We spent 4 days here as part of a South African multi place stay.
Permanent tent structures on a solid slab with large comfortable beds and reasonably good shower room.
Our tent was fine but maybe needed a bit of updating as the slab floor had cracked in a few places, hot water tap on sink was faulty and difficult at times and the shower was looking tired and old.
Apart from that, accommodation is great.
Very lovely and serene setting with full grown rhinos wandering on the "lawn" at short distances from you enough to make you surprised, overjoyed , excited and somewhat wary on occasion - all the emotions rolled into one.
Inyala feed around the tents, monkeys scuttle through the trees and tent tops and you are certainly "in the bush".
A waterhole nearby brings the animals down in the evening but you can't realy see this from the accommodation areas.
The safari guide took us on a daylight romp on foot through the bush - about 2 hrs extent and that was enjoyable. My daughters were fascinated by the dung beetles. Watch the ticks! They are there on many bush tips/branches and you could easily collect one or two. They can cause problems.
Staff are all very friendly and helpful. Game drives are ok but we didn't see that much (over indulged on a real live trip around Tanzania in past years so fenced in animals on game reserves somehow don't have the same wow factor with us I suppose!).
As we had a hire car we were able to drive into the huge nearby National Park on our own (about 45mins drive from the accommodation) and that proved to be excellent as we went at our own pace and could go down roads and tracks of our choosing. We spent about 5/6 hours in the National Park and forded rivers (saw the crocs), elephant, giraffe (loads of rhinos which this park is famous for) and loads of other animals (but saw no big cats). Hluhluwe and Falaza National Park then is a must see. Beautiful and stunning scenery, but glad we didn't just join the tourist trucks for a 2 hour drive around.
Food was ok in the restaurant and just right.
Found out that occasionally this place takes in big game hunters and so for mega bucks (usually from some Texan) a beautiful rhino will find it has to take several large bullets and give up some bodily parts as trophies for a guy to track it as sport for many kilometres and pump several bullets into it before finally dying. Don't want to get into the arguments and politics of all this here but maybe travellers should be aware of the reality within a lot of these sort of game parks. It may well mean for example that you feel you can't stay here due to conscience given one policy or another. At least you know.
The place obviously plays all this down and unless you ask and make uncomfrtable enquiries you may be blissfully unaware of the "darker side" of life.
Enjoy the place for what it is - accommodation amongst the wild animals and experiences/scents-smells with comfortable living to boot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Falaza is a luxury tented safari lodge, located 3 hours north of Durban and neighboring the St Lucia Wetlands World Heritage Site and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Falaza is set on an 800 hectare game reserve comprising primordial sand forests. Safaris can be undertaken on foot or game viewing vehicle, or by boat on the Mzinene River. Game drives can also be arranged into the nearby Big Five Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falaza Game Park Hotel Hluhluwe
- Falaza Game Park And Spa
- Falaza Game Park & Spa Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand