Roodewal Bush Lodge – A Rest Camp on the Timbavati River

Roodewal Bush Lodge is in the central region of Kruger National Park. It’s a private place to stay at and to enjoy exclusive views over the Timbavati River from the rest camp’s viewing deck.

Grazing wildebeestGetting There

If it’s your first destination and you want to go there directly, the best gate to get to it is via Orpen Gate, 70km (44 miles) away.

The nearest gate is actually Phalaborwa Gate, 62km (39 miles) away, but there isn’t any reception at the bush lodge, so you need to pick up the keys for your accommodation at Satara Rest Camp, 43km (27 miles) away.

To get to the rest camp, you’ll need to drive some of the way on dirt roads. Keep this in mind when there’s heavy rain about, as the roads can turn muddy and slow you down. In extreme cases, they can even be impassable!


So, what is the accommodation like at a bush lodge?

You’ll get a chalet with several bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, and a kitchen with all the utensils you’ll need for self-catering, whether you cook inside or outside on the BBQ.

There’s also a cottage and a couple of bungalows.


ZebraIf you were looking for an activity and you wanted to book on a ranger led game drive or walk, you’d need to arrange these with Satara Rest Camp.

If a rest camp’s a bush lodge, as this one is, it means that the only people who can enter the camp are people who are going to be staying the night at it.

It also means there’s no shop to buy provisions.

Furthermore, if you make a booking at the camp, you book out the entire thing, so it’s only people you know who are going to be staying there. This makes for a real retreat with friends and family whether it’s just for fun or for a special occasion.