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Travel Diary | Fun family resort in Limpopo : ATKV Eiland Spa

by | Feb 12, 2020 | Family Travel, Places we go | 55 comments

Remember the excitement of going on holiday as a kid? You couldn’t wait to hit the road, already thinking about the new friends you’ll meet, the endless days of playing till past sunset, preparing food on the “braai”, flexible bedtimes, relaxing with mom and dad and swimming till your fingers and toes wrinkle up like dried prunes! Nothing fancy, just good old family fun. That’s exactly what we got from our long weekend getaway at ATKV Eiland Spa family resort in Limpopo. Situated just east of Tzaneen on the southern banks of the Letaba River, in the heart of the Hans Merensky nature reserve.

This family resort in Limpopo is one of the most popular travel destinations in South Africa and we totally understand why…

First up, where to stay

Eiland Spa offers a variety of self-catering accommodation options from camping and caravan sites to their 2, 4 and 6 sleeper rondavel chalets (of which some are wheelchair-friendly), as well as a youth village perfect for schools or larger groups.

All include FREE WiFi.

During our visit, we stayed in a 6 sleeper rondavel.

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The unit consists of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, a small kitchen equipped with all the basics, a lounge with a pull-out sleeper couch and an outside patio and braai. Our unit was clean and well maintained ensuring a comfortable stay.

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PLUS, the daily cleaning services were a great added bonus, especially with 3 little ones.

It’s all about the swimming!

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Pack the sunscreen and sunhats mama, coz you ain’t getting the kids out of the water! We spent most of our days splashing about the relaxing warm water pool (situated right next to the restaurant) and the refreshing cold water pool, just across.

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There’s a shaded baby splash pool right in the middle of the swimming area too, which Ava loved!

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The highlight, however, was slipping and sliding down the newly resurfaced super tube! EVERYONE wanted a turn. Over and over again – even little Ava had a blast!

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If you’re over 12, the hydro spa with sauna, steam bath and hot spring pool is an option. But with 35+ degree weather, we skipped those.

There’s loads of extra fun for everyone

During peak season and special holidays, you can expect to be entertained by the Eiland Spa Entertainment Staff. This is such a win when you have kids. We could actually sit back and relax, enjoying a bit of one-on-one time as the girls had fun while staying in sight.

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Activities include:
  • Poolside games for the kids.
  • FREE arts and crafts set up next to the pool.
  • A special event for most days such as demonstrations by local animal sanctuaries or performances by entertainers.
  • Music playing around the main pool area to keep the vibe going.

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Some evenings even had something fun scheduled like shows by famous musicians, dancing and our best; an outdoor cinema.

Outdoor Cinema At Atkv Eiland Spa

On Sundays, everything quiets down and if you like you can attend the informal church service next to the pool.

No need to drive anywhere though – The resort’s got you covered…

Don’t feel like cooking? Sit and eat or grab a takeaway from the “Koswerf” restaurant. The menu includes a variety of classic dishes, all the family favourites with great breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. Everything we ordered was delicious and I highly recommend planning at least one visit.

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The tuckshop, situated next door sells snacks, ice cream, slush puppies, beer and cocktails op tap – just to keep everyone happy poolside.

Running low on groceries, fresh produce, milk and bread? Need to get some meat and drinks for the braai? Visit the onsite supermarket. They have a good selection of all the basics so no need to run into town.

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And if you’re staying for a while you may want to make use of the laundry services.

Other facilities worth a mention:
  • FREE WiFi over most of the resort
  • ATM
  • Petrol station, just outside the entrance
  • Onsite paramedics
  • Concierge service available at the office to help you plan visits to the surrounding local attractions such as Hoedspruit endangered species, Kinyonga reptile center, the Amarula factory, Debegeni waterfalls, Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen Lion and Predator Park, Krugerpark and more.
Not that we visited any of these – We had more than enough fun making use of what the resort has to offer
  • Minigolf under the trees. This course is a classic with all the turns, bumps and curves you expect.

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  • Make sure to stop by the trampolines and play park. It’s not every day the kids get to enjoy a public swing set, see-saw and jungle gyms kept in good condition.
  • Ava and Lia even tried their hand at chess even though most pieces were far bigger than Ava.
  • Remember to pack the tennis rackets and balls to make use of the tennis courts, volleyball courts and outdoor bowling field.

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Get close to nature

This is a family resort in Limpopo so you know mother nature will be showing off… Definitely don’t miss exploring the stunning grounds and what better way than horseback riding.

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This was a family 1st and we are so lucky to have experienced it at ATKV Eiland Spa. The stables are beautiful. The horses happy, friendly and very tame. My mama-heart was beating fast, nervous about Eliana (7) and Lia (5) riding solo but, our wonderful guide calmed my nerves reassuring me everything would be fine. And it was, it was more than fine…

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These gentle giants were relaxed simply walking along as we spotted various wildlife including birds, buck and monkeys. We 100% recommend booking a session during your stay, no matter your level of riding experience.

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Another MUST DO – Hiking or cycling (if you brought your bicycles) the Hans Merensky nature trails.

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TOP TIPS: It gets super hot, super early so plan your hike for early morning (before 8 am). Consider booking a guide seeing as it’s easy getting lost amongst the different routes and pathways and remember water, hats and the mosquito repellant.

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We came across local fishermen, saw interesting plants and insects and the biggest ant hill… Ava and I could move in!

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What a lovely way to start the day.

* Fishing facilities also available – Own fishing equipment needed. 

We made memories to treasure forever at ATKV Eiland Spa family resort in Limpopo

Our days were lazy… Sleeping in till after 9, relaxing poolside, lunch at Koswerf, afternoon naps followed by a fun activity and more swimming till dinner. We completely unplugged exploring every inch of this beautiful family resort in Limpopo – a province that really doesn’t get enough credit for its incredible beauty.

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We only stayed for 3 nights, which was amazing BUT coming from Gauteng I do wish we had booked for an extra 2 days or even a week. None of us felt ready to leave and would have loved “just one more go down the super tube”.


So, do you want to checkout ATKV Eiland Spa for yourself?

We want you to as well AND we want you to stay for 5 NIGHTS! That’s why we’re giving away a midweek family break to one lucky reader!

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How to enter:

There are THREE ways! You can complete one of these steps OR all of them to gain more entries:

    1. Leave us a comment below telling us what you look forward to enjoying most while at AKTV Eiland Spa.
    2. Go to our Facebook page and under this post leave me a comment tagging who you think would also like this competition.
    3. Visit our Instagram account too. Leave a comment under this post tagging who you think would like this competition.
    4. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you are following ATKV Eiland Spa on Facebook and/or Instagram

The giveaway ends on the 29th of February 2020.

* The prize is valid for midweek accommodation in a 4-6 sleeper self-catering rondavel. You’ll need to check in on Sunday and checkout on Friday. It also excludes long weekends and school holidays. Prize valid till November 30th, 2020. (Full T&Cs at the bottom of the post).

Disclaimer: Our weekend away was sponsored by ATKV Eiland Spa. All opinions are our own.Family Travel South Africa 1


  1. Only entries via Facebook, Instagram and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Facebook and Instagram are in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. You need to follow Eiland Spa on Instagram and/or Facebook to qualify.
  4. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  5. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  6. Competition closes on the 29th of February 2020.
  7.  The winner is picked at random and announced a few days later.
  8. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  9. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.

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  1. Elisabeth Meyer

    This place looks absolutely stunning and so peaceful! Definitely a beautiful place for a little family getaway! I love mini golf and play park. I know my kids would have an absolute blast!

    • Elske Lawton

      Definitely look forward most to quality time with the family before we have baby girl number 3. Also looking forward to all the swimming fun, as it is my twin girls favourite thing to do!

      • Lauren

        Loved your review on Eiland spa resort. Just sounds like a family orientated holiday which are the holidays I love the best! Fun and relaxing with my 2 boys. We love going for walks and cycling, sounds amazing!

    • Tamika

      Definitely the pool & family time !

  2. dheepa singh

    Beautiful Place

    • Thabo Molemohi

      Looking at being close to nature with my wife by my side. Also having a spa.

  3. Charmaine Knox

    I remember going here as a kid with my family almost 20years ago. I would love to have my kids go and have adventures as there is nothing better than hearing your kids laughter splashing in the pool…

  4. Tami

    Definitely the hiking and cycling! I love being on my bike

    • Salome

      We would just soak up the fresh air, beautiful nature and quality fun time together!

      • Eulene

        So much to choose from! But knowing what my kids would enjoy most, which is what I will be doing with them, is the swimming and super tubing! It looks like the perfect mini holiday destination:)

  5. Nicole Meyer

    Absolutely beautiful.. Well firstly we havnt gone away as a family since 2017 cause of hubby’s work so it’s just been me and baba… This would be just perfect to spend some quality family time together.. I love the pool and water area… Would take advantage of this prize and might just surprise myself and so a hike 😱😂💕


    • Lutfiyyah

      I’m definitely looking forward to making memories with my hubby and kids… And the pools omw sounds devine

  6. Spirited Mama

    Ooh, fishing for the husband and swimming pools for the boys. Mama could just unwind anywhere…

  7. Tanya

    Me and my family sooooo need a getaway and this would be an amazing surprise for them

  8. Bonita Birch

    Most looking forward to spending quality time with my little boy putt putt or in the pool are probably where you would find us 🙂

  9. Monique Botha

    This place!!! I grew up in Hoedspruit and this was our go to place on a regular basis. We usually stayed in the rondawels. We used to ride our bikes all around the resort. I love adventure so my favorite thing there is the super tube, as a young girl this was all I did the whole day. I am now a mom andI have an almost 4 year old who absolutely loves super tubes so this will still be our favourite. The putt putt is awesome! The playpark was also a favourite for me with the good old colourful play equipment. Would love to take my family there and show them what I experienced as a child!

  10. Raquel

    After last year me and my little family definitely need a holiday out of the city to reconnect with one another and to bind away from the busy city life and spend some much needed time out on the up and get in that fresh air ❤️ swimming and just playing outdoors is what makes us bond

  11. Melissa

    What i would kost enjoy is jusy being able to actually relax and enjoy time with my husband and my tiny human… It has already been a rough year for my litte one healthwise, going in for surgery (yet again) on Feb 14th, yes on Valentines day, and my husband has been a trooper despite waiting on a diagnosis for his heart problems… I would just love to let them relax, play, enjoy nature and not have to stress for just a few days.

  12. Mareli Snyman

    Ons 2de dogtertjie word volgende gebore en dit sal so lekker wees vir ons eerste vakansie as ‘n gesin van 4. Sal defnitief heerlik CHILL by die swembaddens en net kwaliteit tyd saam spandeer ❤️

  13. Sharleen

    Looks awesome. We would swim, hike and enjoy it all

  14. Barbra

    I would look forward to the good time spent with my 3 kids and husband. Enjoying the nature and fresh air the most. Making memories that will last a life time doing all those wonderful activities you have explained in this blog ♡

  15. Justine De Wet

    Oord vakansies is ń wenner vir gesinne. Alles op een plek!

    • Liezel

      I would love to spend some quality time with my hubby and our water baby! I just know that we would spend most of our time in the water. A much needed break from the rat race!

  16. Tamaryn Bell

    We have baby number two on the way. 13 months age gap between our girls. We got married when I was pregnant with our first princess and so we cut our honeymoon short to put money away for her. Now that princess 2 is on the way it’d be nice to maybe break away as a small family before I return to work in October after having our second bundle.

  17. Willemijn

    This looks amazing, can’t wait to get away with the 5 of us. We’ll definitely be enjoying the pool, visiting the horses and going for a hike! But I’m sure the kids don’t want to miss the playpark and all other fun too!

  18. Michelle Mulligan

    O wow…a family getaway for the whole week would be amazing! I would really enjoy some lazy days at the poolside and trying out the super tube with my eldest ❤️

    • Monique Mentoor

      ATKV EILAND Spa ticks all the boxes of the perfect family holiday. It sounds nothing short of amazing. We would definitely spend alot of my time in the warm water pool, the super tube and the hydro spa. I enjoy hiking and would try out horseback riding too. With the restaurant right there and possibly the kids being entertained by the staff, it will certainly be the perfect getaway for this tired mum.

  19. Juanita

    Ons sal n lekker tyd as gesin kan he by die Eiland. Die meeste uit vir lekker stappies en swem saam my gesin. Na n Rowwe 2019 en ook n besig Jan Feb. Sal so n Midweek ideal wees vir kwaliteit familientyd

  20. Elrise Hugo

    Na Janlu se nierversaking mag hy nie met die pd pypie in sy magie nat word nie maw geen bad of swem nie. So alles voëltjiebad!
    Die pypie word Woensdag uitgehaal want sy niere het volkome herstel!
    Sal hom baie graag wil vat vir dae aan een se swem en ons kan doen met die blaaskans uit die stad uit!

  21. Nashieta

    I would love the hot water pools and just a holiday is something I look foward to in overall !!!Lets call it a babymoon before the 4th wilding arrives 🤣🤣!!!

  22. Vicky

    WOW WOW WOW is all I can say. What an awesome giveaway! So much to do and see and experience .Everything in one place. What more could we ask for?!?!
    My daughter would go mad. She’s a water baby and loves nothing more than swimming and water slides and horse riding! The perfect place for a family getaway.

    I’m definitely going to find out about staying here even if I don’t win this for my family.
    You’ll bee seeing us
    The Marcussen’s

    • Tasneem Motala

      My kids would enjoy the pools and my hubby and I would enjoy the hydro spa.

  23. Cherique Coetzee-Myburgh

    Wat ‘n stunning plek om ‘n wegbreek-familie—tradisie-getaway te begin! Ons is first time parents met ons pragtige dogtertjie Mckenzie. Sy is omtrent adventurous, ons Sal beslis die wegbreek by hierdie resort geniet ! Xx

  24. Shaaista Mahomed

    I remember googling this place when you posted while you were visiting. This place looks amazing. Would love for us 4 to visit and enjoy the outdoors. Taking advantage of the play area for the kids and hubby will be in his element dragging us on a hike.

  25. Suraya Ramasami

    Looking forward to horseback riding as we have never been.

  26. Alke

    Our twins started grade 4 this year and we are already swamped with tests and speeches!
    At this moment a family getaway sounds harmonious!
    This getaway would be exactly what our doctor would order 😉

  27. Priscilla

    Eiland resort!🤣🤣🤣 I have not yet been there and the place looks amazing!!! Would be great to go there with my husband and two boys🌻

  28. Claire Macer-Wright

    Wow, this place looks amazing, would look forward to the splashing in the pool and making memories.

  29. Melanie Claassen

    I look forward to still be the mom of our house, just not at home😜 taking care of & just relaxing (husband & kids, duh) with my family😁

  30. Chantal le Roux

    Eiland spa is on our bucket list of places to see this year. There’s nothing more awesome than a good family holiday where you can just be with your kids doing fun things. Pick me 😊😊

  31. Martie Schoeman

    Eiland Spa is on our bucket list for a while, what a way to spend quality time with our two grandkids and family. There is so much to do. Would love to experience this beautiful place with them. Especially the heated pool. We would ❤️ that. xxx


    I give up so much of my weekend for my school kids, and so does my husband who helps me- that it would really just be nice to spend some devoted time together and with our son- who would especially enjoy the swimming!

  33. Kelli

    Our kiddies would absolutely love the super tube! And having their first horse ride experience!

  34. Juanita

    Would be he best way to spend some family time with my 3 men. It has bee a while.

  35. Sonja Strauss

    It would be such a blessing to go on a family holiday, especially at any ATKV resort as they cater for all your needs! It would be a well deserved holiday as it may be our last as a family for a while as my dad, from April, and brother, from August are relocating and will be working on two different continents. I know Eiland Spa will set the tone for lifelong memories!

  36. Diana

    Wow! This looks amazing! A real one-stop-shop type holiday!

  37. Natalie Kommer

    What a gorgeous spot!!!! Would love to share an awesome vacation with my little family to celebrate life and each other. The boys will absolutely love the pools and slides

  38. Samantha Martins

    As a grade 1 teacher, and a mom of 3, this would be just what the dr ordered 😂 All I would like to do is just relax, while the kids have a ball. I’d love to go horseback riding with my family. I know my 2 boys (and their dad) would love the slip and slide super-tube 🥰

  39. Karien Coetzer

    Wow what a place! I would look forward to creating great childhood memories for the Little one and definitely going for a horseback ride with the family that would be a first for us as well!!

  40. Roxanne

    I would love to do the pool activities alternating With the poolside arts and crafts 2 of my daughters favorite things

  41. Roxanne

    Pool and poolside arts and crafts 2 of my daughters favorite things

  42. Bodene

    Having a family getaway with just hubby and the kids (doesn’t happen often at all), just relaxing at the pool and enjoying the nature! Sounds like the perfect get away to me 💕

  43. Lebo

    I am so excited for horseriding as a family, and my kids would just love the swimming.

    Can’t believe there is something so cool in my hometown.

  44. Franci

    Sal so lekker wees om op ‘n familie vakansie te gaan en kwaliteit tyd saam te spandeer. Die kinder sal dit love om uit die stad te kom en lekker te swem en perdry

  45. Tristan

    I love this review, it makes me really want to win this competition. The resort sounds like such a family oriented place with loads of fun activities to do with the kids. I love the idea if the mini golf


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