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Tremisana Game Lodge
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

Comfortable accommodation, really well organised and good mix of activities. I'd recommend staying in Tremisana which is in Balule - a Greater Kruger private reserve. Visits to Kruger itself are included in all safaris they offer. Worthwhile doing this as you get different game viewing experiences in Balule to those in Kruger. Be prepared for early starts for the bush walk and morning game drive - but do not miss these, on the day we left we saw 9 elephants in Balule reserve only minutes from Tremisana. Even from our hammock we saw animals at the small waterhole. Would recommend if staying for a long safari to have a rest day in the middle for game viewing from the hammock!
Maybe Viva safaris could do the Blyde Canyon on the way down and offer drop off in Nelspruit on the way back. The road is audible from the lodge if a heavy vehicle is going past. However, I'd recommend Tremisana to anyone. Very good guides and host. Deserves 4.5!

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Came here for two nights to go on safari in Kruger Park. It's on its own private game reserve so we were able to go for a game drive a soon as we arrived from Joburg. The animals are able to roam freely between Kruger and the reserve.

Lodge itself is simple - really nothing fancy. Room was adequate. Meals are reasonable and are served communally (occasionally with monkeys trying to join in).

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2009

The first night was a bit disorganized because hostess was away at their other site, the tree house site, and the group that arrived was large. After that first night, for the remainder of the stay, we had the entire place to ourselves. All the rest went to the tree houses. No TV, but there shouldn't be there. Our safari guide was excellent. Of course again, it was just us. Was kind of cool to be sitting out in the reading area and suddenly noticed you're being watched by a giraffe followed by two wildebeasts. Monkees are all around as well. Talked to those who stayed in the tree houses afterwards. They were so/so about it and there was a bit less game at that site. Booked this entire portion of the trip via the folks at http://www.siyabona.com/. Used skype to call them as often as I needed. It was great have a 'local' travel agent help us. They were able to get us rooms at places that were otherwise showing booked.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed December 2, 2007

We recently took a 5 day Safari with Viva Safaris and stayed at Tremissana Lodge. We were collected at Joberg airport and taken to the Lodge which was approximately an hour from Kruger Orpen Gate. The Safari was very varied and professional. The accommodation was clean and nice units in very pleasant setting. The food was excellent, especially as we are vegetarians - which is quite a challenge for South Africa.
The Rangers were all well trained and informative.
I would highly recommend this tour.

For those on a budget, or more adventerous, there were Tree top huts available at another location.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Tremisana Game Lodge

Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
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Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tremisana Game Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve. Tremisana is the largest and leading lodge in this section, having a total of 12 chalets plus a two-bedroomed guesthouse. We can sleep a maximum of 35 guests. Every unit is en suite ( shower, toilet, basin ) and all units are air-conditioned.The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephant and buffalo necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp. Perhaps the most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is the beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas and various palms and cycads gives the camp a subtropical feel. Water features add a soothing effect and the overall feel of Tremisana is very relaxing. At night, the subdued light from the illuminated paved walkways lend a romantic and magical flavour to this outstanding camp. ... more   less 
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Tremisana Game Lodge South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve

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