Big Five Balule
Naledi comprises two Lodges, 6km apart, in north west Big Five Balule. Run by the same hands-on owner, they offer super service and good value for money. They consistently top the TripAdvisor rankings for the region.
There is little price difference between the lodges and each has two room types. They traverse the same area; the one with a river location offers more general game whilst the bushcamp’s waterhole sees a denser concentration of animals.
Traversing is extensive and varied. It includes a decent chunk of the Olifants river frontage. Morning and evening drives go out for at least three hours (four hours and into the night if you get the owner excited).
Three hides overlook different waterholes. You can retreat there and spend a few hours in solitude, photography or birdwatching if you wish. Staff are keen photographers and have kit on the vehicles for you. On drives they attend to photographers and strive to get them in position for the perfect shot.
The food here is worth singling out as imaginative and something in which the team take pride. Dinner is three-courses of fresh local produce. Lunches are generous and can be eaten on the viewing deck or by the pool. There is a short picnic stop on the game drives.
Enkoveni is the newer and larger of the two Lodges with eight suites. It sits under giant fig-trees on the edge of the perennial Olifants River, over which the rooms offer excellent views. Animals frequent the riverbank.
Enkoveni manor house
Three Enkoveni suites are in the original manor. Built on two levels, it is a cool, thatched building with an upper deck and lower covered veranda. One suite is upstairs and two are on ground level. Each has an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath. Doors open onto the garden or the deck.
Enkoveni chalet suites
Satellite chalet suites are positioned along the riverbank, which is frequented by hippos.
The Naledi Bushcamp sleeps up to 8 people in three suites. It is built on the side of a hill overlooking a plains waterhole which attracts plenty of game. The communal area is raised up on a thatched platform which gives a birds-eye view across the bed of the seasonal Mohlaphe river.
The Bushcamp’s en-suite rooms are elegant, simple and clean. Leadwood is a twin-roomed thatched cottage with a pleasant lounge and its own plunge pool, and is ideal for families. Nocturnal rummaging at the waterhole requires three-strand electric fences nearby to stop megafauna getting too intrusive during your sleep.
Both lodges have pools and provide reliable cellphone coverage plus free Wi-Fi. The rooms include an en-suite bathroom, full air-conditioning, plentiful bottled water, insect netting, a mini-bar, tea, coffee, and a hairdryer.