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About Maninghi Lodge

Maninghi Lodge (Place of Plenty) and the River View Chalets are situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in the Northern section of Balule Nature Reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park. We have the "The Big 5" and a variety of other animals within the reserve, and is a bird watcher's paradise. Maninghi Lodge offers fully and self-catering options accommodating up to 12 guests having sole use of the entire main lodge within five bedrooms. The Lodge is fully-furnished, boasting comfortably-appointed bedrooms and lounges, as well as all necessary kitchen appliances and utensils. Sit back, relax, and enjoy viewing animals coming down to drink at the river, whilst from our viewing deck, watching birds feed in our two magnificent sycamore fig trees. Our 3 River View Chalets are situated 500meters downstream from the main lodge. There are 2 fully catered chalets and 1 self-catering family chalet overlooking the Olifant’s river. Relax and enjoy your time spent in the garden or climb the 5 meter high viewing deck spotting animals and birds along the river.Take a guided game drive within Balule Nature Reserve, or opt to experience the wild on foot with a guided bush walk.With plenty of local attractions in the area, spend the day visiting the Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Khamai Reptile Park, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and Echo Caves, to name a few. Let Maninghi Lodge be your affordable nature escape away from home.

Safari: What perfect way to experience the Big 5 at Maninghi. Book a guided game drive or walk with us, as we take you exploring Balule Nature Reserve or relax on our lawn watching animals drinking at the river or birds in our sycomore fig trees.

Spa: Let go of all that work related tension and let us spoil and pamper you. With our portable massage bed, indulge in a massage amongst beautiful surroundings within our property. 30mins to 1 hour massages available.

Wedding Venues: Small and intimate weddings of up to 20 guests can be accommodated on our Lodge Grounds. Enquire within for more details.

Family friendly: Maninghi prides itself on being family-friendly, first and foremost. Our riverside lodge will keep our younger guests entertained for hours, including a splash pool (main lodge only) for hot days, and a collection of indoor games.

Romantic: There's nothing like having an entire river front and main lodge to yourself to bring out the romance in couples.Spend quality time with your loved one amongst the tranquil surroundings - watching animals come down to the Olifants River.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 19
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 2 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

All accommodation includes 15% VAT.
This provisional reservation is only valid for 7 days. Maninghi Lodge reserves the right to cancel this reservation if a 50% deposit is not received within this period. To confirm your reservation a 50% deposit will be required with the balance due 45 days before arrival.
Please ensure that you are...
All accommodation includes 15% VAT.
This provisional reservation is only valid for 7 days. Maninghi Lodge reserves the right to cancel this reservation if a 50% deposit is not received within this period. To confirm your reservation a 50% deposit will be required with the balance due 45 days before arrival.
Please ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel and medical insurance policy. Although staff are trained in First Aid the closest hospital is 2 hour's drive.
The rate includes self-catered accommodation and a once daily service of the Lodge. The rate excludes game drives, walks, children's game drives, drinks, office services, gratuities and any other additional activities and excursions.
Balule Nature Reserve gate fees: R40.00 per adult and R70.00 per vehicle to be paid in cash at Balule Nature Reserve, Parsons Gate. Gate fees are subject to change without prior notice.
All guests must arrive before sunset. Arrivals after sunset will require an escort to the lodge. Escorts are charged at R300.00.
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Reviews for Maninghi Lodge

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Ernst Kramm
28 April 2018

Der Elefeant der gleich bei unserer Ankunft auf dem Fahrweg stand, war schon eine tolle Überraschung.Die herzliche Begrüßung und Begleitung auf unseren GameWalks und GameDrives von Francois. Das tolle südafrikanische Essen von Victoria.Ich liebe es besonders in der Grillhütte bzw. in der Nähe vom Flussufer zu sitzen und zu beobachten ob Tiere an den Fluss kommen.

Rainer Witt, Germany
15 December 2015

We are 3 friends from Germany and traveled through South Africa.The Maninghi Lodge was one of 8 places we stayed at, I need to mention that Maninghi was the best !!!The lodge is very well equipped, with everything you need, very comfortable and very clean.It is a beautiful quiet place, situated directly on the Olifants River, from the lapa we had a large overview of the river and we observed a lot of animals,elephant, impala, kudu, warthog, water buck, hippo, vervet monkey and wildebeest during the day and at night.                                                                 We had a great...
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Maninghi Lodge is 5.5km from the centre of Balule Nature Reserve , the nearest airport 27.9km (Eastgate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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