African Spirit Game Lodge
is situated in the 60 000 acre Manyoni Private Game Reserve. It is spacious, warm and cosy, a true delight in luxurious accommodation.
The area offers a truly remarkable and intimate Zulu culture and Wildlife experience. The Reserve is a Big Five Game Reserve and also hosts among others, Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Cheetah, Hyena and Plains game animals that are native to the area.
The area we operate in combines the best of unspoiled land and marine environments. It embraces no less than 21 different eco-systems, which makes the experience one not to be missed. We focus on smaller groups for personal attention, introducing them to some of our region’s most famous destinations, including: Cape Vidal, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Park, Lake Sibaya, Lake Jozini, Zulu Cultural Villages, St Lucia World Heritage Site, Sodwana Bay National Park and Mkuze Game Reserve.
We offer morning and afternoon game drives on Zululand Rhino Reserve which will allow you to get close to some of Africa’s BIG 5 and wildlife in an open vehicle with a trained guide who will not only ensure your safety but who will guarantee a wildlife experience that will capture your imagination and refresh your soul. Please note: no self-drives are allowed within the Reserve.
We are situated 12 km’s west of Mkuze and invite guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is magnificently set in the heart of Zululand against the backdrop of the Lebombo Mountains.
African Spirit Game Lodge features a comfortable and relaxed dining room, cozy lounge, bar with viewing deck, open fire place and a swimming pool with a thatched gazebo, offering our guests a welcome retreat after a day in the African bush. Our meals are your typical South African home-style cuisine which ensures that you will never go hungry and will enjoy every bite that is carefully prepared by our cooks.
The accommodation is intimate and consists of 4 quaint, fully serviced chalets. Each comfortable and stylish chalet accommodates 2 people with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioner, mini bar, ceiling fan,tea/coffee facilities and a private veranda from which to enjoy the tranquility of the bush. The paths are well-lit and connect the chalets to the main lodge. Please note:
There are no televisions in the chalets.
We also offer two self-catering units for family groups, sleeping 6 and 4 alternatively. Self-catering guests supply and prepare their own food. We do not have a open restaurant on the premises but we do have eating places in the nearby town of Mkuze. These units are fully equipped for self-catering purposes. Please bring own toiletries, charcoal, firelighters and swimming towels. Everything else is provided. We provide a television with selected channels (Easy view) as well as a decoder in each unit. Please bring your own card for full DSTV.
It has been said the once you have the dust of Africa between your toes it’s there forever. It is the smell of dust and of late rains on dirt roads, the smell of wood smoke, the smell of an open fire, grilling meat on a warm evening in the bush and the fresh smell of an Africa morning. South Africa is described as a World in one Country and the Rainbow Nation. The warmth, vitality, magnanimity and the spirit of Africa makes it a country full of hope and adventure. We would love for you to come and experience all of this at African Spirit Game Lodge.
A Conservation Entrance Fee will be charged for all overnight visitors.
Accommodation at African Spirit Game Lodge: Chalets:
African Spirit Game Lodge accommodation is intimate and consists of 4 quaint, fully serviced chalets. Each comfortable and stylish chalet accommodates 2 people with an en-suite bath room (shower only), air-conditioner, mini- bar fridge with drinking water and milk, ceiling fan, mosquito nets, tea and coffee facilities, extra blankets, swimming towels and hair driers. Laundry lists are provided and guests can have their washing done the same day at extra cost. Complimentary toiletries are provided upon arrival, however guests are required to bring their own toiletries for an extended stay. The paths are well-lit and connect the chalets to the main lodge. We have two single beds in each chalet that we push together to make a double bed, or we can separate them for singles. Please note - there are no televisions in the chalets.
Please note: All our units are serviced once daily before midday, anytime from 09h00.
Sundays and public holidays there are no cleaning services for self-catering units.
Laundry on request at additional cost: Please notify reception.
Chalets (non-self-catering units):
4 x Chalets which accommodates 2 adults each (Total – sleeps 8)
African Spirit Game Lodge accommodation is intimate and consists of 4 quaint, fully serviced chalets.
Each comfortable and stylish chalet accommodates 2 people each (twin beds – can be converted into a king size bed or be separated if singles are required) with an en-suite bathroom (showers only), air-conditioner, mini- bar fridge, ceiling fan, tea and coffee facilities. Each chalet has a private veranda where guests can relax in their own privacy and enjoy the tranquillity of the bush. The paths are well-lit and connect the chalets to the main lodge. A single stretcher bed can be added per chalet for children 12 and younger.
THERE ARE NO TV’S IN THE CHALETS.
Self-catering: 6-Sleeper unit: “Idube House” – No game drives included
Our 3 bedroom unit has a spacious comfortable lounge area with a separate dining area, fully equipped open plan kitchen with electric stove, microwave oven and fridge/freezer. All linen, bedding, bath towels, toilet paper, kitchen utensils, crockery and fire wood is supplied. Please refrain from making all night “bon fires” We supply a generous amount of firewood but will charge if we need to fill up every day. A TV and decoder are available with Easy view channels. If guests want full DSTV, please bring your own card and decoder. It has its own outside barbeque area and weber. Please bring your own swimming towels as well as charcoal and firelighters. The closest town to buy supplies such as cigarettes are Hluhluwe and Mkuze.
1st bedroom: 2 x single beds, separate bathroom and toilet (bath and shower)
Family room: 2 x twin beds with 1 x single bed and en-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
3rd Bedroom: 1 x Double bed with en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet and basin)
There is also an extra single bed in the lounge for 1 person.
There is no meal plan with this option. Customers supply and prepare their own food. We do not supply meals at the restaurant for self catering guests. Self-catering: 4-Sleeper unit: “Intibane unit” – No game drives included
This unit has two bedrooms with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom (showers only). It consists of a fully equipped open plan kitchen/lounge. All linen, bedding, bath towels and toilet paper are provided. It also has its own barbeque area. Firewood is provided. Please refrain from making all night “bon fires” We supply a generous amount of firewood but will charge if we need to fill up every day. Please bring your own swimming towels as well as charcoal and firelighters. A TV and decoder are available with Easy view channels. If guests want full DSTV, please bring your own card/decoder. The closest town to buy supplies such as ice and cigarettes are Hluhluwe and Mkuze.
There is no meal plan with this option. Customers supply and prepare their own food. We do not supply meals at the restaurant for self catering guests.
African Spirit Game Lodge Activities:
We offer morning and afternoon game drives (min 2 pax) which will allow you to get close to Africa’s wildlife in an open vehicle with a trained guide who will not only ensure your safety but who will guarantee a wildlife experience that will capture your imagination, refresh your soul and help to conserve our natural heritage.
No self-drives are allowed in the reserve.
Children under 4 years old are not allowed on game drives for security reasons.
Visit any, or a combination of these fine destinations available as day trips from our lodge:
- Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
- Thembi Elephant Park
- Ndumo Game Reserve
- Mkuze Game Reserve
- Ithala Game Reserve
- Pongola Game Reserve
- Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
- Zulu Cultural Villages
- Horse riding
- Health Spa’s
- Boat cruises on Lake St Lucia, a wetland estuary.
- Tiger fishing and boat cruises on Lake Jozini, surrounded by a game reserve
- Deep-sea fishing and whale watching (Indian Ocean)
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Curio and Jewelery shopping
- Elephant and Cheetah interaction / educational tour
- Golf trips
All activities can be arranged at the lodge. No self-drives are allowed in Zululand Rhino Reserve. Big 5 walking safaris can be arranged at the lodge.
African Spirit Game Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Light weight comfortable shoes or walking shoes, and neutral khaki coloured safari clothes. If you are sensitive to the sun wear long-sleeved shirt and trousers with a brimmed hat. If you get cold easily: beanie, Safari Gear.
Photography, camera, digital video camera, extra batteries, camera bag, flashes, lenses, mono-pod, lens cleaner, battery chargers, car chargers-12V, extra memory cards, back up disposable camera, plastic zip-lock bags to dust proof cameras, lenses and memory cards.
On Safari: excursion back-pack, binoculars, sunglasses, reading glasses, pocket tool, flashlight or head-lamp, wildlife and nature guide books, lip balm with sun protection, sun block SP15+ , insect repellent, notebook and pen, wet wipes, light rain gear and scarves.
“On the go” Medication or Drugs: antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, eye drops, anti allergy, antiseptic & disinfectant balm, remedy for: cold/flu, sinus, headache, motion sickness, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, cramping, re-hydrate, heartburn, band aids, prescribed medicine.
Repair kit:, Travel sewing kit with small scissors, nylon cord and duct tape.
Small First Aid Kit. Your own experience and preferences will influence your choices.
Health & Climate:
Best time to visit us:
March to October is a popular time for Photo Safaris. We have mild winters and hot summers with average temperatures between 70˚F-75˚F (21˚C-24˚C) in May to August and 82˚F-87˚F (27˚C – 30˚C) from September to April. Certain days in December-February it can reach above 90˚F
Summer (Nov – Feb): Early mornings until 09:00am, it’s fresh but then it gets fairly hot by 11:00am and by 15:00pm it starts cooling down again. Bring cool, light and comfortable clothes. In summer months it can get well into the 30°C / 86°F degree range. During summer most of the country gets its rain. Therefore bring raingear.
It can rain for a few hours every other day. Bright bursts of sunshine, providing the amateur photographer with dramatic backgrounds for wildlife photographs with lots of newborns from November/ December.
The bush truly transforms into a kaleidoscope of colour and vibrant energy. Thunder and lightning are common in this time of the year.
Autumn / Fall (Mar – May) During some days in March it can still be hot but by April the days are cooling down with nippy evenings.
Winter (Jun – Aug) are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers, we do have days when temperatures dive, especially on the back of a game drive vehicle, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. The grass is shorter and the growth less dense and activity concentration near water wholes. With less vegetation it makes the spotting of animals easier.
Spring (Sep – Nov) Days can be warm to hot with clear skies and cool evenings.
Feel free to visit the South Africa’s official weather website.
African Spirit Game Lodge Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 2
A very comfortable and welcoming lodge. Madelaine and Jesse are delightful hosts and even got us Andre from another lodge, who is a bird specialist, for one of our game rides The food is wholesome and plentiful. The Venison pie is fantastic Excellent value for money
Rating: Reviewed by spencer simmons over a year ago
It's rare to find such real tranquillity in RSA, plus the guests are really cool and friendly.
Rating: Reviewed by Françoise GENDARME over a year ago