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Nyaru Private Game Lodge
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“great hospitality!”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Guests at this private game reserve are received with the utmost friendliness and hospitality. The lodge is a beautiful place and lovely decorated. I had the best time lying at the poolside in the sun and watching a young ostrich who was really cute and curious.
The lodge offers all the necessary facilities. The restaurant is very good and even though I did not go on a game ride by quad myself (only because of lack of time) I was told they are good fun.
The best about this lodge is that it is run by the owners themselves who are just amazing people.
Very relaxing place.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

A fantastic experience for my son, daughter-in-law from the UK, and her parents. The service was amazing and personal that one can only expect from a family owned game farm. We were welcomed by Ruan and immediately felt at home. The chalets are thoughtfully decorated in Indigenous theme, and kept spotlessly clean every day. The lapa is the hub, with TV room, bar area, outdoor breakfast area with outlook onto the veld, and dining room. The breakfast was a wonderful start to the day, the evening meals were delicious, all home prepared and with game stews and a big delicious choice. They also catered twice for our braai's at our chalet, by bringing everything, salad, meat, carpaccio starter, wine, and set up and cleared all away. What service! always with a smile and pleasure. We went on a quad bike ride and WOW it was terrific. Ruan enthused us with his confidence and Chris is also so knowlegable about the animals, we learnt alot. The pool was freezing but we did swim and lounged around with friendly service close to hand. I cannot thank Ruan and Elmarie and Chris enough for this truly amazing experience, after 4 wonderfuldays there we felt like old friends and were sad to leave!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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bangalore,india
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Truly beautiful place with a warm family atmosphere.
We spent 2 nights at Nyaru. This was the first time that we had ever been to a game lodge & our first time in Africa & we felt this was a great introduction.
The individual chalets are very nicely done up in safari style, with a patio in front with a buil-in barbeque. This was a great way to spend the evening, over a bottle of wine. They set up the barbeque for you, supply all the cutlery & will even provide salads & desserts if you want. Do try their Malva cake - its yum!

The main house has a well-stocked bar, TV lounges, & an outdoor verandah facing the bush. Tea & coffee is served whenever you want.

We did the quad-bike safari the next day with Chris & Elmarie & what a great time we had! Saw giraffe, zebra, impala, rhino, gnu etc.

There are lots of other activities to do around Mossel Bay which is just 20 mins away. Ruan told us about the 'catwalk' - with lions, which we did in the afternoon & what an amazing experience it was!!

Breakfast has all the things you can think of, as well as a cooked English breakfast. Lunch we drove into Mossel Bay. Dinner was nice, but limited choices, especially for vegetarians.

The family who runs it are extremely friendly & Nyaru feels like you are staying with friends. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

A fantastic family experience with remarkable service one can only expect from a family owned game farm. Never before have I felt so well looked after and welcome, that it was hard to leave. The rooms are beautifully decorated in the african/safari theme. The lapa is spacious with many small rooms and sitting areas, so you can still find a little peace even if it´s full with other guests. The food was a experience in its own with the dinner menu further playing on the african/safari theme. After dinner you can sit outside on the deck under a blanket of stars around a cosy fire and enjoy a night cap. Relaxing days around the pool with staff always in close proximity should you need anything. We did a late afternoon game drive and got to see all the animals including the rhino which was only about 5meters away from us. Chris informed us about all the various animals and their habits as we met them. We also got to taste some wild figs :) I really cannot thank Ruan and Elmarie and Chris enough for this truly amazing experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Warm welcoming with drinks on arrival. Friendly and helpful staff always available. Fantastic food with true African influence. Rooms are clean , beautifully decorated and attended to daily with a personal touch. General public area very comfortable and cosy with a bush lapa fire going every night during supper, great spot to enjoy a night cap and a chat. Quad safari is a MUST, gives you a completely different experiance with the animals!!!! All in all Nyaru is by far one of our best experiences.

  • Stayed September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Wow I'm not sure where to start... We booked our family in for the weekend at Nyaru Private Game Lodge hoping to show our 3 year old a little bit of South Africa's wildlife. We arrived to be greeted by the owners who were ever so welcoming and they personally showed us to our Family Chalet. The decor was out of this world all the way down to the finest details. A true Game Lodge feeling. Our chalet was beautifully designed and came with all the necessities in order to feel at home (spacious and very comfortable)! We also attended a group dinner on the first night which if I may add was so relaxing and we felt like part of the family along with the other guest at Nyaru. The food was delicious and true to the South African culture. The owners Ruan and Elmarie, so relaxed and happy to be there with all the guest. We booked ourselves onto the Quad bike tour and this was to become one of the most incredible experiences of my 27years on this earth as well as my daughter who is brought up in England. We managed to get up close to all the wildlife on the Game Lodge and had a one in a life time encounter with a Rhino in its true habitat. This on its own was incredible!! On the last night I was dreading having to leave such a peaceful and relaxing place but felt completely renewed and South African again...lol :)
I do not know how to Thank the staff at Nyaru for truly blessing us with so many fond memories and we will be sure to return to this fantastic Lodge in the future. We wish them all the best and success in the years to come

Room Tip: I believe that any room would be well served... but our family chalet was stunning!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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RuanFouche, Manager at Nyaru Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Memories to treasure of you as a beautiful family and very brave mom on the Quad Bike Safari. Ruan, Elmarie, Chris & Donnevan
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

For our 30th wedding anniverary trip through Southern AfricaI wanted to give my wife the feel of a game lodge without killing our budget or getting too rustic. We also needed a room and public areas that we could navigate with a wheelchair. Nyaru fit the bill perfectly for these requirements and more. The narrow road to the property had my wife asking "...and where do you think we are going?" which was fun. And then we arrived and she understood completely and was delighted. We had a great chalet and easy access to the main lodge. Dinner was perfect - but what made this stop most delightful was meeting and talking with the family that runs Nyaru. They were so attentive to make sure that all of our needs where met - always checking to see if they could do anything. We had great conversation through out our stay and you could sense the passion they have for what they have built and what they are bringing to their guests. Dinner and breakfast the next morning made us feel like we were staying with family friends.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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RuanFouche, Owner at Nyaru Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Two people we will never forget! There are truly angels among us. Elmarie & Ruan
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Property: Nyaru Private Game Lodge
Address: R 328 | Brandwag, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
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 #7 of 34 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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