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Nyala Safari Lodge
annet sur marne
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
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“THE place where to stay!”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

An awesome place! Everything is great. We treat ourselves with 3 nights there in October and that was the highlight of our trip to South Africa.
Bill was welcoming, Lizzy took care of us, but above all, Gideon, the Lodge game driver, is the main asset of the place! He is so knowledgeable! Gideon always makes its best to find you the most amazing sights. And his laughter is really infectious! Even an unexpected puncture became a moment of laughter.
Nyala Lodge is an exceptionally good self-catering lodge.
It was our second stay at Nyala and probably not the last one. We'll come back as soon as possible!
Thank you to all for a wonderful stay that none of us will forget.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We have been to many private game reserves and national parks in South Africa since 1999 and we've found only recently Nyala Safari Lodge...
We really enjoyed our first stay at the lodge and we cannot wait to share this well kept secret with friends and relatives!
The road from Hoedspruit to Nyala is pretty good so you wil get to the lodge in max. 40 minutes. You will find the location absolutely amazing! The lodge is next to a dry river bed, in the middle of an immaculate garden... The buildings and the facilities are very well maintained. The staff is great and very professional. Lizzy is very discrete and has worked in the lodge for many years : don't even try to wash the dishes, it is strictly prohibited! Gideon is a very experienced ranger (he used to work as a tracker... ) and is happy to share his knowledge! He doesn't even need to communicate with other rangers by radio to find elephants, rhinos, buffalos... not to mention hyenas, cheatas and even a leopard 2 minutes from the lodge!!!
To make a long story short, Nyala Safari Lodge is one of the very best self-catering lodges we've ever visited!
Don't expect upmarket bathrooms (there are only showers in the rondavels), neither ultra-modern decoration or fully serviced luxury accomodation... but if you're looking for a real bush experience and a warm welcome, if you're keen on African wildlife and ready to spend a few days in an awesome place so Nyala Safari Lodge is for you!
We will come back, for sure!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We stayed for two nights at Nyala in September and found it to be a little gem of a lodge that its overpriced counterparts could do well to copy in some respects.
The lodge is set beside a dry river bed with a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole.
The rooms are clean and very comfortable and are kept spotless by Goodness and Lizzy.
The Lodge itself is a self catering lodge with a fully equipped kitchen and also a large boma and braai area outside which makes for a very sociable evening sitting area.
Gideon the Lodge game driver is an excellent spotter and has a wonderful charm and sense of humour which makes for an entertaining and informative drive. He also has a permanent smile and the most infectious laugh top man!!!
Game in the reserve is abundant and although we never spotted a leopard we were fortunate enough to spot a Caracal.
Would we go back? Absolutely!!! The lodge is wonderful value for money and in a very accessible location being close enough to Hoedspruit to stock up on supplies.
For a great deal book through Safari Destinations, Ronel will give you excellent deals on all sorts of accommodation.
Nyala was a wonderful place to stay before we self drove for week through Kruger.. Orpen Gate is only an hour drive from the lodge.
Thank you to Gideon, Goodness and Lizzy for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

This was the second time we had visited Nyala. Myself and my family especially love the seating area that overlooks the water hole, a great area to sit and watch the game come and go during the day.
We had some great sightings of buffalo and a male cheetah during our stay. As well as this we had the opportunity to track two rhinos on foot. It was unbelievable (if a little unnerving) how close we got to the rhinos, we got some great photos of us in front of the rhinos! This opportunity would not have been possible without the help of our lovely, knowledgeable guide Gideon - a man with the MOST infectious laugh.
The lodge is self catering but this does not prove a problem as the fire is lit for you whilst on an evening game drive and we had bought all our food in Hoedspruit before entering the reserve.
The rooms are clean and comfortable.
The fence lining the reserve are soon to be taken down and I hope that Nyala will benefit from an increase in game because of this.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Nyala Safari Lodge
Address: Jejane Gate | Mohlabetsi Conservancy, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nyala offers a personal and family friendly exciting Big 5 safari experience. Nyala Safari Lodge is situated in the Balule Private Game reserve, Mohlabetsi South Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park with no fences between Balule and Kruger Park. The lodge offers self-catering accommodation, including 2 game drives or a game drive and guided bush walk per day with an accredited and fully qualified Ranger. The 5 large thatched rondavels with en-suite bathrooms, accommodate sleeping for 14. The modern central kitchen is fully equipped - indoor & outdoor dining areas for the self-catering enthusiasts. ... more   less 
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Nyala Safari Lodge South Africa/Hoedspruit

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