Two rustic, self-catering chalets booked as one unit overlooking the Olifants River are offered. Private, quiet and peaceful. The rate is R1350 whether it is for 2 people or 6 people as you have the whole guest area to yourselves, but I will always try give slight discounts if a booking is for only 2 people, or for longer booking (and out of season).
There is a pool and pool deck with braai facilities, and a lovely outdoor kitchen which has an awesome view. The entire area is exclusively for guests and not used by anyone else. The owner and family live on the property but separate from the guest area.
We are set within the 1000 ha Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve with giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, eland, water buck, black-backed jackal and more, and there are crocodiles and hippos in the main stream of the Olifants. The adventurous can explore the island, potholes and waterfalls right in front of Little Carthage.
The pool deck is right on the river with a swimming pool, a braai area and an eight-seater table under shade. The open kitchen has an eight-seater table under thatch, a full size fridge-freezer, a gas oven and stove, a microwave and cutlery and crockery.
* The Loft Chalet sleeps four, with a queen-size bed downstairs and a loft bedroom with twin beds. There is a bathroom with a shower. The ladder to the loft is very steep and not suitable for very small children or older folk. There is a kitchenette with a medium fridge, a kettle, and basic cutlery and crockery.
* The Rondavel sleeps two and is a very basic but neat open-plan room. There is a queen-size bed and a bathroom with a shower that are separated only by a half wall. Cooking and catering needs to be done in the outside kitchen. It is not available to rent on its own, only for those hiring both the Loft Chalet and the Rondavel together.
Little Carthage is a great getaway for people who love the bush, but please be prepared for the bush. There are geckos, lizards, spiders and the occasional snake, monkeys and baboons. We try not to kill anything except mosquitoes and flies, and so on.
Please try and arrive while it is still light, as you have eight kilometers of dirt road and then three and a half kilometers of bush road to negotiate. You don't need a 4x4 but very low cars may battle. A conservancy levy of R100 is required upon entry to the reserve per car, valid for 7 days. Well behaved and socialised pets welcome by arrangement.
Safari: Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve is a private 1000-hectare game reserve on the Olifants River. It includes game such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, eland and waterbuck.
The Rondavel is not available to rent on its own, only for those hiring both the Loft Chalet and the Rondavel together.