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Vuyatela Lodge & Galago Camp
Reviewed 30 September 2013

UnFreaken Believable!!! If you EVER, EVER get the opportunity in your life to visit Africa, do not pass it up and this is the freaken place to go... great beautiful location, great friendly and helpful people, great delicious food, and most of all great wild life experience and appreciation…. Djumba – Vuyatela Lodge was beyond all the wildest dreams… all I can say is SAVE your money and GO!!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We have just spent 5 nights at Vuyatelo - an awesome time was had by all. This is our first trip to Vuyatelo, we have had 7 previous trips to Galago.
The accommodation is top notch and facilities excellent. Although we chose to do our own catering, Luzile was always on hand and assisted with inspirational dishes.
Taxon and Amos were great on the game drives.
All the staff are to be complimented on the excellent work they do.
Our 2014 trip has already been booked.
Thanks to all at Vuyatelo for making our trip so memorable
Baker, Bartlett, Hayes and Lines party

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We were a party of 7, so used 4 of the chalets. Couldn't agree more with the review of Dan201103-- we also were there in July 2013 and chose to have the chef. The staff was just terrific, facilities were fabulous and the game drives a rousing success. Hard to pick a highlight, but probably the mother cheetah with her cubs, leading them to her kill. No disappointments at Vuyatela!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

What an amazing place in an amazing part of the world. The facilities and amenities are top notch. The staff were all attentive and as friendly as one could possibly hope for. The bungalows were beautiful and the the outdoor showers are a unique touch. The facility is self catering so you bring your own food supplies and have the option of hiring a chef to cook for you. I highly urge you to hire the cooking staff. They are exceptional at creating stunning feasts! I wish that I could remember the name of the head chef but she is an artist at any rate. And all staff were helpful and friendly.

The communal living area is well appointed and looks over a water hole that we watched from 20 to 60 elephants at a time visit every day we were there. Nyala, kudu, redbok, yellow hornbill, mongoose, monkeys and countless other birds roam the grounds. Sometimes so close and well concealed that they startle you!

We we were a party of 18 so we used all 5 bungalows at Vuyatela as well as Galago facilities. I cannot overstate how nice the facilities were. I cannot see how anyone would be disappointed by the facilities or staff. Thank you Candace for assembling an excellent team.

The game drives were absolutely incredible. Taxon our driver/guide and Amos gave us experiences and wildlife viewings that we will all remember for a lifetime. They are personable, knowledgeable and exquisitely professional. They paid special attention to what we were interested in seeing and made every effort to give us the best viewing opportunities. They were excellent at their jobs and wonderful people as well.

I would be happy to go back there and stay for even longer next time.

Room Tip: All rooms were great but the view from the deck of #1 was the best. We watched elephants wallow in...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

We were a party of six and visited Djuma Galago for 4nights. Note that six turned out to be a lucky number as there are just three magnificent chalets and as the camp takes 10 the other members would have had to sleep in the lodge, also good but less than in the chalets. The luxury chalets are very private and consist of a bedroom dressing area bathroom and outside shower. Special mention should be made of the patio decks where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. The once present jacuzzi's have been filled in but this did not detract and the lodge has a swimming pool. The lodge is a self catering one there is a dedicated team to assist with table setting, dish washing ,fire making and preparing the coffee for the morning game drive. The area teems with game and we were fortunate to see leopard, hyena, elephants ,lions and rhino on multiple occasions. Two male lions with four females and some cubs on a fresh waterbuck killing was a highlight. The capable team of ranger Aubrey and tracker William ensured that we saw it all large or small from the Landrover or on a bush walk and we are very gratefull to them for this.
Treat yourself and visit Djuma a paradise on earth.

Room Tip: If there are three couples then there is a chalet for all. If more than six make sure you are one to...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

Flying into Kruger National Park on a charter plane and landing on a short runway strip in the grasses with warthogs and zebras visible along the sides, was nothing short of magical. And then we were driven to Vuyatela Lodge and the real magic began. From the morning game drives to the evening sundowner drives to the 5 star dinners that were awaiting us at the end of each day. Every day was a new adventure and we were fortunate enough to be there during the annual elephant migration through the park. To see elephants in a natural setting shaking the trunk of a marula tree to get the fruit to drop was amazing. And the night sky is mesmerizing. Texan was our Ranger and he was so kind and helpful with years of experience and knowledge.
Our room was amazing with it's outdoor shower (with Kudu roaming just outside the walls) and the private deck with it's own plunge pool. Our meals were delicious and the service staff went above and beyond to see that our dining experience was top notch. One person in our party had special dietary needs, and it was no problem for the chef to see to it that each meal would include something special just for her. I would love it if everyone I know could experience Vuyatela Lodge sometime in their life.

Room Tip: Rooms closest to the lodge are on the water.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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: £87 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Vuyatela Hotel Djuma Game Reserve

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