Naledi Bush Lodge is located in the Balula Game Reserve, a consortium of private reserves and land owners, that shares an unfenced border with the renowned Kruger National Park. The reserve is only an hour’s drive from two of the main gates to the Kruger National Park.
Arriving at Naledi is like stumbling upon an oasis within the now very dry western side of the park. After a long day of travelling, I was warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to my room. I stayed in the Paperbark Suite, which was spacious and beautifully decorated with earth tones and African accents. The rooms all offer total privacy and a private stoep and viewing deck.
Naledi prides itself as an exclusive private reserve with a family-like atmosphere, and offers a personalised experience. The hospitality and friendliness of the staff during my visit was really great. The lodge can only accommodate 10 guests and as such, everybody gets to know each other. All guests are seated together at one big table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, joined by of the managers or game rangers.
Naledi offers fine dining crafted by dedicated professional chefs. The dinner was superb and beautifully presented on both evenings. A special mention to the chefs for exquisite presentation and taste . One of the dinners during a stay, is served in the outside boma area offering an authentic experience.
The lodge offer two game drives per day – a morning game drive at 6:00 and an afternoon game drive at 16:00. Breakfast is served upon return from your morning game drive. The afternoon drive includes a drinks-and-snacks stop. It was amazing to just stop and take it all in.
For late morning, you have a choice of either a guided bush walk or visiting a private game viewing hide out in the bush. The guides are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to offer you the best game viewing opportunity available.
Beautiful shaded gardens create a calm and relaxed atmosphere, with a variety of recliners all around the four levels of decking surrounding the swimming pool area. An upper level dinning room and lounge area offers a great view of the reserve and water hole close by. A big-screen TV shows real-time footage of a field camera mounted at one of the watering holes on the reserve – this is a great feature!
The hospitality of TK and the staff was absolutely wonderful and the lodge and facilities top-class – all of which made for a great experience; and one I will not soon forget.
Naledi is intimate and luxurious while also paying extra attention to detail. .If you are looking for the ultimate Bush experience, look no further than Naledi.
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