General Information


Due to loadshedding disruptions, we have installed solar energy to back us up during the loadshedding periods. 

Remember to consult your doctor, as the Balule Nature Reserve is a low-risk 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.


Should you wish to take up the lodge on a self-catering basis, we can offer this option.

The lodge will need to be booked on a sole-use basis, sleeping a maximum of 10 guests. A once daily service of your rooms will be provided, as well as a twice daily tidy of the kitchen and common areas.

Please remember that we are 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).

Refreshments are for sale at the Main Lodge, and we can stock your fridges to any requirement beforehand. Wood and Ice are available to purchase as well, please inform reservations if you would like these items available for your stay.