We stayed 3 nights in the Heritage Safari tents and 3 nights at the Game Lodge and highly recommend staying at both for two different experiences while enjoying the exciting game reserve experience. The tents made us feel like we were really camping in the great outdoors though the interiors were large, and comfortable, with all modern amenities of a resort hotel. The Lodge was a more refined experience, with beautiful spacious accommodations and four poster bed, double shower with rain shower heads and expansive floor to ceiling views over the hilltops and valleys of the game reserve.
We read all the reviews and had low expectations. The philosopher who said, "When you expect nothing, you have everything" was right. We were BLOWN AWAY by this place. The management and staff were absolutely GRACIOUS. The accommodations were lovely, comfortable, charming, but we found that to be so because we didn't expect Frette linens and rose petal turn down service etc.
The game reserve was large enough to give you the great outdoor experience and compact enough to see all the animals up close and personal. The animal encounters were one surprise after another - breathtaking! We were within 20 feet of a cheetah, five feet of elephants, and just yards away from multiple forms of wildlife every day. You will see tons of Rhino, zebra, monkeys, Cape Buffalo, hippo, wilderbeast, giraffes.
You must spend the money to get to Phinda Reserve one day in order to see the lions. We were right in the path of herds of elephants, got up close and personal with two lionesse and their cubs, and saw cheetah, giraffe, We also took a morning drive in Bayete GAme reserve and came across 3 male lions which was unforgettable. It is necessary to get to these reserves if you want to see Lions and you can't go to Africa and not see lions. But i sure don't want them wandering around my tent at night. So we were so happy to lay our heads down inside Zulu Nyala at night!
The cuisine at Zulu Nyala is absolutely wonderful. IF you enjoy home cooking and authentic cuisine of the country you are visiting, you will appreciate the choices. The breakfast spreads and dinner buffets were amazing. They served curry, carved ham, venison, barbequed chicken, cheese platters every morning and night, beautiful and abundant vegetable dishes and always a fresh selection of fruit and salads. My husband and I gained weight!
If traveling in September, bring knit hat and gloves, scarves and jacket, as the weather is cool n mornings and at night and there are very gusty days. Bring shorts and long pants, and if staying at the Lodge part time, bring tennis rackets and clothes- who would've guessed! They offer a beautifully maintainedl tennis court, billiards and black jack table! LOL!
A special thank you to our guide, Erica, who made sure we saw all the animals and got all the photos we wanted. She took us on multiple Ferrari Safaris in order to get to the animals that were spotted at the other end of the park before they dissapeared into the bush. We went on one safari drive with Janine one morning and were bored to tears, so we had opportunity to gauge the difference a guide can make!
We were celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary and Valentine at the Heritage Reception desk made sure that we received a beautiful room with a view at the Game reserve when we made it known that we'd like to stay there as well. That gracious hospitality went a long way in making our visit unforgettable in every way! We were so impressed with the entire staff's desire to make our stay most enjoyable. All were beautiful, gracious and sweet.
We highly recommend Zulu Nyala to all of our friends. We tied it in with 3 days in Cape Town, One day and night in the Cape wine lands, One night in Uhmlungha Rocks near Durban and it was perfect.
- 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