N’kaya has a down-to-earth atmosphere in its camp where guests are encouraged to pull up a stool around the outside bar for a chat, laze by the pool or tuck into a feast while the close-knit team of staff take care of the rest.
The four comfortable suites at N’kaya are laid out in a ring around a stand of knobthorn trees, creating a sense of connectedness and intimacy at the lodge. A standout feature is the hide we have at the permanent waterhole, where passing elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and antelope often stop by for a drink. In the evening, the cast is transformed as bushbabies, porcupines and civets come out to play under the fixed spotlight on the waterhole.
The lounge, bar and deck at N’kaya have a homely feel and are decorated in warm earthy tones and indigenous woods. The enormous fireplace in the centre of the lodge often finds itself to be the focal point at the end of each day.
A TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI?
You will be warmly welcomed by a friendly member of staff who will assist with the check in process and orientation of the lodge. You will then be shown to your room, after which a light late lunch will be served, followed by your first afternoon safari which lasts approximately 3 hours, during which time you will stop at a selected venue to watch the sun set and enjoy a beverage. You will return to the lodge early evening for dinner. The following morning at day-break you will meet in the main area of the lodge, where refreshments and snacks will be on offer before departing on your morning drive which lasts approximately 3 hours. You will be given the opportunity to stretch your legs during this time whilst enjoying a coffee break. On return to the lodge, you will enjoy a full breakfast after which you will have some down-time to make use of the spa or lounge by the pool before lunch is served, followed by your late afternoon safari.
TUCK INTO A FEAST
WHILE THE CLOSE-KNIT TEAM OF STAFF TAKE CARE OF THE REST
Guests at N’Kaya Lodge enjoy guided safaris, and those who would like a closer encounter with the African wild can go on bush walks with the highly skilled rangers.
INSIDE THE THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE
Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.
A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge are available at this lodge. Self parking is free. Additionally, WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and tour/ticket assistance are onsite. All 4 rooms offer WiFi, balconies or patios, and coffee makers.
Each of the four thatched suites have adjoining lounges for relaxing in or accommodating families. Tastefully decorated with an African theme, you are guaranteed a comfortable say at N’Kaya. The bathrooms have a double-sink, shower and bath. The suites have an outside deck looking onto the pool area perfect for spending a lazy afternoon.
BIG 5 GAME DRIVES
Get the real feel for the African bushveld by going on a morning or evening game drive. Driving in an open safari vehicle, along with a qualified guide – experience the Big 5 territory of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Please Note: No children under the age of 6 allowed on game drives.
Get your feel for Africa through a culture experience under a starlit sky, alongside a percussion band and interactive drumming circles to ensure guests have a full and joyous evening around the campfire.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Experience the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within a National Park, we offer a truly unique flying experience.
You can also enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, massages, facials and even more luxurious beauty treatments. For a more intimate experience, try out the couple’s treatment room with its own hydro bath.
WEDDINGS AT NKAYA LODGE
Your marriage made in heaven awaits at Nkaya Lodge. Take your vows in the glow of a golden sunset as you exchange rings against a beautiful bushveld backdrop; or say “I do” in an opulent lodge ceremony, surrounded by the warmth of the people who matter.
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