Little Carthage - Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants

Hoedspruit Accommodation
Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants

Little Carthage

Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants - Accommodation

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Little Carthage in Hoedspruit

Rustic, affordable bushcamp on the Olifants river.

If you enjoy the simple things in life, this is the place for you. We don’t offer luxury and fantastic service, we offer you comfortable accommodation in a beautiful location at an affordable price.

This is a place to relax and unwind in peaceful and quiet nature. The outdoor kitchen looking onto the pooldeck and river combined with Hoedspruit’s almost perfect weather, means you will be spending most of your time outdoors. There are two modest chalets, a 4 sleeper and a 2 sleeper, which are only available booked together as one unit guaranteeing you privacy and exclusive use of the outdoor kitchen, pool and braai facilities. The owner and family live on the property but separate from the guest area.

We are deep in the bush, there is a 12km dirt road to get here. You don’t need a 4 x 4 but very low cars will battle. There is also a R100 conservation levy per car valid for 7 days.

Little Carthage is a great getaway for people who love the bush, but please be prepared for the bush. There are geckos, lizards, spiders and the occasional snake, monkeys and baboons. We try not to kill anything except mosquitoes and flies, and so on.

We are set within the 1000 ha Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve with giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, eland, water buck, black-backed jackal and more, and there are crocodiles and hippos in the main stream of the Olifants. The adventurous can explore the island, potholes and waterfalls right in front of Little Carthage.

The pool deck is right on the river with a swimming pool, a braai area and an eight-seater table under shade. The open kitchen has an eight-seater table under thatch, a full size fridge-freezer, a gas oven and stove, a microwave and cutlery and crockery.

• The Loft Chalet sleeps four, with a queen-size bed downstairs and a loft bedroom with twin beds. There is a bathroom with a shower. The ladder to the loft is very steep and not suitable for very small children or older folk. There is a kitchenette with a medium fridge, a kettle, and basic cutlery and crockery.

• The Rondavel sleeps two and is a very basic but neat open-plan room. There is a double bed and a bathroom with a shower that are separated only by a half wall. Cooking and catering needs to be done in the outside kitchen. It is not available to rent on its own, only for those hiring both the Loft Chalet and the Rondavel together.

No loud parties or loud music allowed.

Facilities & Activities nearby:

Facilities available at Little Carthage,Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
Activities Nearby
  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Walking

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 30° 45' 56.7" E / 24° 19' 6.8" S

By Car / Driving

Driving to Little Carthage in Hoedspruit, Valley of the Olifants

Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Address: O.R. Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Rd, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa
Distance: 0.8 km / Duration: 4 hours 40 mins
1.Head northwest0.5 km
2.Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R21 N/City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria and merge onto R21
Partial toll road
2.8 km
3.Take exit 43 for Voortrekker Road toward Kempton Park/M960.5 km
4.Turn right onto Voortrekker Rd83 m
5.Turn right at the 1st cross street25 m
6.Merge onto R21 via the ramp to R24/Johannesburg/O R Tambo International Airport
Toll road
7.2 km
7.At the interchange 429A-Rietfontein, keep left and follow signs for N12 toward Witbank
Partial toll road
113 km
8.Merge onto N4
Toll road
85.8 km
9.Take the exit toward R330.6 km
10.Keep left at the fork and merge onto R332.9 km
11.Turn right onto Steven Masango St0.3 km
12.Continue onto R54032.0 km
13.Continue onto Lion Cachet St0.5 km
14.Continue onto Hugenoten St1.5 km
15.Continue onto R54052.3 km
16.Turn left onto R362.3 km
17.Continue straight onto Viljoen St0.6 km
18.Turn left onto Buhrmann St0.8 km
19.Turn right onto De Clercq St/R36/R37
Continue to follow R36
102 km
20.Continue straight onto R52710.6 km
21.Sharp left10.2 km
22.Turn left
Destination will be on the right
0.8 km

Nearest Airport & Flights

O.R. Tambo International Airport - Johannesburg

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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the busiest airport in South Africa and Africa, with about 17 million passengers coming through every year. Johannesburg International as it was known previously, was renamed in 2006 to honour the memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, contributor to the liberation of South Africa.

OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.

Reviews for Little Carthage

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It was so wonderful

review by Mpho Sekhula

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Loved it. Wonderful view and excellent hospitality

review by Jean Janse van Rensburg

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Love and rustic. We had an wonderfull time. A rest much needed. Heather a fantastic host . The open plan kitchen outside was a marvell. We will visit again. Loved it.

review by Vernon Kantor

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What a beautiful and peaceful part of South Africa ! We enjoyed every minute of our few days at Little Carthage. Thanks Heather !

review by Johan Cilliers

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This is one of my favorite places to visit in Hoedspruit. The dirt road to get there looks quite challenging but it was a breeze in our little Hyundai i10. Make sure you get good directions because Google Maps gets a little confused along the way and cellphone signal can be quite patchy. It's located in the beautiful and secluded Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve alongside the Olifants River. The accommodation is quite basic but very comfortable and Heather has always been a very accommodating host. The cottage we stayed in is air conditioned with a kitchenette (self-catering) although there is an outdoor kitchen and dining area that I particularly love. The pool deck has spectacular views of the river and surrounding pristine bush and from the lookout deck the sunsets are breathtaking.

review by Dieter Strydom

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review by Hein Oosthuizen

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Absolutely a must on a trip to that side. Secluded and peaceful.

review by Lallie Boshoff

"Paradise in the bush"

A beautiful well equipped and clean place. Thank you Heather for a wonderful two days, we will definitely visit again.

review by Linda Maree, South Africa

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