We intially only booked one night a the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House but were so positively suprised that we immediatelly extended another night.
The Manor House itself has quite luxurious rooms and make yourself feel being a house member of colonial style villa with very stylish rooms and superb service. The terrace and open-area is overwhelming with the view into the game-reserve, animals stopping at a near-by water hole and the Drakensberg scenery in the back. Next to the house the owner (Trevor Jordan) gives you the opportunity to see some of his (retired) race horses and currrently he hosts also two black rhinos (you can also learn more about his project Rhino Revolution against Rhino poaching).
Breakfast and dinners are usally served in a very stylish-dinning room on a large table. We completely enjoyed the family-like atmosphere with other guests. The service (we loved George) as well the food was outstanding and can definitely compete with an award-winning restaurant. On the second day the team prepared a barbecue outside which was also perfect.
The game drives offered are nice. We saw Giraffes, Hippos, Zebras and antilopes.
However, if you are looking for the Big 5 the Blue Canyon Conservancy reserve is not the best place. But the Manor House team offers to arrange Game Drives in the nearby Thornybush Nature Reserve. We didn't do this as we visited another lodge in Sabi Sand before. Other guests who went to the game drive in Thornybush were very pleased and saw all Big 5 in just one game drive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scanning the majestic Northern Drakensberg mountain range, the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House wooden decked terrace offers a sweeping panoramic view, which will leave you breathless! Khaya Ndlovu is situated in the northern corner of the big game Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stone's throw from the Kruger National Park. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House - more than just a "game lodge experience". Luxury is elegantly under stated offering an external and a stylish internal dining area, two lounges with DSTV. Free uncapped Wi-Fi is also available. Five comfortable colonial style bedrooms offer a choice of single or king size beds, all elegantly draped with spacious mosquito nets. Each room overlooks the landscaped garden, which provides a playground for the resident monkeys, abundant squirrels, tortoises and a host of chattering bird species. Whilst the sun sets on a dreamy day, sip on a sundowner chosen from our well stocked bar, before enjoying the four course dinner offered every night. As South Africa is home to a host of different cultures, our trained chefs provide a tempting sampler of the rich assortment of culinary traditions. Special requirements are catered for. Retreat to an intimate haven of relaxation and indulge in one of the many treatments offered by our mini spa. Listen to the sounds of the African bush whilst our trained therapist spoils you rotten! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Khaya Ndlovu Manor House South Africa/Hoedspruit