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NYATI Safari Lodge

  • NYATI Safari Lodge is beautifully located in its own 10,000 ha private Big 5 wildlife reserve in open connection to South Africa's famous Kruger National Park
  • Here you can stay in your own River BungalowOlifant Villa Suite or the private NYATI Cheetah Camp, which are all located on the banks of the Olifants River
  • Your stay includes world-class exclusive "Big 5" game drives and fine dining experiences

Your safari adventure of a lifetime

Welcome to the perfect starting point for authentic safari, exquisite pampering and unforgettable experiences. NYATI Safari Lodge offers a luxury safari in our own 10,000-hectare wildlife reserve in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park.

The settings around NYATI Safari Lodge are exclusive and inviting, whether you're relaxing inside or outside. The lodge consists of the main building with restaurant, bar, shop, pool and lounge area, 10 exclusive bungalows, 6 private villa suites and the separate Cheetah Camp, suitable for private groups of up to 14 people. All lodgings are located right on the Olifants River overlooking the wild, raw and unspoilt nature, and the buildings are connected with a cosy network of paths and footbridges. The hallmarks of NYATI Safari Lodge is an elegant combination of Scandinavian quality standards and African rustic style, where solid walls, thatched roofs and woods species are characteristic. It is authentic and luxurious at the same time, creating a unique setting for an adventurous safari experience.

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Safaris & tours

Arrival at NYATI Safari Lodge

Our friendly staff will welcome you with drinks and a small briefing. After this it is time to settle in and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You are invited for a welcome cocktail on the terrace overlooking the Olifant River, before it is time for your welcome dinner in the evening.

Bushwalk and "Big 5" game drive

Explore the area around Nyati by taking a bush walk early in the morning. The animals are especially active in the mornings and this easy stroll runs along the Olifants River, where you can often spot hippos and crocodiles.  You also have the option of experiencing the bush from a bird's eye view in a micro light aircraft or helicopter (to be paid for separately). Back at the lodge you will find a tempting breakfast buffet on the terrace set out for you. After having had a few hours to relax, it is time for “the Big 5” safari. “Big 5” is a traditional hunters' way of describing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. We begin with an exciting drive through the bush along the Olifants River in open Jeeps.

Local rangers will meet us at the entrance to Thsukudu, a nearby private wildlife reserve especially known for its work breeding rhinos. Here there will be ample opportunity to spot “the Big 5”. We go on a safari drive, known in South Africa as a game-drive, and before heading back we will stop for refreshments and watch the beautiful sunset. Back at the lodge a traditional African Braai will be served in Nyati's open barbecue facility - the Boma.

Visit to African village & Sundowner

Relax by the pool or enjoy an early morning safari bushwalk in our private game reserve. The animals are tracked by studying footprints, droppings, snapped branches and other signs visible in nature. The area offers a spectacular array of wildlife including for example many species of antelope, zebras, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, gnus, rhinos and buffaloes. After the bushwalk, a lovely breakfast buffet will be served on the terrace and there will be some time to relax. Participate in one of the thrilling optional activities (to be paid for separately), guests who play golf may for example choose to have a round on the popular Hans Merensky 18-hole course on this day. At the end of the afternoon we continue our program with a Sundowner game-drive in the Nyati grounds. In the evening a culinary three-course menu will be served in the beautiful main restaurant overlooking the Olifant River.

NYATI "Big 5" safari

On Tuesdays or Thursdays you typically visit the famous Kruger National Park on a full day trip. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of 19,633 sq. kilometers (7,580 sq mi) and offers the highest concentration of wildlife in the world and of course “The Big 5”. Nyati Safari Lodge is one of the few lodges with license for driving our own custom-built open safari vehicles in the park. Driving in open vehicles gives your safari experience an extra dimension, as scents and sounds are much more perceptible. We will have breakfast outdoors while watching the splendid sunrise. Remember to have your camera ready, as there will be many sights which you will want to bring home with you. Kruger National Park offers world-class nature and wildlife experiences. In the Mopane bush, in the north, there are lots of elephants, buffalos, impalas, kudus and plenty of other antelopes. On the central savannah there are many gnus, zebras, cheetahs and lions while in the Bush Willow towards the south, with its dense grass forest, there are lots of giraffes, lions, white rhinos, hyenas and antelopes. Just as on the Sunday excursion there is ample opportunity to spot the “The Big 5”. 

We enjoy a delicious "Out of Africa"-style lunch served in the great outdoors at one of the Park's rest camps. You will arrive back at the lodge in time for your culinary three-course dinner in the beautiful main restaurant overlooking the Olifants River and the african bush.

Bushbreakfast & Sundowner

Begin your Wednesday with a bushwalk watching the sun rise over 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 awaits the guests. A relaxed river safari is one of today's optional activities (to be paid for separately).

We cruise along the Olifants River aboard a slow-moving river boat. The golf aficionados can use this time to hone their skills on the Nyati driving range. The lodge's golf coach is available, offering training and advice. We set out on a Sundowner in the afternoon. This gives you the chance to encounter many species of wild animals and experience incredible landscapes without bumping into other safari cars or guests. Dinner is served in the main restaurant on the covered terrace.

Full-day trip to The Drakensberg Mountains

Today you can tour the Drakensberg Mountains where we follow the famous panoramic route along the 60 km (35 miles) long Blyde River Canyon - also known as South Africa's Grand Canyon. The Drakensberg Mountains are about 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) high and are located in the neighboring province of Mpumalanga. Along the panoramic route you will find several look-out points, each one more breathtaking than the next. Eucalyptus and coniferous trees grow in the beautiful mountain gorges, which are also the sources of countless sparkling waterfalls. We make a stop at three of the top tourist attractions in South Africa. Bourke's Luck Potholes with the deep gaps that takes your breath away and make you raise the camera. The Three Rondavels, which are three round mountain peaks resembling a huge version of the traditional, round-carved African cabins - and of course the highlight Blyde River Canyon, where we have the most beautiful viewpoint with unparalleled photo opportunities. We also visit the charming gold-digger's village Pilgrim's Rest and cover up for lunch along the way. Lunch is included in the trip.

You can of course also choose to spend the day at the NYATI Safari Lodge and enjoy a relaxing day with a book by the pool. In the evening there is a traditional African braai with singing and dancing under the stars in the open barbecue area, the boma.

Optional activities & Sundowner

On the last day of your stay you might need to do some relaxing and digest all the impressions. Enjoy life in the privacy of your own hammock on your private terrace; go for a swim in the pool – or choose among our many optional activities. On Friday we can also tempt you with a sunset safari. This is a very evocative way to say “goodnight” to the bush in the dusk, all the while having a nice time with wine and snacks in the sunset. Friday night is celebrated with a farewell dinner, where the chef will be a little extra inventive with the delicious local produce and the staff sets a beautiful dinner table on the terrace overlooking the Olifants River.

Day of departure - or optional activities

Saturday is your day of departure. After breakfast you can choose to be driven to the local airport where flights connect to Johannesburg, or you can organize your own departure.

Safaris & Tours

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,-

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The south Africans do much to protect and preserve the wildlife, and The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is recognized as one of the pioneering institutions in the conservation efforts of endangered species in South Africa. Visit this impressive rescue center and get an insight into the breeding, treatment and rehabilitation of endangered orphans and injured wildlife.

HESC is home to cheetahs, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, African wild cats, black-footed cats, sable antelope, ground horn bills and many other species in need of special care and rehabilitation. You will have a chance to get close to these residents in the center.

Price per person ZAR 900,- 

The price includes breakfast at The Deli@HESC.

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 4.200,-

Helicopter flip

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 3.900,-

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 1500,-

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 850/person

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 750,-

Subject to Jessica's visit at that time.

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.

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,-

Big game hunting

NYATI Safari Lodge is part of the Central Lowveld Biosphere Reserve Initiative, which works on the important back-to-nature process to ensure the wildlife and their free movement. Hunting in the area is part of the natural game management and takes place under good conditions without posing any threat to the animal species. NYATI Safari Lodge can therefore offer guests to arrange hunting during their stay. Hunting must be booked no later than 6 weeks in advance, otherwise we can not guarantee our professional hunting supplier Wayne Wagner Safaris is available. Each hunt is planned individually, so you as a hunter can be sure that your wishes and preferences are met. You have a professional hunter who guides and informs - and the hunt takes place both on foot and in cross-country vehicles. Among other things you can hunt blesbuck, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, buffalo, duiker, moose, gemsbok, impala, kudu, nyala, red hartebeest, capricorn, tsessebe, warthog, wildbuck and zebra. You will be picked up by Wayne Wagner Safaris at the lodge and drive to the hunting terrain, which, according to your hunting wishes, can be up to a couple of hours drive from here. NYATI's chefs provide food for the hunt.

Price per person: ZAR 2.000,- in advance and ZAR 2400,- at NYATI Safari Lodge

The price is for one day hunting incl. rent of rifle, shooting and accompanying professional huntsman. The price for the game varies and the latest wildlife list can be ordered on request.

We recommend that hunting is ordered when booking the entire trip, however, min. 6 weeks before departure. We need the following information when ordering:  

  • Name of hunter
  • If you are more than one hunter we need to know whether you want to hunt 1:1 or 1:2
  • Dates for your stay at NYATI Safari Lodge
  • Desired hunting date
  • Desired trophy / game

Please note that renting a rifle is included in the price and that it requires long preparation and permission from the South African police to bring your own rifle. In addition, you need approximately 3 hours in Johannesburg airport for admission with a rifle. Trophy repatriation etc. is organized on site with our hunting supplier Wayne Wagner Safaris.

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