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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
Just on our way home from 4 days at the lodge. It was amazing - one of the best things I have ever done. We saw all the big animals in the park - so close you could almost touch them. An experience I’ll never forget.
One extra call out - the staff. They were beyond amazing, I have never stayed somewhere where everyone was so helpful or friendly or willing to help. Every single person goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and nothing seems to be too big or small to ask. I turned up with a surprise broken leg after a fall earlier in the trip - they actually BUILT me a wheelchair to help me get around! I think they would have carried me around if they had to....
Thanks again guys, we had the best time.
What a wonderful start to our South African trip! My friend and I had been planning to go on a safari holiday for years and this did not disappoint. The lodges and the service are exceptional. We were lucky that our safari drives included some fabulous people (the three sisters and the fab four- you know who you are). Never laughed to much in ages. Our tracker Aggie and our driver Chad made the holiday complete. They were really knowledgeable but equally important understood our wry (and wind up) sense of humour and knew when to return this humour in the appropriate manner (asking for Kelvin next time lol..... and Aggie, you really should not be laughing at me falling off a horse - kidding of course - you are ace!). During our visit there were some particularly difficult customers and the staff handled this with the utmost professionalism. The breakfasts were amazing and the chef was happy to demonstrate how to make perfect poached eggs! The lunch is really great too! Dinner can be hit and miss but that is because its 'personal taste' (I think they would do better following the buffet style with 'some' cooked elements. (Sorry, trying to be constructive). BBQ is good but sometimes lacking in quantity (e.g. had one lamb chop and had no more and even ran our of the chicken wings). However, would I return .... absolutely yes because of Aggie and Chad and the adventure and the amazing breakfast and staff! And even though we did not really drink a lot of alcohol on the holiday it was great to have great coffee on tap and a cheeky G&T without worrying about the additional cost. Great place even if you cant go for a walk on your own lol x
Just don't know where to start..
Found Vuyani on secret escapes, little did I then know it would be a dream holiday. Begun by the ever so approachable Bernard and Justine who reassured us via text, emails and calls that we had nothing to worry about. We had booked the beautiful honeymoon suite and our dietary requirements of Halal was catered for.
We arrived at Jo'burg airport, greeted by the lovley, caring and funny Goodman. He wasn't just a driver but our own personal professional tour guide to Hoedspruit who ensured our 5.5hour journey was comfortable, safe and enjoyable, a knowledge filled journey. Before our safari even begun he had shown us the Big 2 in just a couple of hours, 1 which included the Bulls which you could see only if visited Kruger park. He became a friend, we were very lucky to have him back for our return transfer where it got emotional saying good bye. You were great Goodman. Thank you for taking care of us. YEEEEEaaaa.....
Arrived at Vuyani, welcomed by the sweet warm hearted Izzy. No request was a trouble to her, she made sure our stay was More than we expected ensuring we had nothing to worry about. Great smile, Great host, great dancer ;)
Lastly but not least to mention the 2 amazing assets of Vuyani. Our driver and tracker Yuai (apologies for incorrect spelling) and Chris. Eyes of an eagle, Voice of David Attenborough ha ha, personality of comedians. Made out of talent, knowledge and experience. These guys made our safari experience just incredible. We saw the Big 5 close up and More... not just the animals but the whole drive experience, including going through the thorny bushes (but safely) was a lifetime experience. We miss you guys dearly. You did a great job.
Not forgetting to mention our morning wake up calls... "Moooooorning.." and "Areeee you reeeeady" ...miss it so much we are playing the recordings as our alarm clocks back in the UK.
Trip advisor gave us the reassurance and comfort in booking Vuyani, so we Just wanted to return the favour by bullet pointing some of our highlights too. You won't regret Vuyani, highly recommended. Hoping to go back to the new tents in the future.
ARAFA & ABDUL
THIS PLACE IS JUST AMAZING. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. The food was beautifully prepared fresh and very tasty. The choice of cooked breakfasts was the best ever. Sadly the only room available was the owners suite which is not recommended, as although it is very large and convenient, the absence of any windows was a real minus. We checked out all the other rooms and they were stunning and really recommended. We were extremely fortunate to get Chad & Aggi as our Safari guides. A million thanks to these guys for making this holiday so amazing and unique. No challenge was too much to get us to the very best possible viewing spot to see all the amazing animals at just a few metres away. We shall NEVER forget these unique moments. We shall love to return if time permits. Thanks also to Taylor and ALL the really dedicated staff! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I came on this holiday with my two sisters, one of which had been on safari in Kenya a couple of Years ago and we were all a little dubious about how a small private reserve would compete with my sisters reports on her previous safari. We need not have worried. If we could give them a ten star rating we would. From the time we were picked up at the airport to the time we were taken back to the airport we were treated like VIP’s. Our rooms were fantastic and very comfortable lacking nothing. The staff were so friendly that we felt we had known them for years as did all the other guests and we all felt like a big family. Our driver Chad and tracker Aggie were passionate about what they did and their main concern was for us to enjoy the experience. Aggie and Chad were brilliant at tracking and we managed to not only see the big five and more but Chad drove us off track to get as close as possible to the animals. All in all I and my sisters all felt that the holiday was one of the best we have ever had and we have all travelled a lot. The staff were amazing and went over and above to ensure we had a brilliant time. The accommodation was top class and the food was superb. We have already decided to go back and would have no hesitation in recommending this holiday to anyone.