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Tremisana Game Lodge
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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
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“Best first Safari experience”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Rai is a great hostess who took care of our schedules from the first day we got there. I especially enjoyed our conversations about everything and anything in between the meals and game drives out in the lapa area.

The rangers are just eagle eyed and full of knowledge and hilarious animal stories. Special thanks to Wes, Tex, Raymond! We saw loads of animals even a closer than expected encounter with the oliphants! Also memorable was our breakfast with the hippos by the river... oh simply a highlight!

Food was always delish and I especially love the 8 O'clock mass dinner where everyone can catch up and reflect on the day's sightings!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

My friend and I stayed in a family room so we had lots of room to spread out. The beds were very comfy, the water hot and strong and the rooms clean.
The food was fabulous - the soup at night and special bread were delicious - and the recipe secret, though we asked for it! We were able to try Impala stew (yum) and lots of traditional African food as well as more normal fare.The day and night safaris were informative and we saw many different animals at close quarters - have some amazing photos!
We stayed for 4 nights and 5 days which was a very relaxing experience - it meant a couple of days where we had a few hours in the middle of the day to chill. I'm sure the 3 night package would be fine to see many animals but would be a little busier.
The staff were helpful but not intrusive and I highly recommend this package to anyone, old or young.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

I did a three night, four day Safari with Viva Safaris last weekend. I stayed at the Tremisana Lodge for two nights and at Marc's Tree House for one night. Overall I had a great weekend. My room at Tremisana was spacious and extremely clean. The bed was comfortable, with a thick mattress and a warm duvet. I was not cold during the night despite it being winter. There was high pressure hot water in the shower. The room was totally closed in (i.e., no holes in the thatch roof or walls) and climate controlled. So it felt very luxurious despite the fact that we were out in the African bush.

There was plenty of food for dinner, and wine was reasonably priced at about USD 1.50 per glass (paid in Rand, of course). The night safari was fun, and the following full day in Kruger was a blast. We got to see almost all of the animals up close and personal from the truck. The next day we did a five hour hike in the Balule game reserve. This is really about the same as Kruger Park itself - there are no fences between it and Kruger so you can see all of the same foliage and animals. We did another evening drive that night as well.

My last night I moved to Marc's Tree House. This definitively does not have a luxury feel to it. These are makeshift cabins made of bamboo and wood with thatch roofs. The windows have bars over them but there is no glass, so you can hear and see the animals from your room. Bugs can of course easily get in. The roof also has a gap between it and the wall (covered with wire so animals including monkeys cannot easily get in). Some of the cabins do not have their own bathrooms and instead you have to walk to the toilet and shower outside.

Staying in the tree house was certainly an interesting experience. You need to be the kind of person who really enjoys the outdoors and camping if you are going to stay in the tree house. Just keep that in mind when you book. If you think you'd rather take a pass on that, just book all of your nights at Tremisana instead.

The hostesses at Tremisana and the tree house were both great - they were upbeat, polite, and helpful. They let me borrow a cell phone to make a reservation at a hostel back in Johannesburg for after my trip.

This is a good safari to book for young people, and particularly for solo travelers. I went alone but there was a good group of other young tourists there and we spent the entire weekend together having fun. There are also a few older tourists so if you are in your sixties or seventies don't let that discourage you from coming and having fun. Everyone got along well and was welcoming regardless of age or nationality.

Room Tip: Rooms at Tremisana are a lot nicer than at the tree house - stay here if you don't like sleeping...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Beatiful place. The rooms are clean and comfy. Showers had only very cold water or very hot- so not so nice. Food was good. Had a cozy fire by the tables for dinner. Overall very nice. Had a small pool too which would have been nice if we had stayed for the south african summer. We saw no animals on our night safari, and when we told the new driver the next morning he was shocked until he heard which driver we had. So the drivers could have worked better together after what we heard (does who had another saw lots of animals). But overall it was very nice.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taipei
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Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

The staff was super nice and friendly, specially the hostess Thalita and some game drivers!
The food was excellent and the environment was perfect.
The room was simple and clean. Somedays we had breakfast with the monkeys and other wild animals.
The staff for dinner was extremely sympathetic and nice.
I stayed 3 nights and 4 days and I enjoyed so much. They make it easy to interact with others travelers, making the trip even more fun.
I strongly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Boksburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Even though I came up on my own I was made very welcome and quickly bonded with other travellers. Every night the delicious hot home made soup and bread was a welcome starter to a great meal. The guides on the night drives, bush walks, day drives to Kruger clearly have a genuine love and passion for the animals and bush life around them. It seems unfair to name names but a special thank you to Bongani & Wes - especially getting up early on Saturday morning to show us the Lion cubs he had found the previous night; and to Raymond for some unforgettable drives in Kruger - the big five; a lion kill, white rhino and wild dogs being chased by gnu. A visit to Moholoholo was a great learning experience and an opportunity to see a honey badger. At breakfast you never know what animals are coming to the water hole so it was a good idea to have a camera at all times! It was an awesome unforgettable experience; thanks to all!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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VivaSafaris, General Manager at Tremisana Game Lodge, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Hi Helen

Thanks for taking the time to write a great review ! We are pleased that you enjoyed your return visit. I am glad that you found our guides to be passionate about their work - this is a very important contributing part of the success of VIVA SAFARIS.

You were exceptionally fortunate in seeing a lion kill ! One of your co-safari guests took a video of this kill and it is now posted on the Home Page of www.vivasafaris.com. Great sighting too of Gnu chasing Wild Dogs - it isn't seen every day !

I hope that on your third visit you will have such great luck !

Kind regards

Piero Colia
General Manager, VIVA SAFARIS
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County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We spent one night in the lodge as part of our honeymoon. The staff were extremely friendly and both the night drive safari and bush trail walk were an incredible experience. The knowledge of the game rangers was remarkable and both my wife and I learnt an awful lot in a short period of time. Highly recommended !

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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VivaSafaris, General Manager at Tremisana Game Lodge, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Hi Nick

Thanks for making the effort in writing such a good review.

The title " Brilliant place; Fantastic staff " says it all !

I am pleased that you enjoyed everything especially the Sunset Drive and 4 hour Bush Walk - these are both invaluable activities that greatly help in selling our safaris.

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Piero Colia
General Manager, VIVA SAFARIS
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Property: Tremisana Game Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tremisana Game Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve. Tremisana is the largest and leading lodge in this section, having a total of 12 chalets plus a two-bedroomed guesthouse. We can sleep a maximum of 35 guests. Every unit is en suite ( shower, toilet, basin ) and all units are air-conditioned.The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephant and buffalo necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp. Perhaps the most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is the beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas and various palms and cycads gives the camp a subtropical feel. Water features add a soothing effect and the overall feel of Tremisana is very relaxing. At night, the subdued light from the illuminated paved walkways lend a romantic and magical flavour to this outstanding camp. ... more   less 
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Tremisana Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Tremisana Game Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park

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