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About Little Carthage

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.

Well behaved and socialised pets welcome by arrangement.

No loud parties or loud music allowed.

Safari: Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve is a private 1000-hectare game reserve on the Olifants River. It includes game such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, eland and waterbuck.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 28 Reviews

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

The Rondavel is not available to rent on its own, only for those hiring both the Loft Chalet and the Rondavel together.

Availability and pricing

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  • Loft Chalet + Rondavel Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The Loft Chalet sleeps four, with a queen-size bed downstairs and a loft bedroom with twin beds. There is a bathroom... see more Features:  Twin beds, Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Air-Conditioning, Balcony/patio see more Twin beds, Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Air-Conditioning, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, River views, Swimming pool views
    from R1500 Room rate
    • Adults

      Reviews for Little Carthage

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      Mike Hancock
      18 August 2018

      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!!

      Melanie Rust
      08 July 2018

      It was perfect...so 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.

      Vernon Kantor
      25 February 2018

      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.

      Chris Greyling
      13 February 2018

      No cellphone reception was the best of all. The nature and peace full atmosphere contributed to the real place to rest.

      Michela Menegon
      02 January 2018

      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.

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      Little Carthage is 20.7km from the centre of Hoedspruit , the nearest airport 32.1km (Eastgate Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling