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7.1
Overall

Ndzuti Safari Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R 12000 pp/night sharing

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Our Rating
7.1
Overall

Ndzuti Safari Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R 12000 pp/night sharing

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Great hosts and uncrowded and unrushed game viewing are the standouts at this friendly little exclusive use lodge of just 4 rooms – an authentic traditional bush experience!

Our Ratings

7.1
Overall
6.5
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

Our Ratings

7.1
Overall
6.5
Luxury & style
7.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • We love owner/managed lodges and Bruce and Judy Meeser are the perfect example of why this is the case - a stay at nDzuti is one of the friendliest and most welcoming experiences you could hope for; a real home from home!
  • Bruce and Judy are wonderfully knowledgeable and experienced guides who deliver a superb wildlife experience on their prime slice of Big Five territory – things are far less crowded and unrushed compared to other busier reserves
  • Relax with a cold drink whilst you watch animals coming down to drink at the waterhole perfectly located in front of the lodge
  • Having just 4 rooms and house-style lodging make this feel like you’re staying in your own house – there’s even an honesty bar so you can help yourself to drinks! nDzuti makes the perfect venue to book exclusively for a holiday with family or friends!
  • Surprisingly affordable, especially given the quality of the bush experience and great hosting

What's Not

  • If you want hugely luxurious accommodation and premium upmarket service (which we all sometimes do of course!) then you’re better advised to look elsewhere
  • We would prefer stand-alone rooms as opposed to them all being under one roof as part of the manor house (but you do have 2 separate entrances so can come and go as you wish without having to go through the communal area of the house)
Ndzuti Safari Camp

Ndzuti Safari Campwhat makes nDzuti such a special lodge is the personal care and attention shown by the staff and owners – Bruce and Judy (they insist on first names) – are wonderfully friendly bush veterans who move heaven and earth to make nDzuti your home away from home

Lodge Profile

Great hosts and uncrowded and unrushed game viewing are the standouts at this friendly little exclusive use lodge of just 4 rooms – an authentic traditional bush experience!

Quick Overview

Location
Klaserie
Drive Time
6 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking dry riverbed and waterhole
Rooms
Manor house with 4 rooms
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Camp Fenced
Tracker
Off Road
Child Policy

A HOMELY WELCOME

When taking staying at even the most upmarket lodges in Southern Africa, sometimes you feel like the personal, human touch has been lost. Hidden behind the (albeit excellent) professionalism and service, we sometimes feel like we’re not fully involved or invested in a safari lodge. And this is exactly what makes a place like nDzuti Safari Camp in the Klaserie reserve such a pleasant breath of fresh air. With just four rooms and most of all the personal involvement from the owner/managers – bush veterans Bruce and Judy Meeser - and their friendly, smiling staff, this private and intimate safari lodge brings that feeling of simple authenticity back that many places sometimes seem to have lost. At nDzuti, you feel like you’re a part of something truly personal and special.

A PRIVATE, FAMILY-STYLE GETAWAY

This lodge has its roots as a private bush house which has now been renovated and operates as a small four-bedroom exclusive use lodge – it's a superb choice to rent on an exclusive basis for a group of family or friends! All of the accommodation is located in the “manor house” with each of the 4 rooms located just off the central lounge/kitchen/dining area (although you can also enter through an external entrance from outside) With its limited accommodation maxing out at 8 people all under one roof, it’s one of the most secluded and tranquil getaways we’ve come across.

SIMPLE BUT COMFORTABLE ROOMS

The rooms are simple and clean, and brimming with a homely air of tasteful design and comfort. They really are traditional in feel with high thatch roofing, wicker and woven-reed furniture and polished natural hardwood side tables (not to mention ample picture frames of wildlife photography and touched of African decor) whilst white walls and clean white linen working in tandem with the plentiful wide windows to let the rooms glow with light. And whilst they are on the more simple side, they are equipped with air-conditioning which helps keep you comfortable in the often sweltering temperatures you encounter in the lowveld.

IT FEELS LIKE HOME

This house-living arrangement has all the conveniences of home, too. Air-conditioning and wireless internet access come standard, while a coffee section and quite unique ‘honesty’ bar allow you refreshment at any hour of the day. A library of selected books and magazines provide a poolside distraction during those quiet lulls in the late afternoon. And if you’re not a bookworm, you can while away the afternoons at the thatched outdoor bar, recline on sun loungers dotted across the expansive and verdant lawns, or take your drink up to the outdoor lookout that offers a peaceful view of the dry riverbed and the waterhole right in front of the camp.

BRUCE AND JUDY ARE THE STARS

However, what makes nDzuti such a special lodge is the personal care and attention shown by the staff and owners. The owners in particular – Bruce and Judy (they insist on first names) – are bush veterans who move heaven and earth to make nDzuti your veritable home away from home. Wonderfully friendly, welcoming and quick to ensure even your smallest need is met (exceeded, more like!), their influence clearly rubs off on the rest of staff, from the barman, to the chef (who will happily arrange the most spectacular and exquisite lunches out in the bush, or hearty fry-ups on the riverbed a stone’s throw from the camp) They also are superb guides whose knowledge of the bush they put to good use to deliver a superb wildlife experience.

BIG FIVE GAME VIEWING

Charming, witty and possessing encyclopaedic knowledge of the animals and their habitat and habits, they have exclusive traversing over a 3500-hectare area either side of the Klaserie river. Often you’re the only vehicle at sightings which makes for a wonderfully unrushed game drive experience – in fact, if your group wishes, you may end up spending hours at an interesting sighting rather than the usual situation of having to make way for the next vehicle in the queue to see that leopard kill that you’ve been dreaming of your whole life.   This stunning tract of land – sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati reserve – has unfenced borders, which makes for wonderful game viewing opportunities with the resident River Pride of lions being a particular attraction.

CULINARY MAGIC

Back at the lodge, the kitchen works its culinary magic to prepare a multiple-course feasts to delight every taste and dietary need (and with the kitchen being located in the open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area it’s quite interactive too) Weather permitting (which is most of the time) most meals are enjoyed out in the open air – after all, sitting under the starlight in the open-air traditional boma while a campfire crackles away is how a meal in the bush is supposed to be enjoyed! Sitting around the fire, sharing the day’s excitement and laugh-out-loud anecdotes with Bruce and Judy and fellow guests is one of the most heart-warming and welcoming experiences you’re ever likely to have in your travels. Yes, there are many far fancier lodges out there, but nDzuti’s homely charm gives it an edge that even the fanciest, world-class lodge could only dream of.

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Child Policy

  • All children welcome
  • Only children over the age of 6 allowed on game drives