We first went to Bonamanzi in 1974 when there was just 1 very basic tree house! Our last visit was in 1999 and although this time we were unable to stay in the now vastly superior, but really nice, trees houses, our stay at Lalapanzi "Lodge" was more than we could ever have dreamt of!! We were 5 adults and our 2 grandchildren and we all had rooms in one of the "combo" units which was wonderful! The rooms were really MOST comfortable and linen of extremely high quality, shower, WC and basin adequate, kettle, crockery and beverages in each room and a covered, furnished patio outside each one too!
A paved, lit walkway links the rooms to the central core consisting of Reception (with a deck overlooking a dam which is the home for a fair sized crocodile or 2), Dining "room" (where the meals were superb with a very good selection of food and full of atmosphere - even a "teddy" miniture couch provided for young weary heads after a busy day exploring!) and a comfortable lounge combined with a viewing deck right on the edge of the "home" dam. The pleasantly maintained grounds are shared with a variety of buck and warthog and the bird life is prolific. The walks of various lengths are well signposted, but the self-drive ones not so!! The ONLY area that needs improvement!!
The boat cruise offered on the Hluhluwe River is extremely good value as you are given an interesting game drive just to get there, and returning after dark gives you opportunity to see some of the night-;ife - even chameleons!!
A most relaxing haven and one to which we would all return! We did a recce of the camp sites and the tree-houses too - and then there are still the 2 self-catering lodges available!!
Our Grandchildren aged 10 and 6 years had the freedom to wander safely down to the communal area and had a great time!!
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park within easy reach!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bonamanzi Game Reserve, a Big 4 Reserve, is a Natural Heritage Site bordered by the spectacular Lake St. Lucia Isimangaliso Wetlands - a World Heritage Site - and the magnificent Hluhluwe River.This privately owned game reserve and safari lodge is widely recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa. Lake St Lucia and the Hluhluwe River give Bonamanzi its Zulu name, meaning "Look, Water!". Its almost 4000 ha teams with game, and one of Bonamanzi's special features is that it provides a safe and interactive bush experience in which you can do walks or drive, with or without the company of a trained field guide. To see the Big Five animals, the famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is a short 20 minute drive away or join us on one of our Game Drives.A wonderful climate prevails all year long with splendid summers and warm winter days. Set your own pace as you absorb the peaceful sounds and spectacles of three adjoining eco-systems: coastal grassland, tropical forest, and woodland. Comfortable Accommodation and every facility is available to ensure that your stay is a pleasant one, be it a peaceful getaway for couples or families, or Conference and Events or Weddings parties. And there are plenty of Activities from Boat Cruises, Bird Safari and Game Drives to relaxing at the pool at Lalapanzi Camp to ensure that your every whim is catered for.Bonamanzi Game Reserve is easily accessible, being just a few hours drive from the Durban airport as well as the Golela border post with Swaziland, and perfectly situated to explore the splendour of this heavenly part of the world. Come, and experience Zululand's warm and friendly hospitality at its finest - we'd love to share it with you ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bonamanzi Game Park Tree House Hotel Hluhluwe