hubby and i needed a get away for my birthday and we got way more at Mziki, i have never in my life came across such service, the place is super quiet at night, staff is all smiles, food is great :) :)More
hubby and i needed a get away for my birthday and we got way more at Mziki, i have never in my life came across such service, the place is super quiet at night, staff is all smiles, food is great :) :)MoreShow less
Thank you so much for your review on Tripadvisor. You were lovely guests and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I am also happy that we could organize the fishing trip for your husband.
We hope to see you again at Mziki SafariLodge.
Manuela & the Mziki team
Apart from the mass tourism and the everyday life this is a perfact place to calm down. The service is perfect, the meals are delicious and the game drive activities are exciting. If you book at least two nights you have additional time to enjoy the pool.
Thank you so much for your wonderful remarks on Tripadvisor and for the time posting it. We enjoyed having you as our guest and hope that you will return on one of your next trips to South Africa.
We are pleased that you had a memorable experience.
Mziki Safari Lodge
An absolutely wonderful place! 5-star service and friendliness at 3-star prices. The food was amazing - simple but a huge variety and very well prepared. You get all the luxury game lodge extras like your own game ranger and sundowners on the game drive. Accomodation is basic but more than adequate. It is as child-friendly a place as we've been to with lots of activities, a jungle gym, swimming pool and babysitters. The reserve is beautiful as well with lots of game. Staff were awesome without exception. Definately coming back here!
We stayed here during the October half term holiday 2013 with our 4 year old son. We chose it due to its proximity to Johannesburg. Short drive from the international airport, having flown overnight from the UK. It was a wonderful relaxing holiday, and such an amazing experience for our son. The Mziki staff were fantastic - and ensured children had a great time. Really family friendly, which is what makes Mziki Lodge different to other safari lodges. The game drives were superb, and the meals at the lodge, sitting out in the garden overlooking the swimming pool, and the animals watering hole at lunch, and either under the stars of African night sky or in the Boma, with a beautiful big open fire, just magical! We will be going back.
We thank you very much for your time and the wonderful comments on our Tripadvisor page. We are indeed very family friendly and always strive that our 'little guests' learn from nature and the environment. What is also very important, is to contribute to quality family time, as much as we can in suggesting either additional activities or enjoying board games, or our wooden jungle gym for the children.
Children of all ages are welcome on the game drives and we try to take the families on a separate safari vehicle, whilst our other individual guest have their own game drive, which might be a little more extended than the family safaris.
Mziki Safari Lodge
Have stayed before with my wife and had a great time a few years ago. Bought my grown up daughter along whilst in Johannesburg on business. One night stay, had a really great time.Lucy looked after us really well and made the game drives really interesting. Saw loads of animals, especially liked the rhinos and warthogs! We will come again.
We stayed at Mziki for two days in January 2014. The reviews of this place were really great so I was expecting nothing less. However, it turned out to be a big disappointment. I have to say, the lodges were wonderful, very clean and cosy, as well as the pool area. All the lawns are kept perfectly. Unfortunately, these are not the things that count much when you come to a place specialized in game drives.
First of all, before our arrival we called to ask how was the road to get there since we have a normal car, not a jeep or an SUV and they told us the road is good for normal cars. The moment we took the gravel road that leads to Mziki from the main road, we knew this wasn't true at all, and it was just the beginning. The gravel road turned even worse: it had rocks the size of boulders and we had to get out of the car (100 horse powers) to make the slope and walk in front of it and clean the road of bigger rocks. It took us about 45 minutes to arrive at the lodge. At Mziki later on we met another couple who cam with a normal car and we asked them how they managed it. The said: "We prayed." So much for the road.
The breakfast and dinner they serve at Mziki is quite good, I can't complain, but the lunch wasn't as nearly as satisfying. Only one dish, so if you don't like it, it's your business (the first day they served bobuti - a South African dish - which my friend hated, and he remained with an empty stomach). Drinks - you have to buy them there, which would be fine if they weren't so overpriced. We couldn't bring our own water (not for drinking during the meals, but for daily use), so we were forced to buy it there. If someone wants a beer or a soft drinks, it's fine that you are not allowed to bring any along and buy them at the lodge, but water???
Finally, the game drives. All game drives, be it in the evening or in the morning, have a break in the middle, which I'm actually missing the purpose of. I mean, the game drive lasts about 3 hours, so what's the point of making a 30-45 minutes break and losing precious daylight for picture-taking? From the first game drive it was clear we were not going to see many animals. I admit, out ranger was very knowledgable and told us a lot of interesting facts, but he was driving so fast that the animals were just running away in all directions from the car. In fact, as soon as he saw a herd of animals, be it zebra or impala, he would hit the gas pedal and run at full speed at them. You might find driving on dirt roads with bumps at full speed fun, but not when you nearly fall out of the vehicle, without the ranger noticing at all. Besides, when we did stop to take photos, he didn't even check whether all of us (there were about 8 of us or less) were happy and ready to go. He would just hit the pedal again and drive off. At a certain point he started searching for the elephants and didn't care about anything else, he just kept running around the reserve. We even told him we would rather see the buffalos, but I don't think he heard us. Lucky for us, during our elephant quest we saw plenty of other animals and we forced the ranger to stop and let us take photos. At a certain point the other ranges informed our ranger via walkie-talkie where the elephants were, but he decided it was break-time and just stopped. He told the other ranger that we couldn't go right away because we were having a break and she asked him quite surprised: "Don't you want to see the elephants???" Eventually, we did see the elephants, but that didn't stop him looking for them the next day too. Again, lucky for us it was our last day.
All in all, the place is overpriced for what it offers and for us it was a big disappointment. We met two Dutch families there who told us this was their third time in Mziki, but this time was nothing like the first two times they came there. On the contrary, they were even more disappointed than us since they expected something completely different based on their previous visits. That actually made me feel better since we were starting to think our expectations were too high, but apparently that was not the case.
We are very concerned to read your feedback and would like to comment on your individual points.
We truly hope that you will give us the opportunity again for a revisit of Mziki Safari Lodge.
- the access road is a municipality road and approx. 1 km long to the Mziki gate. There is one section which was a bit washed out, as we had our first heavy rains in December, just before New Year. We have graded the road with our own tractor, which we do from time to time. The road can however be driven in a normal vehicle, in which our guests usually arrive, not needing a 4x4.
- We are a fully catered lodge and feedback from our guests is such, that our beverage prices are not excessive at all, actually on the lower side for a private game lodge, and when comparing within the SA hospitality industry. Complimentary water is provided in the room. Our Chef is often asked for the Bobotie menu, which is homemade and always liked by our guests. We are open for special dietary requirements which can be prepared at very short notice and without any hassles.
- We do offer a morning and afternoon break on our game drives. The duration of the safari varies, depending on distances on the reserve and what type of animals are seen. Sometimes guests want to stop longer and we are flexible in this regard. All our rangers are very knowledgable indeed. In case somebody is driving faster than normal, this is not allowed. Your ranger had only started with us recently prior to your visit and although he was very experienced, we did not extend his one month probation and he left in January. We do apologize if you felt that your safari experience was not what you expected and we can assure you that corrective action was taken with the ranger in question. Ryan, his replacement, is an absolute gem and guests phone me specifically to tell me about their experience with him and the courteous way he deals with the guests. I hope that you can maybe come back and see for yourself.
Mziki Safari Lodge lies in our 6000ha private game reserve and the safari is always unpredictable and every drive is different. We do have an abundance of game and as we have no lions, it is much easier to see antelopes and the general plains game. We had an abnormal amount of rain this year, going back to early December and with a few rainy days, the game also behaves differently and hides int he bushes.
We also chatted to our Dutch guests quite a few times and they did enjoy their stay with us, especially New Year's Eve when we had a nice party to celebrate. It seems that the 01st of January was a bit of a quiet day for all our other guests in house.
Thank you again for your feedback which is important for us and we have also changed the lunch menus slightly since your visit.
Mziki Safari Lodge