Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa

Game and Trout Lodge, Dawsons, Mpumalanga 

The Dawsons Experience…Undoubtedly Magnificently Unique

Dawson’s Game and Trout Lodge, an unique African experience, is situated in Mpumalanga Escarpment, separating the High- and Lowveld with their dramatically different climates, flora and fauna.

Ideal for Honeymooners, Romantic couple breakaways, those who want to escape the busy city life, wedding or corporate functions booking out the total lodge, family get together's in the homestead.


Dawsons is a piece of heaven, with excellent service and amazing hospitality.  

Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge, Luxury accommodation


Dawsons is a place where the sun dances across the open plains at sunrise and sunset, painting the landscape a vivid combination of fiery red, orange, copper and gold.

Where large herds of Zebra, Impala, Springbok, Blesbuck, Eland and Wildebeest, slowly wander the 2000ha Savanna plains, impervious to time.

It is a place where dramatic mountains, waterfalls and perennial streams flow lazily from trout dam to trout dam. Surrounded by open space, where you can relish the freedom of timelessness, exploration and peace.
It is a place of retreat, of absolute relaxation.


At Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge, we offer accommodation ranging from the fully inclusive pampered hospitality of the Lodge, a spectacular home of luxury with its eight African Colonial rooms to the secluded self-catering Homestead (a restored old farmhouse- built in 1906) and the Crooked Cottage.


 Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge, Mpumalanga, Areal view




Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge offers various comfortable accommodation options to our discerning guests. Spoil yourself with the fully inclusive pampering hospitality of the Lodge with 8 luxury African- Colonial rooms or retract to the seclusion of the self catering Homestead, a restored old farmhouse dating back to 1906 and the Crooked Creekside Cottage.


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Dawson’s Game and Trout Lodge offers you exclusive luxurious accommodation in eight African Colonial en-suite rooms with romantic, cosy fireplaces and indulgent Victorian-style bathrooms.


All of our suites offer only the best quality percale linen, handpicked furniture, walk-in closets heated towl rails for cold misty mornings and a choice of king size or twin beds. The dry stone interior walls and victorian bathrooms will transport you to another era.




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Allow yourself to be taken back to splenderous days gone by with the Colonial decor and breathtaking views from the veranda. You will find the Reception, three Lounges, a dining Room, a library, a TV Room and a bar in the original Dawson’s Homestead.


Dawsons Lodge



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Apart from the rich décor taking you back to an era of splendour and grandeur, our chef’s cuisone will not only tantalize your tastebuds, but will leave you with a culinary experience unlike any other. You can enjoy breakfast an lunch in the privacy of your room or enjoy it on the patio or our dining room.For a romantic twist you can also enjoy brunch or lunch at any of the secluded picnic spots or trout dams on the grounds with a picnic basket specially prepared for you by our chef. Dinner, on the other hand, is a culinary celebration in our dining room.

romantic picnic outside   




The Homestead


Homestead at Dawsons, self catering accommodation


Homestead at Dawsons, Accommodation    Homestead part of kitchen


For those who like to breakaway from the city life for a weekend we offer self catering accommodation in The Homestea; a beautifully restored old farmhouse with a comfortable country feel to it. The Homestead accommodates 14 guests in 7 double rooms of which 4 are en suite, 1 inter-leading and 2 sharing a bathroom. The Homestead offers you a TV room with DSTV and a large lapa with an indoor and outdoor braai area and its own swimming pool…ideal for those family gatherings or birthdays.


Dawsons, Homestead Lapa        Dawsons Homestead, Pool area


Creekside Cottage


Dawsons Self catering accommodation, Creekside Cottage 



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The Crooked Creekside Cottage is a secluded, rustic yet comfortable cottage which accommodates 4 guests. A sleeper couch ensures that a group of 6 can comfortably sleep in The Crooked Creekside Cottage.  

A semi open plan kitchen, DSTV, downstairs dining room and lounge offers you all the home comforts. Creek Cottage can be booked for self catering groups or meals at the Main Lodge can be arranged.

Self catering cottage, Creekside lounge  


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You have found the ideal venue for corporate functions, weddings, vow renewals and any family celebrations. Dawsons Game & Trout Lodgeoffer you packages to suit your every need and fits your budget and guest profile.

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Corporate Functions & Celebrations

Weddings at Dawsons

Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge is the ideal venue for Corporate Functions and Celebrations of any kind

Fully inclusive day or overnight packages tailored to suit your every requirement.

The 2 Venue Rooms divided by a huge open air covered Foyer are ‘chameleon’ by nature as they are fully adaptable and ideally suited to a wide variety of functions, whether it be for a banquet, a chapel, a dance floor or a meeting

 Dawsons Functions

Weddings & Vow Renewals 

Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge is a truly magnificent place for a Wedding or Vow Renewals, a venue ideally suited for your special day . 


Our elegant venue, breathtaking gardens and swimming pool area provide private and intimate settings for the ceremony and reception. Once vows have been exchanged, the venue offers numerous photographic opportunities in the gardens. It’s the ideal getaway for those looking for peace, privacy and wonderful cuisine. 


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Welcome to the Dawson’s Experience, we hope that you are as excited about your visit as we are. At Dawson’s, there’s always enough to keep you busy, or little enough to keep you relaxed.

Below is a list of activities that you could look forward to:


This is a great activity for families to enjoy together as well as corporate groups as part of a team building exercise. We offer some thrilling and exceptionally beautiful trails with something for everyone to enjoy.


Dawsons does not have any dangerous animals on the property, so it is the ideal opportunity to view in complete safety the abundance of Game , Paper Bark Trees and Aloes on the many Plains.  Our daily Bush drives will also provide you with the opportunity to either walk from a point or enjoy a unique bush picnic set up on top of a hill overlooking the valley.


In no time a total novice will be hitting the target in good groupings and notching respectable scores thanks to the expert tuition of our experienced instructors.


While away the hours by doing what comes naturally at one of our well-stocked dams. Let us offer you expert tuition or set up a gourmet picnic for you to enjoy whilst you practice the art of casting. If you would like to enjoy eating the fish you caught our kitchen would be more than happy to cook it for you.


The hiking or walking opportunities on Dawson’s are endless. Walk along the old water canals to a spectacular waterfall or climb to Leonard’s Rock, the highest point of the surrounding mountains, and enjoy the magnificent view overlooking the entire valley.  Restricted by very little as there are no dangerous animals to be wary of, you can explore every inch of our 2000 hectare property. As a result, we are an ideal location for young children to experience nature and make the most of wide-open spaces.


A mountain bikers paradise with currently over 60kms of trails of various degrees of difficulty in unspoilt and stunningly beautiful terrain with the only ‘traffic’ being the abundant herds of game and cattle on the farm. (Bring your own bike)


The area hosts a unique combination of bird species to thrill even the most avid birder. Some species include Knysna Loeries, Malachite Hum bird, Olive Bush-Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbill and many more occasional visitors and seasonal migrants.


Hot-air ballooning and Helicopter flips can be arranged. We are situated in The Beautiful Mpumalanga Province (“a place where the sun rises”) which is well known for its spectacular scenery, wild life and historical interest. Exciting day drives can be done to the nearby Historic towns, Barberton and Pilgrims Rest, both home to the South Africa’s historic Gold Rush era, also visit Graskop, Sabie and Swaziland, as well as the Kruger National Park.

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spa treatments

Dawson’s Spa & Wellness is proud to present to you our successful skills development project.

We specialize in body treatments, we spend enough time so that you feel looked after.

-Full Body Swedish Massage

-Full Body Aromatherapy Massage

-Back Massage

-Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage

-Head Massage

-Foot Massage

You have the choice of having your treatment in the privacy of your room or in the nature, please let reception know where you prefer having your treatment.
A Detox Menu can be arranged.

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High Season Dates: 25-28 Mar '16, 29 Apr-02 May '16, 16 Dec '16-03 Jan '17

High Season Rates:

Single: R2300.00 per person {Full Board}
Sharing: R1850.00 per person {Full Board}
Homestead: R7500.00 per unit per night {Self Catering}
Cottage: R1950.00 per unit per night {Self Catering}

Normal Rates:

Single: R1850.00 per person {Full Board}
Sharing: R1500.00 per person {Full Board}
Homestead: R7500.00 per unit per night {Self Catering}
Cottage: R1950.00 per unit per night {Self Catering}



(GPS Coordinates 25° 49’27.38 S / 30° 42’50.20 E) (+/- Kms to Dawsons) 

From Pretoria (+/- 290kms)
N4 East bypassing Emalahleni (Witbank)/ Middleburg/Belfast Right into Machadodorp (+/- 67kms) Left at crossroad signposted R541 for 50kms to T- Junction Left at T- Junction onto R38 towards Barberton DAWSONS 17 kms from T-Junction on left (Indicated by brown Tourism Sign) 

From Johannesburg (+/- 320 kms) / OR Tambo International Airport
N12 East bypassing Emalaheni (Witbank) onto N4 Follow directions from Pretoria above 

From KNP & Private Parks Northern Gates / KMIA / Nelspruit (+/- 85kms) 
KNP & Private Parks Northern Gates – R40 via White River towards Nelspruit From KMIA left onto R40 at Rocky Drift Continue on R40 straight through Nelspruit towards Barberton Right 8kms before Barberton onto R38 towards Carolina / Badplaas DAWSONS 40kms from turn off on right (Indicated by brown Tourism Sign)

From Natal - North Coast / Battlefields & Midlands Natal
Battlefields & Midlands – R33 Dundee / Vryheid to Piet Retief (+/- 189kms) Natal North Coast – N2 to Piet Retief From Piet Retief – N4 for 13kms turning right onto R33 via Amsterdam Right onto N17 to Lochiel Left onto R541 to Badplaas (+/-25kms) Right onto R38 towards Barberton DAWSONS 24 kms from turn off on left (Indicated by brown Tourism sign)

From Mbabane Swaziland 
Mbabane to Oshoek Border Post (+/- 145kms) / Onto N17 Right at Lochiel onto R541 to Badplaas Follow directions from Badplaas above 

From Maputo/KNP Malelane Gate (+/- 123kms)
N4 / Ressano Garcia (Border Post) / N4 bypassing Komatipoort / Malelane & KNP Malelane Gate towards Nelspruit Left at Kaapmuiden onto R38 towards Barberton Right at T- Junction onto R40 bypassing Barberton towards Nelspruit Left 8kms after Barberton onto R38 towards Carolina / Badplaas DAWSONS 40 kms from turn off on right (Indicated by brown Tourism Sign)

 directions to Dawsons Game and Trout lodge

  Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge, trout fishing, horse riding




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