So, if your favorite non-profit is given this opportunity and you are thinking about bidding on a Photo Safari, do it! The man who owns these resorts offers trips to non-profits in the US and Europe. If you get this trip through an auction at your non-profit, your non-profit gets half the winning bid amount and you'll get the trip of a lifetime.
We flew direct from Atlanta into Johannesburg and then stayed in JNB for two days. Then we took South African airways to Richard's Bay. After a 1 1/2 hour drive we arrived at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge. We were put into a group with other travelers and were assigned a guide who not only took us on morning and evening wildlife drives, but also helped us plan excursions during the day. We were so lucky to get Alex. He is so knowledgable and made our trip memorable and fun! Expect to see beautiful countryside, zebra, and giraffe. We saw these animals and so much more! We paid for the cultural tour to visit the Zulu village, adjacent to the property. Also, we took tours during the day to other reserves. One day, we took a tour to the estuary to see hippos and to go to the beach in St. Lucia (to wade in the Indian ocean). I would have been okay with just hanging out at the Safari Lodge, but each trip was worth the extra cost and was amazing. We spent three nights at Heritage Safari Lodge and then spent the last three nights at the Game Lodge. Both were great. I highly suggest trying out both locations. We traveled in late June and it's winter, but the weather was perfect (cool mornings and very comfortable afternoons). Wear layers. Ladies, wear a sports bra for bumpy, adventurous game drives in the jeep! Instead of feeling as if you have to tip everyone, they suggest 10% of the bill at the end. For us, 10% to be shared among the entire staff was too low. Three meals a day were included and the food is great. I found the head chef and introduced myself and asked if we could have vegan options. The chefs at both the Heritage Safari Lodge and Game Lodge both did a great job of accommodating our vegan diet. We paid extra for soft drinks, cocktails, beer, and wine, but the prices were very reasonable ($3-4 for a beer). I never one single time felt as if the trip was a scam. In fact, it was the opposite: I wanted to get an appointment with the owner to look at/buy diamonds, but the opportunity never came up. I feel so fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to meet amazing people (our group was the BEST!), have a fantastic guide (Alex ROCKED!) and see sights I never dreamed of seeing! Being there to see the animals interact (to see a black rhino, white rhino, elephants, leopard, etc.) in the wild gave me hope. It was an awe-inspiring experience from the moment I arrived. My only regret was that I didn't bid more at the auction. It was well worth double or triple what I paid.
- 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