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“Want good African hospitality? Come here.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

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Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Hluhluwe
Certificate of Excellence
Detroit, Michigan
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43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Want good African hospitality? Come here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

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.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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Durban
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46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed at the safari lodge in December.

Overall, our stay wasnt bad, but we much prefer the game lodge which has far better views, pool area and ambience.

Also were a bit irritated about being strong armed to have lunch at the resort, which we firmly resisted.

Nice dinners and breakfast and knowledgeable game rangers

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SeanR27
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Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Let's just start by saying THE PEOPLE ARE FANTASTIC!

This lodge is lovely in its own way but the staff made the trip! We spent our first 2 nights in the tent. Which was charming and big... Amongst the animals....

But we were there in October (spring rainy season) and between the wind and rain on canvas...well let's just say there was no sleeping. I über stand they are making the tents less tent like because of this.

We moved into a motel like room which was perfect. You will find after 2 game runs a day you are pretty tired and will sleep like a child.... The Boma (out door restaurant) was terrific and the Zulu entertainment at dinner fascinating. Bring your camera to dinner...you won't want to miss it. Many of the dancers are also employees of the lodge so they may be cleaning your room or serving you food...

Take a day trip to the school....it's both humbling and enlightening. The kids are so fascinated by us and we by them. The kids sang and danced for us and then asked us for a song.... Unprepared we sang "she'll be coming around the mountain when she comes" badly...

Also don't miss Pinda ....that's where the lions are....really cool

Great stay! Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room! Be aware the tents could get noisy!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Annie C
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Brantford, Canada
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon. He has dietary restrictions (gluten, dairy, etc) and they were so accomodating and made special meals for him at no extra cost. The employees become your friends by the time you leave and the game drives are AMAZING! We saw cheetahs, giraffes,monkeys, hippos, white rhinos, buffalo, nyalas, exotic birds, elephants and lots of other amazing critters! Definitely want o go back there some time!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Erinia
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Guilford, Connecticut
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67 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

This was an amazing vacation. The grounds were immaculate, the employees were so friendly and helpful and the safari trips were exciting- each and every one. Our safari guide Dumi went out of his way to make sure that we really saw everything there was to see. He recommended 3 side trips, The Elepant Encounter, Penda and A boat trip to St Lucia. He was assigned to our group at all times. Imagine waking up to zebras right outside your (Glam Tent) My daughter stated that she never had South Africa as a place that she really wanted to visit, but when we all were leaving, we all said it was a place that we wish that we never had to leave. Hooray for having a wonderful providing us with a PICTURE perfect time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ckbucks
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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed both in Safari Lodge and the Heritage Logde Luxury Tents and although we enjoyed both the Hertiage Tents were amazing. The genuine feel of being on a Safari with impeccable accommodations. We really enjoyed our stay in the tents.
Safari's start super early in the morning and late in the day so you have some down time in the middle to read, explore the neighboring towns etc, but be prepared for that middle of the day down time.
We saw amazing animals from Cheetah to Elephants, Cape Buffalo to Giraffes... we missed the Leopard through our 4 day stay, but we enjoyed every part of the experience. We recommend the day trip to Phinda (lions) and the trip to St. Lucia for the Hippo cruise if you are looking for excursions.

Room Tip: We would absolutely recommend the Luxury Tent stay- had we know we would not have split our time and...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Robin B
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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stayed in the tents for three days after staying the Game Lodge... Really spacious tents and very clean with well appointed amenities... The safari guide, Bernie, was THE BEST and really make our trip one of a lifetime!! Nyala and zebra wander the grounds freely really adding to the safari feel.

Room Tip: they are renovating so get one of the newer rooms...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Greg E
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Additional Information about Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

Property: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
Address: 45 Bree Street Cradock 1969 | PO Box 247, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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 
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Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Hotel Hluhluwe

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