Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa



Nyala Safari Lodge, Mohlabetsi Conservancy, Self catering accommodation 

Self-catering and Affordable, Big 5 Safari Lodge, set on the banks of the Mohlabetsi River, in the Greater Kruger National Park 

Balule Private Nature Reserve 

Nyala Safari Lodge


Nyala Safari Lodge is situated in the Balule Private Game Reserve and is a family friendly self-catering big 5 safari lodge.   The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park with no fences between Balule and Kruger Park. 

Nyala Safari Lodge, a secluded oasis of tranquillity set amongst ancient Jackalberry and Boer-bean trees on the banks of the Mohlabetsi River in South Africas Mohlabetsi South conservancy, located deep in the heart of Balule Private Game Reserve and part of the legendary Greater Kruger National Park. 

Time stands still here, allowing you to escape the stress of modern life and reconnect with nature in a pristine African wilderness where the Big Five roam free. Here you can marvel at the beauty of iconic wildlife species, experience the thrill of guided game drives in open vehicles, led by one of our professional, qualified safari guides and discover the magic that is wild Africa. With the option of either inclusive full-board or exclusive self- catered accommodation (over weekends only) in five beautifully appointed, en-suite thatched chalets, Nyala Safari Lodge offers the perfect authentic safari retreat for couples, groups of friends or families, giving you the chance to unwind, relax and reboot.


Nyala Safari Lodge – Accommodation | Rooms | Facilities 

Nyala Safari Lodge is all about making you feel at home so that you feel part of the incredible environment around you.

 Our facilities have been designed to offer you everything to make your African safari experience exceptional, from our fully equipped kitchen where meals are lovingly prepared for you to our indoor and outdoor dining areas, our cozy lounge and bar and our tempting splash pool surrounded by beautiful shade trees and rolling green lawn, all overlooking the seasonal Mohlabetsi, whose name means “sweet waters” in the local vernacular. A waterhole in front of the lodge means there is always the chance to spot animals as they come down to drink from our shady viewing deck. 

If you prefer to opt for an exclusive, self-catered option (available over weekends only for groups of a minimum of 10 people) then our wonderful kitchen becomes your own private hub and the heart of your home away from home, where lifelong memories are made along with hearty meals! 

Our five thatched chalets, known as rondavels, are designed in the traditional way and can accommodate a maximum of 14 guests at any one time. Constructed to be refreshingly cool in summer and warm in winter, the decor is designed to echo the wonderful colours and textures of the wilderness, with splashes of colour inspired by the traditions and heritage of the local Shangaan people. 

Our chalets are celebrations of African culture and the incredible wilderness which surrounds the lodge. Plush cotton linen and hand-woven textiles complement traditional artwork and carvings, creating an air of authentic, practical “barefoot” luxury in each chalet. Soft white mosquito nets around our comfortable bedsteads and soft lighting add touches of colonial charm and romanticism.


Nyala Safari Lodge Accommodation in Balule
Nyala Safari Lodge Accommodation in Balule

Nyala Safari Lodge - Facilities 

Our facilities have been designed to offer you everything to make your African safari experience exceptional, from our fully equipped kitchen where meals are lovingly prepared for you to our indoor and outdoor dining areas

Some pointers on your visit to Nyala Safari Lodge


Game Drive 

Morning game drives introduce you to the beauty of the South African dawn and nature’s waking glory.

Experience magical sunsets on evening game drives, when, as dusk falls, a whole new world of nocturnal wildlife will enchant you as it comes to life.

Morning drives – Between 6:00 and 10:00 – depending on the weather & season.

Afternoon/Evening Drives – Between 15:30 and 20:00 – depending on weather & season.


Nyala Safari Lodge – Dining

Besides offering food for the soul, Nyala Safari Lodge also offers sustenance of the traditional variety, with hearty, home-cooked breakfasts, leisurely light lunches and wonderful, indulgent dinners. Meals are served either in the indoor dining area or outside, under the vast African skies which at night are like black velvet embroidered with millions of glittering diamonds as the stars of the Milky Way reveal themselve 

Traditional dinner delicacies like braaivleis and pap (the South African version of barbecued meat and grits) and potjiekos (a stew prepared in a cast-iron pot) are regularly prepared over open fires in our boma, while guests relax around a crackling fire with drinks in hand, sharing stories of the days’ adventures with their guides. 

Vegetarians are well catered for with some of the finest fresh local produce used to create mouth-watering meat-free alternatives. And our range of delicious desserts is fitting finishing touches to the Nyala bush-dining experience. 

For groups on our weekend, exclusive self-catering option, meals can either be prepared in the kitchen or the boma. Nyala’s staff are on hand to assist in getting fires started and are in attendance to tend to daily housekeeping and kitchen cleaning duties. Tea and coffee is provided, as are two game drives per day and use of all the lodge facilities.


Nyala Safari Lodge
Nyala Safari Lodge







Game Viewing Big 5 Greater Kruger National Park Area 

This is the reason you come to the bush, to explore its wonders and learn about the amazing flora and fauna which call it home…

Your safari at Nyala Safari Lodge is all about giving you an authentic African experience, where you can learn about the wonders of the wilderness from professional, qualified safari guides and understand the incredible way that plants and animals have evolved to live in complete harmony as part of a marvellously intricate extended environment. 

From the fabled Big Five – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – to the smallest insects and birds – the African bush is filled with incredible flora and fauna and is, quite simply, breathtakingly beautiful. 

Game drives at Nyala Safari Lodge take place twice a day, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. They last approximately three hours. We use open safari 4×4 vehicles which immerse you completely into the surrounding eco-systems, allowing you maximum viewing opportunities as we traverse the network of roads and trails on the reserve. Your experienced safari guides will share their years of experience and knowledge with you, helping you to understand the ways of wild Africa and giving you a fresh appreciation for the world around you. 

Please let us know any areas of particular interest so that our guides can help you to get the very best out of your safari experience. We have a range of field guides and reference books on hand because game viewing doesn’t stop in between game drives, as there are always birds and animals to be spotted in and around the lodge. 


Africa’s Big Five Safari Icons

You’ve seen the Big Five in books and you’ve seen them on TV. But now you have the chance to see them for yourself. The real thing. In person. 

Nyala Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Big Five country on a private consession known as the Mohlabetsi Conservancy  which is open to the Kruger National Park – this means there are no fences between us and the Kruger, so animals can move freely between them. This makes us part of the Greater Kruger National Park, and gives you an incredible opportunity to see these iconic animals on your game drives with us. 

But where does the term “Big Five” come from? How did these five animals –lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called this? 

Well, it was originally a hunting term used by the so-called “great white hunters” in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when the safari industry came into being in East Africa. In those days professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible. Considered a rite of passage for seasoned travellers, everybody from American presidents to European royalty and heads of state came to East Africa to shoot a large, dangerous animal. These five animals quickly became known as the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot, and the “Big Five” name stuck – although here at Nyala Safari Lodge, the only shooting done is through a camera lens.


Rates - South African Residents Only 

Weekender - Self - Catered  - Max 14 Pax Inc 2 Drives per day - R11,750 per day (Min 2 Days)


Mid Week - Full Board -  including All Meals (Brunch, High Tea & Dinner) and 2 Drives per day - R1,850 per person sharing (Min 4 Pax and 3 Nights or 6 Pax and 2 Nights)


Nyala Safari Lodge offers 2 types of Accommodation to ensure we cater to as broad a market as possible. Should you wish to experience the excitement of a Big 5 experience at an incredibly affordable price look no further.

The camp is available to be booked on an exclusive self catering basis on weekends, this option includes serviced accommodation and 2 game drives per day. A minimum of 2 nights needs to be booked and a minimum of 10 persons. This means that for R11,750 per night you have the camp for yourself for up to 14 persons, unbeatable value.

The second option is our Full Board option, here you are able to experience the amazing Big 5 whilst your every need is catered for. We provide accommodation and 3 meals per day, a minimum of 4 persons need to book for a minimum of 3 nights.

We also offer a range of extra activities you can experience as well, so come and share our magnificent wildlife.


Extra cost for Game drive vehicle

PLEASE NOTE: the game viewing vehicle can only accommodate 10 persons per game drive.

 We are happy to add an additional vehicle and guide @ R2200 per game drive. The alternative is to do what most other guests usually prefer. Some would stay behind and prepare breakfast while the rest are out on the game drive and for the evening game drive another couple of people stay behind looking after dinner while the rest join the afternoon/evening game drive.


2018 Rates - SA Residents Only

All pricing below is per person, terms & conditions apply





Pricing - Full Board Accommodation inc Daily Safari Drives (Min 4 Pax x 3 Nights)





Per night / Per activity

Pricing - Self Catered - Weekends Only inc Daily Safari Drives (Min 10 Pax x 2 Nights) Exclusive Use



Extra - Safari Vehicle and Guide



Extra - Guided Walks



Extra - Kruger Park Full Day Tour Min 4 Pax




Temperatures and seasons

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Nyala.

Spring and Summer are our rainy seasons and the bush is lush and green. Many animals give birth at this time of year and summer-visiting migrant bird species can also be seen.



SPRING ( September to November)

Minimum : 20 Degrees Celsius

Maximum : 31+ Degrees Celsius

SUMMER ( December to February)

Minimum : 22 Degrees Celsius

Maximum : 35+ Degrees Celsius


Autumn and Winters are dry; the bush is less dense and animals visit the waterhole in the river bed in front of the camp  more often due to the lack of water.

AUTUMN ( March to May )

Minimum : 19 Degrees Celsius

Maximum : 28 Degrees Celsius

WINTER ( June to August)

Minimum : 12 Degrees Celsius

Maximum : 25 Degrees Celsius



Airports: Eastgate (Hoedspruit), Nelspruit (MQP) and Phalaborwa in close proximity with daily scheduled flights to/from Johannesburg . There is also a daily scheduled flight between Cape Town and  Nelspruit (MQP) .

Road Transfers/shuttle service: 

We offer a shuttle service between the airports and the lodge as well as from Johannesburg International airport.

Car rental: Ask us for a quotation on car rental if you would prefer to self-drive.

Directions: Detailed driving instructions will be sent to you upon confirmation of your booking. We use the Jejane gate to enter the Mohlabetsi Concervancy. Gates are open 24 hours. Entrance fee is R110 per vehicle and payable at the camp

ARRIVAL  at the lodge should be scheduled between 14H00-15H30 to be in time for the afternoon game drive. On the day of your departure it will be appreciated if you vacate your room before 11:00.


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