Nsala Safari Camp is located in a 5,000 hectare game-rich private game reserve/concession which shares unfenced borders with the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the popular Kruger National Park. It is an intimate and rustic bush camp surrounded by marula and leadwood trees, and is perched on the banks of a dry riverbed shrouded in vegetation, providing the perfect hideaway for leopards and other predators to den their young.
Nsala offers an unrivalled game viewing experience and is home to the Big Five. Morning and afternoon game drives in the company of an experienced ranger go out daily in search of Africa's astounding wildlife. Each game drive last for roughly 3 hours and includes a coffee stop (morning game drive) and sundowner stop (evening game drive) in the bush.
The design of the camp is simple in its structure and offers all the charm of a bygone era while not compromising on modern comforts. The camp is perched on an elevated area, overlooking a small waterhole frequented by elephants and buffalo. The main area comprises of a swimming pool, a lounge/dining area and a boma. In the evening after dinner, guests are invited to retire to the camp fire for a night camp before turning into bed - the quintessential safari experience.
The 3 chalets have wooden glass sliding doors leading out onto a small patio area complete with table and chairs for relaxation.
Nsala can accommodate 6 people, however, the maximum capacity of the camp is 9 people as each room can also fit a single stretch bed for children when required.
The camp maintains a standard of comfortable luxury while simultaneously offering a completely eco-aware, off the grid experience for those seeking a safari that reduces their carbon footprint.
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Full Board Package: All meals; game drives; and tea/coffee are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Nsala Conservation Levy (currently R250 per person per stay - subject to change and payable direct at camp in cash or credit card) is NOT included.
All Inclusive Package: All meals; local drinks (soft and alcoholic); game drives; and tea/coffee are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Nsala Conservation Levy (currently R250 per person per stay - subject to change and payable direct at camp in cash or credit card) is NOT included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a Timbavati Gate vehicle entrance fee of R140 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to hoedspruit.
Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate airport. Turn left here and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate.
After 17 km look out for the Bush Pub and Inn on your left hand side, and the Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side.
In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and drive straight on until the end of the tarred road. It is roughly 45 km until the end of the tarred road. Follow the Nsala signs for approximately 3 km on a dirt road until you reach the camp.
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate airport/Thornybush Reserve/Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road).
After 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate and follow the directions as above.
Please be aware of the many potholes along the Lydenburg route - the roads in this section aren’t great. For a more scenic route, you can go via Dullstroom.
General Information For Guests
The rooms all have a small patio area. The en-suite bathroom has a toilet, sink, bathroom furniture and an expansive shower. The rooms also have plenty of hanging space and storage space for luggage and clothes.
The main camp consists of a dining area, outdoor lounge, a boma area with a fire pit, swimming pool and a viewing deck.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.
Water is supplied by the windmill in front of camp and heated by traditional wood fired donkey boilers.
Activities available include morning and evening game drives and birdwatching. On game drives, you are able to get within 5-10 metres of the large animals - and safely! This is because the animals are generally habituated to the vehicle, meaning they are used to it approaching them and they know it never causes them harm. All game drives are conducted in open 4x4 Land Rovers.
Special occasion dinner set-ups can be organised.
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted.