Vida Nova Kruger overlooks Kruger National Park’s Crocodile River. Guests wake up immersed in the African wilderness with spectacular scenes of our iconic animals and exquisite sunrises from our viewing deck. In the yard below, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, kudus and other wildlife are often spotted grazing. Over the river, elephants can be seen bathing, and lions are heard roaring in the distance. Vida Nova Kruger is a private guest house that boasts eight bedrooms, one of which is a loft, ideal for families travelling with children.
Marloth Park, within which Vida Nova Kruger is located, is heavily populated with protected game. The boundary fence along Kruger National Park provides a 9km hiking trail, and an opportunity to see elephants, hippos, and lions while walking in safety.
Kruger National Park
Big Five Game Drives
Guided bush walks
Sunset boat cruise
Golf at Kambaku Golf Club
Vida Nova Kruger can sleep a maximum of 17 guests in eight rooms. The front section of the lodge has views over the river and houses the master suite and our classic rooms.
The back section of the lodge has the loft with a private side entrance, as well as two classic rooms, with a private lounge area.
Classic Rooms (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Twin or king ensuite, aircon, ceiling fans, and mini bar fridges.
Four-poster king bed, aircon, ceiling fans, ensuite. Lounge with desk space and mini bar fridge.
Ensuite with eco-friendly bathroom products
300-thread count linen
Canopy mosquito net
Tea & coffee station
Dinner/lunch included in select packages or available on request
High season – From R2890 per room per night (bed and breakfast)/ R3490 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
Low season – From R2450 per room per night (bed and breakfast) / R3050 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
Peak season – From 3380 per room per night (bed and breakfast) / R3880 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
High season – From R3179 per room per night (bed and breakfast)/ R3839 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
Low season – From R2695 per room per night (bed and breakfast) / R3355 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
Peak season – From 3718 per room per night (bed and breakfast) / R4268 (dinner, bed and breakfast)
For more information:
+27 81 013 7445
When is the best time to go to Kruger National Park?
May – September = dry season where you can expect to see wildlife around watering holes. The thinner vegetation at this time of year makes wildlife easier to spot.
October – April = wet season, but the best time to see newborn animals. The vegetation is full and green, and wildlife is in its best condition. The babies also draw out the predators, so there is a high probability of spotting animals from the Carnivora order.
Other notable times:
February = waterbuck birthing season
March = kudu and buffalo breeding season
May = wild dog denning period
June = elephant migration from Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Is Marloth Park in a malaria area?
We are situated in a malaria area and recommend you speak to your GP to organise a malaria prescription before you leave. Make sure you bring enough of the medication with you for the length of your trip. Note: local clinics have testing facilities and medication, should you contract malaria.
Cell coverage and WiFi
There is basic cell coverage at the lodge, and wifi is available.
What to pack
Sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, lip balm, sunglasses, camera.
What to wear
Summer: comfortable, cool, breathable clothing, closed shoes advised for walks, sandals for day-to-day wear
Winter: warm clothing, closed shoes, beanies, scarves etc.
Dos and Don’ts on a game drive
Weather and game drives
Our game viewers are enclosed, which allows us to conduct game drives and transfers, no matter the weather. In wintertime it does get cold, so please bring outerwear, and wrap up warm.
We have local GP’s in the area (Komatipoort and Malelane – 30 minutes drive)
The nearest hospital is Nelspruit – 110km away.
Snakes, spiders and scorpions
As noted above, the nearest hospital is a fair distance away, so please take care when moving around the park and the lodge.
Should you encounter any of the above-mentioned creatures, do not engage. Remove yourself from the room or facility, and report it to management so that safe removal of the animal can be organised.
Highly venomous snakes: there are 54 species of snakes found around the Kruger area, of which only nine are deadly poisonous. However, if you encounter any snake, please always allow management to determine the species and the appropriate course of action.
How do I get there?
Fly: to Johannesburg (JHB) or to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)
We offer transfers to our lodge, from both JHB airport and KMIA.
When should I visit?
Our summers get very hot in Mpumalanga, with temperatures reaching 40°C on an average day. The animals are accustomed to the temperatures, and our game drives are catered for the best viewing times of the day.
Winter mornings are cold, but the days are beautiful. Game drives are catered for the best available viewing opportunities.
Kids on safari
Children of all ages are welcome. Please note: a booking with children below the age of 12 requires you to book out the full lodge (five rooms) to allow for adequate space and flexibility.
Is your accommodation wheelchair friendly?
The original design of the building means that currently, our rooms are not wheelchair friendly.