We have offered this trip in our fundraisers for the past few years and thought it was time that we checked it out for ourselves. Having read some older less enthusiastic reviews a year or so ago, I can say we were very pleasantly surprised. Zulu Nyala offers several different accomodations, but I would strongly recommend picking the Game Lodge. Our room happened to be directly across from the pool, with a view over the valley. The room was quite large, clean and comfortable (though bring your own pillow if you like them soft)...and only steps away from the dining areas. All meals are included and are mainly served buffet style. Food was good and service very pleasant.
Daily game drives were never a disappointment and drivers are very knowledgeable (we had James as ours). Zulu Nyala offers side trips and we did two - Pinda reserve, which is adjacent to Zulu Nyala and has lions and leopards (which Zulu does not - the only cats they have are cheetahs). The excursion is pretty expensive (i think $175 per person), and not worth it for my money - but then I'd already seen lions in Kenya on Safari. The excursion I would recommend is the Cheetah Rehabilitation Center at Emdonemi - which is about an hour away from Zulu. Do this one, you won't be disappointed!
Overall I would definitely recommend Zulu Nyala Game Lodge - it's a great introduction to Africa, at a reasonable price. If you're coming from the States the 6 nites gives you time to readjust your time clock and relax. I would also recommend following up your stay with a trip to a smaller game lodge (i.e. 6 to 10 units) for an entirely different experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An entrancing experience in a unique wilderness area. Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve provides a unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. Nestled between the wilderness reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe and St Lucia, this lush stretch of paradise is home to a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the shy and beautiful Nyala buck that is endemic to the region and the secretive leopard. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Game Hotel Hluhluwe