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Self-Catering River Cottage

This self-catering cottage is situated 500m downstream from the rest of Maninghi Lodge (Main Lodge). When booking the self-catering cottage, you book the entire area to yourselves, no other guests will join you. This can sleep a maximum of 6 adults and 2 children ONLY within 3 separate units. The main unit boasts 1 en-suite bedroom for 2 adults, a lounge with 2 sofa beds (suitable for children up to the age of 10 years) and an open plan kitchen (with microwave, oven, fridge and freezer as well as all utensils, cutlery and crockery). This is the main unit for preparing meals and dining. The other 2 units are en-suite double/twin rooms (not recommended for children under 11 years if unaccompanied by an adult) and do not have kitchen facilities. All units have aircon, mosquito nets, fans and a private patio over-looking the Olifants River. There is a Boma area for you to utilize as well as a small splash pool to cool you down during the summer days!
Meals may be had with prior booking, please note that these will be served at the Main Lodge.

Please note that the main unit is the preferential booking unit and guests 2+ will then flow over into the other units. Only 2 adults &/ max 2 children under the age of 10 may occupy the Main Unit (not 3 adults etc)
Single supplements will apply should a unit be occupied by 1 guest only.

In front of the accommodation units, we have a beautiful lawn to relax on - overlooking the Olifants River. There is ample seating area around the gardens, including a 5m high platform - perfect for that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a G&T while the sun sets! A boma area is also available. There is NO WiFi at this property. Meals may be had on request and will be served at the Main Lodge.


From R3200 base rate for up to 4 guests. R850 per person thereafter

Self-Catering Cottage benefits include:
  • Complete privacy - your stay guarantees you the entire accommodation area to yourself and your guests. We do have 2 staff members on-site to see to your needs.
  • Unrestricted viewing of the Olifants River
  • Fully furnished accommodation units
  • Treehouse viewing deck, overlooking the river
  • SMALL splash pool
  • Accessible to many nearby exciting activity destinations
Please note that our rates exclude:
  • Meals
  • Game Drives, Guided Walks & Other Activities offered - unless specifically mentioned
  • Balule Nature Reserve conservation and vehicle fees, payable at the gate in CASH upon entry
  • Transfers to/from Maninghi Lodge
  • Food & Beverages - unless specifically mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Baby-sitters
  • Gratuities
Additional Information:
  • Wood, Ice and Beverages are available at an extra cost - please request upon booking
  • There is NO WiFi available at the Self-Catering Cottage and mobile phone signal is very limited.
  • The Balule Game Reserve charges a conservation fee of R200 per person, and R250 per vehicle fee. Please pay in CASH upon arrival at the Gate. Fee's subject to change without prior notice.
  • Balule is a low-risk malaria area: please consult with your doctor for precautionary measures

We do offer daily morning and evening Game Drives or Game Walks, as well as many fantastic day-trips within the area, please see our Activities Tab for more information!