Baobab Ridge

Baobab Ridge lies within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and offers guests an up-market, comfortable, authentic and affordable wilderness experience.

Baobab Ridge

Baobab Ridge Main deck - all it needs is you

The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is reputed to be one of the largest private reserves and shares a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. An hour's flight or scenic 6 hour drive from Johannesburg puts this special part of the Greater Kruger National Park on your doorstep.

Baobab Ridge is situated in the southern part of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve This small and intimate private lodge with only seven private suites sleeps a maximum of 16 guests, giving a feeling of serenity, far away from the masses.

The lodge can also be booked exclusively, giving our guests the ultimate private luxury safari. As a part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Klaserie has no fences between it and the Kruger and can offer guests the full Kruger Park experience in open game viewers. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and its neighbour - the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve - are known for their excellent game viewing.

Family owned and run, the lodge is a home away from home and prides itself on its relaxed, family atmosphere, wide smiles and friendly, welcoming staff. Situated within easy reach of the suites, the main lodge features a bar and lounge area, small TV room with satellite television and DVD player, free WiFi, outdoor terraces, guest bathrooms, a large dining room and an office.

Outdoors there is a comfortable open-air boma area with a fireplace. The swimming pool overlooks the surrounding bush and a small waterhole. The lodge is accessible to wheelchairs and is fully fenced from larger wildlife to ensure your safely. Guests have full use of the indoor and outdoor living areas and all facilities.

Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve covers an impressive 60 000 hectares of pristine wilderness making it one of the largest privately owned reserves in South Africa. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve was established in 1972 as part of the greater Kruger National Park, it borders onto the Timbavati Private Game Reserve and shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animal’s free range and ensuring that guests have an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer.

Accommodation

Only seven private suites sleeps a maximum of 16 guests

Baobab Ridge
Baobab Ridge

The lodge has seven free-standing guest cottages and can sleep a maximum of 16 guests. All of the suites are raised on timber decks and their décor is inspired by the wonderful African wilderness that surrounds Baobab Ridge and reflects an air of simple, classic elegance with luxurious fittings and fixtures, high quality linen and clean, modern design. Colours are neutral and muted, save for punches of colour and texture, from the warm hues of sunrise to the deep velvet blues of the African night... So lay back and unwind, and let your senses be filled with the wonder that is wild Africa...

There are six superior suites at Baobab Ridge. All feature a range of luxury facilities from a fridge (ask us to stock it with drinks of your choice) and tea/coffee station to wonderful outdoor seating area on the verandah overlooking the African bush and sumptuous en-suite bathroom. The suites are open-plan with a dedicated lounge with oversized, double recliners and a lovely bedroom area featuring a king-size bed which can be configured as a twin, should you desire. The wonderful, spacious bathrooms feature a fabulous soaking tub big enough for two, two vanity units with hand basins, bidet and toilet and both indoor and outdoor showers.

The family suite is furthest away from the main building and offers the same design as the Superior Suites, except that it houses two smaller en-suite bedrooms. It is designed for families of two adults and two children (aged between 6 and 12) and offers complete peace and tranquility, with its wonderful wrap-around verandah affording views out over the surrounding bush. One of the family suite's two bedrooms features a double bed and the other has two single beds which are perfect for children. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom featuring an indoor shower, hand basin and toilet. Outside on the verandah there is a small table and seating for four people. Inside, in the lounge area are two comfy loungers, as well as a fridge (ask us to stock it with drinks of your choice) and tea/coffee station.

Spend time relaxing here and see what animals come to the water hole

Lodge Facilities


The Pool Deck Offering sweeping views out over the African bush in front of the ridge on which it is built, Baobab Ridge's pool deck is the perfect place for serious relaxation in between game activities and meals! Overlooking a permanent waterhole that attracts a wide variety of wildlife species throughout the day (and night) - there's always something going on at the pool deck, so be sure to have your binoculars and camera to hand when spending time here.

The Boma If the weather is good, guests can enjoy dinner outside in the unique boma, under brilliant starlit skies. The boma has a large fire in the middle which guests sit around, enjoying our traditional South African dinners. Sometimes called the "Bush TV" because of the mesmerising effect the flickering flames have, there is little to beat the simple pleasure of gathering around an open fire to share stories of the adventures you've had throughout the day and learn more about the wonderful African wilderness.

Enjoying the lodge

Baobab Ridge offers:

  • Intimate luxury lodge with only 7 luxury suites
  • Located in the Klaseri Private Nature Reserve & Greater Kruger National Park set in one of the best game-watching regions of Africa
  • Five star luxury at four star rates
  • An authentic African safari experience
  • Easy access by road and air

Baobab Ridge
Baobab Ridge

Safari activities at Baobab Ridge

  • Game Drives Game drives at Baobab Ridge are in open vehicles with qualified senior guides. Our guides are passionate about wildlife and are in contact with other vehicles on game drives, greatly increasing your chances of finding the wildlife that you want to see. The vehicles may also leave the road to follow animals into the bush and thus provide opportunities to witness behaviour and interactions you might not otherwise see. We are in a Big Five area, so we do see lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo and many more in our area! Your guide will share expert knowledge and information about each species and their behaviour. The birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed
  • Night drives offer exceptionally good opportunities to spot game not usually seen during the day. Our afternoon game drives end in the dark,giving our guests the opportunity to experience a night drive as well! Don’t miss the chance to spot lion and other nocturnal species who are at their most energetic at night. Game drives after dark or at dawn are often a real highlight, you can see endless stars and you’re also likely to encounter a whole range of nocturnal species from leopard, porcupine and hyena to a range of owl species.
  • Guided Bush Walks Walking in the bush gives you the opportunity to experience Africa from the ground, in the safe hands of our professional guide. The small details that are overlooked on game drives become more apparent from the slower pace of being on foot. For instance, you can learn about the amazing engineering skills involved in the creation of a termite mound! Bird calls, tracks, insects, plants, geology, the thrilling sight of spotting big game at eye level; everything takes on more significance and you gain a much deeper understanding of your environment.

A day at Baobab Ridge

Game drives are planned for mornings and evenings as this is the time when the animals are most active. The game drives last for about three hours and include a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sun-downer stop in the evening.Baobab Ridge generally adjusts safari times accordingly to the seasons in order to maximise game-viewing opportunities and ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable experience.

  • Summer / Winter
  • 04h00 / 05h30 – Wakeup call
  • 04h30 / 06h00 – Refreshments and snacks on the patio
  • 05h00 / 06h30 – Depart for morning game drive
  • 08h00 / 09h30 - Morning game drives returns
  • 10h00 / 10h00 – Brunch
  • 10h30 / 11h00 – Departing guests to kindly vacate chalets
  • 14h00 / 14h00 – Check in for arriving guests
  • 15h00 / 15h00 – High tea is served on the patio
  • 16h00 / 15h30 – Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 19h00 / 18h30 – Game drive returns
  • 19h30 / 19h30 – Pre-dinner drinks around the fire
  • 20h00 / 20h00 – Dinner in the Boma
Baobab Ridge
Baobab Ridge

Dining, food for the soul

At Baobab Ridge they pride themselves on creating wonderful, home-cooked meals that are made with fabulous, fresh and locally sourced ingredients.The talented chefs love to incorporate firm South African favourites and a range of traditional flavours into the menu, so you can expect a selection of marvellous comfort-style food that's mouthwateringly tantalising and deliciously tasty for the duration of your stay.

Start the day with muffins and rusks with coffee before departing on your morning game drive, returning in time for a hearty brunch out on the deck (weather permitting) or inside in our beautiful dining room. High tea is served shortly before departure for the afternoon/evening game drive, and, of course, you'll be stopping to indulge in a sundowner or two and some wonderful, savoury snacks en-route. You'll return to the lodge to enjoy a hearty, three-course al fresco dinner next to a roaring log fire outside in our boma beneath a canopy of twinkling stars, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Baobab Ridge with Go Safari

Relax at the pool area at Baobab Ridge

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