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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone won an auction for a week. They make their money on airport transfers and extra excursions. Pricey, but often worth the price. Though it is a game reserve, after awhile you feel like you are driving thru a zoo. Fairly predictable that you will see lots and lots of animals. Accommodations were neat and well kept. The buffet food was above average. I do wish their safari vehicles were better maintained. Ours was rather beat up, bald tires, holes in the dash and unwashed. Other game reserves has much nicer vehicles. But, everyone seems to leave happy, as did we.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank GoesBoom
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

A week at Zulu Nyala exceeded our expectations!! We stayed in the Hemingway Tents and were VERY comfortable. We avoided the traditional hotel experience and were able to really relax and get away from our fast paced life at home. The staff are so friendly and helpful. The drives (twice a day) were AMAZING! We say Giraffes, Rhinos, Hippos, Zebra, Baboons, Monkeys, Nyala, Buffalo, Elephants, Kudu, Impala, Wildabeast, Wart Hogs, Cheetah etc., etc. Our guide, Louise, was incredible! She was very experienced and pointed out even the smallest things we would have missed. Every drive was a new and different experience. We only took 2 other excursions because the drives were so fabulous. This is a life-changing experience.

Room Tip: The Hemingway Tents on west edge give a fabulous view and amazing sunsets!
Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Debbie G
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Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

While planning this trip to South Africa after winning a bid at a gala, we got anxious reading earlier reviews. Folks unhappy with the animal diversity or menus.
However, we loved exploring this game ranch with our wonderfully talented Ranger Richard who had many years of experience in finding and getting close to game and who was very entertained when the animals were being themselves.
The excursions let us see a wider variety of habitats and animals in herds. We loved the Tembe Elephant Park-the Hluwowe-Imfalozi Park and the boat ride at St Lucia.
The accommodations were spacious with all modern conveniences and the landscaping was absolutely remarkable. Staff was always helpful.
The only difficulty we experienced was working with the front desk folks. They got our shuttle return time wrong and I spent months trying to get confirmations from them.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Margaret R
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

We did not realize that almost all the folks at Zulu Nyala were there because they had won a local charity auction. That is how the reserve markets itself. What a great idea, splitting the fee with the charity. This was our first safari.

It is not the most comprehensive reserve, but offers a good experience. While the Hemingway Tents are nice, beware windy nights. However, the impalas and zebras are right outside. After 3 nights in the flappathon of the tent, we upgraded to the new Heritage Lodge rooms which are spacious, luxurious and comfortable.

Our ranger, Bernie, was super, knowledgeable, professional and most accommodating. Our only criticism was the lunch and dinner food was well below our expectations. The entire staff was helpful and gracious. We recommend taking the side visits to Hluhuwe and St Lucia. Be prepared for a need for extensive tipping, but the tipping is below US standards.

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  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Who needs more than 66 giraffes, 5 or so rhinos, a bunch of monkeys and loads of hippopotamuses? With a cheetah or maybe two, three female elephants (each eat 150 kg/day of trees and bushes!!) and whole lots of kudus and nyalas (go Wiki them!) and not a huge tourist crowd, what could be nicer?

Stayed: June 2018
Thank HowardGeneva
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