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An entrancing experience in a unique wilderness area, the privately Zulu Nyala Lodge & Game Reserve provides a unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. Nestled between the wilderness reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe and St Lucia, this lush stretch of paradise is home to a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the shy and beautiful Nyala buck that is endemic to the region and the secretive leopard. Nestled atop a hill, the Lodge offers views from East to West meaning you get to witness spectacular African sunrises and sunsets without leaving the property. We offer a variety of accommodation options to suit from single travelling guests to families and honeymooners with excellent food, a modern bar area and plenty of space to relax when not on an exciting game-drive with one of our excellent Rangers. Zulu Nyala - Experience the Magic of Africa!
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Msinene Rd, Hluhluwe 3960 South Africa
Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
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Zulu Inyala Airport
King Shaka Intl Airport
221.2 km
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Marcia W wrote a review Mar 2024
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I LOVED this experience! The grounds were beautiful, the food was great, the staff went above and beyond my wildest dreams, and the accommodations were fabulous! You will not regret booking this trip of a lifetime! Chris, our safari guide, was hands down the best ever and made all of our drives unforgettable! I will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Thank you for your review and 5 star rating throughout. That we have delivered, gives us great satisfaction. The Zulu Nyala Team strives to host all guests impeccably through all departments. We're glad you 'never went to bed hungry' as the catering staff work hard at menu choices and food preparation with enough to satisfy all tastes. Ranger Chris is a valuable member of the Ranger Team - he hosts and engages with his guests in the most professional manner, sharing knowledge and of course, his great sense of humour. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future - unforgettable forever memories. Arrive as stranger, leave as part of the Zulu Nyala Family. Welcome to our World.
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johnfaysr wrote a review Mar 2024
Riverside, California41 contributions45 helpful votes
interesting marketing -- clientele seems to be booked largely through charity sales/auctions. this is a Big Three reserve -- no big cats on site (also no male elephants). that said, our regular guide (musa, whom we had all but one day) found us lots of game to observe (hippo, rhinos -- black and white, elephants, plus a great variety of other grazing beasts, ...). he also gave well-informed mini-lessons on animal behaviour. the other day -- musa had an off-reserve excursion -- we had a different guide who was much less active in finding wildlife and sharing information. we did add a day excursion (with musa) to a nearby national park where we saw lions and a dozen(?) elephants (they were working their way down a wooded hillside so we saw a few at a time in various encounters as we took various roads/trails to re-engage) to 'fill-in' for our reserve's limitations. our dining was cafeteria-style with assigned seating (with our "game drive mates"). the food was good all week with choices at each meal to accommodate different tastes. drinks were not included (even water had to be purchased) and, sadly, included no Non-Alcoholic Beer.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is appreciated by all Ranger Musa is an excellent member of our Ranger Team and certainly hosts his safari guests with professionalism sharing his knowledge and insights most generously. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park is well worth the visit. It boasts wonderful, diverse landscapes and big-5 sighting possibilities. It's a special treat to see lions and elephants in larger herds on this massive reserve. We're pleased you enjoyed the catering team's offerings as served in the Boma Restaurant. We'll mention the non-alcoholic beer possibly being added to the well-stocked bars offerings. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF AFRICA! With thanks from the Zulu Nyala Team.
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Anna J wrote a review Jan 2024
Ottawa, Canada12 contributions6 helpful votes
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Where do I start? The grounds and our very large bedroom suite were magnificent. The maintenance of the grounds were excellent ( one small complaint was the pools were not cleaned regularly/ but they are surrounded by trees). The service was very good. Our meals, especially dinners, were good with adequate variety on the buffet. I would have given a 5 star if the food was better. Our safari guide Chris went above and beyond ensuring we had the best experience every day! He made our trip!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 04 Feb 2024
Thank you for your review and rating. The garden and landscaping team works tirelessly to keep the grounds looking as superb as they are. The entire Zulu Nyala Team through all departments, strives to deliver on service at all times. We appreciate your mention of it being good. Ranger Chris is a valued member of the Ranger Team and does have much experience, knowledge and a sense of humour. He hosts his guests with the utmost professionalism at all times and has delivered to you - excellence! With appreciation. The Zulu Nyala Team
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Erin wrote a review Jan 2024
Seattle, Washington2 contributions
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Where to begin?! From the accommodations to the service to the impeccable grounds, this resort is the vacation that dreams are made of. Every staff member we encountered was warm, friendly, and helpful. They upgraded our rooms to the most stunning, clean, and well-maintained suites, with super comfortable beds and air conditioning. Within the first few hours, we encountered monkeys, a crocodile, gigantic snails, and wild Nyala right outside our doors. The safari drives were life-changing though. Our guide, Welcome, is the BEST OF THE BEST, and he treated us like family every day. On the very first drive, we encountered Zebras, Giraffes, Wildebeests, Cape Buffalos, hippos, warthogs, and ELEPHANTS!!!! Absolutely breathtaking. He also arranged all of the excursions we wanted to do and always kept us safe and entertained. We love you, Welcome!! I cannot say enough about how wonderful this past week has been, and we're heartbroken to leave. Thank you, ZN, for everything!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring your big spray and sunscreen. No ATMs on sight, so plan ahead.
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Responded 16 Jan 2024
Thank you for choosing us as your safari destination, and your review and five star rating. These few words say so much and are greatly appreciated by the Zulu Nyala Team - 'Best experience of our lives!' Everything you've mentioned and reflected on is important to us. To have the opportunity to share all we are blessed to be part of with our safari guests gives us great joy and immense pleasure. As we say - arrive as strangers, leave as part of the Zulu Nyala Family! Welcome to our World!
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Steven A B wrote a review Oct 2023
Carmel Valley, California83 contributions32 helpful votes
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We spent 6 nights here and we loved every moment. The staff, the grounds and our safaris were amazing. We did many outside excursions as well and they too were out of this world. Our suite was absolutely huge and very comfortable. Bathrooms are extremely large as well. Air conditioning works super. The grounds are meticulously groomed and very beautiful. Adam was our ranger and he showed us a wonderful time. Our last night we went on Safari and ended it with a sunset from the top of a mountain with the elephants grazing below us. We saw a ton of animals. We did the lion safari and saw lions and cheetahs and lots more. We did the elephant interaction which was an amazing experience. We enjoyed plenty of good food and drink. I would highly recommend that if you have the opportunity to come here … just do it. You will love it. Our table of 10 are now life time friends. We were all very compatible and enjoyed many activities together. We also did our own side trip and they provided our driver. Check out the home of “ The Elephant Whisperer “. Airport pick up and return we’re done in beautiful new vans with courteous and friendly drivers. Sad to leave !!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Enjoy outside excursions as well.
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Response from Zulu Nyala, Marketing at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
Responded 30 Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your many compliments and recommendations. Your review reiterates that all that we strive for as a hospitality venue, were met! We agree that the off-site excursions are a must as they sure do enhance the safari experience by getting you out to see and experience more. As for the sunset from the viewpoint - just incredible to see it across the African bush towards the Lebombo Mountains - fire in the sky! Making lifelong friends with your group - wow - how special is this? To enjoy good food and quality drinks of all kinds from our well stocked bar with people you enjoy spending time with, priceless. Ranger Adam is a superb host and important member of the team, as are each and every other staff member from catering to housekeeping, garden maintenance et al. Our new vehicles for guest pickups and transport are comfy and spacious, driven by friendly and courteous drivers as you mention. We too are sad to see each and every guest leave but hang onto - arrive as strangers, leave as part of the Zulu Nyala family! We hope to see you again - Just do it. You will love it... Kind regards. The Zulu Nyala Team=
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Dreamer14595628121 wrote a review Oct 2023
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The Safari Heritage Lodge was nice. However, we did not realize that we would be put in a group where we did all our excursions together and game drives with the same people for four days! (I’m glad we didn’t stay the entire 6 days.) We were even set together for every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). I think this type of arrangement needs to be communicated to folks before they purchase this package. It was quite a surprise to find out we would be on vacation with 7 other folks we never met. With the United States as divided as it is, we all had to agree to not talk about politics. Also, the problem with this setup, is that we all had to collectively agree on our excursions for the week. I wanted to go whale watching but no one else in the group wanted to do that excursion. Also, only three people wanted to go to St. Lucia, and they also were told they couldn’t go because it wasn’t the majority decision, and the driver would be needed to take the rest of the group on their daily drives. My game driver also told me that if I wanted to go whale watching, then he needed to find me another group that was going with an empty space, which he was unable to find. This seems crazy to me. Why don’t you just let people sign up for whatever excursions they want and then group them according to their excursions? Also, why do we need to be with the same people every day? I think you should just allow people to go down to the game drives, and then get in whatever truck they see fit. Also, sign up for whatever excursions you want and see who else happens to show up that day for the event. Don’t’ sit people together!!! Let them sit wherever they want. There was one older lady in our group that was not the friendliest and it wasn’t much fun having to see her everyday of our stay. However, we did have fun at the Heritage Lodge. Our guide was amazing, the drives were great, the Lion excursion was my favorite. Some of the other excursions I did simply because the group wanted to do them. I didn’t get to go whale watching which was very disappointing. The transfers showed up when they were supposed to, the staff was very polite, and the trip all in all was fantastic.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: Make sure to plan a side trip to Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe was amazing!!
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Responded 16 Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review and rate us. We're thrilled that you had fun at the Heritage Safari Lodge and that your Ranger/Guide was 'amazing'. Our Ranger Team is made up of a group of phenomenal people with incredible experience, knowledge, insights of the environment (fauna, flora, landscapes and more) plus being hospitable hosts to their safari groups. Our transfer drivers strive to be punctual at all times and the full compliment of staff pride themselves in being helpful, polite and great hosts through all departments. On your comments to do with allocating of safari guests into groups. We have noted your recommendation to let guests know of this beforehand, thank you for this suggestion. The allocation model we use is to assist all with logistics and co-ordination. Being with a 'set' Ranger your whole stay allows a relationship to be built where he is able to best judge his groups interests and needs. He can plan his days and knows what to expect. This system has worked well for us in the past with many guests making 'forever' friends and connections and very few not finding common ground within their groups. We're truly sorry if you were dissatisfied with the folk you spent time with and hope you can appreciate the reasons for our methods The Zulu Nyala Team is greatly appreciative or you regarding your trip as 'fantastic'. Kind regards. The Zulu Nyala Team.
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Daniel F wrote a review Jun 2023
Sherman, Connecticut, United States11 contributions1 helpful vote
The accommodations are first class, the staff and help just want to please and the food was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We took every excursion the guide recommended and wold not change a thing. And everything was cheap.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Put it on your bucket list. One of the best vacations we’ve ever had.
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Responded 27 Jun 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. Your 5 star rating throughout is greatly appreciated by the full Zulu Nyala Team. We strive to give our safari guests the most incredible time during their stay with us, through every aspect. How pleasing to see that this was achieved! Yes, the off-site excursions are a great way to enhance your time in South Africa and with us with an excellent selection available to choose from. Your Ranger took good care of you, it seems - we certainly have an excellent team! Pricing is good for international travel to South Africa - the benefits are great - not wanting to change a thing about your safari time, now that is magic! Arrive as strangers, leave as family - Experience the Magic of Africa!
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elarMichigan wrote a review Jun 2023
Holland, Michigan24 contributions8 helpful votes
Our family of 10 had a great experience here. Saw all of the "Big 5" on our trip, including a leopard with cub. Saw Leopard, Elephant, Cape Buffalo and Rhino (both white & black) at Zulu Nyala and Lions at another area which they booked for us. We were thrilled to see all 5! Our driver for the week (named Welcome) had a real keen instinct for where to find the animals. Our room was very luxurious and spacious. Food was excellent too. Enjoyed the pool too. We often would encounter monkeys, impala, nyala, etc. while walking the trails to dinner. Entire area is beautifully landscaped. Some of our group enjoyed the spa as well. Highly recommend! Staff is great too, especially Reshmi and Mr. V.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you for reviewing our venue and for your 5 star rating. Seeing the 'Big 5' is certainly a bonus and well worth the 'search'. Welcome is a superb Ranger with great knowledge and what an infectious laugh he has! We offer a range of room types to suit our guests' requirements - spot on for you and your group it seems. As we say - 'no-one goes to bed hungry' - a buffet with something for everyone, isn't it? The Heritage gardens are vast and magnificent, a lovely environment for the wildlife that lives on the property, to wander. We're pleased some of your group spoilt themselves at the spa and appreciate your compliments on the staff. Being recommended is an honour! Hope to see you all for a second safari, one day. Arrive as strangers, leave as part of the Zulu Nyala family!
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LaurenKC19 wrote a review Jun 2023
Plantation, Florida11 contributions12 helpful votes
We learned about Zulu Nyala through friends and we purchased a stay through a fundraiser. This is a small private game reserve. Our ranger Adam was friendly and quite knowledgeable. We were thrilled to see a wide range of animals on our first drive. Adam was able to teach us a lot about the animals and their behavior. We liked that we were placed in a group for our meals and our game drives, and we enjoyed the connections that we made in our group. However, because Zulu Nyala is so small, the reserve cannot support lions, and there are only 3 elephants. There are opportunities for offsite activities (at an additional cost) but I recommend these as they enhanced our experience. We enjoyed the elephant interaction (we got to touch and feed an elephant), Hluhluwe iMfolozi park, the St. Lucia cruise, and a nearby reserve where we saw lions and cheetahs. The food was plentiful but just okay. There was an assortment of African dishes as well as dishes that were common to Europe or the US. The grounds at Zulu Nyala were beautiful.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review and rate our venue. What can we do in order to receive 5 stars in the future? Zulu Nyala's private reserve is of the size that lion can not be supported, and more elephant would devastate the environment, unfortunately, hence we offer a great variety of off-site excursions to our guests, in order for them to have the opportunity to see and do more during their time with us. Ranger Adam is a valuable member of our Ranger Team - his knowledge is readily shared with all. Isn't meeting Rambo and Rachel incredible? These two rescued elephant that live a free life, love to interact with people on their terms and give so much joy to many. We're thrilled that you did get to see lion and cheetah plus many hippo we're sure, on the St Lucia estuary cruise. Did you dip your feet in the Indian Ocean? The Heritage grounds are spectacular and attract many birds, insects plus of course, the resident Nyala that live on the property plus other. The landscaping and gardening team work hard at maintaining the beauty - it's pleasing that you noticed the plant-life and landscape. Much appreciated.
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Safari44173983691 wrote a review May 2023
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Unbelievable experience! Resort was beautiful, everyone so friendly and the safari was incredible! South Africa is a beautiful country and Zulu Nyala is a fantastic resort. Such a great trip - highly recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 05 Jun 2023
Good day. Thank you for taking the time to review and rate our property. Your 5 stars overall plus mention on value, location and service is greatly appreciated. Recommendations are always valued as they truly reflect a guest's experience. Like we say - arrive as strangers, leave as family! Much appreciated by the Zulu Nyala Team.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Top room amenities include air conditioning, a view of the mountains, and a pool view.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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