Review: Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor


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Providing a home away from home experience, ‘Khaya’ in the isiZulu language, one of South Africa’s eleven official languages, directly translates to ‘home’ or ‘haven.’ Find yourself discovering an exotic oasis, filled with luscious, breathtaking views that South Africa’s wilderness has to offer, and immerse yourself in the splendor of the Khaya Ndlovu Manor.


It is majestically situated in Khaya Ndlovu Game Reserve, part of the Big Game Rietspruit Reserve – a well-protected sanctuary offering a safe shelter for its residents of black and white rhinos. Not too far from the small magical town of Hoedspruit ( Hat Creek ), in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and on the railway line from Tzaneen, a large tropical garden town, and Kaapmuiden, a small farming town.

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates, with hot summers and mild winters. The driest weather is in between the summer months of November-February. May-September is the best time to visit if you want to experience the season when the large game comes out to play.

Although there is an airport in Hoedspruit, there are no direct flights from London, meaning you must first travel to Johannesburg’s Tambo International Airport (JNB) and then board a connecting flight, which will take you directly to Hoedspruit. Flight time can range from 13-24 hours, including the stop, plus an additional estimation of 40 mins from Hoedspruit Airport to Khaya Ndlovu Manor. Flights go from Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), and London City (LCY).

Style & Character

Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor is a luxurious safari lodge in South Africa. The style of the lodge is a modern African aesthetic, combining elements of traditional African craftsmanship with contemporary designs. The lodge features earthy tones, natural materials and textures, and various African artifacts and artworks. The interior is decorated with natural fabrics and bright colors, while the exterior is designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. The lodge also features a variety of outdoor seating and fire pits, a swimming pool, and a gym.

The property’s core is nestled amongst the northern section of the reserve, overlooking the famous Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and undeniably most spectacular canyon in the world.

Service & Facilities

Khaya Ndlovu Manor is known for its welcoming and humble staff, providing the best for their guests during their stay. Views from the infinity pool are spectacular, in which you can spot animal life, such as giraffes and warthogs, as well as the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and private reserves. Guests can take advantage of the free laundry service. The Spa offers a wide range of relaxation services, from massages to facials, and a list of day packages. If you’re traveling with children, you can find a wide range of activities for them, safari for all ages and an endless array of memorable experiences such as hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, panoramic tours, and game drives.


Beautifully airy, spacious, and stylishly decorated. There are nine suites to choose from, including a honeymoon suite and a family garden room. Amenities include cotton linen, AC, room safe, lounge area, hairdryers, mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom, and king-sized bed. All rooms have sweeping views of the tropical garden and external verandas, which can be accessed from the rooms, creating a serene ambiance. Monkeys can be spotted in the gardens, and the chatter of various bird species can be heard, echoing throughout the trees.

Food & Drink

Cooked in an open-plan farm kitchen, meals are prepared with fresh ingredients and are deliciously presented and served. Guests recommend the breakfast, as well as the four-course dinner. Dinner is served communally, but with the option of dining alone if you prefer. Both drinks and food are reasonably priced. Expect to find hearty breakfasts and light lunches made by Chef Shane and the team.

If you’re searching for a hidden-safari gem with impeccable views and comforting service, add Khaya Ndlovu Manor to your list. You’ll be blown away by the captivating wildlife, scenic views, and mouthwatering food. Both a dream to travel to with family or a loved one, as there are many options for activities and rooms. Experience South Africa the Khaya Ndlovu way.

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