nDzuti SAFARI CAMP - PLACE IN THE SHADE

Discover the Greater Kruger

Tented accommodation

Wildlife up close

Lunch in the boma

Spectacular views

Watering hole

Welcome to

nDzuti Safari Camp

nDzuti Tented Bush Camp offers you an authentic and affordable safari experience and a chance of possibly sighting the BIG FIVE but also many other species of the Balule – Greater Kruger Park. The charming tended camp offers a base from where we set off 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 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.

 

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: WhatsApp +27 (0)82 615 5449

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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.

 Safari tent with twin beds, fine linen, electric lights and fans.

Bush CAMP

Little nDzuti tented bush camp, the adventure of sleeping under basic canvas cover in a wild area with night sounds and the African bush.

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 for tea and filter coffee and rusks to dunk. A hot box is loaded onto the open safari vehicle 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 behavior.

All of the Big 5 animals can be viewed at nDzuti and every endeavor 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 in a shady hammock or on the deck  watching the animals come down to the waterhole. An outdoor shower in the private bathrooms is such a treat and each tent has   private deck with comfortable seating.  The swimmming pool, day bed under the trees and upstairs lounge are  available for rest time between drives.

Lunch is served before the a afternoon game drive which leaves camp as the heat of the day dissipates.

At sunset, we stop for traditional sun-downer 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 is served  in the boma besides the fire and occasionally in the thatched dinning room . 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 tented bushcamp, with just four permanent safari tents, is located in a stand of tall mopane trees in the Maseke Section of Balule Nature Reserve that makes up part of the Greater Kruger park. The little bushcamp is secluded, almost deliberately, in between the trees so that it blends in beautifully with its surroundings. Four “mini Meru” tents, each erected on a solid base with an adjacent open-air bathroom, stand looking out over a natural gully onto a waterhole on the far bank.
These are not “luxury tents”, rather they are adequate and pleasingly comfortable with twin beds, floor mats, bedside tables and floor mats as well as, an electric point and a charging station.
The small wooden deck at the front has locally made “morris” chairs and a table where guests can sit in the cool shade, reading and birdwatching and keeping an eye on the waterhole for bigger game.
nDzuti tented bushcamp is not fenced off from the surrounds, the lawn and rockeries morph into woodlands on the edge of camp where the wildlife walk free.
The camp has a splash pool and a raised dining deck. A semi-circle of local split poles creates a “boma” where fireside meals are enjoyed and there is a thatched lounge on a deck above the main building.
Occasionally elephants or buffalo will stray into camp, so the rangers are ever-vigilant and aware and why children under 10 years old are not accepted.

nDzuti bush camp may be small with only eight beds but we have a large and varied area of traverse to travel in our six hours of game drives per day. Walks are very much our thing having spent many years doing walking safaris and so we love to offer and encourage walks. The safari industry has become ever more regulated and qualified guides for walking are not always available without notice.

 

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