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Tremisana Game Lodge
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Singapore
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic hostress and expert guides!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2010

We went with Vivi Safaris for a 6-day Kruger Trip and the first night was spent at Tremsiana lodge. Comfortable room, relaxed atmosphere. Toileteries and towel provided. Coffee/tea making facilities in room. Hot water available. No internet or payphone. TV available at the lounge. Food was yummy. Best of all, the wonderful, warm and friendly hostress, who is simply a gem! Also the expert guides who took us to some of the drives around Tremsiana, Tsukudu, and to Kruger National Parks. Other than the Big 5. the guides also pointed out other animals that make up the unique ecology there. Good job guys! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2010

We had a wonderful experience at Tremisana. Don't go expecting full on luxury, the accommodation is fairly basic but is all that you need and full value for money. We found the staff to be wonderful.
Lina is a real sweetie and she was excited with us when she took us out for our evening drive, where we saw many animals including two cheetahs being followed by a Jackal
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Barthus is really knowledgeable and really works hard to make sure you see as many animals as possible. We were lucky to see The Big 5 in one day plus most of the others and 4 of the Big 5 on the following day. We were told this does not happen often.

I was so glad we were in proper open safari vehicles........some of the more expensive safari providers were in air conditioned mini buses. I would have been really disappointed to have ended up in one of these and found it wonderful to be in the open air and see the animals so closely. We were lucky as they were fairly quiet and on our safari's it was just us or with another couple. It made it a very personal experience.

We were on the 4 day safari which we found long enough and you also get an afternoon to have a much needed relax in the Lapa where you have good view of the bush and if you are lucky, have a visit from the monkeys. You can lie in the hammocks, sit in the comfy chairs or go for a refreshing swim in the pool.

Pearl looked after us well and we had some lovely meals in the evening and were encouraged to have seconds.

It is a really warm and friendly experience and they make you feel part of the family. We are normally keen to keep to ourselves on holiday, but this made it really special.

Thank you to all the team at Tremisana Lodge for a fabulous experience.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JoIanTeamT
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Amsterdam
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

The hospitality and relaxed atmosphere at Tremisana Game Lodge combined with the excellent knowledge of the guides, guarantuees a great experience in the Balule reserve and Kruger Park in search of the Big Five and many more.
Tremisana offers you great value for money if you look for good accommodation without unnecessary luxury. I've met nice people from all over the world at Tremisana and it's very easy to join in even as a solo traveller.

Whenever returning to SA I will sure think of revisiting Tremisana.

Peter Leenhouts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bushfriend
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Ontario Canada
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2009

From the pick up in Johannesburg our 5 day stay at Tremisana lodge was well organized and relaxed, The days were full of game walks and drives in Kruger Park and Balule Private Game reserve and a visit to the rehabilitation centre.To truly get the most out of the game viewing a minimum of 5 days would be recommended.
The food at all meals was of good quality and plentiful and the communal setting for dining allowed the opportunity to interact with like minded travellers.
The service was friendly and attentive. Pearl the manager/hostess was truly "one in a million" and went out of her way to ensure that her guests truly had a "once in a lifetime experience".
Great value for money.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank halpenny
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Brits in Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

I stayed at Tremisana Lodge in July 2009 with my two daughters aged 19 and 11 and had a wonderful time. The lodge is not luxurious but this is reflected in the price so should come as no surprise. However, the rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. the food was plentiful and very tasty and we came to anticipate the delicious homemade soups each evening with great excitement.

In terms of location the lodge is easy to get to and fine for getting into the bush for the safaris the lodge arrange. We didn't see any big five in the grounds but that is the nature of safari. We did see all the big five on our trip to Kruger with the Tremisana crew though and the day was enhanced by our ranger Barthus who has incredible knowledge of the animals and their habitats and an incredible sense of humour that had us in stitches!

By far though the best part of Tremisana is the manager Pearl. Pearl will do anything to ensure that you enjoy your stay whether that be get up at the crack of dawn to make you coffee and fetch an extra blanket for the jeep or rearrange your entire itinerary to match what you would like to do. We spent an incredible day at a local school which Pearl aranged and whcih my daughters will remember for ever.

We arrived at Tremisana as strangers but left as friends and would not hesitate to visit again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank HappyFamilyBasel
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Victoria BC
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2009

My friend and I went on a 3 day safari with Viva Safari's in South Africa and I have to say it was one of the BEST things I have ever done. It will be a trip I will never forget, and I honestly couldn't have been happier with the whole expereience. The food was AMAZING, we ate outdoors under the stars everynight and we were treated like royalty. The staff was so thoughtful and nice, especially the caretaker Pearl who made sure we were comfortable and well taken care of. The tour itsself was BREATHTAKING, we knew a lot of people who had signed up and payed a lot more money for some of the "fancier" tours but they ended up in huge buses and were unable to see most of the animals. On the other hand with Viva Safari's we had an open air safari jeep which was also really comfortable, we could see all the animals up close and our guide was incredibally knowledgable and friendly. We couldn't have had a better experience with them and I would highly reccomend Viva Safari's to anyone who is looking for a special African safari trip.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank smore42
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Canberra
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2009

Located 45 mins to 1 hour from the Orpen Gate to Kruger National Park, Tremisana Lodge provides comfortable accommodation and friendly, helpful access to the private Balule Reserve and Kruger. A six day stay provided guided early morning private game drives, a walk revealing the vegetation and topography, sunset game drives, a visit to an animal rehabilitation centre and two full days in Kruger. The manager focused upon ensuring that each guest maximised opportunities to see the game. Communal meals were enjoyable and plentiful.
On a second visit to Kruger, with much skill and local knowledge our Viva Safaris guide took us to a close range sighting of a pride of two lions and eight lionesses defending a buffalo kill from theft by two crocodiles, while a herd of ten elephants became agitated by the challenge and fifteen hippopotamus sun bathed nearby. (The sight and sound way better than a good wildlife documentary! All animals were within 40 metres of us!). Four of “the big five” were sighted at close range: lion - on four occasions that day - elephant, and buffalo, white and black rhino. The fifth, Cheetah were patted at the repatriation centre. Go prepared to enjoy Africa and you will be thrilled by the experience that Tremisana Lodge can offer.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wilson_davidson
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Property: Tremisana Game Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 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 Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Tremisana Game Lodge South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve

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