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Black Leopard Mountain Lodge is an eco-friendly luxury lodge set in the heart of the Thabo Tholo Wilderness Reserve, boasting views of this diverse and unique landscape.

About the camp

There are three very different accommodation types to choose from all of which are located here in the heart of the Thabo Tholo Wilderness Reserve. Depending on your wanted safari experience, each has something unique to offer from a touch of luxury at Black Leopard, exclusivity at Black Eagle View to a rustic retreat in the wild at Buffalo Thorn Camp. 

At Black Leopard Mountain Lodge relax by the poolside and look up to the mountain views above from your secluded balcony when you're not on safari or out on foot exploring this diverse reserve.  Winding wooden pathways lead the way to the main lodge where the dining area, indoor lounge, lodge bar, viewing deck, boma area and fire pit are located. 

Here at Black Eagle View you have exclusive use of this 4-bedroom canvas house, equipped with self-catering kitchen, comfortable lounge and an outdoor seating area circling a large raised fire pit. The house boasts scenic views of this wild and mountainous landscape, enjoy this private house with family, friends and is even the pets! 

At Buffalo Thorn Camp explore the wild and camp in style here in the heart of the reserve. The camp has everything you need for a camping retreat in nature. The camp has 6 dome tents each sleeping 2 people and 1 large tent sleeping 6 people when needed. The camp has an open-air kitchen, dining area, boma area and fire pit, perfect for those campfire nights in the wild.  

Features and Facilities

  • Located in the remote wilderness that is the Thabo Tholo Reserve 
  • 3 different accommodation types to choose from 
  • Black Leopard Mountain Lodge | 6 safari-style luxury tents
  • Black Eagle View | 4-bedroom canvas house, sleeping up to 8 people. 
  • Buffalo Thorn Camp | 6 dome tents & 1 large tent 
  • Breathtaking views of the Lutla Mountain which forms part of the Steenkamp Mountain Range 
  • Plunge pool overlooking the sheer dolomite cliff face 
  • 3 hour drive from OR Tambo International airport 
  • Perfectly located to explore the surrounding area with many activities to choose from 
  • Two activities per day with our knowledgeable guides are included in the FB rate (Bush Walk & Safari Drive) 
  • Catered / Self Catering option available at Black Leopard Mountain Lodge - if self-catering our trains chefs will still prepare, cook and serve your meals
  • Cozy indoor fireplace & bar area overlooking the Mountain Range above 


The Thabo Tholo Reserve has over 6,000 hectares of pristine wilderness to explore. The reserve may not be home to all of the Big Five, however buffalo roam this undulating landscape, leopards prowl the elevated plains, and a vast array of antelope and bird species can also be seen throughout the reserve. 

Black Leopard Mountain Lodge is located just a 3 hour drive from OR Tambo International airport and the reserve entrance is situated just off the R37 Burgersfort & Polokwane road, outside Lydenburg/Mashishing, Mpumulanga. The reserve is also close to many sites and attractions in the nearby area from the iconic Panorama route to the ancient Sudwala Caves. 

Getting There

GPS COORDINATES | The Reserve Gate:

S 24°57’21.5” E 30°19’37.3”

Black Leopard Mountain Lodge is easily accessible for self-driving guests. 

Due to the mountainous terrain of the Thaba Tholo Reserve, it is not possible to drive to any of our camps unless you have a low range 4x4 vehicle. Most guests are collected at our pick up point by our open game viewer which has a trailer for any luggage.

Please see 'Directions' at the bottom of the page for more details on how to get to the reserve.  

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