This is not the first time that we have stayed at Inkwenkwezi and it certainly will not be last! I'll be brief and to the point so as not to bore you :)
Accommodation is private (totally) and in a luxury tent. The balcony is a place to sit, relax and just breathe. The bathroom is well appointed and I adored the glass shower which let's you look outside whilst you freshen-up. The deep bath just called for bubbles and bubbly ;-)
Slept like a baby even though the night was chilly - the air conditioning and electric blanket is a superb touch. Coffee and tea making facilities in the room start the day off well. There is a mini bar stocked with soft drinks and beers should you wish to do more than just breathe on your own private balcony :)
As each room is situated away from the main building you are assigned a guide who will take care of your transport and needs. The guide we had was incredibly knowledgeable regarding the fauna and flora of the area and I'd like to give Luke a huge thumbs-up for his humour too. All guides and, in fact, all staff are friendly and go out of their way to ensure a brilliant stay.
The food was fabulous even for a vegetarian like me and the lapa is a superb place to relax, enjoy some fruit of the vine and chat to fellow travellers about your day.
The pricing is true value for money and, being in a malaria free area, perfect for those who do not wish to take medication.
Would I recommend it to my friends and family .... YES! Would I like to spend more time at Inkwenkwezi .... YES and would live or work there at the drop of a hat. For those who wish to see Africa's cats up close and personal including stroking cheetah - put this on your bucket list. NB .... take your camera and a light heart - you'll be surprised at what you see and how it makes you feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inkwenkwezi is situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa. The reserve is situated within an area of one hundred square kilometres encompassing five different biomes (vegetation types) which offer varied game viewing. It is one of the few reserves with a tidal estuary. The reserve has the big five and a variety of antelope as well as giraffe, zebra & other predators. The reserve is five minutes from magnificent beaches and a 40 minute drive from a national airport. Driving to Inkwenkwezi is a pleasure as the roads are tarred right to the entrance ACCOMMODATION BUSH CAMP The Bush Camp offers accommodation for twelve guests in six en-suite safari tents. All tents have electric lights, twin beds with Cloud 9 mattresses, slatted headboards, bedside tables and bedside lamps, bedside mats, telephones, chest of drawers. The en-suite bathrooms feature a shower, (hot and cold water) which is crafted to resemble a cave and blends with the natural rock and bush of this area. From its hilltop site the camp overlooks a valley & each safari tent is positioned on a raised timber deck offering you your own private game viewing. On the elevated timber deck guest are able to relax on two easy chairs with a coffee table. VALLEY CAMP The Valley Camp offers twelve guests accommodation in six custom designed luxury tents with the emphasis on spaciousness and quality. The tents are positioned on individual timber decks and situated in a valley nestling amongst indigenous trees. The bathrooms are fitted with both a slipper bath and a four sided glass shower (hot and cold water) a vanity slab(drawers underneath) with a hand basin as well as a hanging area for clothing. All finishes are of a high quality. Tents are furnished with twin three quarter beds (one tent has a queen size bed) all with cloud 9 mattresses and Percale linen. Headboards are trimmed with brass and have bedside tables and lamps as well as a matching dresser, 2 leather easy chairs and a butlers tray. A bar fridge stocked with a variety of South African wine and malt as well as soft drinks. The partially covered outside deck is large and has 2 easy chairs with a coffee table. Guests at both the Valley Camp and the Bush Camp have tea and coffee making facilities with a variety of different teas. All tents have 3 roofs, the inside roof has ventilation flaps to control the temperature, the second roof is the water proofing and the outside roof is used for shade and helps moderate the temperature. All tents have insect mesh on all openings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve Safari Hotel East London