Get ready to experience a touch of nostalgia...
The spirit of the early pioneer explorers is alive and well at Nyala Safari Lodge, with decorative touches paying homage to a time when the journey was almost as exciting as the destination.
Nyala Safari Lodge is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve. As there are no fences between the neighbouring farms it forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This reserve comprises pristine, indigenous bushveld and has an abundance of wildlife including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.
Family and friends are important to us at our small and private Safari Lodge. Our 5 spacious rondavels sleep 2 adults comfortably in each with space for young children. What makes us even more special is that we offer two catering options… home-cooked South African meals prepared by our cheerful cook or have our camp all to yourselves with a fully equipped large kitchen to self-cater.
Your stay includes two safari adventures each day led by our professional safari guides. Explore the wonders of this vast 2400 hectares of bushveld and immerse yourself in the thrill of tracking!
Our five thatched rooms, are designed in the traditional way and can accommodate 2 guests comfortably. Constructed to be refreshingly cool in summer and warm in winter, the décor is designed to echo the wonderful colours and textures of the wilderness, with splashes of colour inspired by the traditions and heritage of the local Shangaan people.
Plush cotton linen and hand-woven textiles complement artwork and African carvings, creating an air of authentic, practical “barefoot” luxury in each chalet. Soft white mosquito nets around our comfortable beds, along with canvas drop down blinds and soft lantern lighting add touches of colonial charm and romanticism.
Our open-plan facilities have been designed to offer you everything to make your African safari experience exceptional. Our kitchen is fully equipped where meals are lovingly prepared for you or by you depending on the package your choose. Our cosy lounge and bar complete with flat screen TV and wifi hotspot, are conveniently placed near our tempting splash pool surrounded by beautiful shady trees and rolling green lawn overlooking the seasonal Mohlabetsi. A shady viewing deck in front of the lodge allows you the chance to spot the odd giraffe, kudu and zebra as they come down to drink.
Many of our evening meals are spent in the authentic boma which has been elevated above the floodlit waterhole and built specifically to appreciate the surroundings whilst a crackling log fire burns under a star studded night sky.
Besides offering food for the soul, Nyala Safari Lodge also offers sustenance of the South African variety, with hearty, home-cooked breakfast/brunches after the morning safari drive and wonderful, indulgent dinners. Meals are served either on the thatched verandah, or outside under the vast African skies, the milky-way clearly visible with its stars appearing like millions of glittering diamonds in the sky. Feel free to Indulge in our fresh fruit basket, home-made rusks and muffins when feeling peckish as well as tea and filter coffee.
Most dietary requirements 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 a fitting finishing touch to the Nyala bush-dining experience.
For our exclusive self-catering option, meals can either be prepared in the kitchen or the boma. Our fully equipped kitchen has top end appliances including a dishwasher, microwave, gas hob, electric oven, fridges and freezers. Nyala’s 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 lodge facilities. Ice and wood is available for purchase.
Rondavel (noun) pronounced ron·da·vl means a round circular hut with a conical roof, often made of mud and a thatched roof of grass.
The use of pith helmets as wall ornaments, lanterns and classic furniture in your chalet is a nod to the likes of Stanley and Livingstone and also recognises that a stay at Nyala is part of your very own African adventure.
Our Safari Lodge itself has been designed to have a low impact on our fragile environment, we use a sustainable grey water system, as recycling and water-saving is our priority.