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Why come to Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?


It is true to say there are many choices of places to stay for your safari experience, within Africa.  We are pleased to be able to say that as it means we still have beautiful lands and lots of game and small creatures being sustained in these stunning natural environments.

However, you will find that every Lodge is different in some way or another, and, some more distinct than others.  Privately, Lodge owners often take short breaks at other safari Lodges, mainly to take a break and enjoy being the ‘guest’ and the ‘guest experience’ and occasionally just to see what their peer group owners are doing (this is a healthily competitive industry).


At Nyumbani Estate, we decided to focus on a very personal experience for our guests, to achieve that, we have kept the Lodge as a 4 – bed (two double chalets) as this ensures exclusivity and privacy for our guests.  We are fully off-grid with solar power and personal water system.  We took the view that minimal impact on the environment was the best approach.  Also, we believe if you really wish to experience that oneness with nature, you need to minimise sound and light impact as this encourages more of a natural flow of wildlife through the camp and significantly enhances the guest experience.  The camp has been created utilising both timber construction (for the guest bar, lounge and dining areas) and brick built chalets with thatched roofs.  All chalets are en-suite plus have outdoor bush showers. Super king bed or separate 3/4 beds are provided, general toiletries, all linen (including towels) and mosquito nets are included within the cost.  On-site laundry can be accommodated for a reasonable fee, on request.

The service delivery at Nyumbani Estate is fully serviced, which means your meals, snacks, and a selected range of beers, wines and soft drinks are included.  We also include your game drives.  Additional experiences can be secured, on request.  You will have personal hosting, and bespoke house-keeping to meet your specific preferences and your own personal Game Ranger (usually only up to 4 guests on the vehicle at any one time).  You will be able to enjoy tailored ‘bush’ experiences, on request. Whatever you desire to maximise your experience and time in South Africa, we will apply our best endeavours to make a plan for you.


Your bush experience will be tailored to provide you with a diverse safari experience and will include the option to make some local trips to nearby areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Kruger National Park, etc.  Visit the nearby Endangered Species Wildlife Centre (which includes the Cheetah Sanctuary), and take a trip into the safari town of Hoedspruit

(click to take you to the location page on our website for information on Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park.  You will also have plenty of opportunities to have your own ‘down time’.  The quaint village of Dullstroom is nearby with some of the best Trout fishing in the country.  If pampering is your thing you can enjoy a decadent Spa experience.  We know how important it is to relax and recharge mind, body and soul, due to the pace of the world these days and the growing demands on us all.


Nyumbani Estate is located on the conservancy of Blue Canyon with a magnificent backdrop of the Klein Drakensberg mountain range.  The game drive offers some beautiful river bed drives, red soil roads, 4 x 4 driving and some amazing trees, plants, bird life and thousands of small creature entertainment.  All this, plus your big game experience makes Nyumbani Estate something quite special.

Written by Maxine Smith – Director, Nyumbani Estate

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