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“A wonderful experience ...” 5 of 5 stars
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Zululand Safari Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   PO Box 116 | Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa   |  
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“A wonderful experience ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

It took a relaxed two & a half hour drive from Umhlanga Rocks - about the same distance as from the King Shaka Airport - directions were easy to follow & we were greeted at the entrance by welcoming staff who gave us a cool drink while we registered - Jade - my email contact at the Lodge was there to take us to our room - each rondavel room is spread around an open grassy area with paved pathways lit at night - impala & ostriches wander the area & although not seen I have it on good authority that giraffes also come to visit!
The rondavels are great - simply but tastefully furnished - each one complete with a generous shower room, dressing area & fully equipped kitchen (this time we ate in the restaurant but there were barbecues built around the area - another time maybe?) - the bedroom area has a big, comfortable bed complete with mosquito net although luckily no sign of the 'pesky critters!
The restaurant is lovely - set among the trees & with a huge fireplace for cool evenings - the food was delicious - tasty home cooking served buffet style - good choice & plentiful - must mention the yummy home-made marmalade - a nice touch!
We did two wildlife tours organised by the Lodge - the first a two hour trip around the Ubizane Reserve (where the Lodge is situated) & the second a longer trip to Hluhluwe about ten minutes drive away - what a treat - lions, rhino, elephant, giraffe, warthogs & many species of antelope! - both trips were conducted by Hamilton who shared his considerable bush knowledge with a great sense of humour - an amazing experience ...
I could wax lyrical about this visit for much longer but will finish with a mention of the staff at the Lodge - I cannot praise them enough all were pleasant, friendly & unfailingly helpful & we thank them for helping to make this trip so special ...

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Zululand Safari Lodge, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
3. First of all we would like to thank you for choosing Zululand Safari Lodge during your holiday!
Thank you for the beautiful review you have compiled for Ubizane! We strive in providing guests with a service that would be forever remembered and exceeding guests expectations!
We want guests to be treated in the lap of luxury, experiencing the best of what Africa has to offer here in Zululand.

We hope to see you back at either lodge in the near future!

Warmest Regards,
Ubizane 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

We just returned from a wonderful South African vacation (Oct 2010) and during that time
we spent 3 nights at the Zululand Safari Lodge at Ubizane.

The food was excellent and plentyful. One night we had roast beef & yorkshire pudding.

The room, which was newly re-modeled, is based on a traditional Zulu hut and what was
represented on their web site is exactly what we found when we arrived. Note that not all huts have been upgraded, I'm not sure what their condition is. We had had lots of hot water.

One morning we awoke a found a girafe just outside the hut (40 metres). There were frequently kudu immediately beside the hut. Also, the wildlife experienced in Ubizane Wildlife Reserve was very good. The encounters with girafe and rhino were excellent. Furthermore, the geography was more scenic that Kruger National Park.

We were told there has been new management and there is re-modeling/upgrading
taking place throughout the property.

We saw, but did not go into the Zululand Tree Lodge, so I cannot talk about that part of the property.

I used their computer once to access email and played billiards once as well.

The Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is located in Zululand, just south of Swaziland, in
South Africa. Access to this area is easy as it is just off the N2 highway. Also, an excursion to the coast, St Lucia, we easy and rewarding.

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Zululand Safari Lodge.


  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2007

As a South African living abroad I make an effort to experience what South Africa has to offer each time I go home. There is nothing more magical than experiencing the still-ness of the African Bush. The great thing about Zululand Safari Lodge is that it is within a few hours drive from Durban. The lodge is an authentic African lodge without too much fanfare. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a small kitchette for basic food preparations. Each room is a rondavel and they are well spaced out so you get a sense of privacy in what is a not very exclusive lodge. Each room has its own BBQ and a set of outdoor chairs and table. We ate dinner at the Lodge, a wonderful experience inside an African Boma (reed enclosure with a fire in the centre). If you are looking for something authentic on a budget I recommend the Zululand Safari lodge.

  • Liked — Authentic African feel without being touristy
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Zululand Safari Lodge

Address: PO Box 116 | Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zululand Safari Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a heritage spanning over 40 years, Zululand Safari Lodge is scattered along sprawling open lawns dotted with aged Aloes ans Scented Thorn Acacias, providing a truly picturesque backdrop. Rondavel styled rooms situated at the base of the majestic Ubizane hill, all rooms have a view of the constant watering hole that is nestled under the magnificent Marula trees, which quenches the thirst of Giraffe,Zebra, Nyala, Impala and Kudu. This water hole is also lit up at night giving guests a possible glimpse of animals roaming around in the dark.Safari Lodge offers various room styles, all of which have our trademark glass paneled sliding doors, ensuring not an inch of nature escapes by without being noticed. Rooms at Safari include: Double bed or Single bed set up with en-suite bathrooms equipped with showers, as well as four sleeper family units with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a bath and a shower. A third option, is a room with a bath and an inside and out side shower, extending the nature experience a step further. All rooms are air conditioned and are self catering, a full equipped kitchen ensures that all the necessities are provided for. Each room has its own patio and breath taking view, each patio is equipped with its own comfortable patio furniture. A spacious play area, equipped with a large jungle gym, swings and a see-saw is present at Safari Lodge to keep up with the youthful energy, while parents can relax on comfortable pool loungers adjacent to the large pool. ... more   less 
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