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BedroomOnly 5 km from the border between South Africa and Mozambique, Komatipoort is Mpumalanga’s gateway to a safari and sea getaway, with Maputo less than 2 hours’ drive from the Lebombo border. Komatipoort is also only 70 km from the Swazi border of Mananga so whether you’re planning an exciting African road trip or focusing on the world famous Kruger National Park, Ecolux Boutique Hotel & Spa is the ideal stopover and holiday destination. Bring the family for an adventure-filled holiday or spoil your loved one to a luxurious romantic break complete with relaxing spa therapies after an exciting day spent exploring the bush.

Surrounded by a large, lush garden, the owner-managed Ecolux Boutique Hotel & Spa comprises a contemporary main building where the restaurant is located, a separate spa overlooking the garden, and 17 modern, comfortably appointed bedrooms (8 standard, 8 luxury and 1 VIP suite). All rooms have an open plan bedroom/bathroom (separate toilet) layout, king-sized beds, air-conditioning, large flat screen TVs, double showers and private patios or balconies. The VIP suite is perfect for honeymooners with a private garden and Jacuzzi.

Before you set off to explore the bush, start your day of adventure with a wholesome breakfast served beside the pool at Vonja’s Restaurant, and return as the sun sets to enjoy a superb South African meal paired with a full-bodied wine to the sounds of cicadas. The restaurant offers organic food prepared with fresh, home-grown herbs and vegetables. The indoor area of the restaurant may also be used for conferences for up to 30 delegates if the hotel is booked for the exclusive use of a conference group.

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With its subtropical climate, summers in Komatipoort are hot and winters are mild, so guests can enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. A range of thrilling activities are on offer in addition to exploring the Kruger in your car. Within the park, experience true wilderness on a guided walk, or encounter elusive nocturnal animals on a sunset or night drive in a 4x4 open safari vehicle. Visit an elephant sanctuary nearby and take a ride on the high side, or search for wild animals on horseback in a non-Big Five reserve. There are no tigers in Africa but there are plenty of tiger fish in the Komati River and avid anglers will relish the challenge of bagging a ‘tiger’. For a more tranquil pursuit, get a round of golf in at the nine-hole Komatipoort Golf Course.

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While nature beckons to be explored in this part of the world, you might well be tempted to spend a day being pampered and plied at the garden spa.

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