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Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

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Temporarily Closed Zulu for the place of calling, Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated a mere 4 Kilometers from Hluhluwe Town and is on the access road to Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is an invaluable location for any tourist to experience wildlife while traveling in the surrounding area, including the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Site. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated in the heart of Zululand, but is only a mere two and a half hours drive from Durban's King Shaka Airport. With an expanse of 1200 hectares, this privately owned, low risk Malaria reserve is teaming with wildlife, some of which include: Giraffe, Wildebeest, White Rhino, Ostrich and Zebra, as well as most antelope species. Not to mention the bird life which includes over 450 species! During the start of a brand new era, Ubizane renovations and restorations were undertaken on a large scale , with the emphasis on returning the glory that has stood for more than 50 years and improving with the resources that our advanced modern society has to offer.
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Adam D wrote a review Oct 2019
Liverpool, United Kingdom409 contributions147 helpful votes
Stayed a couple of nights as part of a tour group. Tree lodges are great and it is fantastic to have impala and nyala roaming around. Food was good and the safari on the lodge was excellent seeing lots of zebra and giraffe. Can do tours of Hlhluwe from here too
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 04 Oct 2019
Dear Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review of Ubizane. We really appreciate the time you took to write this review. The team is very glad that you had such a great time with us. Thank you again for the recommendation and for the great review. We really do hope to see you soon again, Regards.
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u-amanda wrote a review Jul 2019
Durban, South Africa70 contributions52 helpful votes
Traveling with kids and staying in the self catering cabins, I'd suggest planning fire cooking where possible and cold breakfasts. I struggled to make pancakes for breakfast because the stove plates did not get hot enough. Dinner at the Tree Lodge was also disappointing- no accommodation made for children. Overall it was not a bad experience. The staff were friendly and tried to be helpful, but I think I expected somewhat better.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from Ubizane General M, Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Responded 04 Jul 2019
Dear U-amanda Thank you so much for writing such a great review of Zululand Safari. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you. we have taken your comment in to consideration and we will make sure that our service is good all the times. We will make sure that Ubizane’s team knows that their hard work doesn’t go by unseen by our guests. Thank you again for writing this review, we really do hope to see you again soon. Regards.
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Alanjustin wrote a review Jun 2019
Durban, South Africa198 contributions11 helpful votes
This is the place to go to if you want to experience the true African feeling. The lodge is situated in a breathtaking location with unique chalets. The Boma is adding to the African experience with a true African braai (bbq). The owner Alan is hands on and makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in. Lizzy with her friendly smile and warm heart also makes the experience extraordinary. This is a place to relax and just unwind for the local city rats who just need to get away and also highly recommended for the international tourists.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 02 Jun 2019
Dear Alanjustin, Thanking you kindly for the true words, Looking forward to your visit again. From Our Ubizane Team.
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Meljw12 wrote a review May 2019
10 contributions4 helpful votes
We had an amazing stay at Ubizane in their Safari lodges. It had everything we needed. Great accommodation, wonderful food and staff and the wildlife we all love in Africa. Very convenient for entrance into the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi game park. Would stay again and highly recommend. Thanks for a wonderful trip!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Ubizane General M, Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Responded 05 Jun 2019
Hi Meijw12, Thank you so much for writing such a great review of Zululand Safari Lodge. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had such a great experience at Zululand Safari Lodge. We will make sure that Ubizane’s team knows that their hard work doesn’t go by unseen by our guests. Thank you again for writing this review, we really do hope to see you again soon. Regards.
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MichaelVincent wrote a review Dec 2018
17 contributions7 helpful votes
Second visit here. Very clean and functional. Ten minutes from Game reserve. Barbecues and boma area available and very pleasant to use of an evening. Nice to see the buck wandering around. I’m sure foreign tourists will enjoy that. Personally don’t approve of the crocodile pens and the ostrich pens, rather don’t have them on the reservation. I find it a bit tatty to see patches on the mosquito nets.... really? However, I would recommend it.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Roy L wrote a review Dec 2018
Wirral, United Kingdom72 contributions36 helpful votes
Ubizane has two standards of accommodation: luxurious tree-top lodges and safari lodge self-catering units. We stayed in the latter on a full-board basis due to an error subsequently compensated by the tour operators. Fortunately, we had transport from the lodges to the restaurant - otherwise we'd have had a walk of around half a mile through bush in darkness. Despite these issues I found the stay in the safari lodge a very pleasant experience. Whilst a little basic, there is something about waking in the morning to find oneself surrounded by nyala, impala and zebra. My main wildlife interest is birds and I was able to photograph between 10 and 20 species. We went on one game drive within Ubizane plus two in the nearby Hluhluwe-iMfolozi national reserve. Both were thrilling experiences bringing us into close contact with a variety of animals and even more bird species. It is worth pointing out to anybody planning the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi drives that they involve a journey of 10-15 minutes at up to 60 km/h in an open vehicle with no windshield. Eye protection is essential and something like a scarf to wrap around the face is advisable. The food offered by Ubizane for breakfast, lunch and dinner were all buffets with plenty of choice of very palatable food.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Priyadarsi wrote a review Oct 2018
Mexico City, Mexico77 contributions9 helpful votes
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I stayed here just for one night during one of my visits to South Africa with a colleague. What an amazing experience ... nature, wild life, and good food . Renting a vehicle is a must or visit through travel agents . The best part is you are only with nature and away from city life and internet... they will give a bedtime story to read 😀
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 08 Nov 2018
Dear Priyadsrsi, Thank you for the positive review, it is much appreciated.
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Anton N wrote a review Oct 2018
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa191 contributions30 helpful votes
I had been spoilt staying at some of the most incredible lodges on a scouting trip for business. Thus the Safari Lodge was not in any way enticing for my tastes. I found the dark wood and typical African safari setting a bit much for my palate. I could see the international tourists loved it though. The staff were friendly and they went out of their way to make sure one was comfortable and well treated. The accommodation were small little rondavels scattered across a mown area. The buck enjoying the safety of the cut grass in the evenings was a real pleasure. The room was good in many ways. This was a convenient B&B for me, not to my taste, but they were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Responded 11 Oct 2018
Dear Anton N, Thank you for the honest review, it is really appreciated. We do understand that we will not be ablle to accommodate/meet each and every of our guest's taste/prefrences.
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Sally G wrote a review Oct 2018
North Carolina108 contributions53 helpful votes
Loved our two night stay here - best place we have stayed during our two weeks here in South Africa. Tree lodge rooms were very comfortable, king bed with mosquito net, large deck on which to sit and watch the nyala, Impala and monkeys below. Plenty of storage space for clothes, fridge in room, air conditioning. WiFi only available in bar/restaurant area which was fine, although charging 150 Rand ($10) for 1 gig is a bit pricey. The first 500mb is free per person but that doesn't go far when uploading photos. Nice open sided restaurant and bar area overlooking a pond with crocodiles and Weaver birds, and we took the short walk to see the Ostrich. Food was good, especially breakfast with eggs cooked to order. We did two game drives with Alan who was very knowledgeable. The first drive was inside Ubizane's private reserve and the second was inside the main Hluwe-luwe park. Fortunately we saw a tip from a previous reviewer on wrapping up for the early morning drive along the main road from Ubizane to the Hluwe-luwe park entrance - definitely take warm hats and layers! We saw lots of game both days. Wish we could have spent longer here and had more game drives!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 08 Nov 2018
Dear Sally G, Thank you very much for this positive review, it is much appreciated.
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Jaxw1962 wrote a review Apr 2018
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa83 contributions14 helpful votes
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We stayed at the Safari Lodge rondavels. Had a braai at the Boma on first night and supper at the restaurant on second night. The restaurant had a lovely candlelight- under-the-stars setting and food was good- Chakalaka was best tasting pap gravy ever! Chocolate pudding made in a potjie pot was a treat. We enjoyed afternoon guided walk and morning game drive. Take note - drive from Lodge to Hluhluwe Game Reserve is very cold. Dress warm- jacket, hats, scarf and blanket. All staff good but special mention to reception staff.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from UbizaneTeam, General Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Responded 08 Nov 2018
Dear Jaxw1962, Thank you for the beautifule review, I will deffinately relay the message to my staff and (especially) the reception staff.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Ilala Weavers (1.3 km), Zulu Croc Reptile Park (0.9 km), and Zamimpilo Community Market (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rafikis, Delishh Restaurant, and Ngweni Railroad Brewery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Ubizane Wildlife Reserve located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Hluhluwe.