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Kokobela Lodge

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From R2800 per Unit



Our privately owned self catering guest house is set in the award winning Hans Merensky Golf Resort bordering on the Kruger National Park - Phalaborwa, South Africa. Here you are offered an opportunity to play golf in the wild, go on safari, swim in your private pool under the African trees or relax on your patio while you watch animals go by.

Kokobela meaning "Humble" is how you will feel spending some time in the African Bush, It's truly a humbling experience.

Luxurious self catering vacation rental - Sleeps 8 - Serviced daily

The house sleeps up to 8 adults. There are 4 spacious air-conditioned, on-suite bedrooms. All with king size beds and double wardrobes. There are 4 additional single bed mattresses if needed for children. Linen and towels provided.

3 of the 4 bedrooms walk out onto a wooden deck which stretches along the entire west side of the house, overlooking a natural forest / bush (as called in South Africa). This is the perfect place to enjoy a quite early morning cup of coffee or a late afternoon sun downer with your friends or family. The 4th bedroom walks out to the fountain in the garden courtyard where you will find a bench under a tree, the ideal spot for reading.

The kitchen, lounge and dining areas all walk out onto the outside pool patio which is only a few paces away from the 7th fairway. Half of the patio is covered by thatch and the other half is open which provided the perfect spot for sunbathing next to the private swimming pool which is cut into the patio. This is probably where you'll spend most of your time when you're not playing golf or out on Safari.

The bathrooms all have double vanities, a shower and a toilet. Two of the four bathrooms have a bath as well and one of these also walks out into an outside, secluded, shower.

There is 1 three-seater sofa and 1 four-seater sofa in the lounge area as well as a big screen TV, DVD and CD player as well as satellite TV.

The dining area has a 10-seater wooden table. The fully equipped kitchen houses everything you would expect: an oven and hob with extractor fan, large fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, etc. With plenty storage space and granite work surfaces throughout. There is a separate, out of view, scullery which houses a dish washer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

For your convenience a daily cleaning service is provided at no additional cost. There is no need to fuss over cleaning the braai (barbeque) yourself either as it will be cleaned for you as part of the daily service.

Course Features

Situated in the Valley of the Elephants, adjacent to the Kruger Park. Crocodile and hippo add zest to the normal "water hazards". Rated one of the top 20 golf courses in South Africa

The Hans Merensky Golf Club lies in a subtropical paradise in the Limpopo Province. The hilly course was opened in 1967 and has since then been maintained very well, with intensely green fairways and several enchanting water features.

Because the golf course borders in the east directly on the Kruger National Park, one can not only play golf here, but also observe a lot of game, e.g. various antelopes, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. Even lions have been sighted on the course. The game arrives usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon to drink at the waterholes. Golfers should only move around the course in a caddy to avoid unpleasant encounters.

The Hans Merensky Golf Club is a favourite destination of many South Africa golf tours, for the
course provides an authentically African experience. The 8th hole (par 3, 155 metres long) is particularly attractive. The green is guarded by a water obstacle, where crocodiles live. Each year a tournament of the South African Vodacom Tour is being played here.


At Hans Merensky you have the opportunity of playing on one of the top 20 golf courses in South Africa while viewing the abundance of wildlife that frequents it. This golf course is a real must for any golf fan that loves the bush. The course, which shares its entire eastern border, and was once part of the Kruger National Park, is centrally situated in the Valley of the Elephants. A fence generally prevents the animals from roaming onto the course but the wildlife is able to enter via the clubs private game reserve to the south. Don't be surprised if you stumble across a giraffe determined to share the fairways with you and join your golf party!

Playing the Course

During a round at Hans Merensky it's common to see elephant, giraffe, warthogs and all sorts of buck crossing the rolling fairways. Playing through is not an option when the pin is being blocked by a seven-ton elephant. It's better to just wait! A golfer playing on this golf course not only has to navigate the large waste bunkers and Bushveld trees that line the fairway but also needs to watch out for moving hazards. All this adds to the golfing safari experience.

Water hazards are just that at Hans Merensky! With Live Crocodiles and Hippos, water hazards are really not the place to go searching for misdirected balls. Swallow your pride and take the penalty!

This is a very playable course for all skill levels. We were particularly impressed by the two par 38th and 17th. We suggest you clear the water first and then worry about the bunkers that surround the greens.


Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-Smoking
  • Satellite TV
  • Television

On Site Facilities

  • Airport Transfers
  • Bar
  • Children Allowed
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Self Catering
  • Tennis

Local Facilities




  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Average Response Time: 21 hours
  • Cards accepted by this establishment
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.

Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction Award. Based on reviews of establishments in Phalaborwa, Kokobela Lodge has been voted Best Value for Money in Phalaborwa for 2018


Kokobela Lodge 311 , Hans Merensky Estate, Phalaborwa, 1390

Map Kokobela Lodge in Phalaborwa  Valley of the Olifants  Limpopo  South Africa

Guest Comments

We really enjoyed our stay at Kokobela Lodge. It is a beautiful place with 4 en-suite bedrooms, a large and spacious living area with an open plan very well equipped kitchen. The daily cleaning service at no additional cost is a huge bonus!
The only negative is that there is no fire pit to relax to. The portable braai is dilapidated and needs to be replaced. Removal of the fallen/dead tree will improve one's view of the 7th fairway while small things like new linen and towels will also improve on the already great experience.

We will definitely return!


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