nDzuti Safari Camp is a traditional thatched owner run private Lodge in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve. Klaserie is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, and nDzuti's exclusive 3,800 hectare concession is unfenced with the main Park. It is a game-rich area, and the animals including all of the Big Five have the freedom to roam from here through the Kruger all the way into Mozambique. Centered on an oxbow of the Klaserie River, the concession is large and productive, notable for large herds of elephants and buffalo. These and other game can often be seen from the Lodge at its spot-lit waterhole.
The immediate vicinity is characterised by a spread of mature riverine trees fed by the high water table around the watercourse. This is in contrast to the more sparse bushveld of the surrounding plains, so the Klaserie is an attraction to game for its year-round water. Predators come to places where the megafauna congregate; there is a resident pride of lions - the River pride - who are complemented by a variety of visitors keen to avail themselves of the abundance of game in their territory.
There is a strong focus on conservation and interpretation of the bush on the game drives and walks that start and end the activities of each day. Flexibility is in order: expect to leap off the vehicle to follow promising tracks into the bush, and range widely through the diverse terrain of the concession. There is no more than one occasional other game vehicle here, so you will engage with your highly-experienced Guide in making your own luck. Lady Luck may just come to you.
nDzuti was completely rebuilt after the hundred-year flood of 2012 caused damage. The owners took the opportunity to create s small, intimate Lodge showcasing their personalised attention to guests. There are just four en-suite rooms, all located under the roof of an elegant central thatch building that also houses the lounges and a dining area and bar for when the weather prevents eating al fresco. Each room has a stable door opening on to the grounds, and an interconnecting door providing access to the main area.
A swimming pool with a deck and bar area is in the well-kept gardens.
|nDzuti is a friendly, welcoming Lodge enjoying its own wonderful game-rich space in the middle of the bush. Intimate and cosy, it is particularly well suited to groups or families who can dictate the pace of their Safari and explore together, and make the most of the excellent Guiding on offer.|
Situated in the Klaserie Game Reserve, which is next to the probably better known Timbavati, it shares the impressive landscape and game with its neighbour. Like Timbavati, Klaserie is open to Kruger Park situated to the east, and the wild game moves freely across the borders with no fences or obstacles. Ndzuti Camp is situated about 20 kms from the gate, which is about 15 kms from Eastgate Airport near the town of Hoedspruit. Although the road beyond the gate isnít tar sealed, it is easily accessed by an ordinary car, no need for a four wheel drive.
The camp is designed and built as a luxury lodge, having four large ensuite bedrooms, a huge lounge and dining area, and a well equipped kitchen capable of turning out meals for all tastes. Outside there is a pool, surrounded by a relaxation area which includes a bar, outside dining, as well as deck chairs and sun tanning couches.
The camp is owned and run by Bruce and Judy, who have many years of African bush life and hospitality experience. Bruce has been a guide throughout Southern Africa for most of his life, and he and Judy have been involved in guiding and game reserve work for over 30 years. It shows and the welcome is genuine and warm. Judy supervises the excellent staff and does the cooking, meanwhile Bruce entertains the guests and assists with anything needed.
After a fantastic lunch we were free to relax for a short time until the afternoon game drive. Bruceís game drive vehicle is remarkable in that it has no rattles whatsoever, amazing for a 1988 Landrover, and shows what care and regular attention can do. All of us along for the drive had been on drives before, so Bruce didnít waste much time on briefings. We piled on board and headed out into the Reserve. Bruce has been guiding in the bush for decades, he didnít stop at every tree and insect as I have had some Guides do, but simply asked if anyone was interested in seeing the likes of a community spiders' nest or a marula tree as we drove along. But all of us wanted to see some big game, and it wasnít long before we saw a rhino. A huge bull grazing peacefully in the bush, he paid no attention to us whatsoever.
A bit further on and after some general game such as impala, wildebeest and kudu we saw elephant, and within 30 minutes we came across another four rhino in a group, two of them young ones. Moving on from the rhinos we stopped for sundowners, with the majority of the group tucking into the gin and tonics Bruce had stocked the cooler box with. The drive home was in darkness, with the tracker on the spotlight,
nDzuti offers wonderful solitude in the middle of the bush, and is a thoroughly relaxing spot with its own pace of life. With such small and intimate groups, you can dictate how much or little you want to get up to outside the Camp, or just relax in the pool and watch the game come to you. Viewing is abundant and tracking more interesting than queueing up for sightings called in by radio as happens elsewhere.
The guiding and hospitality are both of the highest standard and well worth a detour.
Doug Williamson looks after Kiwi and Australian clients at Kruger2Canyons.com