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Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge

R531 R40, Hoedpsruit, Hoedspruit 1380 South Africa
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#29 of 144 Speciality lodging in Hoedspruit
Nyumbani Estate a unique Boutique Safari Camp. Eco-friendly solar-powered luxury Lodge-4 bed, 2 ensuite luxury chalet. A private Big 5 private game reserve this is a personal service stay, with an experiential adventure, providing comfort and decadence. You will gain a good depth of understanding of safari, and all of its diversity. The Estate offers an elegant rustic style; providing safety, comfort, and security within a big 5 setting. Meeting your needs and responding to your desires the Estate provides a tailored service, which includes: safari game drives, bush walks, and bush awareness. Whether you desire an adventure or just exploring and learning at your own pace as and when the urge takes you. Within your private estate, you can also enjoy safari picnics, sundowner drinks or cocktails, private bush dining experiences, excellent wine and some delicious cuisine with healthy lifestyle choices. A range of external excursions is also available from the Lodge, on request.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Valet parking
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Flyer67091611704 wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Excellent in every way, it was a very special couple of days, great service, great company, great safaris, everything was perfect. The meals were also exceptional. A perfect location near a waterhole. We would definitely visit again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Response from Maxine Smith, Owner at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge
Responded 29 Apr 2021
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are thrilled you had such an amazing time and that our entire team was able to make you feel so welcome and comfortable. For us, it really was a great pleasure and privilege to be able to share this stunning natural environment and the blessings of nature with people who appreciate it so much. To hear you describe your stay as being 'perfect' is the ultimate ambition for us, thank you very much. We hope you will consider a re-visit at some time? Warm greetings.
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dc02050 wrote a review Jan 2020
Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States23 contributions13 helpful votes
This was my second visit to South Africa. The first time I stayed in a larger lodge. The experience at Nyumbani is truly unique. With only 2 chalets, we took over the lodge so everything was catered to us. From arrival at the gate everything was special. We were lucky to have Ben as our guide. He was 10 stars out of 5. Sammy was a great tracker. Ian and Maxine were amazing hosts! And the food was wonderful. Do yourself a favor and book an extra day because you won't want to leave. Until next time...
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Date of stay: January 2020
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RjE_BHX wrote a review Dec 2019
Chepstow, United Kingdom71 contributions33 helpful votes
It is difficult to know exactly where to begin when reviewing our stay at Nyumbani as the highlights never ceased.  As part of our honeymoon we decided that we wanted our safari stay & experience to be the crown jewel of our trip and were prepared to pay for the privilege if needed.  After hours spent reviewing endless reviews we found it hard to choose anywhere else but Nyumbani as the overwhelming evidence suggested that this would not be an erroneous choice. I am so thrilled to add this review to their already glowing reputation as our time spent with them was the best decision we could have made and something that we will cherish together always.  We stayed for 4 magical nights on the honeymoon package in this spell-binding place. We simply could not fault our experience of Nyumbani in any way.  It was memorable from the moment we arrived at Hoedspruit Airport, indeed from the outset and even the planning stage we felt confident that we would be in safe hands.  Correspondence with Maxine was easy, flexible & much appreciated whilst we pieced our plans together via several drafts and revisions (thank you Maxine for your patience and help). On arrival we were met by our guide Ben who would go on to take us on several amazing game drives with the help of Krest.  We will never be able to thank these 2 amazing guys for the scenes and experiences that they allowed us to share.  We feel so privileged to have witnessed so many unique animals moments that felt so unique and personable as the 4 of us roamed around Moditlo in awe of this unbelievable setting.  For inexperienced safari-goers such as us, the dense bushland made sightings difficult for us to achieve personally so we are indebted to their professionalism & skill.  To witness all that we saw in such a natural setting was exactly what we hoped for at the time of booking.  Back at the lodge itself, witnessing Rhino wander by whilst sitting down to dinner 30metres away under a starry sky is something I will never forget. Whilst the wildlife is undeniably the highlight of Nyumbani, it would not be so fabulous without the amazing owners and staff who really go out of their way to ensure that your time is memorable.  Maxine & Ian have clearly put their hearts & souls into this place.  Ben and Krest- you could not wish to be taken on game drives by more knowledgeable professionals.  The food by wonderful Vandy and the rest of the team is up there with the absolute best and she is a true gem, everything was made with such passion and heart. The setting is infinitely magical and again it’s clear that the team put their all into ensuring that your stay has everything that you could ask for.  Our chalet had everything we could have wanted during our stay in short we felt spoilt rotten, it was the definition of “Nyumbani” and fully justified the price to experience such luxury.  I do not think we will ever beat safari at Nyumbani. Our 4 nights here absolutely flew by and were filled with so many smiles, exhales of wonder, snaps of camera shutters, hurried replacement of memory cards, gasps of disbelief, but also quiet moments of sitting on the decking in awe at the surroundings and experience we found ourselves in. Thanks again to every member of the Nyumbani team. It may take us some time but we hope to come back one day as Nyumbani will stay with us forever.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Clara H wrote a review Oct 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
We had a fantastic stay at Nyumbani and simply had to write a review. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel very special. Maxine (the co-owner) personally fetched us at the Hoedspruit airport and took us to the reserve where we were greeted by Krest, the estate's incredible tracker, and immediately taken on a game drive where we saw, amongst many antelope species, giraffes, hippos and an elephant, all on the way to the lodge! We stayed for 3 nights and each day we experienced amazing sightings on our early morning and late afternoon game drives including elephants, a number of rhino (very special!), lions close up on a few occasions, cheetahs drinking at a waterhole, buffalo etc. An absolute highlight of our trip was a curious elephant who came very close to the vehicle for a staring match and then the next day the very same elephant actually came to the lodge and ate from the tree right outside our chalet (while we were sitting in awe), as if to say hello to his new friends! A big shout out to Krest and Eugene, our guide, who are incredibly knowledgeable and made every game drive interesting and fun. They managed to find us amazing sightings and clearly have a great love for the area and all the wildlife. It was exciting to hear a sighting come in over the radio with the names of the animals in the local language, Shangaan, and then to track the spoor! We received amazing personalised service at the lodge from all the staff and were made to feel very at home and spoilt as for the first two days we had the place all to ourselves. It was very hot during the day, and we really enjoyed lounging in the shaded pool and watching the animals come to drink at the waterhole. There were always lots of buck, giraffes, monkeys and warthogs and even a resident jackal. The food, expertly prepared by Chef Stewart, was superb and each meal was really tasty and fresh and would not be out of place in any top restaurant. He even bakes the bread - delicious! Lastly, it was great to get to know Maxine and Ian, the owners, and you can see that they have created a really special place and that they are passionate about conservation and also about contributing to the local community. Would highly recommend Nyumbani for anyone who wants to have an authentic bush experience while also having a luxury holiday where you can fully relax and rest.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
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Chris J wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions
Wow. What a stay. The lodge itself is beautiful and the setting is top drawer. The watering hole in front of the bungalows is large and so attracts animals every day (many types of antelope, wart hogs family on their daily commute.... and giraffes, monkeys, eagle, storks....) and so lounging around during the day between game drives is idilaic and fascinating. It was our first safari and the game drives were absolutely amazing. The park is teeming with animals and we had so many brilliant experiences. I dont want to get expectations up but every one of our 8 drives were fascinating. Special mentions to our guide Ian and our tracker crist whose expertise and company we enjoyed so much. They can track and take you shockingly close (!) to the wildlife, and in a respectful way, so that the animals generally quickly get used to the vehicle and carry on as if you're not there. And last and certainly not least is the world class hosting. Ian and Maxine clearly put their heart and soul into thier business and are warm, welcoming and above all, truly passionate about the land they live in. I echo what others have said, I legitimately felt like visiting royalty.... the intimate nature of the place means our every need was seen to. In particular the no 1 chef in the bush, Onyas - legend!! Top food, big heart. Max and Ian - thanks again for making us feel like visiting family - you and the bush definitely stole a piece of our heart! Until the next time...
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$308 - US$1 491 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Nyumbani Estate Safari Bush Lodge
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceHoedspruit
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nyumbani Estate Boutique Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.