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NYATI River Bungalows

The 10 luxury River Bungalows in NYATI Safari Lodge are all facing Olifant River and are built into the slope towards the river so the construction is in harmony with nature and offers the best panoramic views from each bungalow.

Large sliding doors of glass lead onto your own private furnished terrace from where you have a spectacular view of the Olifants River and the vast African bush. Relax for a while in the tempting hammock while watching elephants, giraffes, antilopes and other wild animals coming down to the river to drink as you contemplate the splendid sunset, or enjoy a drink in the complete darkness of the African night, surrounded by all the scents and sounds of the bush.

Enjoy 1st class food, drinks and game drives. All included while you are staing at Nyati Safari Lodge.

This is world-class safari in Africa. 

Facilities

  • 55 m² per bungalow
  • Kingsize bed, equipped with to mattresses and two duvets
  • Private en-suite bathroom with separate toilet, two sinks and both indoor and outdoor showers
  • Thick towels, bathrobes, hairdryer and various toiletries
  • Air condition, ceiling fan, electric heating blanket and mosquito nets
  • Safety box, telephone and converter for European sockets
  • Free wifi access throughout the lodge
  • Laundry service (payable)

The River Bungalows fit 2 persons. Families travelling with children can choose to stay in our Family Bungalow consisting of an independent double room with private bathroom and toilet plus two independent single rooms, which share a bathroom, toilet and terrace.

Alternatively you can upgrade to one of our Olifant Villa Suites, which fit 4-6 persons. Read more about Olifant Villa Suites here.

NYATI Safari Lodge

At NYATI Safari Lodge you will have the safari experience of a lifetime. Let yourself be pampered in your own exclusive River Bungalow next to Kruger National Park with stunning views of the Olifants River.

Go on a 4- or 7-nights luxury safari adventure and let yourself be pampered in your own exclusive River Bungalow next to Kruger National Park with stunning views of the Olifants River. From your own private terrace you will be able to experience the African wildlife along the river banks. You can also choose to stay in our luxurious 200 sq. meter Olifant villa suites with private pool or in your own private Cheetah Camp of 500 sq. meters with private chauffeur/guide, private chef, private pool and a customized tour program. 

Your stay at NYATI Safari Lodge includes a daily safari program in custom-made open safari vehicles with English or Scandinavian guides. In between activities there will be time to relax in the luxurious surroundings of the lodge or for a selection of the optional activities. The food at NYATI Safari Lodge is another highlight; enjoy culinary menus served at beautifully set tables in the main restaurant or barbecues under the stars in the “boma”, the traditional South African barbeque area. All meals are included in your stay, even when you are on tour.

Big Five game drives are included

When staying at Nyati Safari Lodge 2 daily game drives are included in your stay (depending on your arrival and departure times.) 

We do our outmost to ensure our guests have the safari experience of a lifetime! Due to the fact that Nyati Safari Lodge is situated in a private corner of the well known Kruger National Park, we always have very good chances of spotting the "Big Five": “Big 5” is a traditional hunters' way of describing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes.

The game drives take you on an exciting drive through the bush in open Jeeps, with your experienced safari guide. There will be stops in some of South Africa's most beautiful view points in order for you to stretch your legs.

Along the way you will have ample opportunity to spot “the Big 5” and the natural South African wildlife. When game driving in the afternoon, we stop for refreshments and watch the beautiful sunset. Back at the lodge you will have time to relax before pre-dinner drinks in the bar.

And tomorrow morning? A new game drive awaits you.

Culinary Trip included at Nyati

When staying at Nyati Safari Lodge all meals and drinks are included. To many of our guests this is just as big a pleasure as the game drives. 

We have an enthusiastic team of cooks who will serve supreme meals of international and South African national dishes and specialities.

For lunch and dinner you will have a starter, and then for the main course a selection of fish, meat or vegetarian dishes followed by a delicious dessert.

Choose to complement your meals by a wide selection of the best South African wines, beer, juices or soda. The choice is yours and you can drink whatever you wish. All is included at Nyati Safari Lodge. 

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Nyati Safari Lodge

Optional activities at Nyati Safari Lodge

3 day safari on foot

NYATI Safari on Foot is a one-of-a-kind mobile safari experience in South Africa. This is one is for the adventurers and nature lovers who are looking for a walking safari experience like no other.

We offer 3 nights camping in the Maseke Balule Game Reserve. Each day is spent walking through the 8.000 hectare reserve in the Greater Kruger Park, and each night is spent at a new, fully set up mobile campsite in a scenic location in the wilderness.

A maximum of 8 guests (sleeping in 4 tents) are taken on the Kruger walking adventure of a lifetime. A professional On Foot trained guide and tracker team will lead an informative, thrilling, and unforgettable walk in the wild.

The tour includes:

  • Full-day guided walking safaris in the Maseke Balule Reserve, Greater Kruger – 3-4 hour morning walk
  • Brunch in the bush, followed by 2-3 hour afternoon walk
  • Evening game drives in the 8.000 hectare Maseke Balule Reserve
  • Transfer to and from local airport in Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa
  • Birdwatching
  • Stargazing
  • Full board, ie all meals on the entire tour are included

Minimum requirement of 4 guests to secure booking and a maximum of eight guests per group. The activity is subject to a 30 days cancelation policy, cancellation received hereafter is no-refundable. Children older than 12 years are welcome to join.

WHAT TO PACK

Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short and long sleeves. Walking safaris will require good walking shoes, long trousers, and a suitable backpack to carry water and sun block, among other essentials. Guests should pack sun protection in the form of sun block, sun hats, and glasses, while scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for evening game drives during winter months. 

Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings. All camping gear will be provided, but guests should bring along a torch, insect repellant, or any other personal items that might be of interest in a camping environment

Price per person: ZAR 8.500,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Bushwalk & Bushbreakfast

During your stay, why not start your morning with a bushwalk through the scenic South African bush while one of our professional rangers explains about everything you see, big and small. The walk will finish at our most beautiful viewing point where a traditional bush-breakfast will be served outdoors in the shade of the acacia trees.

The Bushwalk takes place on either Monday or Wednesday mornings and is weather dependent.  

Price per person: ZAR 250,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Full-day excursion to the Drakensberg Mountains

At NYATI Safari Lodge you already have one full day trip to the Drakensberg Mountains included, but guests are welcome to purchase an extra trip. Along what is known as the Panoramic Route you will find several look-out points. You follow the 60 kilometre (35 mile) long Blyde River Canyon.

The lunch stop is in Graskop where the guests also have the opportunity to stretch their legs and do some shopping.  Lunch is included. Departure from the lodge early morning.

Price per person ZAR 2.200,- (minimum 4 participants)

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

River safari with bushwalk & game drive

Join an eventful trip on foot, on the river and in open safari vehicles through Kruger National Park. The tour starts early in the morning with a safari walk through the bush, where one of NYATI's rangers tells about the flora and fauna along the way. The walk ends with a delicious breakfast cooked by NYATI's chefs in the bush at one of NYATI's beautiful view points. Continue by car to the dammed part of the Olifants River, where you arrive approx. in the middle of the day. Embark on an incredible river cruise offering close encounters with the South African wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos and elephants along the river banks of the Olifants River bordering and open to Kruger National Park. The river cruise is also a fantastic way to experience the rich bird life along the river. You will have lunch on the boat while you enjoy the sounds of the bush and the beautiful view of the wildlife.

After the boat trip another safari adventure awaits. You will be picked up by one of NYATI's open safari vehicles and go on an evocative sunset game drive through Kruger National Park with a good chance to see "Big 5". The safari experiences ends at one of NYATI's beautiful sundowner spots, where you can enjoy the sunset over the South African bush with cold drinks and snacks before going back to the lodge.

Please note that the tour is weather dependent. Lunch is included. Departure from the lodge early morning, return right after sunset. Minimum age is 8 years.

Price pr. person ZAR 1200,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

As South Africans we do as much as we can to protect our wildlife, enjoy a one and a half hour walking tour through the Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre to get a better insight on the recue and rehabilitation of numerous animals. Moholoholo is sure to raise awareness not only on the natural injuries/deaths caused to the animals but also the human impact these animals have to suffer

Moholoholo is home to numerous birds of pray including Africa’s largest eagle and endangered Vultures, Lion, White Lion, White Duiker, Dassie, Cheetah, Hyena, Rhino, Zebra, Wild Dog, Leopard, Black Leopard and more.

Price per person ZAR 800,- (if not included in your itineary)

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Timings as follows:

07h00 – Breakfast at the lodge
07h30 – Departure from the lodge
09h30 – Start of Tour at Moholoholo (Approximately 1hour 30 min light walk)
13h00-13h30 – Back at the lodge
14h00 – Lunch at the lodge

Jessica the tame hippo

In March 2000, Tony and Shirley Joubert found a little starved orphaned baby hippo at the edge of Blyde River. The couple "adopted" the little hippopotamus, and therefore it has grown up among humans and domestic animals. Today, the tame hippo, named Jessica, is one of the biggest attractions in Hoedspruit, where both adults and children visit it. On this excursion you will have the chance to experience a day with Jessica, where she, for example, plays with the family's dog, gets feed from the hand and petted. Jessica is very affectionate and love beeing close to people.

Price per person: ZAR 850,-

Subject to Jessica's visit at that time.

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Visit to local township

South Africa is a country with great contrasts. On one hand, a modern country with well-functioning economy and infrastructure - and on the other hand, the original and authentic Africa. A visit to a local township is one of the best ways to get an impression of the local culture and its traditions. You will visit a pre-school, you will be invited home to a local family and you will experience the local witch doctor at work. A light lunch will be served underway, where you will have an opportunity to taste local specialties, after which there will be entertainment with singing and dancing.

Price per person ZAR 1.200,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Quad bike safari

A fantastic and different safari, where nature and wildlife sets the agenda. Experience the south African bush far from the beaten track on a quad bike. It is a four-wheeled motorcycle suitable for off-road driving.

A fun activity for the family and for everyone who wants to have another chance to get close to the wild nature and get the pulse up a bit. Because the trails are more about game viewing than quad biking, there are no daredevil stunts. The speed is slow and the animals always have right of way.

Guests are driven approx. 15 minutes up the terrain, from where the tour starts under the guidance of a local guide. The tours depart early morning before breakfast and late afternoon and lasts approx. 1,5 hours (2 hours incl. transfer to and from the lodge). 

Min. 2 participants and max. 3 participants per time. Minimum age 12 years. No experience required.

Price: ZAR 1.000/person

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Fishing trip

An active fishing trip is both relaxing and exciting at the same time, maybe more exciting than hunting ... On a fishing trip, you have less influence on the result and you are in the hands of the weather and the fish, as they decide if they want to bite the hook or not. Go with NYATI on a fishing trip with a professional fishing instructor and try to catch for instance 

  • Common catfish up to 50kg
  • Silver catfish up to 30kg
  • Kurper/Tilapia up to 2kg
  • Yellow Fish up to 3kg
  • Common carp 2- 14kg 

The trip starts early morning with a cup of coffee at NYATI Safari Lodge before departure. At the boat there is a light morning snack with coffee / tea before heading out to the Olifants River. The next 3½ hours you can enjoy sailing peacefully through the stunning scenery surrounded by the wildlife of the bush while trying to get one or more fish on the hook. Which fish can be caught and their size depends on the season - and may also differ from trip to trip. There are good chances to catch a fish. The instructor knows the river very well and which areas are best to go fishing in this particular season. Around 10.30 there will be brunch on land before the trip continues back to the lodge.

Fishing equipment (rod and reel fishing utilizing, Carp species fishing rods and bait runner reels) and license are included in the price (minimum 2 participants, maximum 8 participants).

Price per person: ZAR 1.500,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Helicopter trip

Take a helicopter tour over NYATI's own land and experience the South African bush from above. The tour will take you past the safari lodge and up Olifants River offering stunning views of the bush. You might even spot the wildlife from above, e.g. elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos etc. The flight will last approximately 20 minutes. You will be flying with a certified pilot and security is paramount. Min. 2 participants, max. 3 participants.

Price per person ZAR 5.200,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Hot air balloon

To hover silently over the landscapes is a truly magical experience. The balloon ascends at sunrise, so you get to experience the awakening bush from high above. The tour will take you over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River offering stunning views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the South African bush. Sparkling wine and snacks will be served after the balloon flight and a full breakfast will await you back at the Lodge.

The activity is highly weather dependent and will only be offered on days when the local balloon skipper believes it to be “balloon weather”. Departure from the lodge may be as early as 3 in the morning and will be confirmed the day before the flight (minimum of 4 participants).  

Price per person ZAR 4.800,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Microlight flight

Take a tour in a small microlight aircraft and experience the best view of the landscape. With the wind in your hair and complete uninterrupted views, you get an intense and adrenaline-inspired safari experience from above. It almost feels like you are flying over the bush.

The flight begins early in the morning and will last approximately 20 minutes. You will be flying with a certified pilot. The activity is highly weather dependant (minimum 2 participants).

Price per person ZAR 2 200,-

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

Golf at Hans Merensky

South Africa also offers world-class golf courses and is in many ways a paradise for golfers. If you play golf, do not miss the opportunity to play golf among African wildlife. Approx. one hour drive from NYATI Safari Lodge you find Hans Merensky Country Club's 18-hole course designed by Bob Grimsdell. The course is medium-level and is located just on the border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Therefore, the wild animals have priority - also on the green. Giraffes, antelopes, monkeys and warthogs cross the fairway and remind you that you actually play golf at their home - the South African bush. Hippos and crocodiles reside in the ponds, so you should remember to bring spare balls. The area where the golf course is located was once part of the national park and is therefore an unusual golf experience in a fantastic setting. However, there are major water restrictions in the area, which unfortunately means that the quality of the golf course is not the best anymore. Remember, you can also practice at the driving range at NYATI Safari Lodge.

Price per person ZAR 1200,-

Rental of golf equipment at Hans Merensky Golf Course is additional ZAR 200 per person. Golf cart rental is additional ZAR 210.

Please note: Prices are subject to change with short notice

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