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Vuyatela Lodge & Galago Camp
Chennai (Madras), India
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108 reviews
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“Memories to last a lifetime”
Reviewed 4 October 2011

This was a fantastic place to stay. It was my first time in South Africa, and I can't wait to go back. We stayed at two lodges, and after staying at Vuyatela, the other lodge was disappointing to say the least.
The food was amazing. There was always something delicious to enjoy at every meal. With only safaris to go on, the food can make you put on a lot of weight. They offered either private tables for each of us, or when we met another family that we really liked, we sat together to talk about the incredible sighting that we had on each trip. The staff was attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted (even special requests). The laundry service was great, and we had everything returned the same day.
The best part of the trip for us were the animals. We saw the Big 5 within our second day and saw that more than once on our stay of 4 nights! Not a single game drive left us disappointed. There was always something new and exciting to see. When we wanted to see something, the guide almost always managed to find it. Before we left any animals, our guide made sure everyone was happy with what we had seen. Overall, we were more than happy with our decision to choose Vuyatela. Thanks everyone at Vuyatela for a truly memorable trip

Room Tip: Suite 1 has by far the best view of the water hole at Vuyatela
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Truly amazing location - total privacy - yummy food - fabulous staff - game viewing the best - be warned if you go to Vuyatela you could just fall in love with Africa at her best! I am already saving for our next visit - you need a minimum of 3 nights here - its awesome!

Room Tip: all the rooms are private and have an awesome location!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

My husband and I, together with the rest of our guests would like to express our absolute delight and pleasure we have just experienced (for the 6th time!) during our recent stay at Galago.

We were fortunate enough to spend time from the 4-9 Sept at the camp.
Aubrey and William must be commended for their absolute professionalism and for always going the “extra mile” for their guests. We had an amazing time in this jewel of Africa, and know that this is the reason for our return visits.

We were utterly dismayed to receive news on Saturday of the finding of a poached Rhino – hopefully this is the first and last incident!

Please could you pass on our compliments and thanks to Aubrey and William – they are the heart and sole of Djuma!

Many thanks for all you are doing for Djuma!

Best wishes and kind regards
Jeremy and Glen Baker and party.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

This was absolutely incredible place to stay. It was my first time in South Africa, and I can't wait to go back. We stayed at two lodges, and after staying at Vuyatela, the other lodge was disappointing. We had been so spoiled that everything else failed in comparison.

The food was amazing. I am a vegetarian, and they made sure I had something delicious to enjoy at every meal. There is no possible way anyone could starve staying there. They offered private tables for us, and when we met another family that we really liked, they were happy to rearrange the seating so we could all sit together.

The staff was attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted (even special requests). The laundry service was great, and we had everything returned the same day. Once after returning from a game drive, we realized we had left a large sum of money out on one of the tables. Not a single dollar was taken.

The best part of the trip for us was the animals. We saw the Big 5 on our first day! We later learned that seeing the Big 5 at all at other lodges is considered uncommon. Not a single game drive left us dissapointed. There was always something new and exciting to see. Our guide and tracker were amazing. When we wanted to see something, they found it. Before we left any animals, our guide made sure everyone was happy with what we had seen.

Overall, we could not asked for anything more. Thanks Vuyatela!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Djuma Private Game Reserve is a great place for viewing wildlife near Kruger without the crowds. You really don't ever have to leave your room as the wildlife is so close to your patio. Our game drives were well led by Texan and the other rangers. We were able to see the "Big Five" in the first 2 days! This place is fantastic for wildlife and nature photography and is well set up for a great safari experience. The rooms were very large, clean and quite comfortable. As it was winter is was cool in the evenings so they turned on a small heater which helped. Meals were delightful and well prepared. Staff was very pleasant and caring. At night a guard walks you to your room for safety from any wild animals. You awaken in the morning to the sounds of wildlife in your backyard, tea served in your boma and then an early morning game drive. Evening game drives are very interesting to see nocturnal animals followed by a great evening meal around the fire. One day we visited the local village including schools and the clinic for a view of local life styles. We also enjoyed a walk through the area with an armed guard where we learned about medicinal and usefull plants and trees. We stayed 4 days and were very glad we did as it seemed most people did not get to experience all there is to offer.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Hebden Bridge
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

An exceptional location and exceptional staff. The game drives were fantastic and they really went the extra mile service wise. We left our Ipad there and they arranged to deliver it to us 40 mile away as we could not get into the game reserve without a booking.

One other thing - the animals all walk around the lodge and you get incredible viewing on the lake at any time of the day.

All in all an excellent experience

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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edmonton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2011

We stayed for 2 nights. The service was exceptional. Game viewing was very good.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Vuyatela Lodge & Galago Camp
Address: Djuma Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Djuma Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Djuma Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Vuyatela Hotel Djuma Game Reserve

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