Perched on a high point of the reserve, Zulu Rock Lodge captivates guests with its breathtaking views across the expansive landscape from the edge of a mountain cliff. This exclusive lodge features six luxurious free-standing villa-style suites and one family villa, beckoning to couples in search of a private safari getaway. Immerse yourself in indulgence with in-room service or unwind on the deck beside the elevated pool, while observing the wildlife gracefully roam the valley below.
Designed for those desiring an intimate and serene retreat, Zulu Rock Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, ensuring a personalized and exclusive experience. With no fences to hinder the connection with nature, guests at Zulu Rock Lodge are invited to fully immerse themselves in the stunning natural surroundings, embracing a true sense of oneness.
At Zulu Rock Lodge, every moment is crafted to inspire awe and tranquility. From the panoramic views that greet you each morning to the magical encounters with wildlife, this sanctuary provides an unparalleled opportunity to reconnect with the beauty of the natural world. Whether embarking on a thrilling safari adventure or simply savoring the peacefulness of the lodge, Zulu Rock Lodge promises an unforgettable experience that will leave guests with cherished memories to last a lifetime.
Relax and rejuvenate by our breathtaking pool, where panoramic vistas of the valley create an awe-inspiring backdrop. Whether you choose to bask in the warmth of the sun or unwind by the water’s edge, the serene surroundings will envelop you in a sense of calm and serenity.
For those with a discerning taste for fine wines, our intimate wine cellar invites exploration. Discover a thoughtfully curated selection of exquisite wines, expertly paired with our culinary offerings. Whether you choose to dine indoors or beneath the open sky, our dishes infused with the region’s rich flavors will captivate your palate and create a symphony of sensations. Savor each sip, allowing the delectable flavors to linger and embark on a gastronomic journey that promises to leave an indelible impression.
Find solace and connection in our inviting lounges, where moments of tranquility and socialization seamlessly blend together. During the winter months, cozy up by the fireplace lounge, relishing in the comforting warmth and the enchanting crackle of flames, while engaging in delightful conversations with fellow guests.
Zulu Rock Lodge offers guests accommodation in stone-clad chalets overlooking the valley below. With its rocky hillside position and panoramic views of the African bushveld, Zulu Rock Lodge entwines comfort with a touch of African-inspired wilderness.
Visitors to Zulu Rock Lodge can enjoy the abundance of wildlife in the surrounding Babanango Game Reserve, which boasts 19,895 hectares of pristine wilderness waiting to be explored by conservation and nature enthusiasts.
This rich area harbours abundant game species including Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Jackal, Buffalo, Hippo, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Mountain Reedbuck, and the elusive Aardvark and Aardwolf. Lion and Elephant will be introduced by late 2022.
Guests will have the chance to see abundant game species including Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Jackal, Buffalo, Hippo, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Mountain Reedbuck, and the elusive Aardvark and Aardwolf. Lion and Elephant will be introduced by late 2022.
Besides being home to an abundant species of game, our reserve is also home to 32 species of butterflies and 311 species of birds, including the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl and Narina Trogon. The Reserve is also home to Black Eagles, Lappet-Faced and White-Backed Vultures, Crowned Eagles and nine breeding pairs of Blue Cranes.
Guided nature drives are available from the lodge twice a day. Coming soon, guests can experience our Cultural Tours to the nearby battlefield of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
In-room Facilities: Decorated to minimalist tastes with clean lines and curated Zulu artefacts, the lodge’s stone-clad chalets are spaced out for privacy and designed to maximize the views, allowing the natural surroundings into the built space.
Featuring 7 luxurious suites and sleeping up to 18 people, guests will fall in love with this intimate bush setting while sitting on the fire deck enjoying panoramic views or cooling down in the pool.
OUR SUITES AND VILLA
Deluxe Suites: Zulu Rock Lodge offers two Deluxe Suites, which are an ideal choice for couples who prefer to be close to the main lodge and pool area. These suites boast a private patio with an outdoor firepit, providing guests with the perfect setting to unwind after an exciting day.
Luxury Suites: Three luxury suites provide a stunning panoramic view of the Babanango Game Reserve. Guests can relax on the overhanging cliff face decks, taking in the wildlife roaming the valley below. Each of these suites is located away from the main lodge to offer guest privacy.
Family Villa: The Family Villa, set away from the hillside and fenced from free-roaming wildlife, is an excellent option for families of up to four people. This two-bedroom suite offers a relaxed, fuss-free atmosphere, complete with a private pool and boma, providing ample space for children to play safely. Additionally, it boasts a private indoor and outdoor lounge, kitchenette, a guest bathroom, 2 on-suite bedrooms with private patios, and is located far from the main lodge, offering the utmost privacy and seclusion.
Romance Suite: Located furthest from the main lodge, is Zulu Rock Lodge’s most romantic room. This expansive suite is a perfect choice for couples looking to set the tone for a lifetime of bliss. It boasts a private swimming pool, sun loungers, and seductive swing bed overlooking the valley below.
This Family Villa features two ensuite bedrooms. Elegantly separate furnished lounge with sleeper couch, cosy fireplace, dining room, kitchenette, and guest toilet. The villa also offers an undercover fully furnished courtyard with table and chairs as well as a comfortable corner couch. Guests can enjoy the villa’s private firepit and heated plunge pool with reserve and valley views. A special turndown service is offered, and daily housekeeping is provided. It also comes with air conditioning, a mini-fridge and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
This Hilltop Luxury Room features twin beds, a cosy fireplace with two armchairs. The bathroom has heated flooring with a separate bath and shower. The suite also has its own private deck with outdoor seating and panoramic reserve and valley views. A special turndown service is offered, and daily housekeeping is provided. It also comes with air conditioning, a fully stocked minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
The Honeymoon Suite is set slightly apart from the rest of the lodge for extra privacy. Elegantly furnished and featuring panoramic views of the reserve and valley below, this suite has a four-poster king-size bed, a cosy fireplace with two armchairs. The bathroom has heated flooring with a separate bath and shower. The suite has a private deck with outdoor seating, a hanging day bed, a private heated pool and sun loungers. A special turndown service is offered, and daily housekeeping is provided. It also comes with air conditioning, a fully stocked minibar, and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
- 60+ days prior to arrival date – 20% of total reservation value.
- 59 – 31 days prior to arrival date – 50% of total reservation value.
- 30 days prior to arrival date -100% = total reservation value.
Covid-19 : Should guests be unable to travel due to Government enforced travel restrictions, or guests have tested positive for Covid-19, a credit voucher will be issued to the same value of made booking. Further T’s & C’s apply.
- All reservations require a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure.
- 25% surcharge for single travellers.
- All deposits must be paid within 48 hours of making a reservation.
- Full and final settlement of a reservation must be made no later than 30 days prior to arrival.
- Any reservations made 30 days or less prior to arrival will require full settlement within 24 hours of making a reservation.
Welcome to King Shaka International Airport!
Your journey to Zulu Rock Lodge is almost complete.
Please fill up with petrol at the station located right next to the airport- as the next petrol station is 40 km away.
There will be three toll gates on the way which require cash or a credit card. The fee ranges from ZAR11.50 to ZAR20.00.
From King Shaka, merge onto the N2 North towards Tongaat and travel 79 km.
Take Exit 277 (the Gingindlovu turn off) for the R66, continue for 800 m then turn left onto the R66 towards Gingindlovu/Eshowe/Ulundi.
Travel for 103 Kms passing through Melmoth town, Continue on the R66 until you merge onto the R34, towards Vryheild.
Continue for 41 Kms.
Look out for the Zulu Rock Lodge sign on your left.
Enjoy your stay at Zulu Rock Lodge!
Children under the age of 8 or not permitted at this property.
Children aged 8-11 years - 50 % of rack rate.
Children aged 12 years and over - 100% of rack rate.
Children staying in a room by themselves will be charged the full adult rates.
Game Drive Policy:
No children under the age of 8 years on game drives (unless private vehicle booked).
Should you wish to book a private game drive (subject to availability and limited to 2 drives daily) or your family this can be arranged at an additional fee of R3,500 per drive/per day.
Kindly note that the guide will use their discretion at certain animal sightings for children under the age of eight for their safety.