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Bushwa is a luxury safari hideaway on top of a koppie with a boma area and rim-flow swimming pool that have exceptional views of the bushveld and its endless horizon

About the camp

Bushwa Private Game Lodge is a luxury hideaway in the lesser-known, malaria-free Waterberg region just outside of Johannesburg. The camp has a main area offering luxury chalets and tents, a romantic treehouse overlooking a waterhole and then the self-catering bush camp. When you're not bumbling around on a game drive there's the option to indulge in a choice of spa treatments at the Tsamma Bush Spa. 

Life at the main lodge is bliss. Relax at the rim-flow swimming that has breathtaking views of the wilderness, enjoy evenings under the stars in the boma area or relax in one of the many lounges. The self-catering camp also has its own swimming pool and facilities, making it ideal for groups.

The treehouse is perfect for a spot of romance, and comes highly recommended for honeymooners. Food is a highlight at Bushwa, and there's plenty of homegrown fare on offer - vegetables are produce are grown on the property. Bushwa is the ultimate in safari bliss. 

Features and Facilities

  • 3 luxury chalets / 1 safari-style tent,  a spa room, romantic treehouse overlooking a waterhole sleeping 2, and a self-catering bush camp.
  • WiFi in the main area.
  • Each of the luxury tents/chalets have private viewing decks with deck chairs, en suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, mini-bar (stock on request) and four poster beds. 
  • Plug points and pedestal fans in each room. 
  • Waterhole, boma with campfire, swimming pool, bar area and lounge space in main lodge.
  • Spa treatment room and facilities (Tsamma Bush Spa).
  • Fully stocked bar and wine selection.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in the main area. 
  • Credit card facilities available.
  • Waterhole in front of main lodge. 
  • Daily morning (after sunrise) and evening game drives with qualified guides.
  • Night drives can be arranged for an additional cost.
  • No room service is available. 
  • There are no bush walks at Bushwa. 


Located in the midst of the Waterberg mountain range and surrounded by the serene Vaalwater area, Bushwa Private Game Lodge is most certainly well-placed.

The Waterberg region is roughly 250 km outside of Johannesburg, which makes it an ideal destination for a quick weekend break from the bustle of the city.

The Waterberg is a malaria-free zone. 

The rugged beauty, diverse biome covering conservation areas of more than 150, 000 hectares makes this region an unusual region worth exploring. 

GPS Co-ordinates: S 24° 11’ 39” S 28° 11’ 28 

Getting There

Bushwa is an easy self-drive journey, with the closest town being Vaalwater and the closest major international airport being O.R Tambo. There are Toll gates en route, so do be aware that you will need to pay road tolls. We estimate the drive to be between 2 - 3 hours, dependent on traffic. 

Follow the R21 from O.R Tambo towards Pretoria, the R21 becomes the N1. Follow the N1 through Pretoria until you reach a toll gate (Kranskop) where you will take the Modimolle/Nylstroom turn-off.

Directions for High Clearance Vehicles; 
Head towards Vaalwater, turn right at the SPAR shop onto the R33 Ellisras/Lepalale Road.  After 10km turn right at the Zanddrift dirt road for 5km. Turn left at Bushwa Game lodge sign. 

Directions for Low & High Clearance Vehicles :
Inside Vaalwater, turn right at the 4-way stop onto the D972 Melkrivier Road .
After 10km turn left at the Waterval (D2745) sign onto a dirt road. Continue 3.3km. Turn right at Bushwa Game Lodge Sign.
After passing through 2 security gates  (codes to be provided)  you will arrive at Bushwa Lodge after 4 Km. 


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