Tremisana Game Lodge was the first night accommodation on a four day Kruger safari offered by Viva Safaris from Johannesburg. After transfer from OR Tambo International Airport we settled in to our chalets before departing on a 3 hour afternoon/evening game drive within the Balule Game Reserve. The grounds are beautiful and the chalets clean and comfortable. The game drive went out in the late afternoon with sunset about midway through the drive. Hippo, Cape Buffalo and a lion on a fresh kill were spotted along with many smaller animals before returning for dinner and drinks. The food was very good and quite plentiful, very nice after a long day of travel and viewing in the reserve.
In the morning there were coffee and snacks before departing on a 4 hour game walk. We drove to a spot close to the Oliphants River before heading off on foot to the river. Our guide kept up a very informative narrative on the tracks and scat we were seeing. Hippo, crocs and birds were seen along the river and then we stopped for a break and snacks. After that was finished we turned inland trying to find the big male lion from the previous evening. Tracking a lion that had a kill nearby was an exhilarating experience even if we did fail to locate him! We then returned to the lodge for brunch and a swim in the pool before our 2 hour afternoon drive which turned up zebra, rhino, giraffe and elephant. Upon return we departed for Marc's Tree House Lodge for the remainder of our tour into Kruger.
Viva offers a tremendous value with their safari,especially since I had stayed at the MoAfrica Lodge upon my arrival in Johannesburg. Because of that stay I received a 10% discount on tours offered by Viva Safaris which made my price $512US. Transfer from Tambo, 3 hour game drive, 4 hour big game walk, 2 hour game drive, dinner, brunch and chalet for $125 is an incredible price in Africa for a solo traveler. The group I was with consisted of two young German girls and a young Dutch man working internships in Capetown, along with 28 year old Dutch twin sisters and myself, a 55 year old American man. Great fun and comradery among ourselves, our guides, drivers and staff. I can't speak highly enough about the experience provided by Viva Safaris and the Tremisana Game Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tremisana Game Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve. Tremisana is the largest and leading lodge in this section, having a total of 12 chalets plus a two-bedroomed guesthouse. We can sleep a maximum of 35 guests. Every unit is en suite ( shower, toilet, basin ) and all units are air-conditioned.The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephant and buffalo necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp. Perhaps the most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is the beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas and various palms and cycads gives the camp a subtropical feel. Water features add a soothing effect and the overall feel of Tremisana is very relaxing. At night, the subdued light from the illuminated paved walkways lend a romantic and magical flavour to this outstanding camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tremisana Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve