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With just four beautifully appointed en-suite chalets sleeping a maximum of eight guests, Nyala Sands has been designed to make the most of the wilderness around it, offering panoramic views out over the Mohlabetsi and a permanent waterhole on its banks that attracts a variety of wildlife.
Its chalets are tucked beneath a lush, shady canopy of trees, each with private decks overlooking the river and connected by raised walkways to communal lounge and dining areas, a plunge pool and an expansive viewing deck – the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks round a roaring log fire.
At Nyala Sands, the accent is on unwinding, absorbing the soul-restoring magic of the African bush, re-connecting with friends and family or meeting new friends in an intimate and relaxed environment.
Strung out along the banks of the Mohlabetsi, the four spacious thatched chalets offer no small amount of luxury and exceptional levels of comfort. Each is equipped with its own bar fridge which can be stocked with a choice of refreshments and a tea and coffee station featuring a Nespresso coffee machine.
Cosy arm chairs are positioned to maximise the views out over the river, and double French doors open out onto a private deck, where you can relax, drink in hand, and take in the beautiful scenery, or perhaps do a spot of birdwatching.
The large, shuttered windows allow maximum light into the chalets and the windowsills are wide, and decked out with soft pillows, making them the ideal spot to recline, either with a good book or a pair of binoculars.
The en-suite bathrooms feature large walk-in showers with the obligatory views of the bush, ample wardrobe space, vanity units and separate toilets.
2 Single Beds
Sleeps 2 Adults
Extra Beds can be added
En Suite Bathroom
They say that the best things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case at Nyala Sands. The lodge has been likened to a family home, with its spacious and well-equipped kitchen at its heart. It’s here that the staff will prepare sumptuous meals for you throughout your stay, offering you the opportunity to dine in style, either inside or al-fresco style, outside on the deck. A well-stocked bar offers you the chance to sample a range of beverages, from the virtually traditional pre-dinner gin and tonic to a range of fine South African wines and locally brewed craft beer.
The viewing deck offers a spacious and shady outside lounge area next to a small plunge pool – the perfect place to cool off in the heat of an African summer – and an expansive view of the Mohlabetsi and a small permanent waterhole on its opposite bank.
Of an evening the staff will light a fire in the fire pit, which becomes a focal point around which guests gather before dinner, telling stories of amazing game sightings and sharing the experiences of the day.
At Nyala Sands all meals are prepared for you each day in the spacious and well equipped kitchen, using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The accent is on home cooking, with a range of hearty dishes designed to tempt your taste buds and feed your soul.
Before you go out on your morning game activity you will be offered fresh coffee and home-baked muffins. On your return a late breakfast will be served, with fresh fruits, yoghurt, cold meats and a cooked, English option. Dinners are enjoyed either in the dining room, sala or outside, under the stars.
Because we want you to experience the very best South African culture has to offer, we regularly “braai” (pronounced “bry” as in “try”) outside over an open fire – this is the local version of the barbecue. Vegetarians are well taken care of with a range of fresh produce used to create mouthwatering meat-free alternatives.
Interiors have been designed to complement the natural environment and feature a neutral palette highlighted with splashes of colour and texture.
Furnishings have been hand picked to offer intricate accents on an African theme, with hand-carved cupboards and objets d’art adding an almost Arabic feel here and there, juxtaposed with the modern, rusted iron main entrance doors and novel porthole-style light fixtures in the dining room.