We stayed at the lodge 4/4-4/8/14 and loved it! We bought this through an auction like everyone else!
We flew into Richards Bay...only 1.5 drive vs the 3 hour drive from Durban. From there Zulu had a driver pick us up.
We were given Aman as our guide and he made the entire trip!!! He was amazing with his "Cheetah Eyes" as we called it....He could spot an animal from a mile away and would haul but to get there! Aman treated us with great hospitality and taught us so much about the area and culture!!! Every morning Aman would take us on a coffee break which he himself supplied as the company does not and not many other guides do....great personal touch.
The food as we found out was typical buffet type food for breakfast and dinner but good. The wait staff was awesome. We stayed two nights at the tents and came to appreciate the food and the staff and the lodge much more!!!!...tents not so much.
If we came again we would upgrade rooms as we were given the small side rooms that were much older but had AC and nice bathrooms.
The pool was pretty much always empty but we were there in the start of their winter.
Bugs were not too bad but did get a handful of bites.
Wifi was spotty but seemed to work good by the front desk.
If you have time to get a massage / spa treatment...Destiny is amazing. My husband and I both got 1 hour massages and felt great afterwards. The one hour was roughly $50 dollars. I believe we each tipped her $25 so not too bad compared to at home.
The side trips are fun but pricey...this is where they make their money. We did the Cheetah Rehab which was fun...got to pet the cats and Cheetahs.
We also did the day trip to St Lucia which was a nice getaway...the boat trip was a little long and not much to see besides hippos and a few crocs. Aman took us into town for a great little lunch at Sizzlers I believe?..not the same as in the states. Great Pizza. From there he took us down to the beach to stay for awhile in the water and then shopping in the town...same crap as everywhere else.
The friends that went with us did the full day trip to the big game park so that they could see lions. For my husband and I it wasn't worth the money or waking up and being in the truck by 4:30am only to drive for 13 hours...long day in a truck. Our friends did say it was fun and they saw larger herds of animals.
Overall we had a great trip and loved our experience!!!! Thank you Aman!!!!
Will be writing separate review for tents.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An entrancing experience in a unique wilderness area. Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve provides a unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. Nestled between the wilderness reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe and St Lucia, this lush stretch of paradise is home to a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the shy and beautiful Nyala buck that is endemic to the region and the secretive leopard. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Game Hotel Hluhluwe
- Zulu Nyala Game Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand