Nsele Safari Lodge, situated in pristine Bushveld surroundings of the Lowveld of Southern Africa, is proudly managed and run by the owners, Olaf and Stephanie.
We form part of the Extended Greater Kruger National Park Biosphere in Limpopo Province, bordering the famous Thornybush Game Reserve on our Southern fence.
We provide self catering accommodation for groups up to 14 persons, or fully inclusive accommodation for individuals travelling in our area.
We offer a variety of day tours & excursions into the surroundings ranging from a elephant back safari, hot-air balloon ride as well as the famous big 5 game drive on open vehicles….
Accommodation at Nsele Safari Lodge:
Nsele Lodge comprises of four tastefully decorated chalets, sleeps eight persons in total, and overlooks our splash pool, where you can cool off in the summer heat with a cocktail or drink of your choice.
Our lounge area has a small library of books for those lazy relaxing days, with a coffee/tea station setup for you.
Three of our units have a “loft” which is made-up in a camp-like setting for children, which comfortably sleeps two children in each unit. This setup has proven to be a great hit amongst the children.
Chalet facilities include:
- Overhead fans to keep you cool
- Thatch roof (grass) which is a natural insulator and keeps you cool during the summer and warm in winter
- High quality Restosonic mattresses on wooden beds
- 100% cotton linen for the superior feel, with our trademark paw print of the honey badger
- The classic romantic feel of the mosquito-net adds to the bush ambiance
- Bathrooms in each unit have a shower with hot and cold running water, basin, and flushing toilet facility
- 100% Glodina cotton towels are supplied
- We also provide a high quality shower gel from the Radox brand in the shower for your convenience
- All chalets face the swimming pool
The main entertainment area comprises of an open-air dining room area where you can dine under the African stars, and a boma where the day`s stories are told around an open log fire or where you can stargaze.
Our licensed bar area – for our clients only – has a variety of drinks available. Stephanie’s entertainment area is the cosy kitchen, where ideas are exchanged and big cooking storms take place.
Olaf’s entertainment area consists of the 100% lowveld bush surroundings!
Drink enough water to keep you hydrated in the summer heat – Nsele water is pure and safe to drink. However, we do have bottled water available.
Keep yourself protected from the sun's rays with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Take along a set of comfortable walking shoes and socks for comfortable bush walking.
The summer temperatures range from a mild 27°C to a steamy 39°C - then some days it can be cool when the clouds after rain remain on the horizon and block out the sun – a light jacket will be in order to stay comfortable.
The winter temperatures are mild during the day ranging from 20 to 30°C. Night time temperatures drop to about 14°C and it is advisable to bring along a warm jacket. (The wind chill on game drives can be quite cold – bring your jacket along for this.)
Bring with ample camera films and batteries and do not forget your binoculars for game viewing or bird watching.
We do have a laundry service available at the Lodge at a modest fee.
Nsele Safari Lodge is situated within a mosquito area and it is advisable to take malaria precaution and to take the necessary Anti-malarial drugs before your visit. (Please ask assistance from your medical health practitioner or the pharmacy).
At the Lodge we offer anti-mosquito spray, as well as the necessary precautions within the chalets. Adding to this we let down our romantic mosquito nets over each bed, just before you turn in for a wonderful night’s rest.
Big 5 game drive on a open state of the art vehicle – on these open vehicle drives we see an average of four of the big 5 animals (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino) per trip, with many sightings of Hippo, as well as Cheetahs, Hyenas and many of the plains game and various bird species.
Panorama Tours - view the famous three rondavels mountains, see the potholes of Bourke’s Luck; climb the steps to the top of god’s window, look at the Berlin water fall or stand in wonder of the Lisbon water fall. Drive through the only green canyon.
Visit some old towns like Graskop and Pilgrims Rest, go further to the Long Tom pass and see the canyon… more waterfalls at Sabie, underground wonderland at the Sudwala caves and the Zazm tunnel at Waterfal Boven.
Dinner and dance with a local Tribal Village - “This can be wild” – At Mafunyani Cultural Village they take you back in time with traditional food and dancing around the fire. Be authentic and eat with your hands! Strictly no utensils, but there is beer.
- 0 to 14 days 100% charge of deposit
- 15 to 21 days 60% charge of deposit
- 22 to 30 days 30% charge of deposit
- From Pretoria (Tswane) or Johannesburg take the N4 towards Witbank/Middelburg/Belfast
- You will encounter a few toll roads where you have to pay a specified amount.
- Leave the N4 at Belfast and take the R540 to Dullstroom then Lydenburg;
- Take the R36 to Origstad through the mountain pass and the tunnel (J.G. Strijdom tunnel) and carry on the road that has become the R527 towards Hoedspruit (Maruleng)
- At the Kamai Reptile Park turn Right onto the R531 towards Kampersrus/Aventura Swadini/Klaserie/Orpen
- Should you need to fill up with fuel this is a good place to do so at the Klaserie 1 Stop, and to refresh a bit – from here the trip will take you about 45minutes to Nsele.
- Turn Left on the R40 to Hoedspruit and drive approx. 800m and turn Right onto the Guernsey Road; pass the first control gate – no money to be paid, but you have to fill in your details in a book.
- Follow the road, the road becomes a gravel (sand) road; a safe speed on dirt road is about 60km/h – depends on our level of driving skills where you feel comfortable on foreign roads
- At the T-junction turn Right and follow the road, approx. 4km you will find the signs into the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve and turn Left. Once at the Control gate pay the entrance levy – obtain a receipt and fill in the book; follow the signs to Nsele.