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Safari options - KWAZULU-NATAL

Gwahumbe Game and Spa   **** 60.4 km from the Umbogavango Nature Reserve Mid Illovo
Leopard Mountain Game Lodge   **** 32 km from Mkuze Hluhluwe
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge     **** Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park Hluhluwe







Gwahumbe Game and Spa   ****

  Web www.gwahumbe.co.za E mail :  info@gwahumbe.co.za
  Tel:   +27 (0) 87 150 3475 Fax:      +27 (0) 31 781 1083
  Address: Mid Way, Mid Illovo  


Gwahumbe Game and Spa offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience. Located in a Malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg. A wide variety of catered and self catered accommodation ranging from ultimate luxury to a rustic bush camp, together with excellent cuisine and a history of renowned good service and satisfaction, makes Gwahumbe Game & Spa a superb location to breakaway and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the bushveld.
Gwahumbe boasts an exclusive Spa containing massage rooms, steam, hydro and wet room which are all enclosed in a tranquil setting where meals can also be had. Qualified therapists offer a variety of treatments. Conferencing, weddings, game walks, game drives and teambuilding are our forte.




   Leopard Mountain Game Lodge    ****

  Web:  www.leopardmountain.co.za E mail : info@leopardmountain.co.za
  Tel:    +27 (0) 86 111 4789 Fax:     +27 (0) 86 619 2661
  Address: D464, Hluhluwe, Kwazulu Natal  


This 'Big Five' multi-award winning game Lodge is located in the secluded hills of the 23 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve. Well appointed stone and thatch chalets offer spectacular views. Relax in your hammock or private plunge pool. Enjoy 'Fine Dining' under the stars with tantalizing cuisine prepared by our sought after chef, complimented with wine from our unique multi-award winning cellar. Join our rangers on Big 5 game drives and the midday Waterhole Lookout Activity.

Our pristine wilderness is home to abundant game including Cheetah, Wild Dog & Black Rhino. Entrust us with those special occasions. Our picture perfect backdrop lends itself as an intimate setting for a romantic wedding, honeymoon or just a well deserved break.




   Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge    ****

  Web:  www.rhinoridge.co.za E mail :  res@isibindi.co.za
  Tel:    +27 (0) 35 474 1473 Address: Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park


Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the western boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. The lodge boasts a spa, swimming pool and restaurant and a choice of accommodation:

  • Two Honeymoon Villas nestled in the indigenous bush with private plunge pools

  • Eight Luxury Bush Villas expansive open plan bedrooms with lounge area, fireplace, mini bar, full bathroom & large viewing deck

  • Four Safari Rooms with private shower room leading onto deck area.

  • Two Safari Family Suites ideal for families.

Meals are served in the dining room or under the  starry African sky around the open-air camp fire. Early morning / late afternoon game drives are included. Guided bush walks may be arranged.




Other Options in the area:



Mkuze Falls Game Lodge      
Location:  Pongola - Northern Zululand



A super luxury 5 star Game Lodge overlooking the Mkuze River and a luxury Tented Lodge on the river bank. Mkuze falls is in the centre of a 10.000 hectare “Big Five” Private Game Reserve. Experience both morning and evening Game Drives, accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers.

This is the place with the sound and beauty of water falling seeps into your soul. The peace, scenery and style of the lodge allows for a calm atmosphere amidst the elegant decor. Relax in the spacious lounge, view animals from the wooden deck, sip cocktails in the swimming pool or recount your sightings of the day in the bar! Taste South African food with a sophisticated flair under a star strewn sky or in the boma to the sounds of tribal dance and song.


Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge          
Location:  KZN Midlands near Ladysmith


Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands only 4 hours from Johannesburg. The Lodge features 5 luxurious suites with panoramic views. Each suite is a freestanding unit, constructed with local materials and thatch to seamlessly blend into the environment.

Umzolozolo is an intimate privately owned lodge where you will be able to enjoy the biodiversity of the reserve in near solitude.  Experienced, enthusiastic game rangers will accompany you on game drives in open Land Rovers, tracking the Big 5 and sharing their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife.



Tala Private Game Reserve             
Location:  Pietermaritzburg


TALA Private Game Reserve is a wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community not far from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. We are ever aware that as guardians of this precious piece of Africa we have a responsibility to pass this sanctuary on to future generations.

Tala’s mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetland provides exceptional game watching and birding - setting the stage for that perfect photograph. We allow you to get closer to nature, to really interact with the environment and animals, and to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush. The reserve features well over 380 bird species, with big game that includes rhino, kudu, hippo, giraffe and the rare sable antelope.



Bayala Game Lodge       
Location: Hluhluwe



Bayala Game Lodge is ideally suitable for a family holiday, group getaway or bush wedding. The two separate 24-bedroom lodges are  owned and managed by the Smith family, Dave Fisher and their friendly staff. Each lodge has it own reception, lounge, restaurant, bar, pool and conference venue. This ensures ample space and personal service for all guests.

Bayala Game Lodge is renowned for attending to your personal needs, ensuring your stay is a memorable one. Other than the abundant wildlife and birding, the area is well-known for its Zulu Culture. Tours on offer include visits to traditional Zulu villages or rural schools. Tours for the more adventurous at heart include boat cruises, guided game drives, horse-riding, fishing, elephant interaction tours, hiking trails or an animal rehabilitation center visit.


Pongola Game Reserve        
Location:  Pongola - Northern Zululand


Few exclusive yet affordable private getaways combine the scenic variety of bushveld, mountains, major water bodies and a range of leisure activities that make the best of all the natural features. The Pongola River, broad and perennial, meanders through the centre of the reserve before entering the man-made 13 276 hectare lake. It provides a leisure environment unique for a South African bushveld destination. Safari cruises, canoe adventures, birding and tiger fishing are among the main activities.

The area is home to many typical plains game species, four of the Big Five (excluding Lion), Hippopotamus and Crocodile. It is also a birding "hotspot". Over 350 species have so far been recorded here. One can also enjoy the experience of tracking rhino on foot. We have a range of six lodges and camps to choose from.



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