When planning a stay at Maninghi Lodge, keep the following information handy:

Buying Food

Maninghi is 45km's from Hoedspruit, which has a well-stocked Spar, Pick-n-Pay and bottle store.  From here you will be able to buy general provisions and groceries, should you not have brought with you.  Maninghi has several freezers and fridges, to keep your food and drinks fresh and cold.  Note that Hoedspruit is not en-route to Maninghi, you'll pass through several towns if travelling from Gauteng that supplies could be provisioned from.  The two best towns for this would be Lydenberg, or Tzaneen (depending on your route).

Refreshments are for sale at Maninghi Lodge, and we can stock to any requirement beforehand.


What to Bring

Although Maninghi is fully-furnished, the following is recommended to bring for your stay:

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Your food and drinks.
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Seasonal clothing:
    • Summers are extremely hot, with temperatures ranging from 15°C in the evening to 35°C in the day.
    • Winters are warm to mild, with temperatures between 10°C to 30°C, with isolated cold spells.



  • Remember to consult your doctor, as the Balule Nature Reserve is a malaria area.
  • In order to preserve the natural beauty of the Reserve, Balule is a dirt-road area, and there is a 14km, bumpy stretch from the tar road turn-off to the Lodge.  It is recommended to come in a higher-clearance vehicle, although 4x4 is not necessary.
  • Maninghi Lodge is unfenced:  wild animals do, from time-to-time, wander on the lawn.   Whilst this makes for great photo opportunities, guests are reminded never to approach any animal, and children should not be left unsupervised when outside.  Your hosts will be at the lodge at all times, and are happy to deal with any encounters that may occur.