Welcome to the Matlabas River Lodge.



This English style River Lodge is situated on the Matlabas River

in the heart of theLimpopo Province.

Matlabas  meaning "Sandy River" In the Tswana Language.

 Nestled on the cool banks of the Matlabas River, flowing from the Waterberg Mountain Range, The “Matlabas River lodge” offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari. A safari is about intimacy, tranquillity and the romance of a bygone era.

Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European trends.  All meals are served on a wooden deck high above the Matlabas River.

The Waterberg offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic landscapes, and an abundance of wildlife species occur in this area. The Waterberg has been described as South Africa's best kept secret. Its rugged beauty, together with its diversity in plant and animal life, has led to the development of several exciting eco-tourism projects such as the biosphere reserve, the Waterberg Nature Conservancy - the amalgamation of conservation areas in order to protect more than 150 000 hectares of the Waterberg-habitat.

The Waterberg-range, incorporating many rivers, streams and swamps, stretches for 150 kilometres in a long arc from Thabazimbi in the West, to Potgietersrus in the east.

 Apart from the spectacular scenery of the mountains themselves, there are many game sanctuaries, nature reserves and farms. The 75 mammal species include big game such as elephant, lion, white and black rhino, hippo, leopard and buffalo. African python and the Nile crocodile are also resident, and it is a birdwatchers' paradise with more than 300 bird species.

The Matlabas River is a tributary of the Limpopo River. The river's catchment area comprises 3,448 square kilometers. The entire catchment area of the river is located within the Waterberg Mountain Range.

The Matlabas River has its source in the western part of the Waterberg Massif within the area of the Marakele National Park. After leaving the mountains it flows roughly northwestwards across the Lowveld until it joins the right bank of the Limpopo River.


Gigi and her competent team prepare delectable dishes that will tickle your taste buds. From 3 course dinners to light lunches and true English breakfasts, this team of professionals will ensure your stay to be a comfortable one.











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