Cape Vulture Lodge lies in the shade of the Northern Drakensberg mountains, under the watchful eye of over 650 breeding pairs of the endangered Cape Vulture which nest on the cliffs.

The Cape Vulture Lodge is located about 26 km from Hoedspruit on the R527. Nestled between the Greater Kruger and the Blyde River Canyon, the lodge falls within the protected area of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region, making it one of the most biodiverse places in South Africa and an awe-inspiring place to explore.

Located in the 1800-hectare Cape Vulture Conservancy, the newly built eco-lodge is surrounded by an expanse of private land that stretches from the foothills to the cliffs of the mountain range. Built with the view and the vultures in mind, each of the nine tented suites are positioned gazing up at the jagged mountain ridge where the vultures and other resident birds are seen swooping and soaring against a blue-sky backdrop. 

Conservation

Education

Employment

From concept to completion, Cape Vulture Lodge was anchored on three foundational pillars: conservation, education, and employment. It is a model of eco-luxury that combines adventurous, outdoor experiences with comfort and indulgence, while respecting fauna and flora. In the meantime, educational opportunities and employment to members of the neighbouring communities are created, which contribute to the local economy.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Cape Vulture Lodge is in nine innovatively built and ecologically friendly tented suites. Each room is under a classic canvas tented roof and is built on wooden decking with an ensuite bathroom in the back and a viewing deck extended onto the front. They all enjoy breath-taking views of the mountain standing tall overhead and are all connected to the swimming pool and central lodge area via gravel walkways illuminated by solar lights.

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Our Commitment

All elements of Cape Vulture Lodge were developed to support the key focuses of conservation of our local environment, education of our local community, and employment within the local economy. The goal is for the lodge to be 95% self-sustainable in the near future, which means not only going solar, but recycling all water, efficiently managing waste, eliminating use of plastics and chemical products in the long run, using renewable and recyclable products, growing most of the food needed in our local permaculture garden, as well as produce a complete range of natural products, such as soaps, candles, oils, repellents and much more.

Our Conservancy

A testament to ecotourism and integrative tourism practice, Cape Vulture Lodge is built on a 1800-hectare tract of land – the Cape Vulture Conservancy – which is committed to conserving the natural integrity of the space. It was developed and operated with the intention of building and uplifting the local economy and stimulating employment and education in the neighbouring community.

Experiences and Excursions

With a network of hiking trails, bike tracks, game drive routes, and a diverse population of birds and wildlife, Cape Vulture Lodge offers exhilarating outdoor activities that celebrate the magnificent views and biodiversity of the area. 

Facilities

  • Large Beds

  • Bathroom

  • Open-air Shower

  • Swimming Pool

  • Nature Walks

  • Game Drives

  • Mountain Views

  • Educentre

  • Recycling

  • Vulture Viewing

  • Cycle Track

  • Chemical Free

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