Imagine snuggling up to your partner by the fire, surrounded by Bushveld sounds ─ crickets practising their acapella ensemble, the drumming out of the fiery-necked nightjar’s “good Lord deliver us”, and the successive yelps of the black-backed jackal. 

Here, in your own, private piece of nature, you and your loved one can win back some of the equilibrium we’ve all lost during this crazy year. To make your Bushveld escape a reality, TravelGround has compiled a list of secluded bush stays, perfect for a couple, that will have you dreaming of your future stay in just a few scrolls. 

Khula’s Cottage

Kruger to Canyons, Limpopo

Sleeps up to 4 guests

This eco-friendly, self-catering cottage is hidden in the leopard conservation section of a protected area, which means it is perfect for a couple or a small family in search of a private, authentic Bushveld experience. Since the cottage is close to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, guests can have their fill of informative game viewing and an included breakfast is also served at the centre on a daily basis. With limited cellphone signal and solar power, this is the quality-time stay you’ve been looking for!

Available facilities and activities: Braai, 24-hour reception, self-catering facilities, breakfast included, personal guided tour of the centre included, daily cleaning service, airport shuttle on request, guided game drives, Big Five viewing, bird watching, guided walks

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Harteliefhuisie

Bela-Bela, Limpopo

Sleeps up to 4 guests

You and your loved one can lose yourselves at this quaint cottage on the Verloren Game Farm fourteen kilometres from Bela-Bela in the Waterberg Region. The cottage has a main bedroom and a loft room, a basic kitchen and a stunning braai boma with all the trappings you’ll need for a true Bushveld braai. You can make a splash in the private plunge pool on hot days and enjoy a variety of nature activities on the premises. 

Available facilities and activities: Boma braai, basic self-catering facilities, plunge pool, safe parking, 24-hour security and fencing, mountain biking, nature walks and photography, self-drive game viewing, bird watching

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Syringa Sands Mountain Cottage

Waterberg, Limpopo

Sleeps 2 guests

A dazzling view from up high and complete privacy await at this one-bedroom, self-catering cottage on a game farm on Rankin Pass. You can only reach it by foot, 4×4 or pre-arranged drop-off which ensures you’ll have the place all to yourselves! Does an outdoor shower and the romance of oil lamps sound good? Well, then this solar-powered, rainwater-fed cottage is the perfect place for you. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, basic self-catering facilities, bird watching, game viewing, a five-kilometre hiking route to Rankin’s Beacon or a nine-kilometre route down the mountain to the large dam. 

Please note: The cottage can only be reached by foot, 4×4 or pre-arranged drop-off. There is no cellphone signal. There is only an outdoor shower. Solar power operated. 

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Letlapa Pula Game Farm Stone House

Waterberg, Limpopo

Sleeps 2 guests

Just 154 kilometres from Pretoria’s city centre, this stone house is the ultimate Bushveld escape for two. It boasts one bedroom with air-conditioning and is fully equipped for a self-catering stay. The lounge has a large fireplace and opens onto a deck with braai facilities, a swimming pool and a view to die for. Though very secluded, the house can be reached with any vehicle. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, self-catering facilities, swimming pool, fireplace, free Wi-Fi, guided game drives, game viewing, guided walks, mountain biking trails

Please note: Though very secluded, the house can be reached with any vehicle. There is no TV in the unit. 

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Monyane Bush Lodge

Near Modimolle, Limpopo

Sleeps 2 guests

Hidden on a nature farm, this rustic, self-catering unit is suited to true adventurers and nature lovers who’d be happy with basic accommodation just a notch or two above camping. The small unit is on the owner’s property and has basic facilities as well as an outdoor shower, a basic outdoor kitchen and a quaint veranda. A range of activities, like Zipline tours, paintball, hot springs and game viewing is available in the area. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, basic outdoor, self-catering facilities, a communal plunge pool, outdoor shower, bird-watching, cycling

Please note: There is no TV in the unit. Small, peaceful, socialised pets are welcome if arranged. Guests must bring their own flashlight, wood, charcoal, swimming towels and ice along. No children or single-night stays are allowed. 

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Syringa Sands Forest Cottage

Waterberg, Limpopo

Sleeps 4 guests

The drive to this Bushveld stay’s gate is a trip to look forward to in and of itself! Forty kilometres of gravel roads with game farms on either side will get you to this cottage on the malaria-free Kransberg Plateau. The two-bedroom cottage is fully equipped for a self-catering getaway and the lounge boasts a large fireplace and two day beds if extra guests are keen to come along. Enjoy a braai with the sunset as company and keep an eye out for free-roaming game and a wealth of birdlife. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, self-catering facilities, mountain-biking trails, guided game drives by arrangement, game viewing, bird-watching, bass fishing

Please note: Pets allowed by arrangement. No cellphone reception. Guests need to bring firewood or briquettes and drinking water along. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to reach the cottage. 

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Moonriver Mountain Retreat

Waterberg, Limpopo

Sleeps 2 guests

Bring your loved one for a stay in a secluded valley in the Waterberg Plateau near Vaalwater, where rare plant and animal species, some on the IUCN Red List, have made a home for themselves. Accommodation is available in two private chalets and a three-bedroom house, so you have your pick of secluded styles and would be able to bring the whole family or stick to a romantic getaway. Each unit is equipped for a self-catering stay and has glass frontage to offer a beautiful sunset view. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, self-catering facilities, swimming pool, mountain-biking trails, bird-watching, star gazing

Please note: Guests need to bring firewood or briquettes and ice along. 

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Griffons Bush Camp

Waterberg, Limpopo

Sleeps 2 guests

This bush camp is hidden in an amphitheatre in the Waterberg’s Marakele National Park. There are four rustic, rock chalets to choose from, some with wooden decks, which share a basic outdoor kitchen, but have their own ablution facilities. The camp is located among fig and haakdoring trees and guests can join a group on a walking route and take a dip in mountain streams along the way.  

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, communal self-catering facilities, airport transfers on request, daily cleaning service, game viewing, Big Five, game drives, guided walks on request at extra cost

Please note: Guests share a communal kitchen. Griffons Bush Camp is a self-catering bush camp, and not a luxury game lodge. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to reach the establishment.

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The Bush House

Thabazimbi, Limpopo

Sleeps 4 guests

Close to the Marakele National Park, this two-bedroom holiday house is the ideal escape if you’d like to drive out for some game-viewing and return to a lovely, fully-equipped Bushveld stay some time later. The house has no TV, DStv or Wi-Fi, so it will be you, your loved one(s) and the free-roaming game and birdlife spending some quality time together.

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, self-catering facilities

Please note: The house has no TV, DStv or Wi-Fi. There is a gravel road leading to the establishment.

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Dream Lodge

Near Magaliesburg, North West

Sleeps 2 guests per cottage

These two-sleeper stone cottages are what your getaway dreams are made of! Both cottages are off the grid, sport fireplaces and solar geysers and you and your partner can cosy up by candlelight. Breakfast and dinner are included in your stay and will be served in your cottage, so there is no need to worry about cooking. Use your time to go for a walk in the veld ─ you can even take Fido along ─ and notice the tranquility and balance the Bushveld brings, or drive out for a couple’s spa treatment or cave tour. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, cleaning service on request, swimming, guided walks, bird-watching. 

Please note: Pets allowed by arrangement. The Agama Cottage can only be reached with a vehicle with high ground clearance, or guests can be taken to the cottage by staff. Firewood can be bought on the premises. 

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Mamagalie Lodge

Mooinooi, North West 

Sleeps 2 to 10 guests in various units

This secluded lodge in the mountainous Magaliesburg is less than a hundred kilometres from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Mamagalie offers six self-catering units of which Forest Lodge, Serenity Lodge, River Lodge and Tranquility Lodge are secluded two-sleepers, perfect for a romantic escape. Some of the units are built to flow into the natural landscape and are hidden among fig and maple trees. Some units have spa baths, others have Jacuzzis and outdoor showers or are close to private rock pools, but all guests have access to the hiking trails on the premises, some of which wind all the way to mountain streams where game comes to quench their thirst. 

Available facilities and activities: Braai facilities, Jacuzzis, self-catering facilities, cleaning service available on request, personal safe, bird-watching, cycling, mountain-biking trails, swimming in rock pools, game viewing 

Please note: No sound systems allowed. No single-night bookings. Gravel road leading to the establishment. 

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Pick, click and look forward to your next romantic adventure. It’s as easy as that!

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