Get prepared to bid winter a fond farewell and get ready to enjoy long, lazy summer days when you stay at Mbombela Lodge this summer. Offering guests cooling accommodation and access to our swimming pools, when you book accommodation in Mbombela, you’ll never want to leave!

Those living in Mbombela are spoilt when it comes to the seasons. Our winters are never too cold, sometimes we hardly need a jacket, although we’ll complain, while our summers are so warm that every moment of the day could be happily spent by the pool. For guests visiting during the summer, an outdoor picnic with delicious snacks and other treats is a must, and there are so many relaxing spots in the area where you can lay out a blanket and spread out your meal. Picnics are the perfect way to get back in touch with nature and enjoy some disconnected down time, away from phones.

From nature reserves close to Mbombela Lodge, to more distant destinations in Sabie, by choosing any of these locations, you can make the most of your time outdoors and defrost after the cold, dark winter months.

Lowveld Botanical Gardens

The lush green lawns and almost tropical shrubs make the gardens a one of a kind place to enjoy a picnic. If you wish to use the lawns, you will have to pay a small additional fee when you enter the gardens. Let the reception desk know that you intend to have a picnic. The lawn fees go towards the maintenance of the gardens and particularly of the lawns. While visiting the gardens, you should take a little time to go for a walk and see the waterfalls and the rainforest. And when you are walking around, you can also learn a lot about the plants and trees which are indigenous here.


Steiltes Nature Reserve

The big granite dome that has become a landmark to the Steiltes Nature Reserve is seen from all over the town. But not everyone knows that it is a nature reserve and a great place to have a picnic. The reserve has a gentle stream running through it and this stream attracts baboons, klipspringer and all sorts of birds. There is green grassy lawns on which to have a picnic and the Waterberry and Matumi trees on the banks of the stream provide enough shade for visitors to enjoy.

Horseshoe Falls, Sabie

The Sabie River feeds quite a few waterfalls and the Horseshoe Falls are a great place to lay down a picnic blanket and just relax. You’ll need to walk a short, scenic distance, where you could see wildlife and birds, to reach these famous cascading waterfalls. The falls are aptly named after their appearance, which resemble the shape of a horseshoe. The falls are not that high compared to the others in the area, and they have been declared a national monument. The area is also well known for its trout fishing.


Should you find yourself enjoying our Mbombela accommodation this summer, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in any one of these fantastic locations.