John S.This was a dream come true for me and my wife. I especially, had always wanted to go on a photo safari to Africa. When this opportunity came available, we jumped at it! We stayed at three different locations available at Zulu Nyala (The Country Manor in Johannesburg on arrival, and our last night in country; the Heritage Tented Safari Camp and the Game Lodge). All of the properties were superb in every way. Food, service and accomodations were excellant. The Tent Camp was especially enjoyable. These are tents in name only. Actually block buildings with canvas roofs and mesh windows to give you the feel of being in the bush, but with great amenities. They are individual cabins with very large bedroom/bathroom, full sitting room and covered front porch. The most appealling thing to us was that the animals roamed the huge field right outside our door! There was a Zebra family (with a colt) that would walk by our tent frequently within ten feet of us. Amazing! Also many varieties of antelope right outside our door. All of this before we ever went on any game drives!
The game drives were fantastic. Terrific, knowledgeable guides who were really commited to the animals and the whole conservastion ethos. This was a calling for these folks. The close encounters in the field with the animals was indescribable (our guide was Schalk, who was awesome). Go around a corner on the road, and there would be a family of elephants grazing on trees as they stood in the road. Cheetahs that were resting on the grass in the open and had no problem when our vehicle pulled up right beside them. Hippos, rhinos, wildebeast, warthogs, impalas and every imaginable other varieties of antelope, giraffes, cape buffalo and on and on. Also a choice of MANY side trips to other preserves for a variety of animal encounters. My wife and I have traveled to six of the seven continents and this was absolutely the most unique and exciting trip of All! Don't miss this!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Heritage Safari Lodge was originally built in the 1940’s as a hotel and was a landmark pit-stop for weary travelers between Maputo and Durban. Acquired in 1996, the gracious building was lovingly restored to its original colonial grandeur, enhanced with new accommodation, and tastefully themed to highlight Zululand’s unique cultural heritage.With buffet-style meals in our restaurant, the wide, welcoming veranda and our ‘human watering hole’ - the pub or thatched boma, warm and relaxing atmosphere is conducive to shared good times and conviviality. The sparkling pool is always inviting, and you’re sure to enjoy browsing our beautifully stocked curio shop for a few authentic African mementos. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Hotel Hluhluwe