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“Tree Lodge” 4 of 5 stars
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Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Memorial Gate Road | Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Hluhluwe
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Tree Lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We just spent a long weekend at the Tree Lodge and had a wonderful time. Accommodation was good, rooms clean and well serviced. All rooms look out into Fever Trees with Nyala and Duiker grazing close by. Food was good and plentiful. Lance (Head Chef) is very friendly and happy to discuss the menu. Could have offered a braai (barbeque) over the weekend in keeping with the bush theme. Hannah and Elizabeth (Front Staff) took care of us well and we will easily return to this very friendly Lodge.

Room Tip: Ask for a room close to the restaurant as it is quite a walk from the outer rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ubizane W, Social Media Administrator at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you so much for chosing Zululand Tree Lodge for your stay! It has been our pleasure making you feel comfortable and give you the most memorable experience at the Lodge.
We have recently started doing Bring & Braai’s at our Zululand Safari Lodge because they are self-catering and buffet candlelight dinners in the Boma area have been done a few times before. We regret that you did not get the chance to experience the Boma dinners and hope you will get the chance with your next visit!

We appreciate the beautiful review you have written for us and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Warmest Regards,
Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Management & Staff
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Had a fantastic time at Ubizane...hospitality was brilliant, the management team always being close at hand to cater for any whim; good food, lovely bar, and the swimming pools (both at Tree Lodge and Safari Lodge) were in perfect condition! Loved the game around the lodge area and the convenience of Hluhluwe town close by on one side, and the National Park on the other side. All in all I had an excellent stay, and will return soon - next time with more friends to enjoy it with me, and more time to explore St. Lucia and Sodwana which are both close by. A special thankyou to Tiaan, Natacha, Darius and Hannah for everything.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ubizane W, Social Media Administrator at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review! We aim to give guests a luxurious and memorable experience of Zululand.
Thank you for choosing Ubizane Wildlife Reserve as one of your destinations during your trip!

Looking forward to your next visit!

Warmest Regards,
Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Management & Staff
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Johannesburg
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

My Brother-In-Law's 80th occurred on Sunday 29th January 2012. My Sister-In-Law decided to find a venue that could contain the 21 contingent family, keep them entertained, and turn the celebration into an intimate weekend affair. For the most part, she sponsored the whole weekend. Having been to a very similar event once before, I was cynical - this was good intentions structured to fail. How wrong can a guy be!? The Ubizane Wildlife Reserve made the entire weekend a huge success - from the welcome at the gate to the final goodbye, the attention to detail and guest satisfaction objective never faltered! What stars they were! In retrospect, everything was actually quite simple, but the execution and attitude made it very special, with the highlite being the Birthday Dinner around a fire in the bush - specatular and a memory made!

Room Tip: We stayed at the Safari Lodge in Rondavels and they are very well appointed, with everything you nee...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ubizane W, Social Media Administrator at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
We are delighted to hear that we were part of such special memories!
We aim to give guests an unforgettable time and we are glad you enjoyed your stay!

Thank you so much for the beautiful review and hope to see you again in the near future!
Warmest Regards,
Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Management & Staff
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durban
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Stayed there for a weekend, place was amazing. Very clean, comfortable, recently refurbished self catering rondavels. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Peaceful surroundings with wildlife roaming on property. Not much onsite activities for kids, but the surrounding area has much to offer. Perfect place just to relax and get away from it all. I will return here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ubizane W, Social Media Administrator at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
First of all we would like to sincerely thank you for your visit to Ubizane Wildlife Reserve. We aim to give guests a memorable experience in nature, enjoying what Zululand has to offer.
Thank you for the great review and kind words!

We are very happy to hear you had an enjoyable time and hope to see you again soon!

Warmest Regards,
Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Management & Staff
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Bern, Switzerland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

I loved everything about our stay there!
We were greeted with hot chocolate and marshmallows when we arrived (it was still a bit cool).
The huts were very generous (including a kitchen) and there were always zebras and antilopes walking right in front of our hut.
The drives were great - the guide really took his time to explain the animals and we even went on a bush walk.
Truly a wonderful experience!

Room Tip: Safari lodges are round huts. Tree lodges are tree houses.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

This was our first trip to South Africa and our first experience of staying on a reserve. Its a beautiful place (it had been recently refurbished), and we did enjoy our stay here. The rooms were clean and tidy. We thought the food was average and slightly bland. There were a couple of things that annoyed us considering the price per person per night we paid to stay here. First of all, for the duration of our stay the pool at the safari lodge was unclean. The water was green instead of blue, and it has all sorts of things in it. The colour of the water aside, it just did not look like something we wanted to get into! When we spoke to reception about it, their answer was that they didnt know when it would be cleaned, and instead we could just use the pool down at reception instead which was much much smaller and also it was a car journey away from the actual lodge we were staying in. So we didnt get to use the pool at all, we could only lie by it!

Our second issue was regarding the game drives. We had one game drive per day in Hluhluwe, and one in Ubizane. On our first day in Hluhluwe we had wonderful sightings of many of the big five. Our guide had asked us if we wanted to see any in particular and I replied that I would like to see some big cats - be it lions or leopards I really didnt mind. He did his best to track some down but to no avail. On our return to the lodge he said that our best chance to see some lions was to go out even earlier that our previous 5.30 am start and drive to the Umfolozi end of the reserve, which he said would take about an hour from Hluhluwe. Having driven around a lot of Hluhluwe that day we agreed that it would be nice to see even further into the reserve and extend our chances of seeing some lions.
However that night at dinner, the manager came to our table and said that if WE wanted to drive to Umfolozi to see some lions it would be an extra £100 PER PERSON. Somewhat confused I explained that I wasnt some crazy tourist demanding to see some lions and that it was the actual guide who suggested Umfolozi to us in the first place....and £100 per person was just insane. That left a bad taste in my mouth and I really wasnt impresses by the whole oufit after that. It was pleasant enough, but nowhere near value for money and I wouldnt return here again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kwazulu Natal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

We attended a wedding at Ubizane and found the place beautiful with various buck walking around outside our rondawel at Safari lodge and lots of birds to look at. The staff were wonderful and the whole experience was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

Address: Memorial Gate Road | Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Hluhluwe
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zulu for the place of calling, Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated a mere 4 Kilometers from Hluhluwe Town and is on the access road to Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is an invaluable location for any tourist to experience wildlife while traveling in the surrounding area, including the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Site. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated in the heart of Zululand, but is only a mere two and a half hours drive from Durban's King Shaka Airport. With an expanse of 1200 hectares, this privately owned, low risk Malaria reserve is teaming with wildlife, some of which include: Giraffe, Wildebeest, White Rhino, Ostrich and Zebra, as well as most antelope species. Not to mention the bird life which includes over 450 species! During the start of a brand new era, Ubizane renovations and restorations were undertaken on a large scale , with the emphasis on returning the glory that has stood for more than 50 years and improving with the resources that our advanced modern society has to offer. ... more   less 
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