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Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa offers guests the ultimate intimate, relaxing bush experience.

Located in a malaria free environment and easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Be pampered with catered or self-catered accommodation and service in accordance with our AA Superior accreditation.

A wide variety of catered and self catered accommodation ranging from ultimate luxury to a rustic bush camp, together with excellent cuisine and a history of renowned good service and satisfaction, makes Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa a superb location to breakaway and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the bush veld.

Gwahumbe Reserve boasts an exclusive Spa containing massage rooms, steam, hydro and wet room which are all enclosed in a tranquil setting where meals can also be had. Qualified therapists offer a variety of treatments and day or night packages can be arranged.

Conferencing, weddings, game walks, game drives and teambuilding are our forte. Gwahumbe Reserve prides itself in being small and offering personal service to you our guest.

Rhino, Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra and Antelope as well as an abundance of bird life can be seen close up in a beautiful riverine environment on the banks of the Gwahumbe river, from which the reserve derives its name.

Accommodation at Gwahumbe Game & Spa:
Accommodation available on a fully catered or self catering basis.

Stone Chat
Self-catered chalet with 2 beds downstairs & 2 beds upstairs in a mezzanine/loft area. Well equipped kitchen, braai boma & veranda with sweeping views of the Gwahumbe Valley.

Eagles Nest
Self-catered chalet with 3 en-suite bedrooms & upstairs loft, lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, private rim-flow plunge pool, braai boma & veranda with incredible views of the Gwahumbe Valley.

Self-catered chalet with 3 en-suite bedrooms, lounge area, fully-equipped kitchen, braai boma, private rim-flow plunge pool & deck overlooking the Gwahumbe Valley.

Spacious luxury catered rooms in close proximity to the expansive lodge gardens & restaurant. Wheelchair access friendly with large shower & shower seat. Includes tea/coffee & home-baked rusks with complimentary

Spacious luxury catered rooms boasting a private veranda overlooking the Gwahumbe Valley. Includes full bathroom (shower & bath), tea/coffee & home-baked rusks with complimentary sherry & standard guest amenities. Stylish.

Mzigi Bush Camp
10 sleeper self-catered camp consisting of 5 A-frame thatched huts in the Gwahumbe Valley alongside the river. Battery operated LED lights, gas geysers. Braai boma for bonfires under the stars.


Gwahumbe Game and Spa has a diverse variety of activities available:
testing your driving skills on challenging 4 x 4 trails
bring along your mountain bike to navigate our 18km fully marked route which forms a part of the Mid-Illovo Husqvarna Classic Mountain bike race
team building activities
enjoying game viewing drives in open Land Cruisers
hiking through the dramatic Gwahumbe Gorge
bird watching
enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool at the lodge or at the waterfall
just relaxing and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
spoil yourself at our well equipped Spa which includes steam room, hydro bath and a variety of touch and beauty therapies by our qualified therapists.

Rooms and Units Available:

Eagles Nest Lodge
A 6 to 8-sleeper chalet with fully-equipped kitchen facilities. Three en-suite bedrooms & an upstairs loft, lounge area, private rim-flow plunge pool, braai boma & veranda with incredible views of the Gwahumbe Valley.
Sleeps 8 Adults

River Bend
River Bend
Sleeps 6 Adults

Spacious luxury 2-sleeper catered rooms boasting a private veranda overlooking the Gwahumbe Valley. Includes full bathroom (shower & bath), tea/coffee & home-baked rusks with complimentary sherry & standard guest amenities.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Zebra Lodge

Luxury Self-Catering Unit, with two en-suite bedrooms and a children’s loft with its own bathroom downstairs.

Sleeps 4 Adults and 3 children

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- Cancellation 7 to 21 days notice, 50% of booking amount.
- Less than 7 days notice 100% of booking amount.


From Durban:
- Proceed along the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg.
- Take the Camperdown (exit 57) off-ramp.
- At the top of the off-ramp turn left.
- Proceed for about 3 km to the T-junction with the R603.
- Turn left and proceed down the R603 towards Umbumbulu.
- After about 22 Km you will see a signpost to Mid-Illovo. (when you reach the Caltex garage on your left at the Eston cross roads, you are 7 km from this sign - CONTINUE along the R603).
- Turn right at this sign off the R603 and proceed for 12 Km to the village of Mid-Illovo. Mid-Illovo consists of a Spar, a Police Station, a bottle store, a small filling station and a few houses.
- Drive through the village and 300m beyond the village turn left onto the Ismont Rd.
- Proceed for 1.2 km along the Ismont road, and then turn left onto a gravel road, the D368.
- Proceed along the D368 for 1.7 km and turn left at the Gwahumbe sign.
- You are now on our access road and about 800m from our entrance gate. Turn left as indicated by the arrow at the fork.
- Shortly thereafter you will reach our entrance gate.

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