I visited Djuma Vuyatela for 3 nights last month (July 2013) as part of a family holiday in South Africa, and we all had an amazing time!
The lodge itself is fantastic with a library, gym, museum, pool (bit cold to use though!), lounge area, dining area, bar area and a fire pit to sit around of an evening. There are 5 chalets and as there were 8 of us all together, we stayed in 4 of the 5 (with one chalet unoccupied). The rooms were all wonderful, luxurious, very spacious, clean and tidy and well kept. The lodge grounds were equally as fantastic with loads of wildlife to keep you busy if you're not one for relaxing, including loads of bird species, squirrels and antelope. The view over the waterhole was just exceptional though and really made my time at the lodge. One afternoon it was visited by a herd of at least 10 elephants (a number of them young calves) who drank and wallowed and eventually wandered off right past the chalets which was an experience that I'll never forget.
The lodge staff were excellent, tidying the rooms every day, maintaining the lodge and preparing amazing food. As it is a self catering lodge we weren't really sure what to expect. We went with the option of having a chef (an option we would highly recommend!) who we provided with food but didn't know whether we'd got the right sort of food or enough food but we needn't have worried. The chef and assistants knew exactly what they were doing and prepared some incredible food with what we had bought! A couple of nights we had a braai with salad and jacket potatoes and one night we had a vegetable curry.
Our guide Taxon and guide Amos were also fantastic. Taxon has been guiding for 18 years and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the wildlife and the local area. We had two drives a day (one early morning, the second in the afternoon into the early evening) and had some incredible sightings including two lion cubs up a tree.
Vuyatela was a fantastic place to both see wildlife and have some time to relax. Thank you Candice and the team for making our stay so enjoyable.
- Also Known As:
- Vuyatela Hotel Djuma Game Reserve