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Meet chef Shylet!

Meet chef Shylet!

Meet chef Shylet!

You'll not go hungry at Nyala Safari Lodge ...

You’ll not go hungry at Nyala Safari Lodge thanks to the skills of chef Shylet Haiza. This bubbly “foodie” has been part of the team since June 2018 and comes from Marondela in Zimbabwe. Shylet started cooking professionally in 2010, when she began to learn how to make desserts in the kitchen of her previous employers who ran a chain of restaurants. From there she absorbed cooking skills like a sponge. “My favourite dish is oxtail,” she says with a smile. “But I also love making a good English breakfast, and preparing all of our meals here,” she adds. Her day usually starts at 6am when she starts work getting things ready for the sumptuous breakfast spreads that are so popular with guests.

“This is my first job in a safari lodge and I am loving it,” she says. “I saw my first lions here just after I started my job and enjoy working in the bush – there’s so much so see here!” she laughs. Breakfast is laid out ready for guests on their return from the morning game drive. Then Shylet starts to think about preparing lunch, which usually features salad and snack options with freshly baked breads and cake of some description! She also prepares snack baskets for the afternoon game drives which guests tuck into during their sundowner stop before starting work on dinner, which at Nyala is a three-course affair and is served when guests come back from their afternoon/evening drive.

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The rains have arrived!

The rains have arrived!

The rains have arrived!

The African bush is blooming once again...

The African bush is blooming once again, thanks to the blessing of rain. November has delivered several downpours already, enough to stimulate the germination of seeds and the bursting forth of fresh green leaves and blossoms. Heavily pregnant animals are already beginning to give birth and the air is alive with the calls of migrant birds and the gentle hum of a myriad insects.

Summer officially starts on 1 December here in South Africa, and it’s good to see the transition from a parched, dry landscape to one full of fresh life and hope for a plentiful green season. It’s a beautiful time to visit Nyala Sands and Nyala Safari lodge as we prepare for the arrival of a whole new generation of animals. There’s nothing to beat the joy of seeing the bush filled with baby animals, whether its impala lambs, zebra foals or exceptionally cute warthog piglets!

The sun rises earlier in the summer, so prepare for 5am wake-up calls as we try to beat the heat and depart for our morning game drives just as the sun pokes its head over the horizon! Don’t worry – we stop for coffee and nibbles along the way, so you can get an extra shot of caffeine if you need it. It’s all about getting out while it’s still cool to see what has taken place the night before and to see who’s out and about on their morning rounds!

Then it’s time for a hearty breakfast and the chance to relax by the pool, building up your energy for lunch and the afternoon excursion into our wonderful African wilderness.

We hope to see you soon!

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Food for the soul and belly!

Food for the soul and belly!

Food for the soul and belly!

Fancy some South African traditional delicacies?

Nyala Safari Lodge and Nyala Sands offer food for the soul and sustenance of the traditional variety, with hearty, home-cooked breakfasts, leisurely light lunches and wonderful, indulgent dinners. Meals are served either in the indoor dining area or outside, under the vast African skies which at night are like black velvet embroidered with millions of glittering diamonds as the stars of the Milky Way reveal themselves…

Traditional dinner delicacies like braaivleis and pap (the South African version of barbecued meat and grits) and potjiekos (a stew prepared in a cast-iron pot) are regularly prepared over open fires in our boma, while guests relax around a crackling fire with drinks in hand, sharing stories of the days’ adventures with their guides. 

Vegetarians are well catered for with some of the finest fresh local produce used to create mouthwatering meat-free alternatives. And our range of delicious desserts are fitting finishing touches to the Nyala bush-dining experience.

For groups on an exclusive self-catering option, meals can either be prepared in the kitchen or the boma. Our staff are on hand to assist in getting fires started and are in attendance to tend to daily housekeeping and kitchen cleaning duties. Tea and coffee is provided, as are two game drives per day and use of all the lodge facilities.

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Where time stands still

Where time stands still

Where time stands still

A pristine African wilderness where the Big Five roam free

Time stands still at Nyala Safari Lodge and its sister property, Nyala Sands, allowing you to escape the stress of modern life and reconnect with nature in a pristine African wilderness where the Big Five roam free. Here you can marvel at the beauty of iconic wildlife species, experience the thrill of guided game drives in open vehicles, led by one of our professional, qualified safari guides and discover the magic that is wild Africa.

With the option of either inclusive full-board or exclusive self-catered accommodation in beautifully appointed, en-suite thatched chalets, Nyala Safari Lodge and Nyala Sands offer perfect authentic safari retreats for couples, groups of friends or families, giving you the chance to unwind, relax and reboot.

The ethos at Nyala Safari Lodge and Nyala Sands focuses on making you feel at home, so that you feel part of the incredible environment around you.

Our facilities have been designed to offer you everything to make your African safari experience exceptional, from our fully equipped kitchens where meals are lovingly prepared for you to our indoor and outdoor dining areas, our cozy lounges and bars and our tempting splash pools surrounded by beautiful shade trees, all overlooking the seasonal Mohlabetsi, whose name means “sweet waters” in the local vernacular. A waterhole in front of both lodges means there is always the chance to spot animals as they come down to drink from the shady viewing decks.

Our chalets are celebrations of African culture and the incredible wilderness which surrounds the lodges. Plush cotton linen and hand-woven textiles complement traditional artwork and carvings, creating an air of authentic, practical “barefoot” luxury in each chalet.

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Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air!

Time for visiting the absolute hotspots for game viewing...

With winter at last coming to an end, we’re happy that it’s spring here at Nyala Safari Lodge and Nyala Sands. This means the days will be getting warmer, and the nights less chilly. Out in the bush life is revolving around water, and the lack of it. The bush is terribly dry and very thinned out and most of the animals stay within easy distance of our waterholes and dams, making them absolute hotspots for game viewing.

The waterhole in front of Nyala Safari Lodge always attracts a steady stream of animals, so sometimes it’s a good idea to just sit on the deck and watch what happens, admiring the incredible view of the Mohlabetsi River while you do so. It’s a seasonal river, which means that we have to wait for our summer rains for it to flow. If we are lucky, we may get early rains this year, which is always a blessing.

We often find it hard to explain to guests from water-blessed countries why we are so fixated on the rains here in the African wilderness. The truth is that everything in the bush depends on water, as do we, so rain is an absolute blessing and one we look forward to tremendously. So when spring draws near our thoughts generally start to focus on weather forecasts, looking out for the possibility of an early seasonal shower or, hopefully, a proper deluge!

Last year we didn’t get our first rain until late November. Hopefully this year we won’t have to wait so long!

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Lion v hyena!

Lion v hyena!

Lion v hyena!

You never know who is going to come out on top in a clash of these carnivores...

It’s always great to come across our local lion pride out on a game drive at Nyala Safari Lodge and Nyala Sands, especially when they are on a kill! One of our most recent sightings involved the local hyena clan as well, who came to try and take advantage of the situation to get a few scraps from a wildebeest the lions had dispatched.

Watching the interaction between hyena and lions is never boring, and it’s a constant game of to-and-fro, with the hyenas on the lookout for an opportunity to nip in and steal the prize (or some of it, at least) and the lions determined to hold on to it.

Being able to park the vehicle, switch off the engine and just sit, watching what happens is one of the best experiences in the African bush, giving you a tremendous opportunity to observe behaviour at close quarters and understand just how hard it is for predators and prey out here in the wilderness.

Lions and hyenas are bitter rivals, and you never know who is going to come out on top in a clash of these carnivores. In this case the lions were almost finished with the carcass, and had spread out, making it much easier for the hyena to target the scraps and make off with some of the leftovers. The lions were very full and not in the mood to fight, so it seems that everyone got a piece of the action!

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