Nkorho Bush Lodge is located in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a conservation area covering more than two million hectares. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the world-famous Kruger National Park, as a result, the diversity of wildlife to be seen at Nkorho is breathtaking and guests are often treated to sightings of some of the Big 5, even from the lodge itself, which overlooks a waterhole and open plain. Nkorho offers reasonably-priced, comfortable accommodation for 12 guests in 6 en-suite thatched chalets and one honeymoon suite.
- Affordable accommodation
- En-suite bathroom with inside and outside shower
- Private wine cellar
- Big 5 game viewing
- Rim-flow pool and rock pool
- Overhead electrical fans (no air-conditioning)
- Daily morning and evening game drive
- Daily bushwalk
Nkorho Bush Lodge is a small, moderately priced and popular game lodge, which offers excellent game viewing. This 4-star lodge is beautifully located overlooking a wide-open plain and waterhole, which has a permanent live webcam installed.
Maximum 14 guests
Twelve guests can stay in a choice of six stylish, comfortable en-suite thatched chalets or the luxurious honeymoon suite. Some of the chalets face the watering hole and all have ceiling fans (no air-conditioning). The lodge and its suites are decorated in natural wood tones with rustic wood furniture. The suites' cool stone floors and a light breeze through the mosquito proofed windows ensure a welcome refuge from the African heat. The chalets have an inside and outside shower as well as a wonderful, deep round bath to relax in.
Great dining at Nkorho
The outdoor dining at Nkorho is special. Breakfasts and lunches can be enjoyed on the open, thatched deck overlooking a large clearing and watering hole. From here guests are able to watch the animals come and go for their daily drink. Evening dining in the traditional African boma (African reed or wood enclosure) is also outdoors where a unique ambience is created by a crackling campfire and kerosene lamps. The food is plentiful and of good quality and the staff will go out of their way to accommodate special needs.
Game viewing activities
The lodge offers early morning and late afternoon game drive. These are conducted by a qualified guide and knowledgeable local tracker. The open-air vehicles are in constant radio contact with others in the reserve enabling guests to be right there where the wildlife action takes place. At sunset, sundowners are enjoyed at a scenic spot in the bush after which the game drive continues as a night drive with spotlights, looking for leopards, lions and other nocturnal animals. Game walks are offered before (in summer) or after breakfast (in winter). Game drives and walks are included in the price.
Leisure at Nkorho
Relaxation time can of course simply be enjoyed in or around the unique rock pool or rim-flow swimming pool whilst marvelling at the rich diversity of game on the wide African plain below. The lodge has comfortable inside and outside lounge areas, as well as a well-stocked bar.
Getting to Nkorho
Guests have a choice of getting there by air, Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, followed by a road transfer directly to the lodge. By road, the trip takes about 6 hours from Johannesburg.
Our take on Nkorho
Nkorho is a friendly, intimate, well-managed lodge recommended for those looking for an affordable safari destination with excellent game viewing, for whom air-conditioning is not a prerequisite. We recommend chalets number 5 or 6, if they are available, as they have the best views.
- Comfortable accommodation with en-suite bathroom
- All meals, teas and coffees, snacks on game drives
- Two open safari vehicle game drives daily, which can go off-road
- Bush Walks
- Flights and transfers to and from the lodge
- Sabi Sand entrance fee (when on self-drive)
- Phone calls and personal expenses
- All drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks)
- Tourism levy
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