Last weekend we were given the opportunity to join Dylan’s side of the family on a trip to the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. It was a much needed break as Dylan has been studying for the past 16 months and we have not had the chance to recoup for months. We stayed at the luxurious (4 star) Hluhluwe River Lodge, just outside the reserve and it was awesome!
To anyone wanting to visit the bush I can highly recommend Hluhluwe River Lodge. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with air-con, a fridge, mosquito net’s, a large bathroom, 4 beds and more. Every meal was delicious and the service…outstanding! I think that above all, the kind and attentive staff were what made this lodge “shine”. The setting is rustic, with eleven log cabins set in a forest, covered with tree’s and indigenous flora. I truly got the feeling that I was in the middle of the bush; a perfect escape from the concrete jungles I have become accustomed to. The activities on offer at the lodge and just outside the lodge are abundant- it is a perfect hideaway for adventurous couples and young families wanting to go on walks, mountain bike rides, game drives and more.
What we loved most was the fact that our children were beside themselves they were so excited to be there. They had plenty of room to run around and the lodge catered for their every need. They had separate meal times and were served the most incredible, healthy and age appropriate meals. In the evenings the lodge offered us an amazing baby sitter named Nomsa so that we could enjoy our dinner peacefully with the adults.
On the Saturday we went out in search of wild animals. Our high hopes were satisfied when we came up close and personal with rhino, a troop of babboons, giraffe, a myriad of plains game, buffalo and more. To top it all we came right in-between an enormous heard of elephants (about 100 for sure). I must be honest it was petrifying as they were extremely close to our car. Click here to see the video I posted on Instagram of me nervously whispering to Dylan to GET GOING!
Here are some of the pic’s from our very special time there. Spoil yourself and visit Hluhluwe River Lodge for a down to earth and humble getaway in the bush.