Zimanga Private Game Reserve

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Zimanga Private Game Reserve

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Moira G
Burntisland, UK97 contributions
This is a fantastic place for photographers and non photographers. There is a mix of game drives and sitting in hides including, overnight hides where the animals come to floodlit waterholes. The latter being a very special experience. There are plenty of birds and animals to see.
Staff are helpful, friendly and aim to please with many learning your name. I was lucky enough to upgraded to one of the luxury larger rooms. It was stunning and with a king sized bed, very comfortable. Rangers are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thsepo, the chef supplies you with high quality, very tasty meals. He speaks to everyone to ensure you are satisfied with the food and will do requests. I have food intolerances and this was no problem. Vegetarians also have a great choice of food.

This is a very special place where all staff make you feel welcome.
I intend to return.
Written 22 July 2022
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Thank you very much Moira, we appreciate you taking the time to write such a positive review and we would love to see you here again! Kind regards from Zimanga
Written 26 July 2022
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Peter Jones
Bilsthorpe, UK6 contributions
We enjoyed all the hides most of all, re the game drives to much time was spent looking for Black Rhino, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion which are on the short side.
The night hides were very interesting and we were able to get some excellent photographs, and the day hides were the same. If you enjoy staying in hides it's one of the best places to stay. The lodge and staff are the best one could get.
Overall we can recommend Zimamga is the place to stay and has the best photographic hides in Africa.
Written 12 July 2022
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Hi Peter, thank you so much for the fantastic review! Game drives can always be hit and miss as sometimes you stumble upon animals by chance and early on the drive, and at other times they can make us work very hard for sightings when they disappear somewhere within thousands of hectares of African bush. For us it is part of the allure that you never know what you are going to get. We will carry your positive message across to our staff, and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! Hope to see you here again soon and for better luck on drives next time! Kind regards from Zimanga
Written 26 July 2022
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VilliersSteyn
Hoedspruit, South Africa88 contributions
I recently visited Zimanga Main Lodge for four nights and have to admit, this was one of the best safaris I've had in years! Zimanga obviously understands wildlife photographers - everything, from the design of the rooms and lodge, to the way that drives are conducted, has wildlife photographers' needs in mind. Not to mention their incredible underground hides! I spent an afternoon at Lagoon Hide and a night at Tamboti Overnight Hide and was able to take some photos that I've only ever dreamed of taking...

Last but not least, thanks to Charl, Mariska, Elizabeth, Amy and Jono, along with all the other staff, for your friendliness and flexibility - you made our stay extra special!
Written 11 March 2022
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Lenka D
Beroun, Czech Republic13 contributions
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You sit and they prepare opportunities for taking pictures of animals and birds and viewing wildlife only a couple of centimetres or metres in front of you. The making of the hides is perfect and considered with all the details, we never saw such perfect photo hides in Africa. The lodge is super clean and built in modern african style. Spacious cottages and an excellent cook. My friend is a photographer and I am a non-photograpger and our holiday was amazing.
Written 5 November 2021
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MsDeboo
ex pat in Ct110 contributions
Our third visit to this amazing place and as wonderful as the previous two. Zimanga is a conservation labor of love which is combined with state of the art photographic facilities. All the ranger guides are keen photographers as well as naturalists, on this trip Jono was our ranger who went above and beyond to take care of us and enable some stunning photographic opportunities.

The lodge has been designed with comfort in mind, the extra large rooms extremely are luxuriously appointed. The staff are wonderful and go out of their way to ensure that everything is done to maximize your comfort and enjoyment.

Thank you all for a wonderful 10 days!
Written 22 August 2021
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clintr923
Centurion, South Africa138 contributions
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A wildlife photographer’s dream destination in Africa. Superb lodge, perfect dining, wonderful staff and the game viewing is next level with the photographic hides offering some of the very best photo opportunities for the Big 5
Written 19 August 2021
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Christine K
Richards Bay14 contributions
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We have wanted to visit Zimanga for a long time. All I can say is it exceeded our expectations. As keen photographers were were excited to see the many carefully crafted hides and we were not disappointed. To be allowed free rein where things like light direction and reflections have already been thought about and catered for gives so much more opportunity to experiment and improve, the results almost guaranteed. The spaces are also well equipped and comfortable.

Add to this the excellent service from the lodge staff and guides. The food was amazing, the staff attentive and friendly. Our guide Jono was a perfect companion on our drives, excellent knowledge and also a talented and enthusiastic photographer. Who could ask for more.

It was our first visit but will definately not be our last. Thanks Mariska and Charl for your vision and attention to detail. It is much appreciated.
Written 21 January 2021
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Pieter G
Johannesburg, South Africa24 contributions
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One of the best. A photographers paradise and it was an honor to ride with Calvin our guide and a brilliant photo teacher/expert. My photos are great, thanks Zimanga. The opportunity to spent some time in the various hides also helped.

The hotel/lodge side also need some mention, the food is fantastic and the people make the stay very easy. Well done this was worth every minute.
Written 31 March 2020
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Thank you so much Pieter, we highly value and appreciate your positive review about our guides, staff and facilities. Hope that you thoroughly enjoy your images and kind regards from Zimanga
Written 1 April 2020
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Seyms
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
I have now done over 10 trips to Zimanga and every time I leave, I can't wait to get back!

A conservation success story, Charl and the team have really created a piece of Photography Heaven on Earth.

World-Class Hides and fantastic Rangers, combined with great accommodation, makes for the perfect Photography getaway.

Highly recommended for any photography, birding and wildlife enthusiast.
Written 27 February 2020
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Thank you so much Seyms, we appreciate your feedback tremendously! See you again soon
Written 28 February 2020
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swayam92
Mumbai, India47 contributions
There isn't much to say or praise about Zimanga, to be honest.
The very fact that the place was handcrafted by Bence Mate shows their dedication to wildlife photography.
From Day 1 of our arrival in March this year, everything was centered around making things smooth so that we may click pictures. Our appointed ranger and guide was Tyler or "Ty". Ty was a wonderful spotter with immense knowledge of the wildlife in South Africa (& beyond to be honest again). His spotting almost made our day.
Again coming to the very reason why photographers visit Zimanga- the hides. Everything in the hide is as depicted on their website. Shooting pictures was never more exciting than in any of the hides.
We spent 4 nights staying at Zimanga and we returned with a hard drive filled with shots I would want to print.
All thanks to the Senekal family (the owner personally visited all guests on a Sunday taking their feedback!) , Ty and the entire Zimanga staff
Written 3 December 2019
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Hi Swayam92, we all thank you kindly for such a positive review. Bence has indeed assisted with great care, and we are just as proud of the entire contingency of our brilliant staff who make it tick every day, from our rangers and lodge staff to our security and maintenance divisions. We really hope to diversify our offering not only on Zimanga as a base but to take this concept further and perhaps even to other destinations in future... We will be forwarding your compliments to our staff and thank you again for the kind words
Written 4 December 2019
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