This beautiful lodge,the Emdoneni Lodge ,in Kwazulu Natal region ,on the Hluhluwe reserve,was like going to a camping village, but upgraded to nice cabins,nice bathrooms, beautiful grounds,but all just a bit rustic to blend into the surroundings of the game reserve.
The lodge is protected, but there are some animals roaming around, and it is adjacent the cheetah conservation area which is accessible to visitors and is part of the experience of being there.
Dinner was a nice buffet, not huge, but nothing was huge in this little place.
A very more than adequate breakfast, and a nice pool, but it sort of felt out of season for use.
Only small drawback, is that the tour did not include the 2nd night meal, and given that we were not mobile, and not in a region of choices, there should have been more of an option for their dinner plan,or the tour package should just include the dinners, and build it into the price.
But, just the same , the food was good, and not expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Following the 2015 voting period, Emdoneni Lodge has won: Global Winner in the Luxury Game Lodge category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. If you ever dreamt of getting close to nature, interacting with tame cats like Cheetah, Emdoneni Lodge is the place to visit! Located in the heart of Zululand lies Emdoneni Lodge. The lodge offers unique opportunities for the visitor, as you get up close and personal with local wildlife. From sitting by the pool watching Zebra, Nyala, duiker and impala in their natural Sand Forest habitat, to coming face to face with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats at the Cat Sanctuary! Air-conditioned, en-suite rooms allow you to escape the heat of the day, and in the evenings you have a variety of meals to choose from at the buffet restaurant. Dinner in the Boma adds a different atmosphere as you eat under the African night sky, and get a glimpse into one of South Africa's great cultures with our Zulu dancers. End off your evening with a night-cap in our cosy bar or a chat in front of the fireplace. Your Zululand experience would not be complete without visiting nearby Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Park in one of the Lodges' game vehicles, or taking a trip to St Lucia to view some Hippo's and crocodiles on a lazy afternoon boat ride. Other activities on offer include Fishing charters, visiting the nearby Zulu cultural village, quad biking, horse riding or spending the day on the infamous Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay beaches. Emdoneni Lodge offers the visitor a chance to experience Zululand at its' best. Centrally located and close to the main attractions that Zululand has to offer! Not long dirt roads to travel on.... A Home away from home!Your hosts Louis and Cecillie Nel look forward to meeting you, and from all the staff at Emdoneni - Salani Kahle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Emdoneni Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand