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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

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Follow Big Five sightings with infinity pool dips at this posh safari lodge in the South African bush

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

The Vuyani Safari Lodge
Moditlo Private
Hoedspruit, 00000 South Africa

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 643 Reviews
The most amazing place.
Reviewed 20 hours ago

This was our first Safari and our first trip to Africa. We could not have chosen a better place . Everything was 5 star . Where do we start ??

We arrived early in the morning at Johannesburg Airport to be met by Derrick who drove us the long 5/6 hour journey to Vuyani . We were met there with the most warmest of welcomes by Kelly.Izzy and Nikita with warm face cloths and a lovely fruit cocktail
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The accomodation was amazing ,an outdoor shower, plunge pool and a well stocked fridge ,so clean and tidy.

The game drives are incredible we were able to see so much thanks to our fantastic Guide Kelvin and Tracker Steven

Meals were wonderful and the G&T was never ending ,all served with kindness and a smile.
Thank you to all the reception staff,chefs and the ladies who kept our lodge so clean and tidy.
Special thanks to the waiters especially, Clive, Chris and Surprise ,and to Lloyd and Wish our security Guards who we would like here as our early morning alarm calls !!!
And of course not forgetting Kelvin and Steven a fantastic team who made each and every game drive exciting ,informative and so very special . We will return.xx

Absolutely brilliant
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved, loved, loved my stay at Vuyani. Was such a great way to do my first trip to South Africa. The safaris were great - we got so close to the animals, the accommodation and food was fabulous and the staff were great and looked after us well. Will definitely visit again.

We keep going back!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been to Vuyani twice now, and have another trip booked for September! Service is exceptional, accommodation is excellent, but it's the people that draw you back (and the animals of course). Nothing is too much trouble, but it's all done in a relaxed way that make you feel like you're home!

Perfect Location, perfect safari adventure.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I possibly say about Vuyani that I haven’t already said 5 times before. Vuyani is still as good as it was on our first visit back in 2013.
The ethos of looking after their guests with superb food and fantastic game drives is what keeps bringing us back.
If your reading reviews to get ideas for locations and your looking to go on a Safari in South Africa then you’ve found a place you must try. The reviews about Vuyani don’t do the place justice.
February 2019 was our 6th visit with a 7th already booked for August 2019 in the new tented camp.

Just Amazing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to South Africa and boy were we in for a special treat. From the moment we arrived in Vuyani we were so well looked after. Our fruit champagne and warm face cloths on arrival after our 6 hour transfer from Johannesburg was well appreciated. We arrived well after lunch and they had kept food for us. This was much appreciated.
So began our 7 night stay and it got better.
Our honeymoon chalet was just amazing, the outside shower, bath, outdoor plunge pool and decking area was so luxurious. The chambermaids visited 3 times daily and ensured the room was spotless. The mini bar was stocked each day too!

The food in vuyani is just to die for. Well worth the 16 hours travel from Ireland. Rose was the chef for breakfast and lunch and jason the chef for dinner. There was nothing we didn't like. Everything was just so so good.

Last but not least the safaris were the most amazing part. Maybe we were lucky having Chad and Aggy as our driver and tracker but what a dream team. They were amazing in every way possible. There was no bush or tree left unturned in the quest to ensure we saw every animal in the reserve. Chad was very knowledgeable about all the animals and Aggy just amazed us at his ability to track anything. I was in awe hearing of his previous work with the anti poaching society and his near escape of the lions !! 😂🙈

Throughout our stay in Vuyani we were so well looked after. All the staff could not do enough for us.
Well done to Kelly, Andreas and everyone for their hard work and making us all feel we were staying in a home away from home. We will most definitely be back some day. In the mean time we cannot help but tell all our friends about this piece of paradise nestled in the wilderness!
Doreen and Mike
Ireland 🇮🇪