Karen and Donald Blanshard acquired the beautiful Caracal Lodge in Mpumalanga in 2005, back then it was 300ha of land with only a tin roof farmhouse. With their love for nature coupled with the fact that they love to entertain, they set out to create Caracal Lodge as it is today…

A spectacular place to visit with 7 self-catering cottages and secluded Bush lodges with free roaming game. Caracal Lodge has all you could possibly need for the perfect get away – from hiking, 4x4 trails, fishing, swimming and relaxing at our Rooikat se Gat honesty bar.

We have a perfect picnic retreat at our crystal-clear mountain water waterfall – a 10-minute stroll from our new Impala and Bushbuck cottages.

Caracal Lodge is just an hour from Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, making it the perfect over-night stay on your way to the Kruger National Park, but be warned that once you are there you might want stay more than just one night. Alternatively, stay with us and take a daytrip to Kruger during your stay.

Karen and Donald are passionate about their dog’s, so guests will be welcomed by the friendly pooches when arriving at Caracal Lodge. With that Caracal Lodge is pet friendly and guests are welcome to bring their pets along on holiday (*please just inform us when booking) 

Karen and Donald spend their weekdays in Johannesburg but are at the farm regularly.

Caracal Lodge is managed by Donald’s brother Rob and Marilyn Blanshard who will give you a warm welcome with a free welcome drink, they will show you around and provide any information guests may need.

If you are looking for the perfect getaway break or holiday – look no further. To book your stay with us at Caracal Lodge please contact us today

Caracal Lodge is perfect for:

  • Weekend breaks
  • Romantic getaway’s
  • Short and long stay accommodation
  • Family breaks
  • Company team building events
  • Business trip stayovers.

Specialty party getaway’s – birthday’s, Bachelor/ bachelorette parties, anniversaries etc. Caracal Farm Stay “Thys se Place”


Caracal Lodge is 300ha of un-spoilt rolling hills, valleys and bush. The farm is completely game fenced, and we boast shallow caves for the adventurous and a further two waterfalls which are ideal for a picnic or braai.

Our views are nothing short of spectacular! Our hiking trails can be as challenging as you want them to be and we mapped out routes for guests to choose from.

Caracal Lodge has two small dams that are stocked with Kurper and Bass which can be caught on a catch and release basis.

Book your stay with us at Caracal Lodge for the perfect adventure retreat.

  • Beautiful marked hiking trails
  • Marked 4x4 trails
  • Picnic spots
  • Forest walk
  • Waterfall
  • Bird watching (over 150 bird species in our valley)
  • Game viewing
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Relaxing by the communal pool and honesty bar

Rooikat Se Gat

We just love a good party and entertaining and for this reason we built our little gem - a rustic wacky pub and games room. Perfect for our guests to let their hair down and relax. Rooikat se Gat offers an honesty bar with a limited range of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.

There is indoor seating with full DSTV, a Pool table, darts, Table tennis, Foozball and music. Our rustic outdoor seating area, with all sorts of unusual décor is a great area to relax while enjoying our communal swimming pool and braai area while watching the beautiful scenes of nature all around you.

Guests who are staying in the bush lodges will have access to power points here, so they can still charge their phones and other electronic devices.

Rooikat se Gat facilities include:

  • An Honesty Bar
  • Full DSTV
  • Pool table
  • Darts
  • Music
  • Table Tennis
  • Foozball
  • Outdoor seating
  • Swimming pool
  • Communal Braai area (Free Firewood)
  • Spectacular views
  • We are self-catering but we do offer various takeaway meals and braai packs, preferably pre ordered.
  • Charcoal and Ice can be purchased from us

In loving memory Gerry, The Giraffe

Gerry was our gentle giant, who sadly passed away in 2017 through a tragic accident. He was the highlight for many of our guests as he just loved visitors and would walk right up to you for a good scratch! He would happily chaperon guest on walks around the farm.

Gerry became a talking point of Caracal Lodge around the world and in a sense made us famous. But Gerry did leave us with three of his offspring and Caracal lodge now has four of these majestic animals roaming the property (not as friendly as Gerry) but always visual and available for up close pictures.

What to do in the Area

  • Sudwala Caves
  • Wild Horses (Kaapsehoop)
  • Horse riding (Kaapsehoop)
  • Adams Calendar (Kaapsehoop)
  • Scootours (Kaapsehoop)
  • Panorama route (suggest a day’s outing on a clear day)
  • Chimp Eden (Nelspruit)
  • Botanical Gardens (Nelspruit)
  • Waterworld (Nelspruit)
  • Kruger Park day visit
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