nDzuti SAFARI CAMP - PLACE IN THE SHADE

Discover the Greater Kruger

Two Room Chalets

Luxury Safari Tents

Lunch in the Boma

Wildlife up close

Water Hole

Welcome to

nDzuti Safari Camp

 

nDzuti Safari Camp offers you an exceptional African safari experience, simply because it is not a hotel in the bush, but rather our base from where we offer a sojourn into the African Bush to experience and bear witness to the creatures of the wild and their daily dramas that unfold there.

nDzuti Safari Camp is based deep in the Maseke Game Reserve with no boundaries between our concession and the rest of the Klaserie, Timbavati and Greater Kruger Park’s vast block of wilderness.

Animals are free to come and go following ancient routes between breeding and feeding grounds.

Accommodation at nDzuti is a choice between luxury safari tents and two-room chalets. The four luxury safari tents are permanent structures with en-suite bathrooms, doors and not zipped flaps and air conditioning. The tents all have a un-uninterrupted view over the waterhole in front of the camp.

The four chalets have two en-suite bedrooms in each with a central lounge in between. There is a large covered patio out front, ideal accommodation for families or groups of friends traveling together.

nDzuti SAFARI CAMP

Situated in the Maseke Private Game Reserve

Available 24/7

Bruce & Judy Meeser Owner Operators
Email: res@wildlife-encounters.co.za
Mobile: +27 (0)83 382 5098/7
Reservations: +27 (0)15 817 1863

Explore nDzuti Safari Lodge

Tents

At nDzuti we offer you affordable safari accommodation in four luxury en-suite safari tents.

Chalets

For families we have four chalets set in established gardens each with two en-suite bedrooms joined by an inter-leading lounge area.

Life at nDzuti Safari Camp

Days at nDzuti begin at first light.  Dawn is exciting – birds greet the day, there may even be lions calling,  and the camp-fire still burning as we meet in the dining tent for tea and toast, fruit and cereals. Hot boxes are loaded onto open safari vehicles and fleecy blankets are passed out.

Out in the bushveld, the sandy roads are full of animal tracks and we can interpret what went down while we were tucked up in bed. Animal tracks may dictate the direction the game drive takes. We stop often to view the animals we encounter and to interpret their behaviour.

All of the Big 5 animals can be viewed at nDzuti and every endeavour is made to locate these iconic African animals for guests, however, we delight in introducing some birding and small game on safari. 

The morning game drive is approximately 3 hours long and at some time, at a viewpoint or such, we halt for hot drinks, homemade cookies, and rusks.

Back in camp, hot cooked breakfast awaits with a selection of fruits, cold meats and cheeses or pastries of sorts.

During the day guests relax in camp, watching the animals come down to the waterhole or in airconditioned comfort in their chalets and tents. The large central pool is well placed with a view, umbrellas and chaise lounges.  For those who choose there is a guided nature walk from camp.

Lunch is served before the afternoon drive and can be in the shaded boma or the dining pavilion. The afternoon game drive leaves the camp as the heat of the day dissipates.

At sunset, we stop for traditional sundowner drinks and snacks. After dark, with the aid of a spotlight, we seek out the nocturnal creatures and the big cats.

Guests can freshen up before dinner on the terrace or in the boma besides the fire. A three-course meal is served with quality South African wines on offer.

A traditional day at nDzuti Safari Camp

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Game Drives

Safari drives or game drives with knowledgeable ranger guides are the highlight of your experiential stay at nDzuti Safari Camp. On the day of your arrival, the first drive takes place that afternoon. We set off as the heat of the day subsides; into the bush and on the 8000 ha of Greater Kruger Park that we have access to.

All of the iconic Big Five animals (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) are found in our area, and we invest a lot of effort into finding these animals making your safari a life-changing experience. Nevertheless, the African bush has so much more to offer and we endeavour to deliver an exciting and unforgettable interpretation of the interactions and daily dramas of the many animals that co-exist in this wilderness.  Giraffe can be so curious and delight guests with their unabashed staring and the tiny dwarf mongoose, our smallest carnivore, are comical to watch peering out from behind a fallen tree and entertaining zebra stallions are always protective of their harem of mares and can be seen “herding” them onwards when they pause to stare back at us. On game drives, much time is spent interpreting spoor or animal tracks and using this evidence to locate the animals. Learning to recognise animal tracks is exciting and opens up a whole new window into bush appreciation.  The Kruger area has over 500 different bird species, from awe-inspiring raptors to glossy sunbirds; birding is so rewarding. The varied vegetation of the area dictates the species composition and is fascinating in its own right while the dramatic geology provides spectacular vistas.  Every game drive is different and never boring.

Morning drives are about 3 hours from sunrise until breakfast calls. We do stop for hot drinks and homemade cookies along the way. Afternoon drives also pause for “sundowners” to share a drink and salute the setting sun and then drive back to camp in the dark with the beam of a spotlight, seeking out nocturnal animals.

Cuisine

Our two chefs; Mama Sinah and Pindele really enjoy creating delicious Pan African fare. Assisted by waitrons Glance and nKatego they serve traditional Cape Malay Baboti complete with poppadums and mango atcha or impala potjie cooked in the three-legged pot over the fire, followed with an Italian lemon and almond torte for dessert, all paired with fine South African wines- dining is a joy. We serve options for vegan and vegetarian preferences as well as catering for Halal requirements.

In the early morning before the game drive, a light breakfast is set out in the dining pavilion. Home made rusks with filter coffee. toast with honey and jams, fruit juice and cereals. A hot box is packed with cookies or muffins, dried fruit and hot drinks for a drinks stop on morning game drive.  Back in camp fresh fruit on a platter, cheese and cold meats and cooked breakfast are on offer.  Breakfast is served in the dining pavilion or in the boma. Tea and coffee and homemade cookies are always available in the dining pavilion, as is fruit.

A light lunch of fresh salads, home-made bread, cheeses with crackers and a hot meal of lasagne, schnitzels, curry or such, is served around 14:00 depending on the season and arrival times.

Dinner is a three-course affair served on the terrace, in the boma or the pavilion. Boma evenings with the fires glowing and candles on the tables create a memorable occasion. Home made soups are a well-loved starter in the winter months as is smoked mackerel pate’ with home-made bread in summer.  Traditional braais (barbeques) in the boma tend to be informal and convivial while roasted meats with crispy potatoes and fresh vegetables in the pavilion are a treat.

Special child-friendly meals can easily be catered for.

Night life

After sundowners, guides slowly head back to camp with the use of a spotlight to seek out nocturnal animals. Care is taken not to shine on any diurnal or day-time active animals as the spotlight might disorientate them. Nocturnal animals have a night vision adaptation behind the retina, which reflects excessive light and ensures they are not blinded by the spotlight.

The fires are alight when the drives come back into camp and the spot-lit waterhole may have some visiting animals. The guests have some time to freshen up and then meet in the bar or at the fireside in the boma for a predinner drink.  The drums announce dinner is about to be served and the dinning area is softly lit with fires, lamps and candles. A three-course meal is served but its not unusual for the meal to be interrupted by some exciting animal activity. We may have to pause dessert for a quick game drive to investigate lions calling; not far from camp. The spot-lit waterhole in front of camp often has nocturnal visitors such as hyena, lions, honey badgers and owls. Elephant herds frequently silently come in to drink, and we are first alerted by the sound of splashing water. Guests sleeping in the luxury safari tents that over-look the waterhole may have their sleep pleasantly punctuated by sounds of animals at the waterhole.

The camp is fenced and relatively safe, thereby needing no curfew for bed-time, although the early morning start is enough of a deterrent for late nights.  The fire burns on until the morning when the drums go for the wake-up call. There is a night porter on duty for any needs during the night. Fine linen and extra-large beds make for a good night’s sleep.

The Camp

 nDzuti Safari Camp is built in the shadow of a spectacular rocky out crop or koppie as they are called in Africa. The word nDzuti means shadow or shade in the local Shangaan language. The four chalets in the indigenous garden are roomy and well- spaced, sleeping 4 guests in each and ideal for families. The four tents with views over the waterhole are newly added, offering experiential accommodation at it’s best – sleeping under canvas!  En-suite bathrooms, doors and not zips with flaps, and air- conditioning add a touch of luxury to tents.

Central to the camp is the sparkling swimming pool, positioned on the terrace so guests can watch animals come to the waterhole from the pool. The dining pavilion and thatched bar complete the central area and the reeded boma on the western wing.  Evening meals and breakfasts are served in the open air boma, from where there is also a view over the waterhole.  The central fire with seating is welcoming for after- diner coffee and roasted marshmallows.

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