We spent 6 nights at the Game Lodge and had a wonderful time. We were there just after Thanksgiving (USA version) and there were very few people there. It is a great time to go if you have the opportunity because the animals are all giving birth, the crowds are non-existent and the weather is very pleasant.
All of the employees at the Lodge are extremely friendly and will do anything to be of service. The food was excellent and the desserts were to die for. The rooms are very nice in a Game Lodge sort of way. Not the Hilton but very clean, large, and comfortable.
The game drives are a great time. The Lodge has four (Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Buffalo) of the Big Five (missing the Lions). The animals are very accessible and you will see have lots of opportunities to get up-close and personal. You haven't experienced wildlife until you have seen a pair of female elephants take apart a tree with their trunks and tusks. We would also recommend some side trips (which your guide can arrange) to the the preserve next door (Pinda, which has Lions and about 6 times the area so you get a different feel), the Elephant Encounter (where you can get up-close and personal with a very large male Elephant) and the Cat Rescue Facility (where you can pet a Cheetah). These will definitely add to your wildlife experience.
All together a great 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