The Vuyani Safari Lodge
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best All-Inclusive
- Rate includes three meals per day (breakfast, high tea, dinner), all drinks including wine and spirits and two game drives daily (weather permitting) led by an experienced ranger and expert trackers
- Elegant, eco-friendly base for exploring the South African bush
- Only seven guestrooms; the small size makes for privacy and personalized attention
What To Know
- Game drives depart twice daily in a 10-person vehicle with a tracker and a ranger (request a private vehicle and ranger for an extra $242)
- Gratuities are not included in the rate; the suggested amount is $50 per couple, per day
- Round-trip transfers to/from Hoedspruit Airport are included in the rate and can be arranged by the property
- Children 11 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
The Vuyani Safari Lodge is a charming, intimate base for a South African safari adventure. Brown leather armchairs, modern table lamps and cream-colored rugs add warmth to living spaces. Lantern-strewn dark wood decks overlook the 36,000-acre Blaubank Conservancy and vast Kruger National Park, a stunning area below the Drakensberg Mountains. Designed with a focus on the surrounding ecosystem, the lodge shrinks its carbon footprint by using energy-saving lights and a sophisticated water treatment system that returns cleaned wastewater to nature.
Bed & Bath
Spacious rooms are outfitted with netted four-poster beds, African art and artifacts. Earth-toned stone floors and vaulted rattan ceilings set off white furniture upholstered in playful prints. Although the rooms are without such mod cons as TVs and iPod docks, you won’t miss them when you’re watching nyala antelope graze just beyond your private deck. Soak in the deep tub in the marble bathroom or embrace the elements in the Honeymoon Suite’s outdoor shower.
Twice a day you’ll hop into an open, 10-seat four-by-four to explore with rangers who know this vast land like the back of their hand. You can see rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards roaming freely, and more than 300 species of bird flitting about. Drives leave at approximately 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., perfect times for viewing the wildlife either sleeping or hunting. Cool off in the infinity pool before heading back to your room for a candlelit dinner served on your private deck. Afterward, the lodge’s telescope showcases the unrivaled African starscape.
How to Get There
From the moment we arrived everybody at the lodge was wonderful and the front of house staff ensured that the lodge provided a quality and seamless experience . The lovely chef, Rose, produced the most wonderful meals and nothing was too much trouble for John the Game Drive Guide and Clarence the tracker . The game drives were fantastic and informative and John worked hard to to ensure that you see everything on the reserve . I never thought that I would be within a Jeep doors width of lions and elephants on the same afternoon Truly amazing ..The sun set ‘downers ‘ on the drive served up by Clarence were an added bonus . Thank you Vuyani Lodge to you and all your staff for a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Booked the Vuyani by sheer luck. After coming across them with a basic Google search, it proved to be genius. Staff was wonderful, and easy to work with, from communicating prior to arrival to onsite amenities. Anything you need/want they will provide. Food was wonderful as well, the homemade bread is some of the best I've had!
The game drives are wonderful. The drivers and trackers do everything to help you see all the animals you want. You're really in the bush, which is fun in and of itself. The morning drives come early, but it's worth it.
We're also did the Blyde Canyon activity and the Elephant Whispers interaction. Both well worth it and provided other unique opportunities.
Can't say enough good things about Vuyani, would love to come back!
Like others who have written reviews here, a safari had been a dream since childhood so there's always scope that having waited a long time t might not quite match expectations. I needn't have worried as our 7 day stay at Vuyani was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The booking process was easy, communications were fast, informative and friendly and from the welcome drinks on arrival to our departure we were looked after by every single member of staff. We stayed in one of the huge presidential suites which was spotlessly clean with a lovely comfy bed and everything you need. The game drives were great fun - you never know what you are going to see and sometimes you don't see much at all but in a strange way that just adds to the adventure as just being out in the open bush at sunrise and sunset is special. Having said that we saw (many of which we were VERY up close to!) lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe, zebra, rhino, warthogs, baboons, vervet monkeys, kudo, nyala (including a baby just after birth), hippo, impala, civet, dwarf mongoose, jackals, wildebeest, waterbuck and many, many different varieties of birds. The food at Vuyani is fresh and plentiful-you will not go hungry. We did the trips to the Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and the full day trip to Kruger. We also encorporated a chunk of the Panorama Route to our return drive to Johannesburg airport (we didn't want to miss any of the game drivesother than the 2 when you go to Kruger). We enjoyed all of the trips - learning so much as all of the drivers and staff at the places you visit are so well informed and keen to share their knowledge. Kruger was an amazing day - Gerry our driver was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with and made getting up at 4.30am well worth it.
The drivers and guides at Vuyani clearly love what they do and make the game drives into an experience that you will never forget. During our stay we were probably the only group not to see one of the elusive leopards and try as he might Gerry couldn't find us one in Kruger either! Our verdict? We've got the best excuse ever to go back!