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'Ndida (The True Bushveld Experience)

SuperhostMarloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Dome house hosted by Colin
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 bathrooms
Entire home
You’ll have the dome house to yourself.
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Unique, secluded and very close to the Crocodile River, 'Ndida is the ideal nature-escape for those who enjoy privacy, quality and style. This is the true bushveld experience.

The river is just a 1-min walk, so listen-out for Hippo and Elephant by day, and Lion and Hyena by night.

Two traditional bedrooms (1 queen & 2 single beds) with another queen on the mezzanine – house sleeps 6. Two toilets, 1 bath and 3 showers (2 outdoor).

The resident Bushbuck, Warthog and Bushbaby await your arrival.

The space
Architectural gem set deep amongst the trees, and only a 1-min walk from the Crocodile River, and the World-reknown Kruger National Park.

Spanning two 2000m2 plots, and bordered on all sides by large areas of pristine bush/parkland, the house offers a level of privacy that is difficult to match anywhere in Marloth Park.

The house also sits on the confluence of two dry riverbed systems, so is completely surrounded by dense, jungle-like, riparian woodland – providing much-needed shade in Summer, and exceptional privacy all-year-round.

But these tangled vines hoisted between mature Leadwood, Knobthorn and Marulas don't only benefit humans, they're also fantastic cover for birds, and for all the other animals that call 'Ndida home – e.g. Eastern (Yellowspotted) Nicator, Giant Plated Lizard and, the night's most enthusiastic guest (and the cutest), the Lesser Bushbaby (who love banana btw).

The heated outdoor showers are a must – even during the mild Lowveld Winter, it's a true privilege being out there whilst a troop of Banded Mongoose scurry past on their daily raid (searching for insects, reptiles and rodents).

One of the best locations within Marloth Park – very close to the Crocodile River, but without compromising on privacy. Again, 'Ndida is the true bushveld experience.

'Ndida launched on 29th October 2018, so almost everything inside the house is pretty much still brand new, and also top-quality. Please let us know (in your review) if there's anything we've missed from our inventory – we want it to be perfect.

Guest access
The property has a washing-machine, iron, hairdryer, and brand new everything – e.g. new sheets, towels, kitchenware, beds, furniture, etc.

Marloth Park has two small shopping centres, which between them offer groceries, butchery, bottle-store, petrol-station, post-office, hardware-store and general supplies.

There are also a handful of reasonably good restaurants – e.g. Phumula Lodge, Watergat, The Tin Shack, Aamazing River View and Ngwenya Lodge (5-min drive from Gate 2).

Komatipoort is the closest town (15 mins – towards the Mozambique border) and it too has some decent restaurants – e.g. Tambarina, Stoep Café and the Kambaku Golf Club.

Malelane (30 mins in the other direction – towards Gauteng) has a Nando's, Spur, Steers, Wimpy, KFC, etc. It also has a large, relatively well-stocked SuperSpar and a Shoprite.

If you're driving from Gauteng and you appreciate finer-foods, and an overall more gentrified grocery-shopping experience, then there's a brand new shopping centre in Nelspruit (Ilanga Mall) with a fantastically huge Woolworths. Slight detour, but worth it.

Other things to note
Although the bush poses its own dangers and threats to adults (snakes, scorpions, etc.), it is obviously even riskier for little ones. In addition (see photos), the property has a partially exposed mezzanine level, stairs (without a banister), a raised swimming pool and raised decked patio (without handrails) – so please, please keep a close eye on littler children.

Also, proper wifi coverage hasn't reached the area yet, so sadly wifi isn't an option. Also, for now, we have decided to keep the environment as natural as possible, so there is no TV or DVD either – however, if our valued guests are critical about this in their reviews, we will obviously do something about it.
Unique, secluded and very close to the Crocodile River, 'Ndida is the ideal nature-escape for those who enjoy privacy, quality and style. This is the true bushveld experience.

The river is just a 1-min walk, so listen-out for Hippo and Elephant by day, and Lion and Hyena by night.

Two traditional bedrooms (1 queen & 2 single beds) with another queen on the mezzanine – house sleeps 6. Two toilets…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Pool
Air conditioning
Fire extinguisher
Washing machine
Iron
Essentials
Private entrance
Carbon monoxide alarm
Dedicated workspace

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Location

Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Marloth Park is situated on the southern border with the World-famous Kruger National Park.

The Crocodile River provides the natural border between Marloth and The Big Five, and an electrified game-fence ensures that they stay there (mostly). Having said that, for safety reasons, it is not permitted to walk around Marloth Park at night.

During the day however, a walking-safari along the river is a must-do – Hippo, Crocodile and Waterbuck are obvious residents, but large herds of Elephant are also common. Sightings of Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Leopard and Spotted Hyena are less regular, but are still very possible (with a bit of luck).

Lots of animals roam freely between the properties in Marloth Park (e.g. Giraffe, Kudu, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Impala, Warthog, Baboon, Vervet Monkey, etc.), and although these animals have become somewhat accustomed to humans, it is important to remember that they are still 'wild' animals and should be respected for that.

Marloth's closest entrance-gate to the mighty Kruger National Park is the Crocodile Bridge Gate (15 mins from Gate 2 towards Komatipoort).
Marloth Park is situated on the southern border with the World-famous Kruger National Park.

The Crocodile River provides the natural border between Marloth and The Big Five, and an electrified game-f…

Hosted by Colin

Joined in September 2015
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Zambian-born British-South African currently living in Geneva, Switzerland. I am quite good with my knowledge of birds. And mammals. And nature in general.
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 14:00
Check out: 10:00
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
May encounter potentially dangerous animals
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Cancellation policy