Nearby activities and adventures

We hope you enjoy serenity, peacefulness, tranquility, and solitude while you're at Kruger Cottage. For those who are looking for a more active vacation, there are many sights and adventure nearby.

Animal watching

Enjoy seeing a variety of African mammals and birds without ever leaving Kruger Cottage!

Expect to see an abundance of wildlife at closer range than you thought possible. Watch enthralled as zebras, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, bush babies, impala and kudu walk right through your back yard. Rest assured, however, that the dangerous carnivores such as lion, hyeana and leopards as well as elephant, are not present around the houses.

Within easy walking distance are multiple observation sites along the Crocodile River affording views into the world-famous Kruger National Park

Further enhance your vacation with day and night game drives into the Kruger National Park (KNP).  Crocodile Bridge gate is approximately 20 minutes away and the Malelane entrance iis a 40 minute drive.  Night drives must be arranged in advance with a guide from the KNP... well worth it as you will usually see nocturnal dwellers of the park that you otherwise wouldn't see.

guests feeding zebra from the kitchen door Impala Warthogs pay a visit

Bird watcher's paradise

Kruger Cottage and surrounding area provides a bird watcher's paradise. Bring binoculars and a bird identification book!

Birding in Kruger Park

African Jicana Bee-eaters Brown-hooded Kingfisher

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Lowveld Botanical Garden

Botanical garden

This beautiful South African botanic garden is 159 hectares, with a cultivated garden area (about 25 hectares) surrounded by a larger area of natural vegetation (SSour Lowveld Bushveld). The Crocodile River and Nels River flow through the gardens, creating some spectacular cascades. The garden is home to over 600 naturally occurring plant species. Read more...

Elephant-back safari

Enjoy a fascinating experience with the elephant whispers. Interact with these majestic animals up close with a range of activities, including elephant back rides and interacting with the elephants.



For the golf enthusiast, combine sport with unique wildlife viewing opportunities. Enjoy two different 9-hole courses in nearby Malelane and Komatipoort. An 18-hole course is available in Nelspruit. Combine a game-watching drive with a visit to the Skukuza Golf Course, located within Kruger National Park.

Leopard Creek golf course

Or challenge yourself on an 18-hole championship course designed by world-renowned golfer, Gary Player. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to families of hippos and the magnificent creatures for which the river is named – Crocodiles.

Working closely with the Kruger National Park and nature conservation authorities, the golf course was specifically designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. It is a paradise for bird-watchers, a challenge for golfers and an opportunity to see and experience all the beauty of the bushveld.

Leopard Creek is accessible by invitation only.

Joan on Graskop Gorge Swing

Gorge swing

Take an exhilarating ride across the Gorge at Graskop...the longest gorge ride in the world!

Here, Kruger Cottage manager Joan Demont enjoys the experience.

The Big Swing, Graskop

Hiking trails

Hiking trails of all levels of difficulty (including overnight hikes of 2-5 day duration), are available nearby. See the beautiful scenery of the area and abundant birdlife in a completely different way!

For more information: Area trails - day & overnight hikes | Trail maps | The Fanie Botha hiking trail | South African trails

Horse ridingHorse ride

Anyone serious about exploring South Africa on horseback and making it a big part of their holiday should head to the province of Mpumalanga. Stables and lodges operating out of or near to Graskop, Pilgrim's Rest and Nelspruit offer multi-night excursions leading you deep into the wilderness and offer prime game viewing of wildlife along the way.

For more information: Kaapsehoop Horse Trails | Induna Adventures

Neighbouring countries

Kruger Cottage is close to the borders of both Swaziland (65km) and Mozambique (30km). Mozambique's capital city, Maputo, is a 2 hour drive. Allow extra time to cross the border if you are traveling at the end of the month (pay day) and workers are traveling between countries.

Welcome to Swaziland
Mozambique - places to stay, things to do

Overlooking Blyde River Canyon

Scenic drives

The wonderful Summit route with God's Window, Bourkes Pot Holes, Sudwala Caves, the Mac Mac Falls, and other attractions, is but 90 minutes away and definitely worth a visit.

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Scuba diving

To the east of Kruger Cottage lies the coastline of Mozambique.  Although it will require more than a day-trip, if scuba-diving is your passion, you'll enjoy the experience afforded by the wonderful staff of Liquid Adventures.  In addition, the centre offers kayaking, surf school, kitesurfing, snorkelling, diving and Whale Shark encounters.

Dive adventures

Experience the best of Mozambique diving, from large pelagics to nudibranchs, Mantas and Whalesharks. 

  • Registered Padi Dive Centre, with on site pool
  • Courses from Discover Scuba up to Dive Master
  • 2 x 8m Superduck dive boats
  • full range of rental gear
  • Outstanding safety record
  • World class dive sites with safe, friendly dive staff
  • foreign languages welcome
  • Dive and ocean safari packages a must
  • Restaurant and bar facilities, with a great view

Daily Ocean safaris

Experience the beauty of snorkelling with Whalesharks, Mantas, Dolphins and other creatures of the blue. Trips depart daily at 10h30. All trips led by qualified divemasters.

Visit the Unseen

Liquid Adventures also runs kayak safaris to the islands in the Inhambane Lagoon, a special experience.

Tiger fishing

For the angling enthusiast, Tiger fishing is available in nearby Komatipoort. Tiger fish are renowned for their fierceness and are regarded by many as being the best freshwater game fish in Africa.

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Mac Mac falls


Waterfalls abound...

  • Lone Creek Falls
  • Lisbon Falls
  • Berlin Falls
  • Mac Mac Falls
  • Maria Shires Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls

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