We stayed at the Vuyani Safari Lodge a couple of weeks ago. We have wanted to go on safari for years now, and after having extensively travelled throughout Asia we thought it was time to finally take the plunge and head to Africa.
We wanted a small lodge with not too many people for a fun but relaxed holiday. And that’s what we got at the Vuyani Safari Lodge (we found them on the internet), and so much more! From the moment Andre picked us up at the airport, to the very last moment they dropped us off at the Hoedspruit airport it was exactly what we had wished for.
The staff is great, Jesse our ranger was very nice and we had many laughs on our safaris drives with him, and we saw all the animals we wanted to see: elephants, lions, even a leopard, which was amazing.
What’s nice about this place is that one tracks and follows tracks until one finds animals, this is really fun, and when one finds the lion or the elephant in the end, then it is all the more rewarding. We stayed 6 nights, and that was probably the right length of time to get into the experience, but we wish we had stayed longer as there is so much to do. We’ll go back again!
One grows so close to this place and its people that one feels like becoming part of a family, everyone knows you on first name basis, and nothing is too much asked for! We also booked a day trip to the Kruger, and Craig (who is also the manager) was a brilliant day guide and we saw more wildlife and a lot of beautiful nature. I would recommend going to the Kruger for a day, as it is more open and one can see certain animals more often than on the Moditlo reserve, but then again we loved the solitude and unbelievable beauty of the many lakes where we stopped for sundowners.
It is true what they told us at the lodge, you may leave Africa, but Africa never leaves you. We certainly never wanted to leave the Vuyani Safari Lodge. We will be back with friends, that’s for sure! (especially with their rates, it is actually very affordable)
And before I forget: the food in this place is the best we’ve ever had. Unforgettable! We are both on a diet now.
Greetings to the team, and many, many thanks for an amazing time!
- 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