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Nyati Wilderness spreads over 13 000 hectares (32 120 acres) of pristine bushveld/savanna and rare indigenous forest in the Waterberg mountains in South Africas Limpopo Province.

Being part of a UNESCO Biosphere, Nyati’s’ mandate is to promote and sustain a multi-usage, thriving wilderness habitat. Thus Nyati is, all at the same time, a safari lodge, a high-conservation wildlife sanctuary, a protected forest, a sustainable hunting preserve and an adventure holiday destination.

Take exciting game drives in our open top safari vehicles which allow unobstructed views of an abundance of plains game as well as four of the big five.  Have fun quad biking, do a spot of tranquil fishing, canoeing, birdwatching or, if you prefer, just relax while taking in the panoramic view from a cliff-top swimming pool.

Nyati’s’ team of highly professional staff will guide and assist in every aspect of your stay with us.  Luxurious accommodation, helpful staff and a top chef will ensure you are comfortable throughout your stay at Nyati.

Accommodation at Nyati Wilderness:
There are two fantastically situated lodges at Nyati Wilderness Valamanzi and Zingela, and each has its own outstanding atmosphere.  Both are designed with one objective your comfort and pleasure.  Rooms are fully serviced and equipped with all the modern conveniences.

Since each camp offers its unique style of comfort, we help you choose which one to stay at based on your preferences, making sure you stay in the African setting of your dreams.

Children are most welcome.

Valamanzi meaning Near the water:
Valamanzi is the main camp and is child-friendly for family get-togethers, perfect for couples with children and private individuals.  This gorgeous wooden camp offers something different as the cozy lodges are built on stilts.  Sun decks provide a birds-eye view over the beautiful dam, it is not just the fishing enthusiasts that will think they are in heaven.

Besides its pool area, lush lawns, lapa (chiefs enclosure) with an open-pit fireplace as well as a dining area and bar, this camp also offers fully equipped kitchens, allowing you the option of self-catering should that take your fancy.

A large playground area is provided to entertain the children.

Valamanzi can accommodate 21: - There are 3 chalets overlooking the water each includes: one double bedroom, one bedroom with a 2-bunk bed and a loft bedroom, kitchenette, lounge and viewing balcony.  Each sleeps 5 people.

The main house with two spacious bedrooms, one king size and one queen size, and two bathrooms.  There is also a lounge, kitchen, and a large balcony overlooking the dam.  A bedroom with three single beds is located adjacent to the main house.

Zingela meaning The Hunters:
Zingela is as luxurious as it is natural.  Shaded under a canopy of huge fig trees this double-story lodge has been constructed entirely from local stone and indigenous wood pure rustic luxury.  Some of Zingelas great features include a gorgeous swimming pool area, lush lawn leading from a lapa, bar and dining area.  This camp is wonderful for groups of people.

Built in a semi-circle, life at Zingela gravitates towards the huge log fire-pit at the center of the camp.  This area provides the perfect place for a shaded afternoon doze or an evening spent sitting around a mesmerizing blaze sharing bush tales.

Zingela can accommodate 14: - On the upper level, which has a wrap-around deck with sweeping views, there are 5 bedrooms.

One large double-bed room with en-suite bathroom and huge bath with a view, and 4 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, and sharing two bathrooms, one gents and one ladies.  On the ground floor are two double-bed bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms.

Area Info:

“The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve represents a considerable area of savanna biome of Southern Africa and contains a high level of biological diversity including many Orange Listed species of conservation concern, and many endemic species.  Habitats are sufficiently represented to ensure that the current high biodiversity is maintained.  The low human density ensures large areas of unspoiled wilderness and open spaces are a main characteristic of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.”


Activities on and around Nyati Wilderness
In addition to the sheer enjoyment of the tranquility of the bush there are many activities on and around Kwalata. Drivers are available to take guests to their chosen activity if required.

Game walks
Game drives
Self drive game drives (with tracker or ranger, 4x4s only)
Elephant back safaris
Quadbike safaris
Helicopter flips
Photographic safaris
Spa and beauty treatments
Trip to the goat farm for cheese and wine tasting
White Lion breeding project
Curio shopping
Paint ball
Bass fishing
Hot air ballooning
Please book in advance to secure your excursion.

On request guests may bring their own mountain bikes, quad bikes, fishing rods and canoes. Please confirm this before arrival.

Rooms and Units Available:

Idwala Lodge - Please call for rates.
Idwala Lodge: One two-bedroom modern tent with full en-suite bathrooms. Balcony & views. Three one-bedroom modern tent with full en-suite, seating, balcony & views. Lapa, with a dining area, lounge, bar, wc, patio & pool. Helipad & Observatory.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Ingwe Lodge - Please call for rates
With incredible views across the water, this lodge sleeps 10 guests. Three private chalets are beautifully designed with king bedrooms. The 4th chalet is opulent with 2 king bedrooms. Included is a pool, jacuzzi, cellar, spa, gym, boma, lounge and bar.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Riverdance Lodge
With gorgeous views of the plains and dam, this lodge caters for 12 guests in 6 en-suite bedrooms. The Lodge has a large kitchen, indoor fireplace, lounge, 2 patios, private braai and boma area, outdoor dining and WiFi.
Sleeps 12 Adults

Valamanzi: 4-sleeper chalets
Valamanzi Chalets 2/3/4 have a king bedroom with a dressing room, separate full bathroom. Upstairs are two single beds. Each chalet has a kitchen, lounge, large balcony overlooking the dam. Private braai.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 4 Adults

Valamanzi: 6 adults + 3 kids

Chalet 1 is very spacious with 2 en-suite bedrooms with a king in the main bedroom and double in the second room. The Chalet also boasts an open plan kitchen, lounge, private braai area, WiFi and extensive patio with a view of the lovely dam.

Sleeps 6 Adults and 3 children

Zingela Lodge

With beautiful views of the surrounding hills, the exclusive Lodge consists of 7 Bedrooms which accomodates 14 guests. The Lodge also boasts a full kitchen, lapa, large bar, large dining table, private braai area and a pool.

Sleeps 12 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tswana / Sotho
Other Language
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.
-  If cancelling 15 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.

Terms and Conditions

  • Damages to the property will be charged for at the replacement/repair value.
  • Loss of Nyati Wilderness property due to client negligence will be charged for at the replacement value.
  • Game Drives and other activities can be paid for in cash at Nyati Wilderness or by means of Visa/MasterCard in the office in Vaalwater town on the day of departure.
  • No camping is allowed at any of our lodges. 
  • No self-drive game drives are allowed, however requests for mountain biking will be considered (please bring your own bike).
  • Limited ice and wood will be supplied.
  • Please remember that this is a Big 5 area and please take due caution. In booking this accommodation you exempt Nyati Wilderness as well as its staff from any loss, damage, injury or death.



Follow the N1 to Polokwane
Take the Marble Hall/ Nylstroom turn off at the tollgate. Go through the tollgate on the far left.
Travel through Nylstroom.

Continue on to Vaalwater.
Stop at the Big 5 centre on Davidson Street to check into the Kwalata Wilderness Office.
Proceed through Vaalwater; just as you are about to leave Vaalwater turn right, away from the shopping centre with Zeederberg Spar & Total Garage on your left hand side.

Turn right on to the R33 and continue on the tar road for 33km.
Turn right onto the dirt Visgat road. (If you see the signs for Poer se Loop turn back)
Travel for approx 11km on the dirt road to the T-junction.
Turn left at the T-junction (you will see the Kwalata directional sign) and continue for 23km to the gate.
After the T-junction continue straight past the Success road on the right.
After approximately 23km of dirt road you will see the Kwalata main gate on your right recessed from the road.
This gate has a thatched roof.
Should you miss the main gate approx 3km further is the Office gate which is closest to Valamanzi.
The trip is approximately 3.5 hours from Johannesburg if you leave at midday.
If you leave after that you can add on up to 90 minutes for rush hour traffic.
Please note that there is limited cell phone reception on the farm and on the dirt road.

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Children Policy

Children aged 0 -2 Stay Free and children aged 3-12 pay percentage sliding scale of 50%.

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  • TGCSA Grading: Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading
  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast, Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 65
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM