Bonamanzi Game Reserve

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  • At Bonamanzi Game Reserve in Hluhluwe
  • Combo units
  • Bona fire pit
  • Cultural village
  • Bush picnic
  • Lalapanzi bedroom
  • Lalapanzi bedroom
  • Tree-house bedroom
  • View
  • Game drive
  • Description
  • Facilities
Bonamanzi Game Reserve, a private South African Big 4 game reserve, safari lodge and natural heritage site, is also one of the largest private wildlife and birding parks in Zululand. With over 4000 hectares of pristine African bush to explore, each day is different - whether on a game viewing safari, sighting rare African birds, tracking elephants or joining in with the Zulu dancers around the campfire.

Bonamanzi is not only about wild Africa, it's also about out-of-this-world African safari lodge accommodation, and with a variety of options to choose from, guests are spoiled for choice. Guests have a choice between fully catered accommodation, self-catering chalets, tented accommodation or our stunning tree house. Whichever accommodation option you prefer you are assured of the ultimate in service and luxury.

The Lalapanzi catered camp has 38 en-suite rooms with a pool, a restaurant, a pub and a viewing lounge. The four-bed tree house consists of four self-catering units, one double and one twin room, a shower and a kitchenette. The two-bed tree house consists of six self-catering units, one double and one twin room, a shower and a kitchenette. The game lodge is self-catering with two twin rooms, three double-bedded rooms, a shower, a bath and a pool. The tree lodge is self-catering and has two twin-bed rooms, one double room, a shower, a bath, and a pool. The Dinizulu luxury camp is catered for and has three double chalets with showers, a bath, a pool, a private dining area, an entertainment area, a personal cook and a ranger.

Guests can fly into Durban for the Bonamanzi private game reserve and 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, hippos and crocodiles 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 Kruger Park and Swaziland, plan to visit Bonamanzi en route to Durban and the Cape. Bonamanzi is an hour and a half’s drive from the Golela border post with Swaziland.





  • Type: Safari Lodge
  • Sleeps: 138
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 8
  • Braai/Barbecue

8 Reviews on Bonamanzi Game Reserve

We loved it there, it had been years since we have been there. So it was wonderful to see all the changes, including the now modern tree houses. The walks were lovely as was the pleasure of walking amoungst the game, the huge crocs were as sight to see. Loved it so much, the only complaint is that we stayed on a Saturday night and the music from some nearby night club spoilt the feeling of being away from it all.


26 May 2014

Had a lovely relaxing stay at Bonamanzi. Accommodation was clean, although the wooden "flintstones' tables a bit wobbly and chairs very uncomfortable to sit in. A bit over-priced.


19 November 2012

Great stay and wonderful setting. Spectacular viewing deck over the dam. The young game ranger, Emmanuel, is great with birding and he made our trip down the river very rewarding. 10/10 to Emmanuel and the rest of the staff who went out of their way to make our stay great.


27 March 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bonamanzi and the accommodation and facilities were great. We stayed in Lalapanzi, but next time would book one of the tree houses and self cater. The food was a bit disappointing - sometimes not properly cooked and often cold. The bird guide, Emmanuel, was excellent.


28 December 2011

We spent two nights at Bonamanzi. The staff were helpful and efficient, especially the front desk ladies and restaurant staff. The food had good variety and was tasty. The spa services were poor and shorter than the allocated paid-for time. The rangers were informative and the game drives were great, despite hardly seeing any wildlife. The lodge rooms were clean and with beautiful views and buck walking around the gardens.


22 October 2011
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Price & Availability

ON REQUEST
Thursday 11th September
  • Per Person Sharing:
  • R450
  • Per Person:
  • R600
  • Per Unit:
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  • Minimum Stay:
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Lalapanzi ChaletsX 10
Includes: Breakfast & Dinner
This catered lodge has ten self-standing chalets. A lounge built up on stilts over the dam provides one with breathtaking sunsets, excellent birding and game viewing day or night. Lalapanzi has its own private pool. All you need to bring along is a towel for swimming. Dinner and breakfast are served at Lalapanzi Restaurant.
Bathroom Facilities Shower only
Beds Twin beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
Views Lagoon
 
Lalapanzi Chalets
Sleeps 2 Price:
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Lalapanzi CombosX 28
Includes: Breakfast & Dinner
This catered lodge has 28 inter-leading rooms. These are inter-leading rooms of which four are situated under one roof. A lounge built up on stilts over the dam provides one with breathtaking sunsets, excellent birding and game viewing day or night. Lalapanzi has its own private pool. All you need to bring along is a towel for swimming. Dinner and breakfast are served at Lalapanzi Restaurant.
 
Lalapanzi Combos
Sleeps 2 Price:
  • 895
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Tree HousesX 6
Includes: Self-catering
There are six self-standing tree houses. Each of the self-catering units has one double room and sleeps two guests. The kitchen has a stove and oven, a fridge, crockery and cutlery. Towels are provided for showering. Bring dish washing liquid, firewood and a towel for swimming. These units are not serviced. The braai area is available for use.
Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities
Views River
 
Tree Houses
Sleeps 2 Price:
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Family Tree HousesX 4
Includes: Self-catering
There are four family self-standing tree houses. Each of the self-catering units has one twin room and one double room, sleeping four guests. The kitchen has a stove and oven, a fridge, crockery and cutlery. Towels are provided for showering. Bring dish washing liquid, firewood and a towel for swimming. These units are not serviced. There is a braai area available for use.
 
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CampsitesX 7
Includes: Self-catering
We have one communal site with five campsites as well as two privates sites for guests who prefer more privacy. The campsites have electrical points, a scullery and an ablution.
 
Campsites
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Game LodgeX 1
Includes: Self-catering
Friends and family groups can book the totally private game lodge with its own pool and spectacular views over False Bay. The lodge is fully self-contained with its own dining and entertainment area, fully equipped kitchen and air-conditioned accommodation for eight people.
Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms
Views River
 
Game Lodge
Sleeps 8 Price:
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Dinizulu LodgeX 1
Includes: Self-catering
This unit accommodates six people in one double and two twin thatched rooms. This isolated self-catering lodge has a swimming pool, selected DStv channels and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a braai area available for use.
Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms
Views River
 
Dinizulu Lodge
Sleeps 6 Price:
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Tree LodgeX 1
Includes: Self-catering
This self-catering unit accommodates six people in one double room and two twin rooms. There is a lounge, a dining area with select DStv channels and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a braai area available for use.
 
Tree Lodge
Sleeps 6 Price:
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Lalapanzi Chalets x 10

Includes: D B & B

This catered lodge has ten self-standing chalets. A lounge built up on stilts over the dam provides one with breathtaking sunsets, excellent birding and game viewing day or night. Lalapanzi has its own private pool. All you need to bring along is a towel for swimming. Dinner and breakfast are served at Lalapanzi Restaurant.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Shower only
Beds Twin beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
Views Lagoon

Lalapanzi Combos x 28

Includes: D B & B

This catered lodge has 28 inter-leading rooms. These are inter-leading rooms of which four are situated under one roof. A lounge built up on stilts over the dam provides one with breathtaking sunsets, excellent birding and game viewing day or night. Lalapanzi has its own private pool. All you need to bring along is a towel for swimming. Dinner and breakfast are served at Lalapanzi Restaurant.

Tree Houses x 6

Includes: Self-catering

There are six self-standing tree houses. Each of the self-catering units has one double room and sleeps two guests. The kitchen has a stove and oven, a fridge, crockery and cutlery. Towels are provided for showering. Bring dish washing liquid, firewood and a towel for swimming. These units are not serviced. The braai area is available for use.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities
Views River

Family Tree Houses x 4

Includes: Self-catering

There are four family self-standing tree houses. Each of the self-catering units has one twin room and one double room, sleeping four guests. The kitchen has a stove and oven, a fridge, crockery and cutlery. Towels are provided for showering. Bring dish washing liquid, firewood and a towel for swimming. These units are not serviced. There is a braai area available for use.

Campsites x 7

Includes: Self-catering

We have one communal site with five campsites as well as two privates sites for guests who prefer more privacy. The campsites have electrical points, a scullery and an ablution.

Game Lodge x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Friends and family groups can book the totally private game lodge with its own pool and spectacular views over False Bay. The lodge is fully self-contained with its own dining and entertainment area, fully equipped kitchen and air-conditioned accommodation for eight people.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms
Views River

Dinizulu Lodge x 1

Includes: Self-catering

This unit accommodates six people in one double and two twin thatched rooms. This isolated self-catering lodge has a swimming pool, selected DStv channels and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a braai area available for use.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities En-suite
Beds Twin beds, Double beds
Other Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms
Views River

Tree Lodge x 1

Includes: Self-catering

This self-catering unit accommodates six people in one double room and two twin rooms. There is a lounge, a dining area with select DStv channels and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a braai area available for use.

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