Stay at Bushwillow-Hluhluwe
We recently returned home to N Irealnd from a stay in S Africa which included a visit to relatives in Pretoria, a four night stay in Bushwillow-Hluhluwe, and a 4 day horseback safari with Bhangazi Horse Safaris in Isimongaliso wetland park.
Our time at Bushwillow was excellent. The Kuleni Game reserve was first class for birding. From a wildlife point of view, it contains no large predators and so we were able to walk freely on well marked trials and found some wonderful birds including the elusive Narina Trogon. As a tourist, I also felt that my valuables,including quite a lot of camera gear was very secure.
The accommodation was very clean, and comfortable and the staff most helpful. Food was very good and as I was prospecting for a potential group visit in a year or two, I took the liberty of checking out other rooms and lodges at Bushwillow. All were of the same high standard.
An all day game drive was booked for us and an excellent birding guide was recommended and organised for a 5.30am start. The picnic breakfast would have fed an army and kept us going all day. All in all, we found the four nights very comfortable and will have no hesitation in recommending it to our group as a future destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer 3 accommodation options, all very different from each other. We aim to satisfy all possible guest wishes. We strive to provide a very personalised service, and we pride ourselves on this. Bushwillow Lodge Our catered bush lodge with reed ceilings is a home away from home, accommodating just 6 guests. Couches in the main sitting area encourage visitors to relax with a book. The open plan kitchen means that guests can see and smell the honest home-cooked food being prepared for them where it shall be served either outside on the main deck or inside on the large eucalyptus table. The bedroom chalets with huge windows offer seamless views of the surrounding bush and are cosily furnished with wood and textured fabrics in rich colours. The jacaranda bathroom vanities are adorned with handcrafted basins and the frameless shower and free standing bath provide an interesting mix of old and new. Each bedroom has its own private viewing deck. Wooden walkways link the chalets to the main lodge and its pool deck where guests can come together and share their day's stories over a sun-downer. This is the place to stay should you want that authentic African feel and have your breakfast and evening meals prepared for you. Bushwillow Cottage Originally a farm rondavel this cottage has been lovingly renovated so that it blends sympathetically under tall and rare Lebombo-Wattle trees. It is a perfect self-catering getaway for up to 4 adults and 2 well behaved children. The rondavel offers a tastefully decorated lounge and well-equipped cottage-style kitchen. The two bedrooms are located off the central rondavel. One bedroom has a king bed with en-suite showers (indoor and outdoor) whilst the other bedroom has twin beds that can be converted to a king bed. Both bedrooms have pullout beds suitable for children and wingback chairs where one can sit and relax when wanting that quiet time. The thatched ceilings offer warmth to the cottage, and the deep beds with comfy headboards and crisp linen provide guest comfort. The open veranda with outdoor lounge furniture is a great place to unwind and watch the passing giraffe as one sits under the fans. There is a spa bath situated on the outside main deck where one can relax in the evening as the sounds of the African night spell romance. For families and friends, there is a gas braai on the outside deck which brings everyone together and where cooking is a pleasure. Bushwillow Boutique Contemporary design, high ceiling timber chalets with wooden floors combine quirkily with bright colour schemes and invigorating styling. Self-contained and spacious with stackable doors and lots of glass allow the bush to seep into the airy and vibrant rooms, providing an energetic contrast. Crisp linen, individuality and privacy guarantee a restful stay. Each chalet has its own kitchen, private viewing deck and a cooling pool in which to wallow. Perfect for couples who want to self-cater though it is also possible for Boutique guests to book an evening meal at the main lodge or have breakfast provided in their chalet fridge. ... more less
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