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Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
2 reviews
“great camp”
Reviewed 9 August 2011

We stayed for 2 nights in a marvellous suite.Very well decorated.
The food was extraordinary,Sam the cook is extremly talented and inventive.
Kjell is always making sure that everybody is doing fine and doing his best to make us feel at home.
I highly recommanded this camp,too bad we couldn't stay longer.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

Naledi (meaning "star") is indeed a small gem among private game lodges and offers exceptional value for money. Kjell and his team are dedicated and enthusiastic, and the food is delicious - Sam's Eggs Benedict are the best I've ever had. I was particularly struck by the kitchen's willingness to cater for my food intolerances and grateful for the extra mile Sam went.
Rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean, and the communal areas of the lodge are thoughtfully arranged, and have wonderful views over the bush.
The lodge runs seamlessly and is easily comparable to other lodges in a higher price bracket.
Game viewing is good and we were able to see elephant, rhino, buffalo and lions during our stay. Kjell certainly does his level best to enable his guests to see as much wildlife as possible - and bushwalks with Billy, the tracker, where a fascinating experience and window into local culture.
I was also extremely impressed the Kjell offered free high speed internet access to his guests - something far too few South African hotels/b&b's offer.
My only reservation was the intensity of our stay - mostly a result of long game drives. I really battled with eight hours a day bouncing around in the landcruiser, and not getting enough sleep because of the early rises and late dinners. I'd hoped to achieve a balance between relaxation and game viewing but found this hard to do at Naledi and left exhausted. I think families with children may struggle with this arrangement.
That said, I would recommend Naledi to anyone looking for an exceptionally good, value for money safari experience.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Port Louis
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

Our wonderful stay started with a bit of a hassle to find the gate to the Balule Reserve and then the way from the gate to Naledi. The road map not covering in detail this area, a small map of the area and reserve would have been useful.

When we finally made to the camp, our worries were far behind for the camp is quite a charm. We were warmly welcomed by Kjell and Craig who immediately put us at ease.
The camp is small and cosy amidst the endless plains beyond it. The common area is spacious, well-comprised and very comfortable. The bar offers a wide range of beers and wines, the prices of which are, however, not clearly indicated. They remained, nonetheless, very enjoyable!

There are many wooden decks offering much privacy even in the common areas and allowing this area to open up on the beautiful nature around it. Overlooking the camp’s waterhole, the view from the highest deck is breath-taking. One can spend time on end looking at the African bush from above and the Drakensberg range on the far side.
There also is a pool which looked great, but given we were there in winter, we did no more than look at it!

We were sleeping in “Paperbark”, recognisable by the stunning elephant carved on the door. The room is very spacious and well decorated. Its African feel adds to the whole experience, as does the outdoor shower. The wooden deck at the front was just perfect to catch the warm winter sun with a good book in hand.

Our days were very well organised and perfectly timed. The 5am start was made easy by the promise of game to see as well as the hot water bottles and blankets. Thanks for that! Be it by the river or on a hilltop, morning coffee was also a great warmer…

The game drives are always interesting; Kjell has much information to share on the bush and his own experience. He is also always keen on answering stupid and not-so-stupid questions… He is very passionate about the wild and will go the extra “bushy” mile to bring you up close to the animals. We never thought we’d get so close to an elephant or a rhino. Tracking Big Boy on a morning drive was also a thrilling experience, even if we didn’t get to see it after all.

Heading back to the camp after the drives, we would be welcomed by a hearty meal. All meals were great and prepared with much TLC by Kim. Dominated by sweet and sour tastes, the meals were well presented and very creative.

All in all, we had an amazing experience. The whole team at Naledi contributed to making our stay an unforgettable memory.

Thanks to Kjell, Craig, Kim and Sidwell for your friendly yet professional attention.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

What a gem! We stayed at Naledi bushcamp for two nights in July 2011 and wished we had booked a few days extra. Kjell and the whole staff made us feel very welcone and did everything to make our stay unforgettable. This is what a bush experience should be!

A normal day looked like this:
5.30 AM: wake-up
6.00AM - 9.15am : morning game drive with coffee/tea break
9.30AM: breakfast
11.00AM : bush walk (once during stay)
2PM: lunch
3.30PM - 7.15 PM: evening game drive with sundowners
7.30PM: 3-course dinner

Let me expand on a few of these:

GAME DRIVES

Kjell leads the game drives together with a very capable tracker. The drives are done with an extremely comfortable safari vehicle. No other vehicle we passed on the different private reserves looked on par with the vehicle of Naledi. The jeep seats 8 and everyone has as good a view as the other. Blankets, hats and even warm water bottles are provided to keep warm on the drives. Both Kjell and the tracker are extremely passionate about the wildlife in the park and try their utmost to make sure the game drives are an absolute highlight of your stay. And they are!

FOOD

The food served at Naledi is exceptional. Every dish that was served looked like a little painting and was made with fresh, high quality produce. Hats off to the chef!

ATMOSPHERE

Kjell and the staff try to create a very personal and laid-back atmposhere and ambience between themselves and the other guests. All guest have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same table and that makes it easy to get to know the other guests and create friendships.

ROOM and CAMP

Everything in the camp and the rooms is extremely tidy and clean. The whole place has an understated luxury feel without loosing its relationship with the bush that surrounds the lodge. The pool area and the decks looking out over the water hole are especially beautiful.

CONCLUSION:

We had an excellent stay and would recommend this camp to anyone. This is where memories are made.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. After searching the internet for a great safari experience to end our honeymoon ( and squirming at some of the crazy prices), I decided to trust the previous reviewers here and book Naledi. RESULT !!!. This place is everything you are going to want. Kjell, Sam and their team do everyting to make you have the experience you are looking for and more and for a very reasonable price!!

I think we were the first Irish guests and my advice would be to book this independently and don't rely on trailfinders for your safari needs. You will not be disappointed. I won't go into too much detail as it has all been said before but we saw everything, ate the best food and had a brilliant time. We feel guily for leaving this so long to write but better late than never !! Thanks to everybody at Naledi for their hospitality and trojan hard work. So that others can experience the same safari as we did, I would suggest that Kjell and Sam take a well deserved break so they don't burn out !!!!
Book it now !!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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North Vancouver BC
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Spent three days at Naledi Lodge and loved every minute of it. The accommodations were wonderful, the food unique and delicious and the welcome by Cal, Kim and family was warm. We very much felt that everyone wanted to ensure our stay was as good as it could be. The game drives and animals were plentiful and spectacular, especially our lion encounter. Now I have to return with my whole family!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

This is by far one the of the best experience I had in my travels over the last 4 years.I god knows I travel too much. Naledi is one of the most affordable lodge you can find in Kruger that can provide this sort of accommodation and services. Free internet is provided.

The rooms are huge, very nicely decorated and comfortable. Loved the shower. I categorize the food as fine cuisine and delicious. We saw 4 out of the Big 5 (Lions eating a giraffe, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant). Only one missing was the Leopard, and it`s not because we didn't try! We saw Giraffes (alives), Zebras, Eagles, Vultures, Chacals, Warthogs, Impalas, an hippo running, etc... We had 2 game drives a day.

Thanks to Kjell for his humor and derdication, his wife for the best food, Greg for the amarulas and the chocolates (we know that`s all he does...) and all the staff of Naledi! It was amazing :-)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp
Address: R40 | Balule Nature reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just four magnificently appointed chalets sleeping only eight people, right in the heart of Big Five country within the borders of the greater Kruger National Park!!!! Without a doubt, Naledi offers you the most personal, intimate experience anywhere In the region – and at a price often less than half of what you would expect to pay elsewhere! At Naledi we only ever have a maximum of eight guests on our game viewer, only eight relaxing on our beautiful swimming pool deck overlooking the river bed and our private waterhole where one can enjoy the daily parade of animals and birds coming to drink and feed in total peace and tranquility. Our lodge is our passion, showing people our private piece of wild Africa our greatest pleasure, and that means introducing you to the bush and all its creatures, from lions and elephants, to antelope and birds is something we always look forward to ! At Naledi you’ll find aircon throughout, delicious meals, elegant surroundings, a fabulously stocked bar, fun, relaxation and excitement in equal portions, but best of all, you’ll arrive as strangers, and leave as friends!! ... more   less 
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