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Komati Gorge Lodge

Between Carolina and Machadodorp, Mpumalanga


A winding river, majestic cliffs, imposing krantzes and rolling hills – all these await you at Komati Gorge Lodge & Wildlife Reserve – one of the most alluring Lodges in Mpumalanga.  This untouched expanse of more than 2500 hectares with its thorn bushveld and highveld grassland offers an unparalleled experience to lovers of the outdoors. Whether your interest is fishing, birdwatching, wildlife, boating, walking or just relaxing in a beautiful, tranquil setting, you’ll find what you want, and more, at Komati Gorge.

Wherever you look, you will see breathtaking scenes of natural beauty. Mysterious gorges, dense forests, cascading water, indigenous trees and flora and creatures of all kinds – from a brightly coloured butterfly to a stately kudu. All these creations of nature in one place. Come to the resort and experience the joy and tranquility of Komati Gorge 4 Star Lodge. It is less than three hours from Johannesburg on the Drakensberg Escarpment in Mpumalanga between Carolina and Machadodorp.

We are Pet Friendly:

Looking for accommodation in Mpumalanga that is pet-friendly? Komati gorge lodge allows your little furry friends to join you on your holiday. Bring your best friend (husbands and children also welcome) and relax in this hamlet of thatched cottages, which provides affordable luxury in a most dramatic setting. Pets stay free. All small breed dogs are guaranteed to love it but be prepared for their newfound ‘farm dog identity’. They are bound to enjoy the open spaces and places to explore. You will embrace the peaceful trip back home as your exhausted furry friends sleep contentedly in the back.

Please be advised that we take a minimum of 2 night bookings over normal weekends and 3 nights over long weekends.


Komati Gorge Lodge is the kind of place where you make memories that will last a lifetime! Breathtaking scenery coupled with all the activities at the lodge can ensure that there will never be a dull moment. Whether you want a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the city or a fun filled, action packed holiday, we offer 4-star accommodation in Mpumalanga that will leave you wanting more. If you want to know more about the services we offer at our self-catering units.

Leopard Suites 1-6

Lounge area with fireplace, small kitchen with dining area, huge bath and separate toilet, private veranda with braai, DSTV, electric blankets.

Sleeps 2 in a queen bed.

Kingfisher House

Lounge with fireplace, dining area and kitchen, 3 bedrooms, guest toilet, private veranda and braai area, DSTV.  Sleeps 8, 4 in two queen beds and 4 single beds.

River Lodge Suites 1-4

Lounge area with gas fireplace, spacious bathroom with corner bath and separate toilet, DSTV, Electric blankets.  Sleeps 2 in a queen bed.

Zebra Cottage

Huge lounge with fireplace, dining area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms en suite, loft room, private veranda with braai, DSTV.  Sleeps 6, 4 in two queen beds and 2 in the loft.

Yellowwood Manor

Lounge with fireplace and Bar, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, guest toilet, 4 bedrooms en suite, loft room for kids, private veranda with braai area, DSTV and this house is situated right on the river.  Sleeps 10 in 3 queen beds and 4 single beds.

Firefly Cottage

2 bedrooms, full bathroom, lounge, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Private veranda and braai area. DSTV.  Sleeps 2 in 1 queen bed and 2 singles in day beds. 

Butterfly House

1 Bedroom, full bathroom, fully equipped kitchen. Private veranda with braai area. DSTV

Sleeps 3 in 1 queen bed and a single bed.

Please be advised we take a minimum of 2 nights bookings over normal weekends and 3 nights over long weekend.

Other Facilities

  • Splash pool

  • Table Tennis Table

  • Lapa and veranda overlooking the river

  • Various walks and hiking routes

  • Snooker table and darts

  • Fishing rods for hire

Hiking at Komati Gorge

For the brave and the fit, our guests are more than welcome to explore our reserve by foot. Please inform reception before embarking on one of our two hiking trails or obtain a map to ensure that you don’t get lost. The Ibis trial is between 1-2 hours, whereas the Aloe trial is 3-4 hours’ worth of pure indulgence in our pristine nature reserve with sights that include caves, a waterfall, and stone ruins, making our hiking trials one of the most beautiful things to do in Mpumalanga.


Hit the Hiking Trails of Mpumalanga

We currently have 2 marked trails, but you are welcome to walk or jog anywhere on the reserve. Most of the hiking trails in Mpumalanga consist of open grassland or forest trails, but at Komati Gorge reserve, you can experience both in one trail.

The Ibis Trail s an easy 2.9 km, demarcated with yellow markings, and takes between 1-2 hours to complete. There are stone ruins, a waterfall, and a cave for you to enjoy on this beautiful trail.

The Aloe Trail is a 6km advanced hiking trail in Mpumalanga, demarcated with yellow markings – NOT to be confused with the white markings – and takes between 3-4 hours to complete. There are also stone ruins and a waterfall on this trail, as well as our bush camp, so be sure to look out for them.

As with most other hiking trails in Mpumalanga, the long grass can scratch your legs, so wear long pants if possible. Hiking boots are not necessary but strong, running type shoes are a must.  Do not forget to put on sunblock regularly and take enough water with you.

  • Please report to reception before going on a hiking trail.

  • Never go hiking when clouds are gathering for a thunderstorm.

  • Stay away from the edge of cliffs.

  • Do not attempt to feed or touch any wild animals on the reserve.

  • Please refrain from picking flowers.

  • No littering.

  • Please ensure not to leave any cigarette butts in the veld as this poses a major fire risk.

  • Do not engrave or write on any trees or rocks.

  • No fires to be lit for any reason whatsoever.

  • Please stay on the trails as far as possible – stay clear of all overhangs and cliffs.

  • Stay clear of any dangerous animals.

  • For the more energetic, you can take an early morning run in the fresh air or if you want to cover more ground in a shorter time, the reserve may also be explored on a mountain bike. You can hire a bike from the lodge as well.

General Information for Guests

The restaurant is open to all guests for meals. It is helpful if you book in advance.  Please note we are currently not doing daily servicing of the units.

Please be advised that we take a minimum of 2-night bookings over normal weekends.

Most units have fireplaces inside except for Butterfly and Firefly and heaters, a fridge, DSTV and private patio.

The River Lodge Suites have heaters, but River Room 2-4 also have fireplaces.


Mealtimes are as follows:

Breakfast is served in the small dining room from 8h30am to 10h30 am.

Light meals are available from 12h00 am until 14h00 pm in the pub/restaurant.

Dinner is at any time after 18h30, but the kitchen closes at 20h30.


Leopard Suites 1-6

  • R2300.00 per unit per night

Kingfisher House:

  • R4300.00 per night for the house.

River Lodge Suites 1 – 4:

  • R950 inclusive of breakfast.

Zebra Cottage:

  • R4000.00 per night for the house.

Yellowwood Manor:

  • R7000.00 per night for the house.

Firefly Cottage:

  • R2800.00 per night for the unit

Butterfly House:

  • R2400.00 per night for the house

Admin Fee:

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.
Butterfly House
Firefly Cottage
Leopard Suites 1 – 6
River Lodge Suites
Yellowwood Manor
Zebra Cottage

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