Only half an hour away from the
Kruger National Park's Orpen Gate, Zuleika Country House is located
at the foot of the Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in
the world. Zuleika's thatched buildings are tucked away between
citrus and mango estates enhancing privacy and peacefulness.
Zuleika Country House is located on the edge of Limpopo’s awesome
Blyde River Canyon. Abounding in wildlife, it’s the world’s largest
green canyon with a 33 km gorge and precipitous cliffs rising from
the riverbed. The dizzying viewpoints - Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The
Pinnacle, God’s Window, Three Rondavels - are all within easy reach.
This 29000 hectare nature reserve abounding in wildlife (leopard,
cheetah, rhino, giraffe, hippo, small antelope), features a 33 km
gorge with spectacular precipitous cliffs rising up to 800 m from
the riverbed. The viewpoints (Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Pinnacle,
God's Window, Three Rondavels) allowing the visitor full
appreciation of the stunning visual drama that the canyon and its
lake afford, are within easy reach.
There are five double rooms and two self-catering units on the
premises. The spacious guestrooms, which are both intimate and
comfortable, conjure up the latest word in contemporary organic
design. All have en suite bathrooms, satellite television, large
king-sized beds, lofty ceilings with big fans and doors opening onto
the garden and/or canyon views.
There are two separate units ideally suited for families with
In the main building there is an exhibition hall displaying local
art, as well as a curio/craft shop. The atmospheric bar opens out
onto the terrace.
Zuleika’s sweeping terrace offers a uniquely romantic lookout onto
the dramatic canyon cliffs of the Drakensberg. During happy hour
over sundowners guests can witness the spectacle of the sinking
changing their hue time and again.
The elevated pool by the baobab trees with yet more views toward the
canyon offers a refreshing dip, and you can tan on the reclining
chairs. BBQ meals can be prepared in the secluded lapa.
Zuleika is available for small functions, conferences, weddings and
On the main R531 route from Lydenburg to Hoedspruit (only 16 km
away) and a half hour’s drive from Kruger, Zuleika can be found
easily without any detours. Its thatched buildings are tucked away
between farming estates enhancing privacy and peacefulness.
There’s a whole range of outdoor activities. For anglers, there’s
the fish pond behind the garden with carp, bass and yellow fish. A 7
minute footpath takes you to the Blyde for hippo and crocodile
spotting. The fish eagle, louries and hornbills find their habitat
in the shrubs and trees on the riverbanks. There are over 200 bird
You can go white water rafting on the tumultuous river, or cruise
the Blyde dam, or go canyon hiking, or venture out in a hot air
balloon to watch the big five from above ! Of course there are game
drives by day and night into the Kruger National Park, horse and
elephant rides in the bush…or how about a game of golf at the
Drakensig golf course.
Local attractions include the Swadini Reptile Park, Brian Jones’s
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre (frequently shown on Nat.
Geographic), the Kapama Cheetah farm, etc. The country’s early
mining days can be traced at Pilgrim’s Rest, picturesque Graskop is
one of the best pancake stop-overs in the country.
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