Little Carthage

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Getaway Summary
PRICE (unit):
from R 1,350 - 1,350
Rustic, affordable bushcamp on the Olifants river.

If you enjoy the simple things in life, this is the place for you. We dont 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 Hoedspruits 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 dont 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.
"the trip to the waterfalls with (sorry)?"
18 Aug 2018
By Mike Hancock
"The property could be improved a bit for visitor comfort (eg carpet/lino cover for bouble bedroom floor to cover 'decking' flooring gaps, + a few proper hooks for clothes/towels/solar lights etc. The whole family loved this place and the kids discovered that life without Wi-Fi is great fun. Probably the best location of the whole 3 week holiday - but don't despair on first arrival!!"
"The view from the deck and the friendly hostess"
08 Jul 2018
By Melanie Rust
"It was relaxed and we would love to go agian. The kids loved plating in the river and walking on the rocks. The host is so friendly. Heather really takes pride in her cottages. We were very happy."
"The peace and quiet ."
25 Feb 2018
By Vernon Kantor
"The open plan kitchen outside was great. At the pool with a awesome view. The view point with the waterfalls was also very nice. Pet friendly. What more can you ask for. A lot of game to view. Heather a great host. Made us feel very welcome and always prepared to help."
"Peace and rest"
13 Feb 2018
By Chris Greyling
"No cellphone reception was the best of all. The nature and peace full atmosphere contributed to the real place to rest."
"Fantastic place in the bush"
02 Jan 2018
By Michela Menegon
"Outside area was lovely, fantastic view and pool/braai area. My friends, first timers to South Africa, rated this one of all the places we stayed as having the best living/outside space. We had a great time and loved the place. Heather was lovely to chat to and her staff very pleasant. Road in was a bit worse than we expected but once done the first time you get use to it and it's fine. A high clearance car is recommended."
"Piece of paradise!"
18 Aug 2017
By Malinda Smalberger
"We loved every minute of our stay! Absolute perfect getaway! Gracious host. Heather was always available when we needed anything. Our fireplace, pool and surrounds were cleaned and sweeped early every morning by friendly staff. We went boulder hopping everyday in the river for hours. Amazing scenery. Never seen so many stars in the sky and fireflies dancing on the river at night. Plenty of game spotted on our drives. This is our happy place and will make an annual trip. If you want to get away from everything, this is the place!!"
"A lovely place"
13 Aug 2017
By Thierry Lepelley
"It's a quiet place to stay with wonderfull view. We were happy to found so charming owner."
14 Jul 2017
By Rika de Waal
"A place to get away from it all!!! Spend lovely hours around the bonfire. The first time we looked at the time was on the day of our departure."
26 Aug 2016
By Mark, South Africa
"Thank you to Heather of Little Carthage. What an excellent place to stay. It was refreshment to our souls for three weary ladies who needed some space."
05 Mar 2016
By Frank, Netherlands
"We had just such a wonderfull stay at Little Carthage. It was just like a dream came true. We felt very welcome because of the hospitality. The place was very neat and everything you needed was available. Just wonderfull views from the deck and the pool. We surely will come back to Little Carthage!"