Ndzhaka is situated in the Manyeleti Game Reserve just a few kilometers from the main camp. It shares its unfenced boundaries with both the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is close to Orpen Gate with the nearest big town being Hoedspruit.....
The name Manyeleti means ‘place of the stars’ in the local language. Ndzhaka in turn, means "treasure" and Ndzhaka camp is truly an African treasure to experience with the thrill of being close to the animals and nature....
This rustic, self-catering tented camp is the sister camp of Buffelshoek, also situated in Manyeleti. The camp is situated in the shade of lush riverine bush a short distance from a large and very scenic dam.
The main area consists of a large communal kitchen with the basics of a gas stove, fridge, freezer, crockery and cutlery.
The staff members keep the camp spotlessly clean and service the tents during the day.
this is the old main kitchen area which has been revamped since we took this pic.....
dinner on the covered dining area before it was completely enclosed.....
dinner now in the enclosed dining room....
the dining area then leads down to the big open boma which lies next to the lounge and viewing deck.......
You can either braai yourself or do as we did, we hired a lady from the local community and she cooked for us each day......
The large viewing deck overlooks the riverbed and waterhole(which may be closed).......
Ndzhaka has 5 safari tents- a gravel pathway leads from the main area to three of the tents; numbers 3, 4 and 5 on the left hand side.....
all three overlook the riverbed.......
while the other two tents; numbers 1 and 2 have a wooden walkway leading off from right of the main area.
The camp does not have electricity so hurricane lamps are used to provide light....
The tents are all en-suite and the old bucket shower system has been replaced with new gas heating showers, so you have hot water on tap.
There is also a hand basin, toilet and a small wooden deck. All linen and bedding are provided for the guests.
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Self-drives are allowed in the Manyeleti game reserve, but you need to stick to the main roads. The camp does offer daily game drives with a field guide in an open game viewing vehicle at an additional cost. And safari walks are also an option for the more adventurous!
The small waterhole is a new addition to the lodge and is right in front of the wooden deck, so you can sit and relax while the animals come down to drink.
We had a herd of elephant came through camp and one decided to visit us at our tent….Mario got a pic of him right at the bathroom hatch at our tent!
There is a large beautiful dam behind Ndzhaka camp that results in plenty of animal activity near the camp as the animals move back and forth from the water.
In addition, there are a few other smaller dams situated in the reserve..
The dams attract large herds of Elephant and Buffalo and plenty of water birds. The birding round the dams is lovely and can present you with some great photographic opportunities.
We had some nice sightings
of lions, hippos, crocs, rhino and waterbuck to name but
The park has some great viewpoints, ask your field guide to take you to Dixie Koppie as this is a great place to get some beautiful sunrise photographs and a view over the reserve.
We went up to get sunset photographs but heard a Leopard calling below - we rushed down the hill to find it but it had already disappeared! There was fresh scat (cat dung) on the ground so we knew we were in the right place just not the right time.
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