Senalala is a beautiful, upmarket lodge in the northern Klaserie Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. The guides and management couple are legendary safari enthusiasts and love to share their vast experience and enviable piece of South African bushveld with guests. The lodge offers understated luxury and the focus really is on a relaxed safari experience giving you a deeper understanding of the rich and varied wildlife that make the Klaserie Private Game Reserve their home. Game drives with knowledgeable guides and interactive bush walks, education and conservation are all very much in evidence at Senalala.
- Set in the unhurried, uncrowded Klaserie Private Game Reserve
- No fences separate it from Kruger National Park so game are free to move unhindered
- Overlooking dry riverbed and active waterhole which attracts large numbers of game
- Game drives and interactive bush walks with knowledgeable, passionate guides
- Spacious, air-conditioned luxury chalets
- Actively involved in wildlife education and conservation
- Swimming pool, fully-equipped gym, WiFi and library
Set within 60,000 hectares of African bushveld, Senalala's mission is to ensure you have an unparalleled and authentic bush experience, by vehicle or on foot, with every comfort and amenity whilst at camp. Up to 16 guests can be accommodated in eight spacious, en-suite, air-conditioned chalets, six of which have twin beds and two of which have generous king size beds and a large en-suite bathroom, ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. The emphasis is on privacy, luxury and relaxation. It's also possible to hire out the entire camp on an exclusive-use basis - please ask us about these rates.
Overlooking a dry riverbed and an active waterhole that draws a wide variety of "visitors", the main lodge has a pool, fully-equipped gym, digital library and free WiFi to keep you connected if you should need it. While the accommodation is spacious and luxurious, the camp avoids the frills and trappings of typical 5 star lodges to create a more relaxed, homely atmosphere. The staff to guest ratio is quite low and privacy is valued. Meals are an occasion, freshly-prepared and a mix of African/Continental cuisine. Guests are encouraged to come together at mealtimes to share experiences and swap stories about the day's activities.
There are twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles, one early morning and the other late afternoon/early evening with a sundowner stop and after-dark spotlight viewing as you drive back to the lodge for dinner. The guides at Senalala are highly experienced and will not simply race from one "big five" sighting to the next. Don't come to Senalala to simply check off your wish list of predators or big game sightings: while you have every chance of experiencing these, the focus here is on appreciating all of nature, from big to small. Every game drive is different. The traversing area is not shared with many other lodges, which means that fewer sightings are called in over the radio, but if you do come across an amazing sighting, you will be able to enjoy an unhurried and exclusive wildlife sighting, without the pressure of vehicle congestion common in some other reserves.
At least once during your stay, you should opt for a guided bush walk with an armed and experienced, professional ranger that will provide you with a totally different perspective as you get the opportunity to track big game on foot and get a closer look at the minutiae of spoor, scat, sights and sounds you wouldn't otherwise be able to experience. Bush walks at Senalala typically last a bit longer and take the place of a game drive, or can be combined with a game drive. However, bush walks are only available to those aged 16 years and older.
Conservation & Education
In keeping with the Klaserie's strong conservation ethos, the Senalala team is committed to the conservation of Africa’s natural heritage, including the fight against unprecedented levels of poaching and guests are encouraged to be involved in worthy projects. There's also an emphasis on fostering a deeper understanding of the wildlife, its habitats and environmental prservation. Care is taken to show you how to identify common plants, recognise and understand some basic animal behaviour and how to interpret various signs, sounds and scents of the bush around you.
By air: Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport is a 45-minute drive away from Senalala. Two daily flights connect from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International and daily flights from Cape Town International (except Saturdays!). Return transfers are easily arranged.
By road: The lodge is approximately a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg. Road transfers and connecting shuttles are readily available.
Our Take on Senalala Luxury Safari Camp
An upmarket, luxury camp in the uncrowded, unhurried Klaserie, Senalala has warm, welcoming staff who have learned the art of exceptional service without "hovering" and overdoing it. A good choice for those looking for luxury accommodation at a reasonable price, while enjoying an authentic, immersive, unforgettable bush experience with excellent guides. The game viewing in this part of Klaserie can vary from the occasional quiet day to exceptional sightings without any other vehicles present. The ideal length of stay at Senalala is four nights.
- Luxury accommodation
- Daily game drives and walking safari activities
- All meals, house wines, local beers, soft drinks and mineral water
- WiFi access
- 14% VAT
- Cellar wines/champagnes, imported spirits/beers
- Flights and transfers
- Gratuities (optional)
- Klaserie Private Reserve Conservation Levy and Entrance Fee
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