Nkomazi Game Reserve is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty.
Nkomazi is an ecological Aladdin’s cave of natural treasures, from its towering ancient mountains to its broad river valleys and impressive grasslands containing countless animals and rare flora such as the Barberton Daisy. This area is often referred to as the holy grail of geology with some of the oldest rock formations on the planet.
Guests can enjoy game drives, twice a day, and experience the sun rise over the North Eastern boundaries of the reserve during a game drive or take in the spectacular views from lookout points among the rocky granite sentinels of the highlands of the reserve.
Enjoy 15 km of river frontage and rock pools, while rolling grasslands support large herds of free-roaming wildlife, making Nkomazi a game-viewing haven.
Game rangers provide insightful and valuable information about wildlife, fauna and flora. Other activities include guided walks, bird watching, fly-fishing, guided mountain biking, star gazing under the magnificent African sky and various treatments at the Relaxation Retreat.
In between game drives, relax, read a book, enjoy relaxation treatments, sunbathe or swim and of course indulge in wholesome African Lodge cuisine.
Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drive guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise.
Guided Nature Walks
Qualified walking guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking, bird, insect, plant and animal dropping identification. No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks. Kindly ensure to request this activity at the time of booking accommodation as nature walks are subject to the availability of qualified guides.
With very little light pollution you can have an opportunity to see the stars and make a wish. Stargazing with our “star rangers” and celestron scope is a must!
With roughly 30 km of the Komati River running through the reserve, fly fishing can make for a fun and adventurous activity and operates on a catch and release fish basis. Our rangers are on hand to offer some basic tuition and skills. Limited fishing equipment is available on request. Fly fishing is subject to weather and river conditions.
Biking at Nkomazi Game Reserve is for one and all! The young and old, fit and the not fit, the experienced off road biker or the very cautious cycler. All you need is energy, an adventurous spirit and a passion for the bush! Guests are provided with a off road bicycle, a safety helmet and water bottle. Guests are transported to a launch site; or if you are brave enough to take on the mountains, the trip can start at the lodge. The guide will lead you through the reserve while observing the different biomes and changing landscapes as well as the big and small wonders of the area with you. No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the mountain biking activities and all biking is up to the discretion of the guide and/or management.
Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreat. Treatments can be booked prior to arrival with reservations. Kindly visit our website for the latest list of treatments available.
Stretching over 15, 000 hectares, Nkomazi is a place where guests can experience tranquillity, witness the free-roaming wildlife and admire the landscapes of scenic beauty under the African sky. The reserve represents a kaleidoscope of Africa’s habitats in its ability to support both high and lowveld game species on the high-lying grassland and the low-lying bushveld areas therefore supporting an ecological balance.
Nkomazi boasts 10 luxury tents at Komati Tented Lodge. These tents are specially positioned to blend into the landscape and linked by walkways and paths through the bush. All tents are furnished with luxury campaign style furniture, creating a traditional “Out of Africa” feel with all the added comforts and luxuries of 5-star accommodation.
Situated on the banks of the Komati River, surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys and impressive grasslands, Nkomazi offers unique safari based activities to allow for a complete tailor-made experience.
All 10 tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per tent.
Nkomazi Game Reserve with its unique ecosystem and pristine beauty is a bucket list destination, with its rolling hills covered in plains game, to the mighty Komati River cutting its way trough this majestic savannah segmented, with lush green valleys, huge open plains and scattered granite out crops. This is out of Africa true Timeless Natural wonders.
Take the N4 towards Witbank / Nelspruit.10km after Alzu Petroport turn right towards Carolina. Drive straight through Carolina, over the railway tracks. This road will lead you straight into Badplaas. Shortly after you have passed the Badplaas Forever Resort on your left there will be a turn off to the right marked R541 Lochiel / Mbabane, turn right and continue for 13.8km. Turn left at the Tjakastad turn off (also see a Nkomazi sign) follow this road for approximately 7km, then you will arrive at Grand Valley Gate on your left.
FROM PIET RETIEF (Preferred route to Nkomazi from Northern Natal)
Take Noordend Street to Kerk Street / N2 – 260m Drive along R33 and N17 – 144km. Take the 1st left onto Kerk Street / N2 Continue to follow N2 – 10.8km. Turn right onto R33 – 52.3km. Turn right to stay on R33 – 36.4km. Turn right onto N17 – 26.3km. Turn left onto R541 – 17.9km. Turn left to stay on R541 – 12km. Turn right towards Tjakastad and continue along the road for 7km. The Entrance will be on your left-hand side.
Head south along the R40 towards Barberton. Turn right onto the R38 before you reach the town of Barberton, marked Carolina. Turn left onto the R541 to Lochiel and continue for 13.8km. Turn left towards Tjakastad and continue for 7km. The entrance will be on your left- hand side.
FROM: MBABANE, SWAZILAND
From Mbabane, Swaziland Get on MR3 from Mantsholo St and Mbangweni Avenue for 10 min (4.6 km). Head northwest on Mantsholo St toward Kholwane Rd. Turn right toward Mbangweni Avenue. Continue straight onto Mbangweni Avenue. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Mbangweni Avenue. Turn right to merge onto MR3. Follow MR3 and N17 to R541 in Mpumalanga, South Africa. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto N17 – entering South Africa. Follow the N17 for about 26km.Then turn right onto R541 and follow this road for about 18km. At the stop sign turn left and continue for about 1.3km (you will cross the Tee Spruit Bridge). Then turn right onto the Tjakastad Road after about 7km the Grand Valley Gate will be on your left hand side.
The road from the gate to the lodge is not accessible by normal or 4×4 vehicles and therefore guests are transferred from the welcoming lounge (situated at the gate) to the lodge.
Arriving guests will be picked up from the welcoming lounge at 14h30.
Departing guests will depart the lodge at 10h00 to arrive back at the welcoming lounge at 10h20.
Transfers at alternative times will be charged at an additional fee.
CO-ORDINATES: Komati Tented Lodge:
E 30⁰ 45” 28.88’ | S 26⁰ 00” 02.71’
SA Airlink operates daily flights from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to Nelspruit
Swaziland Airlink and SA Airlink operate daily flights from Johannesburg to Manzini
From Johannesburg – up to 3 ½ Hours
From Nelspruit – approximately 1 ½ Hours
From Manzini Swaziland – approximately 1 Hour (please allow extra time for border control)