My husband along with our best friends spent 3 night/4 days at Vuyatela and enjoyed every minute of our time. We traveled to several "safari' lodges while on our trip and this was by far our favorite stop. We were blown away at the warm hospitality of the staff, the knowledge of our guides, the peaceful setting, the fabulous food and the wonderful "Kayas".
Upon our arrival we were greeted by an elephant called "One Tusk" and a pack of little monkeys. Each day brought a new adventure & we were able to see such an amazing variety of animals, including the big 5. It was a fantastic experience and one which we plan on doing again. It was nice as Vuyatela was not a large camp but small and intimate.
Each morning we were awoken by a staff member with a large pot of coffee or tea and a warm fire in our suite. As the mornings were cold the guides provided wool blankets for the drive, and always a warm beverage plus a quick snack while out. I love their "biltong". One morning we drove to a clearing in the bush to find an amazing breakfast of steaks, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh juices and all sorts of pastries waiting for us.
The afternoons were a wonderful time to relax around the lodge, play some games, take a quick nap, go for a walk in the bush and eat a picnic lunch. My husband and I both took advantage of the spa and received massages. It was great sitting out on either our private deck or the large deck at the lodge watching the animals come and go.
Each night we would go for another drive and dinner was served us once we arrive back at camp. The dinners were always delicious and served in the beautiful dining room. We loved the glass bottle chandelier — very unique. We especially enjoyed the traditional South African dinner around the fire. We loved talking to the other guest and hearing about their drives and the animals they had seen.
Once it was time to go to bed we were always escorted by an armed guide. I will never forget him saying one night "Mind the elephant" and there right beside the trail was a large male elephant. It was so quiet and blended into the bushes, that we never saw it during dinner.
One morning we were on our way out and right beside the door of our Kaya was a large steaming pile of you know what. A "gift" from an elephant and later that day one of the ladies in the Kaya beside us was using her outside shower and over the enclosure came an elephant trunk! It was amazing to think they were so close to us.
Djuma really was a fabulous place!!
- Also Known As:
- Vuyatela Hotel Djuma Game Reserve