Nungubane Game Lodge

Nungubane Game Lodge

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#3 of 14 lodges in Welgevonden Game Reserve
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4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
Property amenities
Free parking
Internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Patio
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Gift shop
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

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Site 53, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530 South Africa
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Andrew B wrote a review Aug 2022
85 contributions55 helpful votes
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Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A gem of a spot for game viewing and getting 5 star treatment. First, the hospitality is second to none with all of the staff giving 110% focused energy on making the stay memorable. Every one readily wears different hats, especially the assistant manager, Keegan, who was guide, tracker, gate transfer driver, waiter, wine connoisseur, vehicle polisher, drummer, dancer, and an all around lovely host, along with his hard working and warm fiancee Kyra. The food was superb, menus flexible, and the chef a bundle of enthusiasm and fun. We enjoyed an unbelievable South African braai and cultural night, with the lodge's own choir (all the staff energetically singing and dancing despite a long day looking after us). The masseuse/ housekeeper was excellent at both jobs and we could have ate the exquisite meals off the shiny floors she kept. Even the gardeners had time for a chat with big smiles. The shots to warm up with after the fantastic game drives, and amrulla enhanced morning coffees, and even freshly picked bushman's mint tea while taking in the rhinos made the visit surreal. Keegan has superhuman enthusiasm and compassion for the animals and endless knowledge (which is advanced with a degree in zoology). We loved the bush olympics he orchestrated too. There is definately a special energy about the place and we recommend you leave this visit to the end of any RSA holiday as its hard to beat.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Sep 1, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us following upon your recent stay with us. We are so pleased that your visit exceeded your expectations and that you thoroughly enjoyed your vacation with us. We so look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warm Regards The Nungubane Team
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danepeck wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are the same, quiet, large and secluded, awayf rom the rest of the lodge and guests...
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Response from NungubaneGameLodge, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Jan 13, 2020
So glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the the not too distant future. The Nungubane Team
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Sarette V wrote a review Oct 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing experience at Nungubane Lodge. The lodge is small and intimate and at a great location in Welgevonden Reserve. Annouchka was our guide and it was one of the best guides we have experienced at any game reserve. Her knowledge is unparalleled and she went out of her way to take us on a different game drive route every day. We were spoilt with amazing game sightings, most of them close to our vehicle. The Welgevonden Reserve is also extremely beautiful with all the game in prime condition and not scared of game drive vehicles. The reserve takes the management of the game and environment very seriously. All the Nungubane staff were so friendly and no special request went unanswered. They went out of their way to make our stay special. The lodge experience is top class but unintimidating and it feels like coming home. We will definitely go back and recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the bushveld.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Oct 13, 2020
We are so pleased that you had such an amazing experience and memorable time at Nungubane Game Lodge - our motto is : " A home from home " We look forward to "welcoming you home " soon From The Nungubane Team
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lovetotravelZA wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa28 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Oct 23, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences and that your visit to our Lodge met with your expectations. Come back and see us soon From The Nungubane Game Lodge Team.
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Meg wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 :)
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Date of stay: April 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Apr 7, 2021
We are delighted that you had such an amazing experience and memorable time with us. Congeniality is the hallmark of Nungubane experience and our motto is : " A home from home " The Team looks forward to "welcoming you back home " in the not too distant future. Warm Regards from The Nungubane Team
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Sarah F wrote a review Mar 2023
Leeds, United Kingdom50 contributions49 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the beautiful musical welcome, to the fabulous food, attention to detail and knowledgeable staff, we couldn't have asked for a more memorable stay at Nungubane Lodge.

The accomodation is absolutely stunning, perfectly clean and the views over the bush including elephants from our balcony were mesmerising.

The food is fresh, fabulous quality and delicious and you could tell how much care and effort had gone into every dish.

Our game drives with Keegan were always fascinating. We saw so many rhinos, lions, wildebeest and many more. When the big five weren't around we learnt about the birds and plants instead. Keegan's knowledge, stories and evident passion for the bush makes him a fabulous guide.

All of the staff really went above and beyond and we were genuinely sad to say good bye. We can't wait to recommend this special place to all of our family and friends. Thank you Nungubane!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Mar 28, 2023
Thank you for your wonderful feedback - we are delighted that your stay with us exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming your friends and family to Nungubane in the not too distant future. Warmest regards from the Nungubane Team
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JhbAngel wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent an incredible girls weekend at Nungubane!
Annoushka our very knowledgeable guide, greeted us with GnT's as we arrived... and from there if you can believe it, things even got better.
Professional hosting from all staff, including Chris our fabulous manager who welcomed us back from our evening game drive with drums.
The food was sublime and rooms very comfy, especially red wine around the fire place in the evenings.
WE WILL BE BACK!
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Jun 28, 2021
We are so pleased that the girls weekend away was such a success and that it met with all your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Warm Regards The Nungubane Team
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Ashlyn Strydom wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything about Nungubane Game Lodge deserves 5 stars. Their service is phenomenal from beginning to end. The staff are incredibly friendly and really do make you feel like you are at home from the moment you arrive to the moment that you leave. They pay attention to all the small details and it definitely goes a long way. Our game guide, Keegan, was very friendly, informative and knowledgeable and really went out of his way to make our game drives as incredible as what they could be. The food was super delicious and there is not one dish or snacks that did not leave us wanting more. I would highly recommend Nunugubane Game Lodge to anyone who wants to be at home away from home as well as living in a lodge that makes you feel like you are in the bush with the bush themed interior decorating as well as the thatch and vast amount of wood that makes up the lodge. I would definitely be back in a heart beat. Thank you Nungubane for the wonderful experience and for really going out of your way to make my birthday so very special.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Aug 17, 2021
It was such a pleasure to host you all at Nungubane and we are thrilled that your stay with us met with all your expectations. We so look forward to welcoming you all back in the not too distant future. Warm regards from the Nungubane Team
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Jess R wrote a review Apr 2022
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting Nungabane lodge was so incredibly special, I don't know where to begin. The whole experience from start to finish was just amazing. The lodge itself is in the most beautiful setting with views for miles over the bush. Each room felt very private and secluded, out in the wilderness with nothing around and the pool area was the perfect place to relax between game drives.

The staff were so amazingly friendly, warm and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone always had a smile on their face. The "family" that has been created within the lodge really shines through every element, creating a truly unique experience. The food was absolutely delicious, we had such a great variety of meals, with options to choose from every day. Coming back to reality and not getting to choose between specials of the day has been a real shock to the system!

The game drives were really wonderful. We had some very memorable and special sightings of so many different animals. Both Keegan and Annushka were so incredibly knowledgable about the wildlife, I learnt so much and with their understanding of the animals we were able to position ourselves in places allowing us the best view points, as the animals went about their daily business.

I also had a massage with Elisa, which was amazing, so relaxing and a lovely treat, I would highly recommend.

Overall we had a totally unforgettable experience, surrounded by the most warm South African hospitality and I already can't wait to go back again ASAP!!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms are secluded and very similar in design. 1 and 5 are furthest from the main lodge.
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Apr 19, 2022
hi Jess Thank you for taking the time to share your vacation experiences with the Nungubane Team.. Hospitality is the hallmark of the Nungubane experience and we are so pleased that your stay with us exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warn Regards The Nungubane Team
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Rose T wrote a review Jan 2021
Sandton, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I visited the lodge for 3 nights in January 2021. Chris and Annouschka gave everything of themselves to make sure our trip was what we had hoped for; so personalized and it made us feel like home. Annouschka is the guide for the game drives. She is super attentive, enthusiastic and filled with so much knowledge about the reserve and the animals. She is so humble with the animals and instinctively knows how to be with them. This ensures us the best animal sitings ever. I was so happy not to drive around like crazy chasing animals. The scenery was so stunning and deserved to be taken in. Both of them also are very serious about safety measures in a relaxed way. We felt truly held and safe...a home away from home. A truly unforgettable experience. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All chalets are wonderfully situated.
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Response from Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge
Responded Jan 25, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review and wonderful experiences that you had during your recent visit to our Lodge. It was a pleasure having you as our Guests and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warm regards from The Nungubane Team
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Sesana asked a question Oct 2020
Malamulele, South Africa
How do i find prices?
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Hi To please contact us : 086 131 8887 Kind Regards
rdubbs08 asked a question Jul 2017
Edmond, Oklahoma7,575 contributions513 helpful votes
Has anyone used their childcare while on game drive? Any feedback is appreciated!!!
Answer from Nungubane L
Hi There Unfortunately we are only able to accommodate children over 12 years. Best Regards Chey
Catherine Chivers wrote a tip Apr 2024
Nottingham, United Kingdom18 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Temperature drops very quickly so you definitely need layers! The ponchos were fantastic!"
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Roving19266792469 wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A short rough patch of road to the gate. Ensure tyres are in good condition."
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Heather B wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bordon, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Small intimate lodge"
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Hugo P wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The drinks are excluded. We though it was included."
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Cassie B wrote a tip Oct 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We went in September and had lovely weather but the morning drives could be a bit chilly. Hats and thick socks helped!"
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PRICE RANGE
₱26,599 - ₱30,732 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nungubane game hotel waterberg
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergWelgevonden Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nungubane Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Nungubane Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Nungubane Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Nungubane Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Nungubane Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nungubane Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Nungubane Game Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Nungubane Game Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nungubane Game Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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