Pack comfortable clothes,cozzie, binocs, bird and plant book. (Extra time if you have got, cause you ain’t going to want to leave)
Without repeating all the previous gushing reviews, staff -obliging and friendly, food -delish , rooms-super clean and private, game drives -exceptional, swimming pool -irresistible
Staff go the extra mile and then more for their guests, Chris and Annushka, thank you . Keegan, the most informed and dedicated guide one could wish for , a huge thank you for opening our eyes to different nuances in the bush .
Absolutely exceptional, we returned back home well relaxed and recharged, thanks to all. Hopefully will be back soon
My husband and I spent last weekend at Nungubane Lodge and can’t fault a thing. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed, the main lodge, pool area and snug are just fantastic and the views over the reserve outstanding. Annie, Lizzie and the staff were so attentive and Lizzie is a great chef, the food was delicious. Annouchka is a wonderful guide and our game drives were most enjoyable and Manager Chris is efficient, knowledgable and a really down to earth person. On the whole a great team in a great location. We were fortunate enough to be with a lovely group of guests and had a fantastic time. Thank you Nungubane team.
Nungubane lodge ticked every single box!
We stayed at the lodge over the Easter weekend (4 nights) and from the hospitality, the incredible food selection, the game drives and the beautiful atmosphere that was created, we give them 5 stars +.
The rooms are big and well equipped with everything that you need with a king size bed to rest on every night.
The food is at least a two-course meal for breakfast and lunch and dinner with a three-course meal. There was a variety of dishes at every meal which suited everyone’s palette (even for the fussy eaters, they were satisfied).
Whilst in our quiet time, we lazed around by the beautiful pool side with some drinks which the bar was well stocked with.
Annouchka kept us well entertained and informed on our game drives. With her vast knowledge of the animals, the terrain and plants, we felt that we really had one of the BEST rangers that we have ever experienced. She made our trip so worthwhile by getting the best views of lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and more.
We even had a romantic setup dinner under the stars - which just made our weekend celebration that more special!
The way the lodge is managed by Chris and his staff is such a treat and we left making not only memories but great friendships too!
Thank you to the great team at Nungubane lodge, we hope to visit soon enough and book out the whole lodge with the family :)
Nungubane is a small lodge that is professional, but friendly and relaxed at the same time. The rooms were lovely and cool with the fluffiest towels and the nougat with turn down service was a special touch. The meals were delicious and there was certainly no shortage of food, even with a hungry teenager. Our compliments to the chef Meriam and her team. The lodge has a hide, a sala for relaxing with a book and a very inviting swimming pool area. The host, Nicky, looked after us from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much trouble. Our game ranger Hein, was extremely knowledgable and an excellent driver and is a huge asset to the lodge.
The whole team made our stay extremely enjoyable and relaxing and we would not hesitate to recommend this lodge to future travellers.
My girlfriend and I visited Nungubane Lodge in December 2019. While we live in London, I am South African and have spent most of my holidays in the bush while growing up (i.e. this was not my first time). Being Norwegian, its was my girlfriend's first time in the bush - however, we were both equally blown away by our experience with Annouchka, Chris and the team.
From the moment we arrived we were warmly greeted by the full team, and made to feel immediately like old friends rather than new guests. The lodge is an intimate one, hidden away in the reserve and is bush luxury and hospitality at its finest. The rooms are large and private, secluded away from the main lodge with your own private terrace over looking the valley.
I have also come across many rangers in my numerous visits to the bush, however Annouchka was among the best!! Her ability to read the game's movements and behavior was second to none, allowing us amazingly close encounters with the elephants, while most importantly, making everyone feel safe and comfortable. Beyond her game ranging capabilities she's a lot of fun and made every drive interesting and enjoyable, regardless of sightings.
When visiting, ask Chris to make you his famous Stoffels Special, especially on a hot day by the pool. Chris was a fantastic host, with more than one story shared around the bar in the evenings/early mornings. If you're feeling up to it, ask about the German Monkey...! And if Chris doesn't remind you that you're not in Disneyland prompt him to do so, its an important part of the safety briefing.
The food was amazing, Ann and her team did a brilliant job! 3 course meals for lunch and dinner and delicious breakfasts. At one point we had to turn down dessert because we just ate too much (the food was almost too good to stop).
All in all our experience was beyond expectation. I had read all the brilliant reviews before going and worried it may have set my expectations too high, luckily they weren't high enough. Thank you so much to Chris, Annouchka and the rest of the team for making us feel so at home. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer.
We will back back for sure!