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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

excellent and much more
theredmessiah2017

well what can i say that has not already been said in the countless positive reviews that have already been posted.
all the staff were very helpful and friendly and could not do enough for you.
the food was very tasty and plenty of it and well cooked.
the place was spotless
its a well run operation very professional
and a special thank you to Jannie ans Aggy our guide and tracker for the great week we had. even Jannie,s terrible Christmas cracker joke,s
thanks again to everyone who made it a fantastic break for us.

Above and Beyond!
Denise L

Just want to send a big shout out to Stephanie and the folks at Vuyani for truly going above and beyond to help me secure a booking and for dealing with my many e-mails. I visited Vuyani 2 years ago with my niece and it was WONDERFUL in every way. My sister was not able to come along due to an illness she was battling and we promised her we would take her back when she got well. She finally got the green light from her doctor but unfortunately by then there was a problem with availability... but Stephanie was so patient and understanding and she made it happen! So we will stay some days at the tented camp and some days in the Presidential Suite. THANK YOU for your kindness and consideration. I can't think of a better experience to give someone you love than a trip to Vuyani! You guys are amazing! See you in May.

Incredible experience for our Honeymoon
Matthew S

Vuyani is truly incredible! We arrived Mid-October for our 7 night Honeymoon.
The lodge is amazing. We stayed in a Honeymoon suite with a plunge pool. THe rooms are huge, the bathrooms incredible and always so clean and tidy (the housekeeping staff are like Ninja's, incredibly quick and we never actually saw them our entire stay!)
Because the lodge area is within the reserve and unfenced, the wildlife is free to roam. We had daily visits to our private deck and pool from Giraffe and various antelope!
The food is awesome, three big meals every day and they cater for any and every dietary requirement. Drinks were included as part of our package, and we never once had to wait long for an offer of a drink or a top-up!
The highlight is definitely the twice daily game drives. You are awoken at 5am by the night porter (forgotten his name, sorry!) by a very pleasant "Moooooorrrrrrnnnniiinnnnngggg" at your front door. We saw everything besides the elusive Leopards! Lions mating, the elephants and everything else in between (the Cheetah's were my favourite, stunning creatures).
Huge thanks and credit to our guide Paul and tracker Stephen. Both so incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and incredibly skilled at tracking down the wild animals on the vast reserve. Perhaps the only suggestion i have for improving the lodge would be some additional shade at the main pool, we had 3 days in a row of 40 odd degrees and had to keep shifting the 2 Umbrellas around to keep from roasting.
Lastly the staff, the true stars behind Vuyani. Special mentions to T, Damien, Paul, Stephen, Chris, Derrick who made our stay so amazing!
We had high expectations before arriving at Vuyani thanks to the countless 5 star reviews, but they met and exceeded each and every expectation that we had!