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Adam D
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Great to stay in a tree lodge with wildlife

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 03 Oct 2019via mobile
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
Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ubizane General M, Guest Relations Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review
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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Reviewed 4 July 2019

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.

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ubizane General M, Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 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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Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Alanjustin
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Ubizane General M, Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2019

Dear Alanjustin,

Thanking you kindly for the true words, Looking forward to your visit again.

From Our Ubizane Team.

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Reviewed 10 May 2019

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!

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Meljw12
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Ubizane General M, Manager at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 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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Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank mikesB132CC
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

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.

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Roy L
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