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About Us

Your hosts: Olaf & Stephanie

Olaf & Stephanie da Costa – Owners & Managers of Nsele Safari’s & Lodge

Like so many other people, Olaf & Stephanie dreamt of running their own lodge and taking their guests on Safari-tours, Adventure activities, Game drives and introducing them to South African food and traditions. More than this, they wanted guests to enjoy a holiday and bush experience without being bound by a restricting schedule.

After many years of practical experience, Olaf completed his studies in Nature Conservation and has since been working in all areas of the South African Tourist Industry. Olaf is also qualified with the Field guides Association of South Africa.

He has a vast knowledge and enthusiasm on just about anything related to the bush ... from a humble bee to the majestic lion in its natural habitat.

Stephanie, said goodbye to the nursing industry as soon as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to work alongside Olaf as manageress at a Lodge in the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, in the heart of Big 5 territory of the lowveld. With her love of the bush and animals, birds, it was Stephanie’s dream come true.

Here she expanded her already vast knowledge and skills in cooking and entertaining and did some additional cuisine training to fine-tune the menus and meals on offer at the Lodge.

Stephanie also provides some of her already famous home-cooked cuisine as well as pastries and cakes to surrounding lodges and small businesses. She gets called upon regularly to provide snacks & treats for small functions.

Their ultimate dream was realised in the form of the establishment of Nsele Safari's & Lodge in 2001.

This is where Olaf & Stephanie are living their dream – to own a getaway where clients have the freedom to do what they want on holiday, without losing out on the magic of the bush and its unlimited offering to us mere humans!

General Information


Nsele Safari’s & Lodge is situated within a mosquito area and it is advisable to take malaria precaution and to take the necessary Antimalarial drugs before your visit (please ask assistance from you medical health practitioner or pharmacy).

At the lodge we offer anti-mosquito spray, as well as the necessary precautions within the chalets, like mosquito nets and mosquito repellent.

Other Information

Drink enough water to keep you hydrated in the summer heat – Nsele water is pure and safe to drink. However, we do have bottled water available. Keep yourself protected from the sun's rays with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Take along a set of comfortable walking shoes and socks for comfortable bush walking.

The summer temperatures range from a mild 27°C to a steamy 39°C... then some days it can be cool when the clouds after rain remain on the horizon and block out the sun – a light jacket will be in order to stay comfortable.

The winter temperatures are mild during the day ranging from 20 to 30°C. Night time temperatures drop to about 14°C and it is advisable to bring along a warm jacket. (The wind chill on game drives can be quite cold – bring your jacket along for this.)