Ukuta Bush Lodge

An authentic bush experience

Ukuta bush lodge is situated on a private game reserve in the Waterberg biosphere close to the town of Vaalwater in the Limpopo province of South Africa

Being on a private game reserve gives you as guests the freedom to do more with greater flexibility. We offer guests an authentic bush experience and natural feel. The Bush Lodge is nestled between trees and is tucked away deep in the reserve where you are undisturbed. Here you can expect to find Blue and Golden Wildebeest, Impala and Black Impala, Eland, Zebra, Oryx, Buffalo, Giraffe, Nyala, Warthog, Waterbuck, Blesbuck, Kudu, Bushpig, Caracal, Honey badger, Sivet, Gennet, Brown hyena, Porcupine, and Leopard.

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Ukuta game reserve is a 100% Solar energy powered game reserve

We also have a wide variety of birds that come to the hides

Excellent birding photography

Ukuta Private game reserve and Welgevonden private game reserve is home to over 400 species of birds that has been seen and confirmed in our region.

On Ukuta private game reserve there are approximately 180 species that you can encounter throughout the year.

Guests will come closer than anywhere else when they visit our hides. Have a look at our photo gallery in the shop section.

Ukuta Bird Specie List

Ukuta bush lodge is our main lodge from where we operate and offers guests the following


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Deluxe Chalets with en-suite bathrooms

3 Pax

a. 1 Queen size bed
b. 1 Single Bed
c. En suite shower, bath, toilet, and basin
d. Electricity
e. Fan
f. Wi-fi
g. Workstation

  • If two units / 4 adults make a booking than the lodge is for the exclusive use of the party and no other units will be bookable for unrelated guests.
  • If 1 unit is booked than 1 other unit will be available to be booked by unrelated guests and the lodge will be shared between the guests occupying the 2 units.
  • 1 Group are allowed to book all 4 units (both the Chalets and Tents) for their use but guests must note their is a maximum of 4 guests allowed in Hornbill hide, and 5 guests in Sable Hide at any one session.
  • A maximum of 5 persons can book a the horse riding activity at any 1 time
  • A maximum of 8 people can book the Big 5 game drives at one time.
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2 Deluxe Safari tents

2 Pax

a. with shared bathrooms
b. 2 Single beds
c. Fan
d. Wi-fi
e. Electricity

  • If two units / 4 adults make a booking than the lodge is for the exclusive use of the party and no other units will be bookable for unrelated guests.
  • If 1 unit is booked than 1 other unit will be available to be booked by unrelated guests and the lodge will be shared between the guests occupying the 2 units.
  • 1 Group are allowed to book all 4 units (both the Chalets and Tents) for their use but guests must note their is a maximum of 4 guests allowed in Hornbill hide, and 5 guests in Sable Hide at any one session.
  • A maximum of 5 persons can book a the horse riding activity at any 1 time
  • A maximum of 8 people can book the Big 5 game drives at one time.
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What else to expect

Other Amenities

1) Swimming pool
2) Fire pit
3) Lounge
4) Outside Dining area
5) Kitchenette
6) Wi-fi

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Hides @ Ukuta

Ukuta’s photographic hides have been purposefully built to get guests as close as possible to wildlife.

The hides are built with special coated glass getting photographers and wildlife enthusiasts close without compromising photo quality. All Hides are kitted with Airconditioning and Wi-fi offering you a super comfortable experience as you snap and enjoy wild animals doing what they do naturally and be amazed at the variety of birding opportunities these hides provide.

Note: No persons under the age of 16 years old allowed in/use of photographic hides.

Hides Protocol

Hornbill hide is connected to Ukuta Bush lodge and gives guests the opportunity to slip into the hides for photographic sessions from the comfort of the lodge.

Hornbill Hide

Hornbill Hide information
Distance to walk from Ukuta bush lodge: 150m
Number of photographers allowed: 4 + 1 guide
Hide facing: North
Recommended lenses: 16mm – 400mm
No flash allowed
Recommended equipment: Tripod / Bean bag

Session times

Summer: (October-April)
Morning 6:00 – 10:30
Afternoon 14:30-18:30
Night session 19:00-23:00 (availability and price on request)
Winter: (May-September)
Morning 6:30 – 11:00
Afternoon Not possible
Night session 18:30 – 22:30 (availability and price on request)

Session times

Summer: (October-April)
Morning 6:00 – 10:30
Afternoon 14:30-18:30
Night session available on request
Winter: (May-September)
Morning 6:30 – 11:00
Afternoon 14:00-18:00
Night session available on request

Sable Hide is positioned excellent for all day photography of huge variety of animals that could visit the hide.

Sable Hide

Sable Hide information
Distance to walk: 250m
Number of photographers allowed: 4 + 1 guide
Hide facing: South
Recommended lenses: 16mm – 400mm
No flash allowed
Recommended equipment: Tripod / Bean bag

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Sable overnight hide gives you the opportunity to stay and sleep in Sable Hide to photograph or just enjoy animals so rarely seen anywhere else.

Sable Overnight Hide

Eland, Wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, Zebra coming to drink at night makes it memorable, but give yourself the opportunity to get up close to nightlife including hyena, bushpig, honeybadger, sivet, gennets, porcupines and even leopard

  • Sleeps 2 persons max
  • Time in: 18:30 – 06:00
  • A pre packed dinner will be provided
  • No shower available
  • Toilet are provided
  • Price and availability on request. Overnight hide can only be booked as part of the packages available.
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