We got this Safari Package, 6 nights, through a charity auction.
It got us to South Africa, which I never would have visited and we definitely made the best out of the experience. I wish I would have done more research ahead of time to get around some of the bumps with Zulu Nyala.
Our tour guide- Sandile, was excellent. He really made the trip. The guide is very important to your experience. We also met a great group of people for the week who were on the drives with us and that was a big bonus.
You can see many animals here and see them up close- elephants, buffalo, white rhino, zebra, giraffes, hippos. For food, the buffet is pretty good for a buffet. We enjoyed the food.
The common areas of this property are nice and the views are very good. The Heritage Lodge, where we stayed at a few nights, was not
nearly as nice in the common areas and views.
Cell phone signal is good. I was able to get reception and even email most of the time on my palm.
We saw almost every animal on the first game drive. This reserve is pretty small. I would recommend staying 2-4 days.
There are no cats on the reserve. Ironically, they put photos of cats all over their website etc. If you want to see lions and cheetahs you need to visit another reserve. Pindha is your best bet. Zulu Nyala advertises Pindha as a side trip, then tells you it will be almost impossible to get in after you arrive. I had to push hard to get into Pindha, which was a fabulous experience, not to be missed. It complements this Zulu Nyala Safari perfectly. I would recommend being firm when you arrive or book 1 or 2 nights at Pindha so you guarantee you'll go on game drives there. Pindha is much more up-scale than any of the Zulu Nyala properties.
Zulu Nyala said it was a 4-star property. I would rate the Game Lodge and Heritage as 3-Star. Things in the room don't work or are broken. Cleanliness is ok. The service is poor in getting responses for just about anything. We had to push for everything, which is annoying when you should be relaxing. Their computers and Internet go down regularly and they're in no rush to fix it unless you stay on top of them. There were many mosquitoes in our room.
Overall, we had a phenomenal vacation. I think 6 nights at any of the Zulu Nyala properties is too many and they definitely are not 4-star.
Get a great guide. See a lot of animals. Enjoy the buffet. Be firm to get what is advertised or what you need/want.
Book a night or two at Pindha to see cats.
Stay in the Game Lodge over the Heritage.
Other tips- we didn't rent a car. I'm thinking it would have been better. Their transfer fee from Richard's Bay is very high at over $200 US each way unless you are splitting it with others.
The prices for the side trips are high too. If you're adventurous and want to drive you might have more independence and save some money.
If you do the Hluhluwe Park it's best to go with the guide from Zulu Nyala. We had quite an experience there with a herd of 20 elephants!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An entrancing experience in a unique wilderness area. Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve provides a unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. Nestled between the wilderness reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe and St Lucia, this lush stretch of paradise is home to a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the shy and beautiful Nyala buck that is endemic to the region and the secretive leopard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Game Hotel Hluhluwe