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Zebras Crossing: The family friendly lodge

As a regular reader of our travel blog and a follower of our social media channels, you surely know that we are avid safari enthusiasts. So, it goes without saying how thrilled we were when Noortje Hart, the owner of both Elephants Crossing and Zebras Crossing Lodges in the Limpopo Province, invited us for a visit.

After two unforgettable days at the Elephants Crossing Lodge. We embarked on the 100 km journey to the Zebras Crossing Lodge in May 2024.

We were very excited about this trip, as it is located in a game reserve where you can roam freely. But more on that later. 

In this article we introduce you to a family-friendly private game reserve called Zebras Crossing.

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Celebrating life while watching the Zebras at the waterwhole

Where is the Zebras Crossing Lodge?

Zebras Crossing Lodge is located in the Limpopo Province, on the southern edge of the Waterberg Mountains, just 16 km from Modimolle (formerly Nylstroom). It is a straightforward drive from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, taking about two hours (approximately 180 km). The journey is easy, with well-maintained roads. At the gate to the reserve, we were met by a lodge staff member who guided us on a short drive through the reserve to the lodge. We were warmly welcomed by friendly staff members with refreshing towels and drinks.

Zebras Crossing Lodge – An Experience for the Whole Family

The Zebras Crossing Lodge is unlike most lodges we have visited. With only six suites accommodating up to 16 guests, it offers an intimate and family-friendly atmosphere that we found exceptionally delightful.

The Hart family has created an oasis of peace and relaxation amids the unique African nature. The lodge reminded us of our trips to Kruger Park,. as we sat on the terrace with a glass of wine, watching zebras drink from the waterhole

The other guests, during our stay,  were families with young children and grandparents enjoying time together in this gem. There are plenty of games available for children (Bernie and I had a blast playing bocce), as well as books and, of course, the pool with pool noodles.

The atmosphere at Zebras Crossing Lodge is very relaxed, and the staff always strive to make guests’ stay unforgettable.

Two laddies playing Boccia at Zebras Crossing Game reserve
I had a lot of fun showing Bernie how to play Boccia

What activities does Zebras Crossing Lodge offer?

Zebras Crossing Lodge offers a variety of activities that are fun and can be tailored to individuals’preferences. Guests can decide when and which activities they want to participate in. The lodge staff are extremely flexible and commited to making sure guests have a unique experience. We also experienced this warm hospitality during our visit to Elephants Crossing Lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve.

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The pool at Zebras Crossing

Mountain Biking at Zebras Crossing Lodge

For us, it is always a special experience to cycle through the bush, observing free-roaming wildlife. Mountain bike enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy at Zebras Crossing Lodge. There are four different mountain bike routes ranging from a 2.5 km (ideal for children) to a 5 km, a 13 km and a 22 km loop. The routes are interconnected, allowing easy switching during rides. The lodge provides well-maintained mountain bikes and helmets in all sizes (including for small ones for children).

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The lodge offers many activities for children

Bush Walks at Zebras Crossing Lodge

A highlight for nature lovers is hiking through the African bush. The lodge offers guided and self-guided bush walk (along the highlighted trails). Shortly after sunrise, we set out to explore the untouched nature around the lodge. Due to our limited time at the lodge we were unable to take longer hikes to one of the many viewpoints in the reserve – something we plan to do on our next visit.

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Enjoying a morning walk at Zebras Crossing

Safari at Zebras Crossing Lodge

Every afternoon, the lodge offers a safari game drive through the private reserve. Although you won’t find the Big Five here, you can certainly get up close to zebras, giraffes, and other wildlife while while enjoying the beauty of the Waterberg Mountain. The lodge’s game rangers share their extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, making the safari an unforgettable experience.

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The experienced game rangers takes guests on a safari gam drives through the reserve

Swimming in the Rock Pools at Zebras Crossing Reserve

The rock pools within the Zebras Crossing Lodge reserve offer a stunning backdrop for relaxing hours amidst nature. We were driven to the rock pools by rangers with their open safari vehicle. After a 10-minute walk, hiking over stunning rocks formations, we reached the pools. Here Tshepo and Ghildo where prepared a picnic for us. 

Because it was a warm autumn day, it didn’t take much from Bernie to convince me to take a plunge into the refreshing (read icy) water of the rock pools.

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Petra had a swim in the rock pool

Activities for Children at Zebras Crossing Lodge

This lodge is exceptionally family-friendly and offers numerous entertainment options for the little guests. Children of all ages are welcome and can also join the safari game drives. 

They can use the lodge’s bikes, play in the large swimming pool, compete in bocce, or play some card games.

Massages at Zebras Crossing Lodge

To complete the relaxation during your stay at Zebras Crossing Lodge, well-trained masseuses are available upon request. Guests can enjoy a variety of treatments from soothing and relaxing massages to sport massages which can be enjoyed in the privacy of guest’s suites. Your wel-being is their priority at Zebras Crossing. You are guaranteed to leave invigorated and ready to face daily challenges head on.

The Suites at Zebras Crossing Lodge

Zebras Crossing Lodge offers four spacious deluxe rooms and two family suites with thatched-rooves. These accommodations are just a few steps from the main lodge and the swimming pool. The rooms are large, bright, and comfortably furnished, each with its terrace, bathroom with a bathtub, and an outdoor shower. We enjoyed waking up in the king-size bed, from which we could enjoy the sunrise every morning.

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Our suit at Zebras Crossing

The Facilities of the Main Lodge

The main building of Zebras Crossing Lodge impresses with elegant decor that combines typical African elements with a bright, modern design. We were absolutely blown away by the inviting and warm ambiance of both lodges owned by the Hart family.

 A huge, whitewashed fireplace draws one’s attention. The room is open to the roof, allowing a view of the impressive beams. During the day, this area serves as a cozy lounge with bright seating areas and a well-stocked bar. On chilly evenings, the lounge transforms into a dining area where you can enjoy dinner around the crackling fire.

During the day, meals are served on the two terraces, offering wonderful views of the wilderness and the waterhole, where zebras are regular visitors.

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The main lodge at Zebras Crossing

What Makes Zebras Crossing Lodge So Unique?

Personal Service: From the moment you are picked up at the reserve gate, you feel the unwavering dedication of the staff, who anticipate your every need. The staff is extremely flexible, ensuring that each guest enjoys a customized experience.

Intimate Atmosphere: With space for a maximum of 16 guests, the lodge offers an intimate and family-like atmosphere. This small number of guests allows the staff to provide personalised attention and tailor activities to guests’ wishes.

Family-Friendly: Zebras Crossing is the perfect lodge for families with children, offering numerous activities. Bikes, games, books, and a large pool ensure that even the little guests feel right at home.

Relaxation and Peace: The lodge is also the perfect place to rest and unwind. Even though there are often small children, the atmosphere remains peaceful and relaxed, as the extensive grounds allow everyone to enjoy their day as they which.

Privacy: Although the lodge offers a family-like atmosphere, you can have as much privacy or as little as you desire. Unlike some other private game lodges, you are not compelled to share a dinner table with other guests.

Nature Experience: The ability to explore the Waterberg nature on our own was a very special experience for us. Hiking, mountain biking, and walking through the bush allowed us to experience the unspoiled nature up close.

Luxurious Accommodations: The spacious deluxe rooms and family suites in thatched-roof cottages offer the highest comfort. Each accommodation has its own terrace, bathroom with bathtub, and outdoor shower. The king-size beds, from which you can enjoy the sunrise, are particularly impressive.

Main Lodge: The main building features an elegant design that combines typical African elements with a bright, modern style. The open room with visible beams and a huge, whitewashed fireplace creates an inviting atmosphere. During the day, you can relax in the cozy lounge, and in the evening, dine around the crackling fire.

Dining Outdoors: Meals are served on the two terraces during the day, offering a wonderful view of the wilderness and the waterhole, where zebras are regular visitors.

This combination of personalised service, luxurious accommodations, and the opportunity to experience African nature up close makes Zebras Crossing Lodge an unforgettable place.

The staff is one of the key elements for making the lodge outstanding
The staff is one of the key elements for making the lodge outstanding
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Drinks are flowing while in the bush

What is included in the price ?

The following services are included in the price of a stay at Zebras Crossing Lodge:


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea or coffee
  • Dinner under African skies (in summer)
  • Safari game drives
  • House wine
  • Local beers
  • Soft drinks

Additionally, bush walks and visits to the rock pools can be arranged free of charge upon request.

How to Book Zebras Crossing Lodge


Vist their website for bookings and more information.


+27 87056 9937

Email: reservations@crossinglodges.com

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Our stay at Zebras Crossing Lodge was an unforgettable experience. From the warm welcome to the luxurious accommodations and the diverse activities – everything was perfectly tailored to meet our needs. The intimate atmosphere, personal service, and the opportunity to experience African nature up close made this visit really special. Whether for families, couples, or solo travelers – Zebras Crossing Lodge offers something for everyone and is the ideal place to combine tranquility and adventure.

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