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About Bonamanzi Game Reserve

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.

  • Response Rate: 96%
  • Response Time: 19 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 138
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 8 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Budget
  • Upper
  • Top End

Important Information

Bonamanzi Game Reserve reserves the right to amend its rates, policies, terms and conditions for bookings, without prior notice. Any amount due to be paid to Bonamanzi will be payable as follows.
Deposit payable 100% at time of making of booking. 

Bonamanzi Game Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Bonamanzi Game Reserve

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Cheryl Arts, South Africa
26 May 2014

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.

Margaretha Wielsma, South Africa
19 November 2012

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.

Brenda Davies., South Africa
27 March 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.

Vicky Johnson, South Africa
28 December 2011

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.

Karen Smith-Taljaard, South Africa
22 October 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.

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Bonamanzi Game Reserve Map

Bonamanzi Game Reserve is 3.9km from the centre of Hluhluwe , the nearest airport 99km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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