Excursions and photo safaris

Day excursions from Waterfall Lodge

Waterfall Lodge is situated strategically perfect and within short drives by car to amazing game reserves and top tourist attractions making Waterfall Lodge the ideal spot to bring along non hunting observers and tourists alike. Waterfall Lodge is an excellent choice for a family vacation.


Is the local town only 25 minutes away. Lephalale is one of the fastest growing towns in South Africa and at present a hectic melting pot of old and new. You find modern shops, including fully equipped hunting shops with the latest in fashion, and the newest shopping malls just next to open-air markets, bars and restaurants of all sorts.

 D’Nyala Game Reserve

Lies just 15 km east of Lephalale and less than an hour’s drive from Waterfall Lodge. Obviously Nyalas are plentiful in this easy accessible game reserve, but more than 60 different mammal spices can be seen including white rhinos, tsessebes, giraffe, eland, zebras and others. The reserve boasts two game viewing hides overlooking flat savannah plains and riverbeds with impressive Nyala Berry and Baobab trees as a background. An exotic game ride on mountain bikes can be arranged! (look out for leopard and brown hyena)

Marakele National Park and Marakele Predator Centre

Approximately one hour’s drive from Waterfall Lodge you find the Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. This scenic Limpopo Nature Reserve and its majestic mountain landscape offers great photographic opportunities and is home to a diverse range of South African wildlife including four of the Big Five.  With 80 km of accessible roads, this park offers more than a day’s worth of drives.

 Marakele Predator Centre

Lies on the outskirts of Thabazimbi and is well known for its white lion breeding project and other predators that include cheetah, hyenas and even tigers. A visit during feeding times is of special interest.

 Elephant back riding in Waterberg

Game viewing on elephant back or a walk alongside elephants in the bushveld is growing in popularity and is also offered for visitors in the Limpopo region, and can be organized from Waterfall Lodge as a day or a half-day excursion.

Unique intimate hands-on educational elephant interactions are deeply rewarding and an opportunity that should not be missed. Ask our Lodge management for directions and opening hours etc.

Two day/one night excursions from Waterfall Lodge

 Sun City

Is a resort full of sporting and recreational facilities, a luxury casino, two world-class golf courses and fantasy hotels in all categories. The complex also includes the famous Pilanesberg National Game Park, home to the Big Five.

With more than hundred thrilling activities on offer Sun City is great fun for all ages and a comparison to Disneyworld is fair and valid – but with an African touch. We recommend that you spend at least one night while in Sun City, either in the 3-star family oriented Cabanas Hotel, or why not try the expensive but fantastic 5-star Palace of the Lost City?


The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg and is home to more than 7000 animals, including Africa’s Big Five. It holds a variety of literarily all species found in South Africa and as such both the black and the white rhino. There are nearly 200 km of excellent quality roads for either self-drive or guided drives and numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the visitors to get out of their cars.

All sorts of lodge accommodations are to be found inside the reserve.

 Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site

3 ½ hours drive north of Waterfall Lodge is the grossly underrated Mapungubwe National Park, set hard against the northern border of South Africa, joining Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an open, expansive savannah landscape dotted with formidable rock formations and riverine forests, at the confluence of the Limpopo and the Sashe rivers.

On top of giant sandstones are the untouched remains of the largest kingdom in the sub-continent, that was abandoned in the 14th century, and on the plains below and along the riverbanks you’ll find abundant and exciting wildlife.

A sundowner overlooking the legendary Limpopo is an astounding scenic moment that you will never forget.

Luxury lodges and also charming self-catering and fully equipped accommodation is available inside the park.