Bonamanzi Game ReserveZululand, KwaZulu-Natal Accommodation
Located in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, Bonamanzi Game Reserve is a Natural Heritage site spanning almost 4000 hectares. With the exception of lion, the reserve is home to all the major animal species – Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard as well as an abundance of other game including Hippo, Crocodile, Giraffe, Nyala, Warthog, Wildebeest, Impala, Red Duiker and Zebra. The reserve is widely recognized as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa
Bonamanzi Game Reserve is bordered by the Hluhluwe River and the Lake St Lucia / Isimangaliso World Heritage Park and Wetlands.
The reserve encompasses three adjoining eco-systems, including coastal grassland, tropical forest and woodland and benefits from a great climate all year long, with splendid summers and warm winter days. The reserve is situated in a low-risk malaria area, although all rooms have cordless plug-in mosquito repellents.
The game reserve and safari lodge are privately owned and offer a wide variety of accommodation options - from campsites to self catering chalets, tree houses and lodge rooms with excellent restaurant facilities and a bar. The Reserve and lodge also cater for Conferences, Weddings and other big events.
Bonamanzi Game Reserve provides visitors with a safe and interactive bush experience where one can do game drives and bush walks without the company of a trained field guide. The reserve offers a wide variety of activities including open vehicle game drives (morning, afternoon and night drive options), guided bush walks, bird watching excursions and boat cruises. There is a wellness spa and a swimming pool on site. Nearby there is also the opportunity to visit Ilala Weavers, an Elephant interaction programme, Cheetah and Serval Cat Rehabilitation Project, Crocodile and snake farm, Zulu Cultural Village or Whale Watching, Kayaking, Horse riding or Deep Sea Fishing from Lake St Lucia
Bonamanzi Game Reserve is perfectly positioned and easily accessible, close to Hluhluwe - less than three hours drive from Durban and about an hour’s drive to the Swaziland border. Access to the reserve is easy with good tarred roads and only a small section of gravel road and the roads within Bonamanzi are all well maintained.
The Bonamanzi Private Safari Lodge Experience
Drive approx 3 hours north of Durban for the Bonamanzi Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge experience. Local Zulu guides will introduce you to African game, both big and small and some of the most endangered and rare bird species in South Africa. Bonamanzi is a Zulu name which means: “Look! Water!” Take advantage of water-based activities like a bird cruise down the Hluhluwe River and see flamingo, pelican, hippo and crocodile at the adjoining World Heritage site of Lake St Lucia. If you want to link your Zululand Experience to a visit to the Big Five game viewing areas of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, Kruger National Park and Swaziland, plan to visit Bonamanzi en-route. Bonamanzi is an hour and a half’s drive from the Golela Border Post with Swaziland.