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“Neighbor's Envy, owners pride” 5 of 5 stars
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Nyaru Private Game Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   R 328, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa   |  
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“Neighbor's Envy, owners pride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Whenever we talk about our Nov 2011 trip to South Africa, Nyaru finds its way into our discussion invariably. What a time we had in Nyaru. Be it the nature, wonderful wild animals, horse back safari at the dawn, 4 x 4 safari at the dusk, sunset picnic near giraffe, eco-friendly huts, wild bar, homely food or Ruan and his family, all fit perfectly well in this little gem. Just few minutes drive from Mossel Bay, this private game reserve has everything that is available in a more expensive neighbors. Ruan and his Mum went extra mile to help and to make our stay memorable. Home cooked food was amazing. We were vegetarians but that was not a problem. We used to spend our dinner time talking to Ruan and his family. Donovan took me out for a horse back safari and it would remain in my memory forever. On the horseback I could get so close to the animals and needless to say Donovan knows their behavior so well. The horses were great. We were with our 5 months old son but we didnt face any problem, In fact he enjoyed the 4X4 Safari with us.
We highly recommend this place as they have kept a very reasonable price for everything which shows their passion. It is a private game reserve and animals are their life.... We loved everything in Nyaru and we'l surely return to this paradise.

God bless Nyaru family and we wish you great success in running the reserve. I am sure we'll see many more of fauna when we return in near future.

Room Tip: Family rooms have two floors!! (for your kids). Baby cot available
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RuanFouche, Owner at Nyaru Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
You were an amazing family with you’re beautiful son. Thank you for you’re kind review and please visit us again in future. Elmarie & the Nyaru team
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011 via mobile

An absolute "surprize"! I did not know where we were going and it felt and looked like we were somewhere far away - somewhere that you'd need to pay a lot of money for; however its on your doorstep. Friendly, personal service; home cooked meals and lovely people! The quad bike safari is an absolute must!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Spent a day and night at Nyaru with my girlfriend. We were traveling from Cape town and was our second stop on the garden route. It's not well sign posted so ask for good directions. Our accommodation was perfect very clean and had everything we needed. We did an evening quad bike safari which was fantastic what a unbelievable way to see this game reserve, throw in a couple of heart racing moments when spotting some of the majestic animals. After this we were driven out to a hill overlooking the game reserve where we had a romantic picnic on our own. Then later had a lovely meal and sat around the camp fire where we had a couple drinks. At night time you completely feel in a different world as all the sounds you would expect on safari engulf the night time air. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. If we had another day here we would have done the safari on horse back. Very memorable stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

We stayed at the lodge with visitors from Kazahkstan in September and everyone went out of their way to make it a memorable stay. The food was also great.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

I had a wonderful weekend experience at the Nyaru Lodge, surrounded with nature and all the elements that make a getaway a great one.
We were greeted with open arms when we arrived late in the evening and was treated to a lovely pit fire and a braai. In the morning we had the chance to see the Rhinos being feed right in front of us and then we were taken on a 4x4 quad bike game drive around Nyaru, for a memorable experience! Rhinos, Giraffes, Cheetahs (to name a few) that we had the chance to get up close and "personal" with. Thank you to all who assisted with making our trip the beginning of may visits!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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George, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

We had the honor to visit Nyaru earlier this year.
The food was excellent, safari was jaw dropping, and the accomodation was out of this world.

The staff was of great help and always there when we needed something.
We do safaris on a regular basis and I must say...I think I found my favorite!!!

The biggest surprise was when we had to pay after our stay and couldnt believe how well priced Nyaru is.

Well done Nyaru and staff, you made our stay a blissful one!
Looking forward to see you guys in 2weeks time!!

Dewald Barnard

Room Tip: All the rooms are well equipt and cosy!!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011 via mobile

A stunning location with the most beautiful sunsets! Comfortable "African" decorated rooms set between the mountains make for the most relaxing getaway. Sundowners by the fire with the sounds of wild life echo in the air, I had the time of my life!

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: R 328, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Mossel Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Mossel Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nyaru Private Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 30 minutes from George Airport, travellers will delight in a safari experience set right in the heart of the Garden Route. The perfect accommodation for guests travelling through Mossel Bay, Nyaru Game Lodge offers warm hospitality and a sumptuous sleep in a selection of picturesque thatch-roof chalets set around the main lodge. Relax and regenerate in a single bedroom chalet or family chalet. The ideal romantic hideaway for couples, the one-bedroom chalet is equipped with a queen-size double bed, a single bed and an en-suite bathroom. Catering to families of four, the double-story Family Chalet boasts a main bedroom equipped with a queen size bed, single bed and en-suite bathroom while the upper level houses a second bedroom with two single beds. While guests are treated to a delicious breakfast in the morning, Nyaru's stunning African restaurant will delight tummies looking for delicious, traditional South African dinners. Serving mouth-watering fare as well as a great selection of wines, toast your toes in front of the roaring fire and fill your belly with Nyaru's delicious dishes.Guests seeking adventure will get their kicks with Nyaru Game Lodge's array of fun, family-friendly activities. Offering exciting 4x4 safaris as well as horseback tours and quad bike safaris, guests will be escorted by a Nyaru ranger and taken around the bushveld where 17 different species of game and wildlife roam free. Boasting giraffe, zebra, impala and more, safari-seeking guests will delight in Nyaru Game Lodge's special wildlife tours. Last but not least, those looking for a tres romantic evening can enquire with Nyaru about sun- downer picnics. ... more   less 
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