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Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge

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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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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Flyer67091611704 wrote a review Feb 2020
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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
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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 States26 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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Response from Maxine Smith, Owner at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge
Responded 04 Jun 2022
Reviews like this reflect all the work and dedication our team put into making our guest experience exceptional. Thank you for acknowledging that in your review. It was an absolute pleasure to host you both and have passed on your review to our team. Please do recommend us to family, friends and associates as it would be our privilege to host them.
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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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Response from Maxine Smith, Owner at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge
Responded 07 Jun 2022
I don't know what happened to have missed responding to such a thoughtful and thorough review. If I was writing up a marketing overview of Nyumbani, I could not have done any better than this. It is beyond encouraging to receive a response such as this to justify and to qualify what it is we see and feel in this extraordinary piece of Africa. Everything you have articulated portrays what we see, experience and will never take for granted. As for the service and the team. Ian & I being well travelled always yearn for that travel experience that leaves you with lifetime memories and dreaming of a return visit at some point. So, thank you from our hearts for taking the time to share your experience through this review and for making our hosting of your visit to us so very special for us as well.
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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
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Response from Maxine Smith, Owner at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge
Responded 07 Jun 2022
We were delighted that you had the experiences you did with the game sightings and knowledge share of safari and all the amazing background information and stories. We know our game team love to share their expertise of the bush with our guests and the full beams on faces that usually come back to us after each game drive is simply priceless for us. Thank you for also acknowledging the service you received. This review endorses what we personally thrive to achieve, so this acknowledgement is particularly humbling and most welcome. Always a pleasure for us when we get to share incredible experiences with exceptional people, such as yourselves. Thank you.
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Chris J wrote a review Oct 2019
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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
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Responded 07 Jun 2022
You are so welcome, it was our absolute pleasure. Even the game thought so too as you had such a wonderful game drive interaction and experiences. Good vibes attract good sightings, clearly! Thank you your acknowledgement and comments on your stay with us. The appreciation of the design and experience of the Lodge Camp, the team and the service delivered, the peace and tranquility experienced. This fulfils our goals to achieve so it is with the greatest of pleasure for us to read your review and to share it with our team here. Most definitely, until we meet again our friends …..
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cshint864782 wrote a review Sept 2019
Sao Paulo, SP1 contribution
The place has 2 cabins which makes it super exclusive! Every detail is thought to make us fell completely comfortable, the fresh towel after the safari, the beer during the safari, the concern to explain to us about nature and animals at safaris and dinners. They provide a chef for meals that asks what you like to eat and prepare a romantic dinner every night. About location they are near to Hoedspruit Airport which is quite convenient. If you traveling in a couple trip, definitely Nyumbani is the place!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded 07 Jun 2022
We are so pleased to receive your 5* review and for the joy we read through your words. Our service and our game team really do their utmost to provide you with a lifetime experience so it is very enriching to see this was achieved. The feedback on the chalets and the service will go a long way to help us keeping ahead of ourselves and forever improving the unique Nyumbani Estate game experience for that all inclusive safari. We hope to see you again at some point, until then …..
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Lucretius wrote a review Aug 2019
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg182 contributions128 helpful votes
- which we were not, so we did not explore the possibilities offered by Ian and Maxine to the full. The four of us took over the two-chalet camp for three days. The accommodation looks simple, but a lot of thought has gone into up-cycling materials. The food is amazing and you can count on plenty of action at the watering hole. The game drives were a bit disappointing, however, with any impressive sightings quickly attracting more gung-ho rangers from another resort in the reserve. Between those sightings, viewings seemed relatively few, perhaps due to vegetation and terrain, perhaps other factors.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded 07 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. Everything about nature and this unique safari environment warrants keeping human footprint as a conservation goal, appropriately modest. We advertise the Nyumbani experience as rustic, but high quality with conservation and recycling as part of our ethos. Thank you for acknowledging that aspect. As for game drive experience. We will never fabricate a gaming experience, we leave that to the game themselves to decide when they wish to be mobile and show their faces which is why 99% of our guests experience an abundance of game viewing experiences and why we have been blessed with return visits from our guests and enjoyed recommended booking from previous guests to their friends and families. As you say, can also be vegetation from terrain, which will be time of the year but also the mood of the various game and creatures around. Thank you for the time to write the review.
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Lisa B wrote a review Jul 2019
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We were originally due to stay somewhere else but an issue at that property resulted in our reservation being transferred to Nyumbani. We checked out the reviews and were relieved to see that they were all excellent, a rating which we can only echo. The service hits just the right balance of professional and friendly, with an emphasis on personal details that make the difference. I suspect that owners and hosts Ian and Maxine are experts at adjusting to their individual clients (whilst retaining their authenticity), we were the kind who enjoyed the pre-dinner gin selection and talking about the world round the table post meal. The food itself is amazing, with the dishes created by Chef Stewie easily on a par with those served in top restaurants. He put just as much attention into the flavour combinations of my vegetarian dishes as into the meat and fish ones which others enjoyed. There were only two other guests besides us as the property has only two chalets, a truly boutique stay. This is particularly good when out on the game drives. There's much to see and it was interesting learning about the insects and fauna and night sky as well as all the animals and birds. Thanks to Ian O and Cressie for their navigation and knowledge. I think this would be a great place for someone on their first safari, as well as having plenty to offer those who are more experienced. Just one thing to be careful of - when you get home, everything will seem so loud!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Responded 30 Jul 2019
Such a wonderful review Lisa. We are also very pleased you stay with us and not the other place (although we are sure you would have had a great stay with them as well). Nyumbani Estate goes to a different level when it comes to guests. We take the time to provide you with a great 'grounding' about this amazing and blessed environment, the importance of sustaining this and applying 'responsible tourism'. Your review nicely captures most of our key areas of focus 'Service, experience, adventure, quality, integrity, fun, and creating lifetime memories'. It really was our pleasure to host you both. Now you know exactly what we mean about the noise clutter! Hope to see you both back here again one day.
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Alan C wrote a review Jul 2019
Banchory, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
This was a welcome return visit for my wife and I and this time we were joined by my daughter and partner so they could share the wonderful exclusive safari experience combined with luxurious accommodation and fine dining. It was also my wife and daughter's joint birthday and our lovely hosts Ian and Maxine, along with their superb chef Maria, made the day one to remember. Our excellent guides Ian O and Mike led us to unforgettable Big 5 game views.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Responded 18 Jul 2019
Dear Alan, and family. Thank you very much for this lovely review and for your repeat custom. It was such a privilege for us to be able to deliver all the noted sighting expectations of your family. It was also a wonderful pleasure to provide the special joint birthday celebration. It is always a special experience for us to be able to engage with our guests and in doing so to experience the pleasure coming from them when they share this amazing and stunning nature adventure.
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Michelle G wrote a review Jun 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee22 contributions2 helpful votes
As I was swinging in the hammock chair on the porch of our guest house with my eyes opening and closing while I listened to and watched the African wildlife at the drinking hole in front of Nyumbani, I turned to my husband and told him we were in paradise. Ian and Maxine have cultivated a stunning hideaway in the South African landscape. We were the only two people our first night and felt like royalty. We loved our game drives with Ian and Cuzzi, were delighted with our chef Stewart and his creations, and were inspired by our hosts Ian and Maxine. We hope to return with our teenage children someday. Absolutely loved our two night stay!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Responded 18 Jul 2019
Thank you for such a stunning review. You so nicely took people with you explaining the amazing setting of the camp, the spontaneous wildlife visits at the water pan on a regular basis and the work of our team.We are thrilled that you also feel what Ian and I have done for ages! Your return with your family would be awesome!
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Which popular attractions are close to Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Siyafunda Wildlife & Conservation (2.0 km), High Tea With Elephants (2.1 km), and Benedictions (2.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nyumbani Estate Bush 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 Bush Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hat & Creek - Hoedspruit, Sleepers Restaurant, and The Thirsty Giraffe Pub And Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.