We have just spent 7 wonderful days at Vuyani Lodge. Our safari holiday was nothing less than fantastic. Pierre our ranger at the lodge picked us up from Joburg airport for the drive to Hoedspruit. He was waiting for us in the arrivals section so we had no problems spottng him.
We chose to do this rather than fly down and back as we were a party of six and the cost for driving all six of us was cheaper than the flights for 6.
We arrived at the lodge and waiting on the steps to greet us was Justine and Carlene . The
check-in proceure was painless and we were escoted to our rooms where our cases were waiting. Our rooms were large and comforable The bathrooms were fully equiped (including face flannels)
To put this into a typical day it looks like this:
An early morning safarri with a stop for tea or coffee of juice and home made cookies
Lunch is served outdoors at the lodge and then an evening safari with a stop for sundowers with wine or beer or soft drinks followed by dinner served on our return.
So what can i say about the food? well to put it mildly every meal was simly fantastic. All home cooked by Carlene. Breakfast is served outdoors, fresh fruit, cheeses, home made bread and homemade coridal, tea coffee followed by a served hot breakfast course incidenlty we were asked If we had any special dietry preverences o rrequirements and needless to say this was fully accomodated.
Lunch again served outdoors, with fruit, fresh bread, salads, and a hot course
Dinner was served indoors but again the quality is unbelievable a starter, main course, fresh bread and a dessert, again all home cooked by Carlene.
During the day we had time to ourselves time to have a swim or read or take an exercise session on the bike on the upstairs veranda area. The lodge keep excellent books, a TV etc etc
So this is what happens on a safari run: Pierre was our ranger for each run so after getting into an open 4 wheel drive vehicle we set of on our journey. Incidenlty the 'truck' as I called it has a warm blanket on each seat for use on the chilly early morning run and the evening run when the sun goes down. We tracked animal prints along the way with Pierre stopping to point out what he was looking for and keeping us well informed about animal behaviors and life in the bush. During our time we saw so many animals and to name a few - we saw lion, wild dogs, hippos, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, water buck, impala, warthogs, jackals, mongoose, porcupine, wild cat, bush babies, owls, vultures, guinea fowl, kingfishers, ground hornbills, go-away birds, bee eaters, giant snail, great blind snake, dung beetles, praying mantis, chameleons, termite mounds, locust, stick insects, dragon flies, lace wings, golden orb spiders, bark spiders the list goes on an on and for each sighting Pierre explained the animals behavior.
So to wind up all I can say is this - for me I doubt we could find a better lodge in the whole of South Africa - I hope we can return one day
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vuyani Safari Lodge is located on the Moditlo Private Game Reserve within the Blue Canyon Conservancy which is more than 36,000 acres in size. Located next to the Kruger National Park, at the foot of the Drakensberg mountain range, Vuyani Safari Lodge is one of South Africa's premier luxury safari lodges, in the country's most famous area for African wildlife. The Vuyani Safari Lodge is one of only 3 lodges on this reserve, and with only 10 suites, it offers one of the most exclusive African safari experiences in South Africa. The reserve offers a unique opportunity to observe all of Africa's large game such as the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, hippo and crocodile as well as some of the very rarest species, amongst others the wild dog, the brown hyena, the ground hornbill, cheetahs and several other highly endangered animals. Almost 400 various species of birds have been counted. Some of the rarest European migratory birds visit the reserve in the European winter months. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vuyani Safari Hotel Hoedspruit