Nkwathle Bush Camp (Hazyview, Nelspruit)
Overview of Nkwathle Bush Camp
Nkwathle Bush Camp is a bush camp site unlike the usual. With an organic character and arty design, Nkwathle Bush Camp is set to provide visitors with a well deserved break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Be prepared to be amazed by the artsy setup and friendly staff.
Nkwathle Bush Camp is situated about 13kms outside the southern region of the Kruger National Park, and within easy reach of Hazyview (3kms away). Nkwathle Bush Camp is nestled between the world renowned Kruger National Park and miles and miles of banana plantations. The campsites are fully equipped, and beautifully designed on terraces underneath 40 year old lychee trees, overlooks a quaint lake and river.
The Nkwathle Bush Camp team goes to great lengths to ensure that visitors enjoy a relaxing stay, and the design and setup of the bush camp reflects this. Around each corner an new and unexpected decoration will delight visitors.
Nkwathle Bush Camp Facilities
- A small rock pool provides visitors with the opportunity to cool off, after a day traversing the Kruger National Park, or hiking on one of the hiking trails in the area.
- The Boma and lounge areas are firm favorites with visitors, and allows one to relax with a sun downer cocktail.
- An hot-water open air shower overlooking banana plantations
- Each camp site has it's own braai area and electricity are provided
- For those who do not want to cook, a fully equipped communal kitchen is available
- Backpackers will also find their home at Nkwathle Bush Camp, as fully equipped safari tents are also on offer
- For the adventure lovers, the lake is used for fishing, small rowing boats, rubber tubes and swimming
Review of Nkwathle Bush Camp
Oh, this was fun weekend! Only having previous standard camping grounds as reference, we were very surprised at what we found at Nkwathle Bush Camp. It is definitely not what one would expect. In fact, it is so much better! Dagmar (the owner) has gone to a lot of trouble to create a fun and relaxing environment for her visitors.
Upon arriving, however, we were quite daunted by the stairs we had to climb to get from the car to the campsite, and back up to the cars again. But, not to worry, as soon as we arrived, the friendly staff were on hand to help us carry our things do. All we had to do was sit back, open a cold beer, and wait for them to bring our things.
We nestled our tent underneath a huge shady lychee tree, within easy reach of the electricity box and braai, and with a magnificent view over the small lake and valley. Dagmar took us on a quick tour of what Nkwathle Bush Camp has to offer. I now know that a weekend at Nkwathle Bush Camp is much too short, one would need at least a mid-week to take it all in. Around every corner one can find something unexpected.
Shower-time came as another surprise. Nkwathle has the most delicious open air showers, with a huge shower head and the most fantastic warm water. Trust me, after a long, hot day of driving in the nearby Kruger National Park, there is absolutely nothing better. Not sure that I'm brave enough for an open air showing during winter time though...
Nkwathle does not have a lot of camping sites, but I think that this is a good thing. Because it is smaller than the normal camping grounds, it gives one the feeling of being part of a small family away from home, and makes it so much more relaxing. I could easily get lost for hours at end just sitting in front of our tent, watching the setting sun with a cold beverage, and listening the sounds of nature.
I can go on for hours and hours about Nkwathle Bush Camp, one of the best camping sites I've ever experienced, but at the end of the day, reading and writing about it is not the same as experiencing it. Of all the places I've been, Nkwathle Bush Camp is one that I will keep on visiting, and one that other camp sites will have a hard time beating.