Naledi

fr R4,250 pp daily rack
Lion pride at Naledi

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.

Elephant on drive at Balule's Naledi

Contrasting locations

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.

Extensive traversing

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).

Multiple hides

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.

Fine dining

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.

View at Naledi Enkoveni

Enkoveni

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.

Pool at Naledi Enkoveni

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.

Chalet suites at Naledi Enkoveni

Enkoveni chalet suites

Satellite chalet suites are positioned along the riverbank, which is frequented by hippos.

Naledi Bushcamp offers a natural lookout

Naledi Bushcamp

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.

Bushcamp suites

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.

Lodge features

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.

Guides interested in photography
Imaginative cuisine
Nocturnal river and waterhole rummaging
Watch hippo from loungers at Enkoveni
Birds-eye view of Mohlaphe River
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