Nkelenga Tented Camp

OVERVIEW

Nkelenga is a delightful sole-use, self-catering camp overlooking one of Thornybush’s most active dams. A hive of bird and mammal activity will keep you enthralled while relaxing on the spacious deck of your safari tent.

This rustic bush camp, reserved for group and family stays, has become a much loved and sought-after destination especially with our South African guests who are drawn back, time and again. It is a magical experience having a place like this all to yourself, providing the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your friends and family.

The comfortable Meru-style tents are nestled under a grove of Fever Trees and surrounded by a large rolling lawn, perfect for a game of cricket or boules. The plunge pool is ideal for cooling off on long summer days and at night you can enjoy time around the starlit fire pit.

Nkelenga Tented Camp Accommodation Options

The three tents and main house are all set back on the lawn and overlook a well-frequented dam. The deck chairs around the small pool provide a perfect opportunity for relaxation, as do a number of places around the camp under the trees. The main house is where most of the activity takes place with a long, covered verandah, while inside is a lounge, kitchen, dining area as well as a bedroom and loft area, perfect for kids.

Lodge Facilities & Services


Deck
Dining Room
Game Drives
Inside Dining
Lounge
Outside Lounge
Pool
WiFi
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There are three comfortable, Meru-style tents positioned on wooden stilts overlooking an active dam. They all have their own shaded decks with comfortable armchairs and are perfect for enjoying a bit of quiet time. All the tents have double beds with twin and king options, in the winter months electric blankets are placed on the beds to keep you warm.

Each tent has gauze windows with flaps that are closed in the evening, but still allow for you to hear all the wonderful calls of the wild throughout the night. The tents are all en-suite with a shower, basin and toilet.


Air-conditioning
Deck
Dining Room
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
Inside Dining
International Adaptor
Kettle
Lounge
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Outdoor Lounge
Pool
Shower
WiFi

The main house boasts a large open-plan lounge with comfortable couches and a dining room area that can seat up to 10 people. There is also a fully equipped kitchen for you to make all those delicious meals.

Inside the main house is a bedroom with a separate bathroom, and a loft area with 4 single beds – perfect for kids to enjoy!


Air-conditioning
Deck
Dining Room
Fan
Gratuity Information
Hairdryer
Inside Dining
International Adaptor
Kettle
Lounge
Mobile Coverage
Mosquito Net
Outdoor Lounge
Pool
Shower
Toiletries
WiFi

Lodge Experiences

Morning Game Drives

A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.

Walking Safaris

A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.

Community Interaction

Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.

Afternoon Drives

Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for afternoon tea before climbing into the game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will take in one of the iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, new animals stir adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.



Location

Inside the Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.

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