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Safari @ Khaya

Encounters with rhino and the Painted African wild dogs are increasingly rare, as both species are pushed closer to extinction. Rhino populations are being decimated by poaching, whilst wild dog populaces are being wiped out through indiscriminate destruction of their natural habitats, as well as the spread of diseases such as rabies and canine distemper.

At Khaya Ndlovu however, there is every possibility of a memorable sighting of both these threatened species. Home to a number of white rhino as well as a breeding pair of black rhino, a game drive here offers an exciting opportunity to view these threatened animals. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our black rhino calf as well as our five orphaned white rhino, all victims of poaching. These de-horned babies were successfully released onto the Reserve last year. Despite their humanised upbringing, the orphans are completely wild, imitating the behaviour of the wild white rhino on the Reserve. Understandably, emotions run high when these babies are spotted on a game-drive as Guides; Honest and Pieter relate the heart-rending tale of the young orphans’ lives!

Considering the abundance of plains game on the Rietspruit, it is no wonder that our predator populations are thriving.  Sightings of lions, leopard, cheetah, hyena as well as the endangered wild-dogs add to the excitement of the truly authentic game-drive that can be experienced at Khaya Ndlovu, without the frustrating hustle and bustle of the busier Reserves.

Kids @ Khaya

Did you know that we are one of the only child-friendly lodges in the Lowveld?

We accept children of all ages, and will entertain them to the best of abilities and our true South African hospitality.

Things for kids to do at Khaya Ndlovu:

  • Children of 6 years + can join daily game drives.
  • Children under the age of 6 are kindly asked to either stay at the lodge with a baby sitter, or alternatively parents can book a private vehicle where the children can join @ R3250.00 per 3 hour drive.
  • Bush walks around the outskirts of the lodge to learn about the smaller creatures in the bush, and of course, all kids favourites – DUNG!
  • Funky pizza making sessions with our friendly fun chefs. - On arrival children up until the age of 12 will receive a nature themed gift.
  • We are able to do kiddies spa treatments on request with our wonderful therapists.
  • Complimentary hot chocolate with mini marshmallows – perfect for an after-dinner treat.
  • Our chefs have a brilliant choice of menus to satisfy our little fussy ones.
  • Baby Sitting is offered and is charged at R150 per hour per child.