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Vulamanzi - Place of Open Water
nelspruit
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“no frills stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2011

It was the second time we visited Vulamanzi , we found this on the internet and the first time we arrived in dec 2008 we just were in the process of loosing everything we owned in life.
Vulamanzi then was smaller then in dec 2010.It has got still the same "no nonsense ' owners Colleen and Nick.You can see they are the owners and work virtually non stop to keep the place in good condition.
If you want to stay the same as the cabanas in Sun city you are at the wrong spot.The cabin we stayed in overlookes ( past the railwayline)the sea and beach.The stay has got everything you need , even an airconditioner which works.Do not expect 5 star accomodation, this is a sort of a logcabin with the (private) ablusion block at ground floor( this gets challenging after a few beers)but is spotclean.
We weren't aware of it but Vulamanzi forces you to do soulsearching and gave us hope again for life.We now own our own guesthouse in Nelspruit,and we have to thank Nick and Colleen for their contribution.
Away from evrything,safe,a train that passes at your front door and a clean beach ,what do you want more.
Tip, you can stay and do not go off the property if you stock up on food,drinks etc otherwise the shops are about 7k's away,difficult without transport.Or visit the hotel next door for lunch and dinner

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2010

This is one of our favourite places on earth. My partner and I love it and each time we stay, we wish it could be for longer. It is an experience for anyone wanting to get away from it all and reconnect with their roots. We’re already thinking when we’ll go back.

We first stayed in April 2008 and again in April of this year. When we found this place initially, we thought it was an undiscovered gem. Since our first visit new owners, Nick an Colleen, have taken over and have invested in the place considerably, time wise and financially which makes it more alluring and comfortable than before.

The gorgeous rustic cottages are individually designed with warmth and comfort, affording incredible ocean views. We spent a lot of time sitting on the balcony chilling out with a drink looking at the ocean. What more could you want?

It says a lot for a place if you return to it from 10,000 kilometres away and it says even more if the whole experience is enhanced by the obvious love, time and effort put into the place by the new owners. Nick is a warm and helpful guy and we wish him and Colleen all the best.

For more info and photos, their website is www.vulamanzi.co.za

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vulamanzi - Place of Open Water
Address: 3 Abrams Drive, Scottburgh 4180, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Scottburgh
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Scottburgh
Number of rooms: 5

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