River Cottage


The most romantic and secluded stone and thatch cottage on the river.  A favourite with couples, several have returned more than 10 times!  Situated on the banks of the Palala river, this private lodge is the perfect mix of stylish comfort and excellent facilities from which to explore and enjoy the bush.

A single bedroom draped with a mosquito net, a sunken bathroom, spacious sitting room with open plan kitchen and a shady verandah from which to enjoy game viewing, read a book or relax in the hammock...

Equipped to a very high standard – this is true get away from it all in style.

Enjoy self –drive game viewing or book one of our experienced rangers for a drive or guided walk.  Subject to availability.  The braai area is set on the river bank.  Firewood is available.


  • Large double bed
  • Open plan sitting room with log fire
  • Fully equipped kitchenette
  • Fridge freezer
  • Microwave
  • Bathroom with shower


  • Braai area
  • Veranda
  • hammock

Extra beds and cots can be supplied
Eskom electricity (and paraffin lamps)


The Lodges
Kingfisher Lodge
Podica Bush Camp
River Cottage

"Third trip and the best ever! Saw most game and took a drive to the ‘River Crossing’ for the most awesome view!! Sunset drinks on the dunes – watching the hippos was a different experience. Thanks for another bush & bundu bashing two days."
–  Ernie & Barbara

"Just the right amount of everything. No TV, no cellphone reception, lots of silence, the sound of running water and a nice outdoor shower. Thank you for the wine and the card."
–  Wouter & Sandra

"The family came for a wedding. Wow. The 2 days we spent here have been wonderful. We certainly didn't want to go home (Johannesburg). Mother nature together with your friendly, helpful staff, (they must be hand-picked) made the wedding and our stay unforgettable. Compliments to all the staff."
–  Colin & Desiree

"Thank you for the excellent accommodation! We really appreciated the complimentary bottle of wine, and the personalised card was a nice touch. The peace and quiet was just what the doctor ordered. We will definitely be back."
–  Hercules, Candice & Hailey

"Dankie vir die stil verblyf. Die natuurskoon is wonderlik. Wonderlik om te kan ontspan en die stilte te kan ervaar."
–  Danie

"Thanks for a very memorable evening. The massage down by the river is great. Will definitely be back."
–  Franswa & Corrie

"Another magical, restorative stay at Podica (no.3 WOW!) Wonderful Eland & Giraffe sightings & we found the Iron Age site…. At last! Thank you for everything, take care of yourselves & we’ll see you soon. "
–  Leo, Dominique & Cassey

"Thank you for a most enjoyable and peaceful stay. All the staff we met were friendly and very helpful and we loved driving and walking in your most beautiful bush. We look forward to coming back again. "
–  Charles & Joan

"Thank you for the great weekend away. We really enjoyed being one with nature and the relaxing environment. We did a self drive game drive and saw lots of beautiful animals which was one of our highlights. We also really loved showering outside. Thanks again for the card and the wine (nice touch). "
–  Xolani & Pusho

"The birding has been awesome and the animals, special as always."
–  Philip and Caroline

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- Guided Game Drives - Self Drive Game Viewing
- Guided Bush Walks - Cycling
- Bird watching - Fauna and Flora
- Aroma Therapy Massage - Picnic Sites
- Fishing - Stargazing
Horseback Safaris*
- The Big 5*
* Local Excursions
Find out more about the many things to do.
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