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 ...
- 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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