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General Information


Remember to consult your doctor, as the Balule Nature Reserve is a malaria area.

In order to preserve the natural beauty of the Reserve, Balule is a dirt-road area, and there is a 14km, bumpy stretch from the tar road turn-off to the Lodge.  It is recommended to come in a higher-clearance vehicle, although 4x4 is not necessary.

Maninghi Lodge is unfenced:  wild animals do, from time-to-time, wander on the lawn.   Whilst this makes for great photo opportunities, guests are reminded never to approach any animal, and children should not be left unsupervised when outside.  Your hosts will be at the lodge at all times, and are happy to deal with any encounters that may occur.

Payments for any extra's had at the lodge may be done in Cash, Visa/Master Card (5% processing fee added to invoice total) or EFT (only for FNB clients).

Please note our Terms and Conditions (T's & C's) displayed at the bottom of your pro-forma invoice. upon booking. These T's & C's take preference over any booking platform or tour agents' T's & C's. Although we strive to maintain our guests satisfaction, our T's and C's are in place for a reason and once a deposit has been received, you automatically agree to these T's & C's.



i. Sunscreen

ii. Mosquito Repellent

iii. Camera and binoculars

iv. Comfortable Walking Shoes and Seasonal clothing:
      1. Summers are extremely hot, with temperatures ranging from 20°C in the evening to 39°C in the day.
      2. Winters are warm to mild, with temperatures between 10°C to 30°C, with isolated cold spells.


i. The self-catering unit is 45km's (1.5hours drive) from Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa, which have well-stocked supermarkets. Note that Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa are not en-route to Maninghi, you'll pass through several towns if travelling from Gauteng that supplies could be provisioned from. The two best towns for this would be Lydenberg, or Tzaneen (depending on your route).

ii. Refreshments are for sale at the Main Lodge, and we can stock your fridges to any requirement beforehand, please do not bring your own. Wood and Ice are available to purchase as well, please inform reservations if you would like these items available for your stay.

iii. Check In for the self-catering unit will take place at the Main Lodge, you will then be directed to the self-catering unit (800m away). You will have to drive between the two as we do not permit unguided walking/wandering within the Reserve.

iv. Any meals booked wil be had at the Main Lodge.

v. If you have booked any activity, your Guide will meet you at your unit

vi. There are 2 staff members on-site to take care of your basic needs. Management are based at the Main Lodge and will from time to time pop by and check on how you are doing.