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Hillsboro, Oregon
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163 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I can hardly say enough good things about our experience at N'Kaya game lodge. The accommodation was spacious, with excellent wi-fi, good air-conditioning, and both a shower and a bathtub in our two-room cabin. The food was plentiful and delicious for breakfast, 'high tea', and dinner. The game drives were outstanding, and we were expertly guided to see some incredible... More 

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Park City, Utah
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

My wife and I are very savvy international travelers. We both agree that our time at this lodge is most likely the best four days of our life. I'm not joking. The staff, the service, the food, the cabin / rooms and the cleanliness of the rooms and the game drives were all just amazing. We booked through a travel... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking time to send a review. It was very nice having you here and we are always delighted when we get great feedback like this. Thank you so much. More 

Gnosall, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We were at N’Kaya the same time as Louisa (review below) and family and endorse all written 100%. They really are all the very best of hosts with Andres leading the way and Lene who provided us with the most sumptuous meals every day; the best ever dining from breakfast , high tea, evening meals and the braai – wonderful... More 

Thank melkinno
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 25 March 2016

It is almost impossible to put into words the amazing experience we all had as a family at N'Kaya Lodge; I shall try....We were dropped at the larger 5 star Waterside Lodge on arrival at Thornybush and awaited our transfer to N'kaya. We were collected by Andrew, a very quiet, gentle man who we discovered was to be our 'tracker'... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking time to send a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we could send you of with great memories. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed 25 February 2016

While I had looked at the pictures online, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when my friends and I arrived at N'Kaya Lodge. Whatever I imagined, N'kaya far exceeded my expectations. N'kaya only has 4 rooms (which are absolutely beautiful) which made our stay very intimate. We were the only guests our first few days, which was amazing! Here... More 

Thank Alexa K
NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Alexa, thank you sooooo much for this great review. Yes, we had a good time with you and you friends, and would love to see you all back here. Thank you for sharing so much about your country with us, we have also learned a lot from your group. Stay well. More 

Bucharest, Romania
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193 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

We were not supposed to stay here because we wanted a more luxurious lodge - Jackalberry. But East Cape Tours and Thornybush Reservation Department (Diane and Michelle Naidoo especially) were very incompetent dealing with our request for Jackalberry. We fully paid the 4 nights at Jackalberry and we received the confirmation voucher from Thornybush Reservation Department for our 4 nights... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write this review. It was very nice having you here and I am sure you have a lot of photos to share with friends and a lot of interesting stories. Very glad that you got to see the elusive leopard. More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

I stayed at N'kaya Lodge over Christmas. Nkaya is a little lodge comprising of four rooms. It is very homely and the couple who run the lodge, Lenai and Andre are a huge part of the reason why this lodge scores highly in my review. The suites at Nkaya are divided into two sections, the bedroom and the sitting area.... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the nice review, we are glad to hear that you have you had a great time with us. More 

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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Have just found time to write this review as we traveled to N'kaya lodge back in July. What a great peaceful place to go see the big 5. The lodges are very roomy and comfortable as are the grounds with the small pool for a quick dip and the water hole which we spent much of our free time by.... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and it is always nice getting people back for another visit. More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

We stayed here for two nights, 9th and 10th November and I thought this lodge was exceptional. To get there you have to drive yourself to the main lodge, which is quite exciting, especially when you spot your first giraffe - bizarre how easy it is to miss them! We were then collected by our tracker Andres who took us... More 

Thank Samantha B
NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review. I have had a word with the guys about dropping the ball on your stay, and I trust they have picked up the standard to where we want it to be. Thank you for reviewing, it would be nice to have you back here any time. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

The big sixth in this case, being the lodge. It was perfect. Really comfortable accommodation and so peaceful, with a rhythm to the drives and downtime that meant you couldn't do anything but relax and drift into African time. Andre and Lene are very welcoming and have the knack of making you feel as though it is your home for... More 

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NKaya_Manager, Manager at N'kaya Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing and glad to hear that you enjoyed it here with us. More 

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A wonderful gem in the bush, 4 star, located in the Thornybush Reserve, well known for superb game viewing. ... more   less 

Additional Information about N'kaya Lodge

Address: Guernsey Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $634 - $819 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — N'kaya Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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