In comparison to the rest of the hotel, the accommodation at the Lodge is 5 star. Sleeps 8 people, very authentically decorated, use of a butler if required (at a cost), own swimming pool, bbq facilities and kitchen (all appliances were high tech, separate from the main hotel but still within walking distance (within the same grounds) and very competitively priced. It certainly does have a wow factor which the rest of the hotel doesn't.
The reception area of the main hotel, restaurant and swimming pool/bar area is in need of revamping, but this is one of two hotels which lie on the outskirts of the Hluhluwe game reserve so you are limited with choice. The hotel offers 2 game drives per day, with a pick-up from the hotel – one in the morning and another in the afternoon. The concierge was fantastic and very friendly – details and maps of how to get to all the nearby attractions were readily available. There weren't any places near the hotel to have dinner, so we ate at the hotel – dinner was buffet style – food was good and prices were reasonable. The staff were however, not very attentive. I think had we not stayed at the lodge, I would have been rather disappointed, but the facilities and décor of the lodge more than made up for any other failings. The hotel is very close to the reserve and we did go out on a drive on our own after our game-drive which the hotel arranged – we were lucky enough to see a lot of the animals on both drives. I recommend this hotel: the lodge was great, it is conveniently situated and rates are reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris - Luxury Set in the Heart of The Zulu Kingdom. Rich in natural ambience and with a distinctively African rhythm, Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris treats guests to luxurious accommodation, tantalising cuisine, and a world-class service with friendly staff who live the motto "hospitality is our game". The Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris encourages visitors to leave the modern world behind and to embark on a discovery ... The untamed beauty of Kwazulu Natal's Elephant coast and the neighbouring wildlife and marine reserves have created a vibrant eco-system of unrivalled diversity. Soak up the sun at the swimming pool terrace and feel the cultural richness in the evenings whilst sipping on a refreshing sundowner and watching the Zulu dance shows are held beneath the magnificent Umkanyakude (Fever) Tree. At Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, you'll discover the wild nature of Africa, rejoice in the luxury and revel in the friendly warmth of one of Africa's most welcoming hotels!Let one of our Guides take you on Game drive adventure to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi park or one of the many interactions and activities The Elephant Coast has to offer . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Hluhluwe And Safaris