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
Fantastic stay at Vuyani , Would highly recommend , All Staff were professional, friendly and helpful , lodge was very comfortable and always kept clean , Food was usually good , particularly enjoyed the steak ,but the highlights were the game drives which were Out of this world .
It was so amazing being almost touching distance to Lions, Elephants, Cheetahs, Giraffes and many more , A big thanks to Uyay and Chris for their knowledge and experience and making our game drives so special.
The whole experience of our first safari, from the moment we were met at Hoedspruit by John until we were delivered back there 7 days later was out of this world.
The staff couldn’t be more helpful, the food was of a very high standard and the game drives were amazing.
We decided after the first one (of 13) that even if we saw no animals, just the sense of well-being we got from driving around a game reserve in Africa was enough, although it has to be said, John and Clerence never failed to find us something interesting.
Our fellow travellers were such an eclectic crowd that every conversation was different and what a fine bunch they were.
If you are searching for a safari lodge where you feel spoilt and pampered then look no further than Vuyani.
Where do I begin?
From meeting our guide Uyay at Hoedspruit airport to being dropped off again 3 days later my girlfriend and I were treated like royalty by all the staff at Vuyani.
There is no boundary when it comes to the level of attention to detail offered by Vuyani staff. Prior to arriving I had enquired about whether there were tv facilities to watch an Irish rugby game during the world cup (as you do on holiday…). The on duty manager T had pre-set the tv to the correct sports channel prior to my arrival. Not only that, she printed off a full list of all of the fixtures for me. I was taken aback by the gesture.
Our experience on the game drives with guide Uyay and tracker Chris was exceptional. They went out of their way each morning and evening to ensure we seen as much as we could and at the best angle – regardless of how many thorn trees had to be manoeuvred around (or driven over) ! We were so grateful to have seen a male lion charge at three younger lions in a nearby reserve. Not thinking we could top that we managed to spend an hour in excitement and anxiety while observing a live stalk by two cheetahs. Chris regularly left the vehicle to track on foot and Uyay’s knowledge of animal behaviour, the stars and everything related was impressive on each of our six drives. Kudos to Chris for his skill in making a strong brandy and coke! They are both a credit to Vuyani and will prove to be the magnet that brings us back again!
We stayed in the Honeymoon lodge which was in immaculate condition and regularly attended to each day by the cleaning staff. The pool outside is a particular treat as is the outside shower. Unfortunately the spa service wasn't available during out stay but it looked great.
The waiting staff could not be more accommodative and were always on hand to top up your drink / cater to any and all needs. We were often among the last guests to leave after dinner / drinks and we were never rushed to retire to bed, despite the staff being up at an unholy early too. At Vuyani, the staff seem to very much blend in with the guests and the experience is so relaxing and comforting.
The only negative encounter was over dinner one evening where I had to return my chicken on two occasions because of it being under cooked. Other than that the food was very tasty, particularly the custom-made breakfast and delicious lunches. The beef pie and cauliflower were particular highlights and overall, it was clear that the kitchen staff take great pride in their cooking.
I could go on and on but other reviews here also hit the nail on the head. Vuyani: just keep doing what you do, don’t change a thing. Our only regret was not staying longer. We’ll be back!
Keith & Siobhan