We stayed three nights at Heritage, also three at the Game Lodge (see separate review), so we were able to get a good comparative feel for the Zulu Nyala properties.
We stayed in a "tent", but this is a real misnomer, because the room was basically a stucco structure, covered with robust tent fabric, with ventilation panels throughout, which could be open or closed. Spacious bathroom, spacious living room area and bedroom area. Double french doors opened out to the savannah landscape (we were in T9).
The food was excellent, and I had a hard time relating to other reviewers that complained. Inventive dishes, always the freshest ingredients (greens, veggies), and presented in attractive displays for each meal. Yes, it was buffet style.
Because we bought the package via a charity auction, drinks were extra, but turned out to be very reasonably priced, like $1.50 (US dollars) for an iced tea. Wine and mixed drinks were also quite reasonable.
We loved the quiet surroundings, and the weaver birds, so brightly colored, were in a nesting frenzy the whole time we were there. Something we're not likely to see in Detroit.
The staff was reliable, pleasant, and I was taken with everybody's readiness to smile and be helpful. This goes for the servers at mealtime, the receptionists, and the cleaning staff.
If you are concerned about not having air conditioning in the tent, don't be. Remember this is Africa, and part of the experience includes lifting the tent flaps to get your evening cross breezes while you sleep. An overhead fan keeps the air circulating. Even though daytime temps were in the 80's (F), our evenings were extremely pleasant.
Two thumbs up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Heritage Safari Lodge was originally built in the 1940’s as a hotel and was a landmark pit-stop for weary travelers between Maputo and Durban. Acquired in 1996, the gracious building was lovingly restored to its original colonial grandeur, enhanced with new accommodation, and tastefully themed to highlight Zululand’s unique cultural heritage.With buffet-style meals in our restaurant, the wide, welcoming veranda and our ‘human watering hole’ - the pub or thatched boma, warm and relaxing atmosphere is conducive to shared good times and conviviality. The sparkling pool is always inviting, and you’re sure to enjoy browsing our beautifully stocked curio shop for a few authentic African mementos. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Hotel Hluhluwe