Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge - Relaxing among wildlife

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge Review

"Africa remains in the realms of the magical. It is a place of spectacular beauty and unpredictable passion". Sean Frazer

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

We trudged up the winding mountain paths surrounded by lush thickets. In the bushes ahead, a herd of impalas sprinted past us like a mirage. We rounded a bend and encountered a giraffe towering over us. He eyed us curiously for a few minutes then sauntered back into the forest. We continued on the gravelly path flanked by pretty wildflowers, the views of the valley below us becoming smaller and smaller, until we descended to the shimmering rock pools below. It was the ideal place to catch our breath and relax.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Giraffe family

En route back to the lodge, we came across another giraffe while some blesboks and wildebeest peeked at us from behind the shrubs and a baboon watched from a tree. Back at the lodge, the zebras were grazing near the swimming pool. They were often there along with the giraffes, and sometimes the impalas and ostriches too.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Zebras Crossing

The setting of this wildlife utopia was Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge, hidden in the malaria-free Waterberg Mountains of Limpopo, just over 2 hours from Johannesburg. Understandably, it is one of the highest-rated lodges by travellers in the Waterberg on TripAdvisor. Set on 300 hectares of bushveld, it can accommodate sixteen people in six comfortable suites – making it very private indeed.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Landrover outside teh main lodge

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge


Promise, the pleasant lodge manager who has been at the lodge since its inception over twenty years ago and co-owns it, gave us a warm welcome on arrival. Our temperatures were checked and we were given hand sanitizers. The expansive space was great for social distancing, however other Covid-19 protocols were also in place.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Main bedroom

Each suite has its own bathroom and outdoor shower. Two of them are family suites and children of all ages are welcome. Our family suite featured a main bedroom and bathroom on the lower level and a twin bedroom in the loft for the kids. Cosy bathrobes and zebra-striped blankets were provided. A personalised welcome note and some delicious snacks awaited us. As comfortable as it was though, when we were not sleeping or eating, we spent most of our time outdoors.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

The loft

We loved watching the zebras and giraffes grazing on the plains around the lodge. It is surrounded by hills and forests where they - and other wildlife - roam free. Since there are no predators or other dangerous creatures, the environment is ideal for hiking. Hiking is our new favourite pastime and it was wonderful to have such wonderful trails literally on our doorstep. The lodge has five well-marked hiking trails, and we did three of them during our stay. The best part was coming across wildlife unexpectedly.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Outdoor shower

The open-plan main lodge has dining and lounging areas and a wrap-around veranda. Complimentary wi-fi can be accessed here. There is a reading nook in the loft with a small library containing some interesting reads in case you forgot to bring any with you. I got hooked on one of them!

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Main lodge

There is a lovely pool with sun loungers where you may be joined by the zebras. You can also have a go at some table tennis in the games room or play board and card games. My daughter enjoyed the library while my son had fun with the table tennis. Kids are welcome to take their cycles with them to the lodge. One afternoon, Promise took us on a bumpy game drive into the mountains, and we stopped at a panoramic viewpoint for sundowners while we relished the views.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

The Swimming Pool (spot the zebras on the other side?)

We were served three meals a day as well as afternoon tea and cake. The lunches were light and refreshing, but the dinners were hearty three-course affairs. Meals were accompanied by delicious homemade breads. Log fires were lit for us as it was mid-winter, but in summer, you can dine al-fresco.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Some of the meals we enjoyed

As much as I love Big Five safaris, they are more about the excitement than the serenity due to the  early morning game drives and late dinners. At Zebras Crossing , you can unwind while the wildlife comes to you. Chill out at the pool, in the hammocks, or on the bush bed in the forest – or even in your comfy room.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

The Bush Bed

The staff are attentive yet unobtrusive, the setting is magical, and the location is great for a weekend getaway near Gauteng, or a stopover en route to or from a Big Five safari. The size makes it perfect for small family and friend reunions, team-building getaways, intimate weddings and wellness retreats. You can easily book the whole lodge exclusively for your party at rates that won’t break the bank . It’s an idyllic place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature, and it will end up feeling like a home away from home.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge


For more information, visit Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge. or book here.

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Here are some highlights of our stay.

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7 comments on “Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge - Relaxing among wildlife”

  1. Wow, what a wonderful place to visit. Going to Africa has been a dream since I was a kid. My daughter would love sleeping in the loft and taking a swim with zebras walking by. Were they taking a drink in the pool lol. The Lodge looks like a perfect family destination.

  2. I can't imagine going for a swim and BAM! zebras right in front of me. Sounds like something out of this world. What an experience that must've been... The lodge seems to coexist with the surrounding wildlife really well. I could spend hours just watching the animals go about their day. I've never been on a safari so it's interesting you say they are more about excitement and this lodge is more about serenity. I can understand why 🙂

    1. Thanks Caroline. It's wonderful when the wildlife feels so safe around humans that they would come to the pool while there are people there. Even the ostriches and impalas seemed to love the pool.

  3. Wow this looks like an amazing place to stay and how cool that the animals come in so close! I like how it seems very relaxing and can imagine it would be a nice break from the city or a safari. Would love to stay here one day!

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