My husband and I are just returning from a five-night stay at Vuyani Safari Lodge, and as the title indicates, our trip was simply beyond compare. As all of the other reviews will attest, the food is superb, the game drives are exhilarating, and the décor is awe-inspiring. What really makes Vuyani better than any other place we have ever visited though, is the hospitality.
The ride down from Johannesburg with George was pleasant and comfortable, though we slept most of the way after an overnight flight. Upon arrival at Vuyani, Rina greeted us at the door with refreshing glasses of juice and then escorted us to our room, providing helpful information along the way. From that very first greeting, until the day that we left, Rina was always available to meet any request, no matter how large or how small. I mentioned to her that my husband was celebrating his birthday while we were there, and that I would like to do something special for him. With just that simple request, she made the day one we will never forget. The day topped with a boma, and specially decorated birthday cake made by Rose.
Speaking of Rose, she too is quite the genius. While we were there, one of the other visiting families had two members who required a gluten free diet. However, that did not prevent them from enjoying the delectable treats of homemade breads and pastries the rest of us did. In fact, my husband’s birthday cake was actually gluten free, so it could be enjoyed by all, and was so delicious we didn’t even realize the difference until all of the guests joined us to enjoy it.
Rose, however, is not the only member of the kitchen staff who prepares beautiful and mouthwatering delights. Gerard is truly brilliant in the kitchen. Each meal was prepared to perfection and presented as the masterpiece it was. And while his food could absolutely speak for itself, Gerard needs nothing to speak for him. Never to miss an opportunity to laugh, Gerard makes you feel as though you have known him for years, and is much of the reason guests feel instantly at home at Vuyani.
These are a few of the staff members who made our time at the lodge so wonderful, but of course what we were really looking forward to during our time at Vuyani was the safaris. The daily game drives with Pierre and the day trips with Mike were phenomenal. Mike took us on our day trips to Kruger National Park and the Blythe River Canyon. Both of these trips are, in my opinion, must-see excursions. We saw so much and learned even more. Mike was able to spot things I was sure he must be making up, until he patiently guided us to see them as well. Then, as we enjoyed and photographed at our leisure, he taught us volumes about each and every thing we saw.
Pierre was our game driver, and twice a day we set out with him on the game drives around the reserve. Every single one of those drives provided us with opportunities to see incredible animals at close range. He too is exceptionally knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. Pierre’s tracking skills were fascinating to watch, and he goes out of his way to find the animals guests most want to see. We loved our game drives with Pierre. They were absolutely the best thing about our vacation. Before we left we were already planning our return trip!
- 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