Grounds and original lodge spectacular. But its obvious that more money is being taken than put in. Bar fridge Rubbers worn away so fridge doesn't work properly, door handles not working. No bar equipment, bad water flow, no ice machine, Limited game. However, Julian the ranger was brilliant, attentive and friendly. Kitchen staff fantastic and great cooks. Office administration not friendly or helpful. In the whole, not worth what you are paying but with a little effort and investment it could be awesome. Bar fridge could be stocked. And decor could be more comfortable.
I'd like to preface this review by saying I had stayed with a SUPERB safari camp at Kruger National Park before coming to Bayete Zulu, so everything from here on is based on my comparison of the 2 safari camps. Pros: Bayete is located on top of a hill so you overlook a beautiful vista of the African bush, great infinity pool, helpful and friendly staff (this is a self serve camp so you buy the food, the staff cooks it for you), good sized rooms (the suites are MUCH nicer than the rooms), in-room air conditioning available, free (but very limited) internet, free car parking. Cons: By comparison to my experience at the Kruger safari I was previously on, this reserve either has VERY few animals or they are all hiding - we only saw very few creatures in the 4 days we were there.…
The Bayete Zulu lodge is officially one of my favourite hospitality & wildlife destinations. Their team of friendly, welcoming staff made our stay really enjoyable, with special mention to our game rangers Louise & Graham. We successfully spotted lions, rhino, elephants and giraffe on an early morning game drive, with knowledgeable detail from Graham...but the elephant interaction experience with Rambo and his kin was by far my favorite part of our holiday! I was so impressed with the the level of attention to detail and the service that I have already recommended Bayete to a number of my friends, from South Africa and abroad. Keep up the good work guys!
Bayete Zulu Lodge is wonderful! The relative ease of finding the lions was very refreshing. The safari guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. The accommodation is lovely and the staff are friendly. A definite must! The elephant interaction is a once in a life time experience.
We did not stay at the lodge and this review is just for the Elephant Interaction. No exaggeration, feeding these magnificent mammals not only by putting food on the crook of their trunks, but directly into their mouths and onto their tongues – I can confirm they have big molars too! If you don’t mind a little slime, this is not to be missed. We also learnt so much about the plight and survival from a Zimbabwean cull of Rambo, (32 years) and Rachel, and their youngster Jabulani (3 years old) as well. Much knowledge imparted about an elephants physical attributes and how they interact with humans when threatened.