris in open game vehicles, night drives and morning walks where guests are bound to see many of the 300 species of bird on the property.

Swimming in a crystal clear outdoor pool is available for visitors’ use and for the keen angler, there’s plenty of fishing on site!
Enjoy some pampering at the open deck Spa which overlooks the Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park. Choose from a variety of Spa packages.

BUSINESS : Free WiFi is available in public areas


This is the idyllic setting for a memorable wedding which is a far cry from any other setting. Special rates will be considered for brides and grooms who book out the entire lodge for wedding guests. Contact the venue for availability and rates.

For business meetings and wedding enquiries, you may contact us at http://www.venuepages.co.za and enquire on-line on our site or call us on 0861 262 262 or 082 055 0102.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages.

For a quote on this venue or other venues throughout South African please contact us on 082 055 0102 or complete the contact us form below.

Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort

Conference venue DrakensbergI recently had the pleasure of being invited to an educational site inspection at one of The Goodersons properties in the Drakensberg, Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The last time I went there was probably 5 or 6 years ago and I was pleased to see that maintenance has been kept up at the resort. The rooms we stayed in were large family style self-catering apartments and they had been recently refurbished in both hard finishes and soft finishes.

These self-catering units are very pleasant with satellite TV, en suit bathroom, kitchenette with full self-catering facilities. They are suitable for both leisure guests on holiday or for conference groups. Because each unit has two separate en suite bedrooms conference delegates can lock their door between their unit and the shared lounge area resulting in two separate rooms. But if it is leisure that you are after, then the units are large and very comfortable. Each unit has a deck off the lounge area with beautiful views of the mountains.

The facilities at Drakensberg Gardens are also plentiful and we enjoyed some tennis, a play area for kids, pony rides and numerous walks into the hills. The benefits of these activities for leisure guests obviously speak for themselves and kids can be kept entertained for hours on end taking part in outdoor activities that they probably don’t get exposure to at home. A bit of fresh berg air and some exercise goes a long way in forgetting the TV. But for the rainy day there is DSTV to keep everyone entertained.

For your conference groups these outdoor activities can come in handy if you plan to do some team building or just some light-hearted interactive activities with your group. Often budget does not allow for a full-blown team building programme and the activities available here can be mixed and matched to create a fun-filled day for your conference group without the cost of bringing in a professional team building company. Should you require a team building company though, there is plenty of space and options for them to build a programme for you at Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The existing conference venues that I remember from my last visit there have all been maintained to 3 star standards and offer a wide variety of choices in terms of plenary and breakaway rooms. The addition of the new conference venue Mashai is also welcomed giving your group a wider choice now of rooms for your conference delegates. So with a total of two conference rooms and a boardroom seating a maximum of 180 pax in the Rhino room the venue lends itself nicely to mid-sized groups. The accommodation available matches the numbers that can be seated in conference and if need be spill over accommodation can be outsourced to the time share on site.

There is a Wellness Centre on site consisting of a sauna and plunge pool, two Jacuzzis, two steam rooms, a 24 jet hydrotherapy bath (heated) as well as a fully equipped gym with cardiovascular circuit, weight training and juice bar. The Wellness Centre also includes Cellu-Beauty Wellness Retreat, which offers 5 treatment rooms (booking is essential).

For the golfing enthusiast, the Resort prides itself in the renowned Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club, the only 18-hole golf course in the Southern Berg (NGU affiliated). Known to be challenging but fair, the course is ideal for all golfers from seasoned professionals to the first time player.

So if it’s leisure or conferencing you are after give Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort a try, you won’t regret it.

Upgrade at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, a conference center in Mpumalanga

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What’s new at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, a conference center in Mpumalanga?

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, located just 100m from the Paul Kruger entrance to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, will be completing the final phase of its renovations between February 2013 and May 2013.

The hotel, on the banks of the Sabie River, offers a luxurious, authentic African bush experience to both international and domestic travelers, and this includes a unique conference centre for national conferences and seminars and for international groups attending annual conferences in South Africa.

Conference Organisers, looking for a traditional country setting, with access to the world renowned Kruger Park need look no further! The conference centre at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate seats up to 220 people, in various seating styles, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, excellent cuisine and superb service.

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As hotel guest rooms are spread over the hotel property, there will be no disruption to resident guests during the renovation process.

The final 58 rooms will receive an elegant makeover with comfort in mind. The beds are being replaced with luxurious extra-length bed sets and all the room furnishings are being refurbished or replaced.

The rooms will also boast comfortable multipurpose L-shaped daybeds that can double as children’s beds, and new insect-resistant window screens.

When the refurbishment is complete the hotel will have 57 rooms with king or twin beds, 8 inter-leading rooms and 33 family rooms with 2 double beds, to cater to the ever-growing South African family leisure market visiting the Kruger National Park.

The refurbishment so far has encompassed several rooms, elevated walkways, conference facilities and perhaps most importantly, energy-saving water and electricity devices to reduce the property’s carbon footprint.

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The hotel’s restaurant has had its own facelift in the refurbishment process, as has the Lapa outdoor dining area.

Protea Hospitality Group Director of Sales Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, says the new facilities and the room revamps are extremely impressive and in keeping with the Protea Hospitality Group’s high service and brand standards.
Work will be completed in May this year.

About Protea Hotels
Protea Hotels is Africa’s largest and leading hotel group and has a footprint of some 125 properties throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards and the winner of 3 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys.

The hotel group became a wholly owned South African company again in April 2009 after a consortium comprising Protea Hotels management, its BEE shareholders and Investec Private Equity bought back the 74 percent stake the hotel group sold to Australian-based Stella Hospitality Group three years ago.

Protea Hotels has a variety of conference hotels and accommodation in all the major centres in South Africa, in the country, the mountains, the Game Reserves and in the smaller towns. Look no further as their motto is standards and service first.

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This is a panoramic view from the hilltops of ...

This is a panoramic view from the hilltops of Nelspruit. I took this in Feb-2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a full list of conference centres in Nelspruit please click here.

Nelspruit, a flourishing city, the capital of Mpumalanga Province, with tree-lined avenues, is a popular and oft visited South African tourist destination, largely due to its proximity to the Kruger National Park.

Many other tourist attractions are within easy distance, the likes of which include Sudwala Caves, Kruger Park Panorama Route, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom the Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much for locals and international travellers to see and do in this diverse region, Nelspruit being the central hub or gateway to many natural wonders, to the reserves, orchards, historical sites and more.

Situated in the welcoming and picturesque Lowveld, on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit is rich with fertile soil with a very warm summer climate, where citrus and all sub-tropical fruits, avocado pears and mangoes thrive in abundance.

Not only is this area an ideal location for tourists and local holiday makers, the city and the surrounding areas offer many hotels and conference centres to conference visitors to the area, the most popular and well-known being the several camps and lodges at Kruger National Park.

Places of interest and beauty in the country around Nelspruit

In the surrounding area, abundant water-falls, indigenous forests and a variety of nature reserves naturally form part of the landscape. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, where God’s Window is a breath-taking ‘painting of nature’ created by the natural and un-tampered-with development of this beautiful area in the Lowveld. Visitors will also enjoy a day out at the natural mineral springs at Badplaas or the Sudwala Caves.


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Umbali – an exclusive venue in Nelspruit accommodating up to 500 in conference with state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Protea Hotel Nelspruit
This 4 star Protea Hotel is situated in a perfect location from which to explore the Lowveld in Mpumalanga, very central to the Big-5 territory and only 63km from the Kruger National Park.

Sheppard Boutique Hotel, Nelspruit
Sheppard Boutique Hotel is set in the lush, indigenous region of the Lowveld. Close to the International airport and Kruger National Park. A grand hotel with magnificent grounds, offering luxury accommodation, sophistication and excellent conference venues with large picture windows through which delegates can enjoy the beauty and peace of their manicured gardens.

And in the vicinity …
Southern Sun/Tsogo Sun Emnotweni Casino Resort –This 109 roomed hotel offers relaxing outdoor activities and facilities including a pool and a fully air conditioned fitness centre.

Protea Hotel The Winkler situated in the suburbs of White River offering tennis and swimming on site

Oliver’s Lodge situated in the same area as the Botanical Gardens, offers 14 beautifully appointed suites and a full-service Spa on site

White River Golf Lodge situated on the first fairway of the magnificent 18 hole golf course with panoramic views, small and intimate with exceptional international cuisine
And many more