Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps

near Hoedspruit, Kruger & Around, South Africa Book from Book from £395 per night

Excellent game, walking safaris and delicious food in a pair of elegantly simple tented camps
Manyaleti Game Reserve is a 23,000-hectare concession bordering the Kruger National Park. It's prime 'Big 5' country, and because it's private, there are only a handful of jeeps on the prowl at any time. Sightings of lions, buffalo and elephants are near certain, birdlife is rich and colourful, and the guides are extremely knowledgeable. Sightings of other humans, however, are extremely rare.

That's because there are only 2 tented camps in the reserve, both run by Honeyguide. They offer simple but elegant accommodation, one more colonial in style, the other more contemporary. The cuisine is outstanding, and there's a plunge pool to cool off in between your 2 daily game drives. Or you can take a walking safari - there’s nothing like an encounter with an elephant or lion on foot to get the adrenaline pumping! This is a place to really experience life in the bush, while enjoying top cuisine and comfortable accommodation.


  • Some of the best game drives and animal sightings in South Africa, without costing the earth
  • Experienced and friendly rangers
  • The Mantobeni Camp feels really close to nature - it speaks of wild animals and dark nights
  • The Khoka Moya Camp is very stylish - think Conran-meets-bushveld!


  • Communal dining may be too much if you’ve come for a romantic break
  • Solar-powered lamps don’t last all night!
  • Tents can get rather hot in summer (but there are fans) and cold on winter nights (but hot water bottles are provided).

Best time to go

The camp is open to visitors all year. For most game viewing, winter (May-October) is best because it's the driest (meaning animals congregate around water holes) and the lack of foliage and grasses gives you a clearer view. But it does get cold at night and during the morning game drive, so pack accordingly. For birdwatching, summer (December-March) is best: the rivers are full, the bushveld is lush, and there is no shortage of materials for food, nesting and hiding. This is prime holiday season in South Africa, but it can get seriously hot. Autumn (April-May) is also good for birding but probably the worst months for bigger game. In spring (November-December) you can spot lots of newborns.

Our top tips

This is a malaria region and precautions need to be adhered to in the summer months in particular. Consult your doctor well in advance about malaria tablets.

Great for...

  • Safari Camp
  • 24 luxury Tents
  • All meals included
  • All ages welcome in Khoka Moya camp
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


There are 2 camps at Honeyguide, both with 12 ensuite tents and a large reception building with a bar, a pool and indoor-outdoor dining areas. But they are quite different in style, so you should specify your preference when booking.

Khoka Moya Camp has a reception area made from recycled wood and corrugated iron, recalling the pioneer-dwellings of the early gold prospectors. Outside lies a lovely pool set amidst lush lawns, and 12 large, free-standing tents. Each has canopied double or twin beds (with cotton sheets and down duvets), a large sofa, a writing desk and a fan. Behind a screen is a good-sized 'wet-room' with twin showers, twin basins and a flush-toilet. There's plenty of space - each tent is 10 x 5m; and plenty of privacy - the doors and window flaps roll down at night.

Mantobeni Camp is more of a remote bush camp, set in a grove of tamboti trees. Its free-standing bedroom tents are set on a wooden platform, with roll-up walls and a runaround terrace, making for a very close-to-nature feel. The nearby waterhole means you can often see elephants from your room. Leather sofas, a single standard lamp and a stone-built bathtub create a pioneering, colonial atmosphere. The main building, on the other hand, is a decidedly modernist and boxy affair, with earth-coloured walls and columns built around the teak-decked dining area and the narrow pool.

All electricity is locally generated. There are fans in summer, and extra blankets plus hot water bottles in winter.

Features include:

  • Fan
  • Mosquito net
  • Plunge pool
  • WiFi


The food is a highlight. At both camps it's a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented.

The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed - and heralded by Honeyguide's famous dawn drumbeat - before the early morning safari drive. On your return a large breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late - after an afternoon / evening game drive to see the sunset or nocturnal animals. It's another magnificent 3-course affair served around the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.

Features include:

  • All meals included
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Communal dining


  • Guests are taken on game drives in open game viewing vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. During or after the morning drive, you can also go on foot (with the guidance of an armed ranger). Late afternoon and evening drives include sunset drinks, views over the Mohwareng Hills, and glimpses of nocturnal creatures. Larger game frequently sighted in the reserve includes elephant, rhino, lion and hippo

  • In between meals and drives, watch the game and birdlife pass by while relaxing by the pool

  • Or take a walking safarithrough the deep bush, accompanied by an experienced, armed ranger; it can be hot work, but it's very exciting - seeing the animals from a vehicle just doesn't compare

  • Group tours are available to the nearby village of Welverdiend, where guests will learn about the relationship between traditional and contemporary living

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Safaris
  • Wildlife


Children of all ages are welcome at Khoka Moya and there are special activities for children such as beading, educational walks etc. They can share accommodation with their parents - extra beds are available on request. Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the adult rate; children under the age of 2 stay free of charge.

Mantobeni is reserved for guests over 12 years old, as it is that bit 'closer to nature'. Children under the age of 16 are not permited on the walking safaris for safety reasons, but there are shorter guided tours around the circumference of the camp for them.

Kid Friendly:


The camps are approximately 5 hours by road from Johannesburg in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger Park.

By Air
Johannesburg International and Cape Town International are the closest international airports. From these airports there are daily scheduled flights to Hoedspruit (80km). Other small airports nearby are Nelspruit, Skukuza & Phalaborwa. Honeyguide has a light aircraft for private charter.

From the Airport
Ground transfers from the airport can by arranged by Honeyguide on request (see Rates).

By Car
For car hire see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through

More on getting to South Africa and getting around


  • Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo International 390.0 km JNB
  • Hoedspruit 80.0 km HDS


  • Beach 200.0 km
  • Shops 50.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests


Overall, a truly wonderful stay. Staying in the bush, with our tent overlooking the waterhole where buffalos, elephants, impalas etc would wander freely is an experience never to be forgotten. Great game drives and highly experiences guides who are really committed to their work and motivated to make you make the most of your time there. Not a place for foodies, but nonetheless enjoyable. Nature reigns here: and that is all that matters. Thanks Twice, you've been the most amazing guide ever!!


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