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Nkomazi Game Reserve
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Rochford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“Safari with a difference where staff go that extra mile”
Reviewed 17 January 2013

This was our first Safari so did not know what to expect, and I must say from the moment we were received at the gate to when we left we were continually delighted by the staff, facilities and surroundings of this camp. Nothing was too much trouble here. We were made to to feel that this was our special time. Louise (Guide) I know you'll read this so thank you so much. Not only do these guys take you on drives, but they also do stuff during the day when they could resting. Fishing sessions that turned into long bird watching sessions I will always be grateful for. My wife says the spa is excellent too. Rooms are first class and very private with only 10 in the camp. Not the largest grounds but animal viewing is excellent and huge variety including the big 5. Scenery is stunning with mountains at every back drop.

Thanks guys can't wait to return.

Room Tip: We had 3, very quiet and secluded, but I expect they all have their qualities
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

First game drive and Africa experience with our children.Nice game drives,regular food, rooms were not very clean,very good massages!!!one of the managers was German and rather cool , the other manager was very friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Karen P, Manager at Nkomazi Game Reserve, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Dear Traveller

Many thanks for taking the time review your experience at Nkomazi on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that overall you seemed to enjoy your experience. I do apologise that you felt your room was not very clean. We have never had a complaint in this regard & I have followed up with staff concerned to ensure our high standards are maintained. My apologies also that you found one of our managers "cool" - our staff are usually recommended for their warmth & friendliness.

Best regards
Ulrich Schutte
General Manager
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Spent 10 days at beginning of Jan 2013 here and loved it so much I've booked in again for Easter. The lodge comprises 10 luxury tented units set on a hill overlooking the rapids of a river. The units are "camping" at its best with a king size bed, complimentary bar fridge, aircon & fan, sitting area, separate bathroom, walk in closet and toilet. The outside V&A claw bath was awesome for bathing under the stars and the plunge pool, deck chairs and umbrella great for cooling off during the day. We stayed in unit 7 which is set slightly higher up on the hill but had great sound from the river (unit 3, where my sister stayed was closer to the river but a bit too noisy). As far as comfort and service go, Nkomazi is superb!

Game viewing was exceptional with our ranger Heinrich who took us on drives, walks, fishing, cycling and combo's thereof. The wildlife is abundant and the "Serengeti plain" is open with short green grass for great game viewing. One drive on the plain we saw lions stalking prey, 6 rhino's, 11 elephant and probably about 400 assorted antelope. They don't have buffalo and you're unlikely to see leopard but saw incredible lion activity of stalking, playing and eating that was pretty unique.

All in all a fantastic experience and look forward to seeing Ulrich, Arline, Michelle, Heinrich and the rest of the staff again in April.

Room Tip: Unit 11 if you like a vista but no river rapid noise; unit 3 is right on the river and rapids are lo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We went to nkomazi for our one year wedding anniversary and stayed in the Royal Suite. You cannot match the absolute beauty you get to experience here! The accommodation is luxurious, food is amazing, quality of game rangers excellent and staff go the extra mile to make you feel happy and comfortable. With a romantic turndown provided by the lodge and Outside bath overlooking the river, it was a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!

Room Tip: The royal suite is lovely but the river front rooms have the best view
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

I was absolutely blown away by Nkomazi Game Reserve. We often get away to lodges for the weekends and I must say that Nkomazi was by far one of the best experiences we have had in a long time. We stayed in Room 11 where the view seemed to go on forever! The service was excellent and our every whim was taken care of. Well done Nkomazi Management and Staff we will definately be back!

Room Tip: Room 11 - the view is spectacular and is very private at the furtherest end of the Lodge!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights at the end of our two week holiday to South Africa. We stayed in the Royal Tent and literally felt like royalty tduring our short stay. The food at every meal was amazing and Mama Grace was an excellent cook. Our ranger Heinz was very knowledgable and friendly and taught us more in 3 days then we learnt on an 8 day safari to Tanzania!! The Game viewing was exceptional and we saw a pride of lions (on the hunt after a poor little Warthog), heard of elephants, 4 White rhinos and a whole variety of antelope (as well as hundreds of Zebra, girraffes and Wildabeasts,

Overall and great experience and great Value for money!!!! Thanks again for an excellent stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights--it was the best part of our 2-week vacation. Everything was fantastic!

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We were in the royal tent--it was absolutely gorgeous! The bed was comfortable, the room was immaculate! The extra tent was also beautiful.

FOOD:
Delicious! I loved all the meals we had. The staff were so friendly and chatty too. I had the most amazing lamb here. And it was great that the cook, Mama Grace, would come out every night and explain the menu to guests, I thought that was a very nice touch. the food was amazing!

GAME DRIVES:
Our ranger was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He explained everything very well and we learned so much! The game viewing isn't as good as with the other game reserve we stayed in but we didn't mind at all!

SPA:
The spa area was nice. I felt like my massage was rushed a bit compared to my boyfriend's so I was a bit dissapointed but it was still a good experience. Maybe I'm a bit too critical because I've been having massages for many years now but it was still ok.

Overall it was definitely a great experience! They're not as expensive as other private game lodges as well so that's an added bonus!

I would recommend this place 150%

Room Tip: get the royal tent if it's still available
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nkomazi Game Reserve
Address: R541, Badplaas 1190, South Africa (Formerly Komati Tented Lodge )
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Badplaas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Badplaas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Nkomazi Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known as "the place of water," Nkomazi Game Reserve is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty. It is an ecological Aladdin’s Cave of natural science, from its towering ancient mountains to its broad river valleys and impressive grasslands. Victorian military "Africa Campaign" styled tents blend into the landscape. Furniture creates a traditional "Out of Africa" feel with all the added comforts and luxuries of 5-star accommodation. ... more   less 
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