We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

All You Need to Know About the Pool
at Nyaru Game Lodge

Pool & Beach (4)
Check In— / — / —
Check Out— / — / —
Guests1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
Expedia.com
Hotels.com
Travelocity
Orbitz.com
Snaptravel
FindHotel
View all 8 deals
Prices are provided by our partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Pool review highlights
... 4 bedrooms self catering cottage which comes with a private pool as well.the property also has a restuarant where we had a...
... needs a makeover, starting with the disgusting swimming pool, which was filthy as were the sun loungers. Our 'hut' was...
... had tried to cover up with the smell of disinfectant. The pool areas was also rather run down with a damaged and dirty...
Most popular question about the pool
looking for a place like this with a hot pool or jacuzzi ?
Answer from Elizna F
Oct 2014 |
... inquiry. We do not have a jacuzzi but we have an outdoor pool for our guests. We are also in the process of building a new...
Read more

Reviews that mention pool

Write a review
farzanalarney wrote a review Dec 2017
Simon's Town, South Africa186 contributions5 helpful votes
+1
Had the most relaxing weekend at Nyaru Game lodge.this gem is nestled on the outskirts of mosselbay and it was a real treat.we had the pleasure of staying at the 4 bedrooms self catering cottage which comes with a private pool as well.the property also has a restuarant where we had a nice yummy breakfast overlooking a beautiful view.There is also a resident warthog and meerkat roaming the property and possibly your digs so keep your door locked.i mean Timone and Pumba in the flesh lol..Due to having our kids with we opted for a safari although they also have quad bike safaris which looked so cool.the guide was very informative on all the animals on the reserve they even have a white giraffe called Bleach..The rooms of our lodge was beautiful and simply decorated and best of all the linen was top notch..(I have this thing with crisp linen). Also all the rooms overlooked an amazing view.if u ever need time to just get away from the hustle and bustle and commune with nature then this is the place.Compared to other game lodges they are also reasonably priced so you getting good value for money.The staff were also very welcoming and very friendly.I would highly recommend Nyaru Game Lodge as its perfect for couples,friends or large groups.
Read more
Read less
Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Helpful
Share
polly66Hertfordshire wrote a review Nov 2017
hertfordshire96 contributions40 helpful votes
very disappointed. the pictures on the internet are misleading (probably taken several years ago), the whole place needs a makeover, starting with the disgusting swimming pool, which was filthy as were the sun loungers. Our 'hut' was dark, depressing and grubby, needed a good clean, the furniture appeared to have been acquired from a charity shop and was very tatty, and the bedding and towels had certainly seen better days. the main lodge also was quite a dismal place, due I suspect to its design, the thatched roof on the outside comes down to almost floor level, so inside there was very little natural light, apart from that which came in from the terrace area. the breakfast was very very basic and the evening meals, not particularly anything special and we were given the same very limited menu three nights running. the 'drive' too was sadly lacking. the driver did her best to make it as interesting as possible and she was to be fair very knowledgeable, but there was a lack of wildlife to see, 4 giraffes in the distance, some 1-2 miles away, same with the zebras, but little else. the grounds around the huts and pool area were well kept, but that's about the best that could be said. the whole place was just a bit run down and seemed to be on the edge of giving up. so disappointing as given its location, it could be really nice. I don't normally give poor reviews, but in this instance, felt it had to be said.
Read more
Read less
Date of stay: November 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Helpful
Share
flossie94England wrote a review Feb 2017
England32 contributions31 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night en route between Oudtshoorn and Cape Town in a family chalet. Although the main lodge building is very pleasant and it was great for our kids to interact with the resident Warthog and Meercat, compared with other 3 star lodges this one needs a facelift. Parts of our chalet were frankly unpleasant, notably the kitchen area and the bathroom. The kitched needed complete refurbishment. The sink was old and dirty, the fridge was battered and had evidence of mould inside. The bathroom door was battered and there were signs of mould on the bathroom ceiling above the shower. The room also had a horrible musty smell which someone had tried to cover up with the smell of disinfectant. The pool areas was also rather run down with a damaged and dirty plastic sunbed. The menu in the restaurant was extremely limited and there was no written wine list. I ended up having a glass of wine out of a box which had bits in it. The breakfast buffet was very limited in choice compared with other lodges and there were flies crawling all over the cereal and the bread. Some attempts had been made to cover up some of the food but it was not very effective. The one aspect that we did enjoy was the quad bike safari which was good fun and our guide was great. I have stayed at a great many lodges and guest houses in the Western and Northern Capes over the years but would not return to this one. Don't be mislead by the photos of this place because they make this place look better than it actually is.
Read more
Read less
Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
Rooms
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Helpful
Share
Priscilla F wrote a review Feb 2017
Mossel Bay, South Africa124 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
Many private game/nature reserves often lean towards being just a touch pretentious. This is not the case with Nyaru. The place is a tranquil, family-friendly getaway, about a half hour from Mossel Bay.

My parents and I visited the reserve two Saturdays ago, just to have some much-needed down-time. We weren’t really sure what to expect, because after all, we’re not really bush people. But…it was close enough from home for us, and as we didn’t have to travel far, we were able to use the money we would have spent on fuel, on a game viewing experience.

When making the booking, the process was handled quickly and efficiently, by a lady named Sarah, who followed up with a printable copy of the confirmation. I made a special request for an early check-in, which was met with special consideration. The check-in process was also dealt with quickly and we were showed to our accommodation by a young, friendly member of staff named Lauren. Not long after we had unpacked, Sarah came to personally check on us, to see if everything was to our satisfaction.

The facility offers various accommodation options – The Nightjar Retreat, which is the only option that offers a bath and shower. All other rooms, be they villas or chalets, have showers only. The balcony not only overlooks the dam, but gives the occupants a 180-degree view of the reserve. If you’re a keen game-, or bird watcher, don’t forget to pack in a pair of binoculars.

We stayed in one of the villas, which, like the chalets, are self-catering units. Each villa has large sliding doors which open onto a small verandah, overlooking the pool and the mountains, giving the illusion of space and airiness.

While all the villas are furnished to the same design, each villa is unique in its selection of furnishings. The one we stayed in had two large vintage-like wingback chairs, African artwork-, and a large wall clock made out of a barrel. It had a large double bed, with two bedside lamps. The other villa, which I viewed for comparison in this review had two leather single-seater couches, twin beds, a single bedside lamp, abstractly-modern art- and a large silver clock on the wall.

Both villas were equipped with flat screen televisions, a sleeper couch (for a third guest) and selected satellite TV channels (although with the breath-taking surroundings, I am not sure one really needs TV).

I am quite the advocate of a small kitchenette in any room, because when I’m away, I don’t want to be dictated to by meal times, or schedules. I had enough of that in boarding school! The kitchenette is well-equipped with crockery, cutlery, an induction hot-plate, the requisite pots to us on the hot-plate, airtight-containers for left-overs and a fridge/freezer.

There are a few small things that need attention in the villa we stayed in, which did not at all negatively impact our overall experience. We did mention these ‘snags’ upon our departure and Sarah assured us that our comments have been noted and that the required action will be taken to rectify these issues.

Only my parents and I were booked for the 16:30 game viewing experience, which made it a special family affair. Our outgoing guide, Natasja, answered all our questions and shared her knowledge with us. Her love of bird-watching was also evident as she pointed out many ground-, and tree-dwelling birds to us. It must be mentioned though, that if you’re looking to see the Big-5, then this may not be the lodge for you. There are many species of antelope to be seen, as well as giraffe, ostriches and zebra, to name but a few. The resident meerkat and warthog are huge hits and are happy to pose for a photo with the guests.

After our drive, Natasja was kind enough to show me the chalets as well. The little thatched units are cosy and depending on the number of guests, can house 3, or 5 people. Each chalet also has its own verandah but includes a braai area. The chalets are also located much closer to the main reception/dining area than the Nightjar Retreat and the villas. If you’re looking for a bit more privacy, I would recommend the villas rather than the chalets. Both sets of accommodation have a small pool close by to cool off.

We opted not to have a formal sit down dinner at the restaurant, but rather a picnic. The selection of food blew us away! While we were on our game drive, the staff set up the food at a small sheltered ‘lapa’ overlooking the entire reserve. A true ‘dinner with a view’. We did have an unexpected guest too.

Ironically we were tuckered out from a day of fresh air and relaxation and retired to our clean, crisp, comfortable beds for a good night’s rest. The following morning, after a steaming hot shower, we went to the restaurant for breakfast. Many of the reviews I had read on Tripadvisor prior to booking stated the breakfast as rather ‘basic’. I guess it depends on the guests’ expectations. To me, a selection 2 juices, 3 cereals, fruit salad, cheeses, yoghurt, croissants, muffins, cheese and preserves and the option of a full hot breakfast of bacon, eggs (to preference), sausage, baked beans, hashbrown, tomato and toast, seem more than sufficient. The only thing that I did miss at breakfast was filter coffee and hot milk (for both cereal and coffee).
The hot breakfast was served quickly, on a heated plate (big thumbs up), and again, it was a meal with a view.

We were quite sad to have to leave, because while we arrived as strangers, we left as friends. We will definitely be back. After all, this soul-restoring hidden gem, is literally, right on our doorstep.
Read more
Read less
Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The villas are more private than the chalets as they are situated a little further away from the...
Rooms
Cleanliness
Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Helpful
Share
Lilavanz wrote a review Feb 2017
6 contributions
+1
A beautiful little bush paradise no more than 15 km from the sea. The staff is friendly, helpful and well educated as demonstrated on the game drives. We had a lovely picnic in the bush which was skillfully prepared and presented by the kitchen staff. Pool was clean and inviting. Accommodation was excellent, beautifully done.
Read more
Read less
Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Helpful
Share
Previous

Questions & answers about the pool

Solly E asked a question Oct 2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
looking for a place like this with a hot pool or jacuzzi ?
Answer from Elizna F
Oct 2014 |
Dear Solly, Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have a jacuzzi but we have an outdoor pool for our guests. We are also in the process of building a new pool that overlooks the Nyaru Dam and Outeniqua mountain landscape. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have further questions. Kind regards, Nyaru Game Lodge
0 votes
PreviousNext
1