Unpretentious and casual, Nabana Lodge is a small family run establishment, set in a tranquil environment between banana farms with amazing views over the eastern escarpment. Waking up to spectacular sunrises, the tone is set for the day.
Rural it may be, but the area is the playground of the extreme adventurous with activities such as white water rafting, mountain biking, tree top sailing, bungie jumping, quad biking and many more.
Or just want to recharge your batteries? Nature lovers can indulge in scenes such as God`s Window, Three Rondavels, Mac Mac Pools, Blyderiver Canyon and the wondrous waterfalls surrounding Sabie and Graskop. With two gates to our beloved Kruger National Park a mere 22 km away, animal lovers can catch the sunrise in the Park and benefit from the much lower accommodation rates offered here.
Nabana is a fully catered lodge and facilities include clean and comfortable rooms, a vibrant pub, Thyme Restaurant, a sparkling pool amidst extensive gardens and a large parking area directly off the main road. Parking is also available at your room.
Thyme Restaurant is managed by owner, Paul Shepheard, who is an internationally trained and experienced chef. Dine in the relaxed atmosphere on the deck overlooking the gardens or in the pub. The menu is extensive, meals are very well priced and weekly specials are on offer. We cater for individual dietary needs and can make breakfast packs for those explorers wanting to leave early. Your choice from the menu, or a pre-cooked frozen meal can be delivered to your room should you arrive late, to be warmed in the microwave provided. The restaurant is open all day, Monday to Saturday, from 07h00 and the kitchen closes at 20h00.
The Sportsman Bar on site is where locals, business travelers and tourists meet to share their experiences of the day, have an ice cold drink or challenge each other at a game of pool. For major sport events there is a large movie screen and the atmosphere becomes electric.
Accommodation at Nabana Lodge:
There are four garden cottages with two rooms each and two of the units have interlinking doors giving easy access to children. All the rooms have twin beds, except one which has a double bed. Of the seven rooms with twin beds, another two can be converted into king size beds. All the rooms have a bathroom en-suite and bathroom amenities are provided. We can accommodate 16 persons sharing or 7 single. The two units with inter-leading doors can be booked individually as well.
Rooms are 3-star graded, en-suite with DSTV, a ceiling fan, small safe, microwave and a coffee and tea station. Rooms are set back from the road and with banana farms surrounding the lodge, it is quiet and peaceful. From the small deck all rooms overlook the escarpment with beautiful vistas to the east. The 2 hectare property is enclosed with an electric fence. Security measures are in place and strictly monitored.
Facilities at Nabana Lodge:
The Sportsman Pub on site is where locals, business travellers and tourists meet to unwind, share their experiences of the day and have an ice cold drink. For major sport events there is a large movie screen and the atmosphere becomes eclectic. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
Thyme Restaurant, owned by internationally trained chef, Paul Shepheard, caters for guests and the general public. Dining is either on the deck overlooking the gardens or in the more relaxed atmosphere of the pub. An a la carte menu is available with well priced meals and provision is made for young guests with a kiddies menu. We cater for individual needs and can make breakfast packs for those explorers wanting to leave early. Our restaurant is open all day, Monday to Saturday from 07h15 and the kitchen closes at 21h30.
Although a fully catered establishment, a microwave, cutlery and crockery in the room does extend alternative options to guests.
Two conference rooms are available, the large one accommodating up to 40 delegates and the small conference room/board room accommodating 15 delegates. A flip chart, white board and screen are available. Different packages per delegate are available, depending on the requirements for refreshments and meals.
A library with a selection of fiction and non-fiction is available in the lounge. Request board games from reception for those lazy days. Free wi-fi is available in public areas.
Paul, owner of the restaurant and pub is an avid angle, as are his children. They can often be found fishing tag and release at the small irrigation dam. Bring a rod along and join them.
For bird lovers, Nabana Lodge is a little haven for little creatures and birds such as Heuglins Robins, Paradise Flycatchers, Cape White Eye, a number of owl species and many more. Bats and Palm Swifts co-habitat happily in the Watsonia palm at the pool deck. A bird list for our area is available from reception for the keen birder.
Nabana Lodge is situated on the R40 main road between White River and Hazyview.
Follow the N12 / N4 from JHB or PTA to Nelspruit. Turn left onto the R40 upon entering Nelspruit. Drive through to White River and turn left again onto the R40. Follow this road for approximately 35km and find Nabana Lodge on your right.
When using the GPS please do not turn onto the R538 as the GPS will instruct you to do - stay on the R40 it is the shortest route to us.