Hazyview – A Farming Town in the Lowveld

Hazyview is a small town in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, to the west of Kruger National Park.

It’s just 13km (8 miles) away from Phabeni Gate to Kruger Park. If you need driving directions from the town to the gate, it should be well-signposted. Of course, once you get to the gate, you’ll need to pay the park entrance fees.

Once you’re through the gate, the closest Kruger rest camp is Pretoriuskop, 24km (15 miles) to the south.

Kruger National Park is the closest game reserve to the town. If you’re heading towards one of the private game reserves though, it’s a little bit further to get to the first of them than Kruger’s Phabeni Gate.

In order to travel to the town by car from Johannesburg, it’ll take you 4.5 hours, as it’s a distance of 393km (244 miles).

If you’re looking to stock up on food before going into Kruger National Park, there’s a Checkers supermarket in town.

The town is mainly a farming town and grows a lot of bananas and sub-tropical fruit. The town itself doesn’t have any great tourist attractions, but apart from being on the doorstep of Kruger National Park there are other nearby sights:

  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Forests
  • God’s Window
  • Waterfalls

The town has a very small airport a little way to the south of it. As it is so small, you’re most likely to only be able to get charter flights to it.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for lodging in town, there’s a good selection of:

  • Camp grounds
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Self-catering accommodation
  • Game lodges nearby

Some of these places are relatively cheap and they may have special deals and discounts from time to time as well.

A few popular hotel choices are the:

  • Protea Hotel – part of a hotel chain, set in a garden estate on a hill with nice views.
  • Sabi River Sun Resort – set on the Sabie River and has bird watching and nature walks on the property as well as an 18-hole golf course and several swimming pools.
  • Kruger Park Lodge – also set on the Sabie River and has a 9-hole golf course designed by Gary Player. All units have thatched roofs.

If you’d like to go on a safari during your stay in town, check with the reception of your accommodation when you make you reservation about tours they may provide.

You could typically expect a morning, afternoon or full day safari drive on offer as well as game walks. You might also have the chance to go on a night drive and try a bush dinner.