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Nicky

Holiday of a lifetime

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Jun 2024
I dont know where to start to express just how much we enjoyed the whole Vuyani experience.
Every detail made our stay everything we wanted and more.
The 3 of us stayed in the presidential suite even with the 2 extra beds there was plenty of room .
We loved the sunken bath and the hot tub on the decking, we sat out there every day and watched a number of different animals wandering past so close to us.
The game drives were amazing and were different each time we went out.
Uyai and chris did a fab job of keeping us safe and making sure we saw every animal there was to see ,even if they were very hard to find at times they never gave up.
Chris's hot chocolates were the best and much appreciated when the sun had gone down and it started to get chilly.
The food at the lodge was plentiful and varied and very tasty.
Allanah was very helpful and attentive and went out of her way to fix any issues we had including plaiting my Daughters hair!!
We met some lovely people who were staying at the time too.
I can see now why many people return again and again to Vuyani and we will be doing so too .
Thankyou for making our family holiday an unforgettable experience
One tip definitely take lots of layers if you are visiting in the winter the temperature went from 2 degrees to 30 degrees in the same day!!
Date of stay: June 2024
Room Tip: Take plenty of layers it's cold in the winter
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 June 2024

Words cannot begin to describe how amazing Vuyani lodge is. They exceeded all our expectations and more! The lodge itself is beautiful and the landscape surroundings were amazing. The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner were all delicious with a great choice selection to suit everyone. What makes the lodge so special though is the staff…. The housekeeping team were efficient and very professional. The waiting staff were so friendly and remembered all our names and extremely attentive! A very special thanks to Alana/Alarna (sorry we aren’t sure on the spelling) - she is a huge credit to the lodge and really went out of her way for all the guests to make us feel at home and nothing was ever an issue. Also a HUGE thank you to our game drivers, Stephen and Solly. They genuinely made our trip the best it could have been. Every single game drive was amazing! They are extremely professional and informative at what they do. Not only did they make sure we saw every animal possible (and more) - but they taught us so much about the ecosystem and animals. Silly is a wealth of knowledge! The entire staff made us feel like family and we cannot wait to come back. Thankyou all for making a bucket list holiday the most memorable for us!

Room tip: If you plan on travelling from JNB or CPT, make the trip via plane to HDS airport. The lodge is a mere 15 min drive away. Very convenient!
Date of stay: June 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2024

I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS TRIP. If you are thinking about it- DO IT! My husband and I came for our honeymoon and it changed my life. I have never cried leaving a trip- but I sobbed like a baby when it came time to leave Vuyani. The service was impeccable. From the staff (Funky, Rose, Christoph and everyone else) to our beyond amazing, knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring, fun, & funny safari team JOHN AND PEACE!! Talk about the A TEAM! I will forever consider them family. They made sure we were able to see so many animals up close and personal, all without any shortage of laughs. The lodge was clean & comfortable & the food was amazing. I am a vegetarian and Rose made sure to make something special for me every meal. I can wait to visit Vuyani again some day.

Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Erin0913
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Reviewed 29 May 2024 via mobile

This trip was a dream come true! I can't put into words how incredible it was. We stayed in Honeymoon Suite 2. Loved the room & private hot tub. The food was absolutely delicious at every meal. The 2 game drives were fantastic! We saw all Big 5 the 1st 2 days. Every drive we were in awe! Our driver & tracker, Aggy & Janny were the best! Not only were they good at finding all the wildlife, but were fun to talk to & answer all our questions. They definitely are the best! I highly recommend the Elephant Sanctuary tour. We got to interact & ride an elephant. We also had a driver from the resort take us into town for souvenirs & tshirts. We didn't do any other tours because we just enjoyed being at this beautiful resort with all the wonderful staff & people we got to meet from around the world. We definitely will be back!

Room tip: Bring warmer clothes, stay as long as you can because you won't wanna leave!
Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank pamrS2135BU
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Reviewed 26 May 2024 via mobile

Wow wow wow! I can only echo the previous reviews. We certainly made the right choice . The service by all the staff is wonderful! We loved all the game drives where we saw loads of animals and enjoyed a couple of good excursions including the boat trip which I would recommend. The lodges are beautiful, we had PS1 and the animals even wonder round the lodges . The food is beautiful and varied and we met some wonderful people. Special call out to John and Peace our game driver and tracker. Would I come back?- definitely!

Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank neilb237
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Reviewed 25 May 2024

I don’t know what more I can say about Vuyani that hasn’t already been said, but it bares repeating. Our grandson wanted to go on an African Safari for his special trip with us. I came across Vuyani in one of my many searches and it sounded wonderful and exactly what we were looking for. Little did we know it would exceed all our expectations. The room, the food, the view, the game drives and the staff made this trip magical. Our guide Uyai and Tracker Chris were amazing. Their expertise in tracking and the knowledge they shared about the animals took each game drive to another level. We also were able to easily set up additional activities with Pelisa and Elissa.
I highly recommend this beautiful lodge for couples or families. It is intimate and you quickly get to know your fellow adventurers.

Only Con: They need to provide some guidelines for tipping.

Room tip: We were there in early winter and the weather was perfect. We had only one 90 degree day and the rest fluctuated from mid 50s to about 80.
Date of stay: May 2024
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