Vuyatela Lodge embraces indoor and outdoor atmosphere, making the most of the South African climate. A well stocked bar opens onto the flowing decks overlooking a massive watering hole, where you can often catch herds of elephant enjoying a mud bath or fall asleep to the grunting of the resident herd of hippos.
Vuyatela Lodge is sold on a whole camp basis. Bookings are for 10 pax.
Facilities include a swimming pool, bar and lounge area, spa facilities and a library with wireless internet.
Dining at Vuyatela Lodge is a combination of Traditional African fare with International influences. Whether it is a bush dinner under the stars or a candlelit private dinner on your secluded deck, the Vuyatela dining experience is something to behold.
What to take:
Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras and binoculars, anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor/
pharmacist) light, neutral coloured clothing, swimming costume, warm jackets are essential in winter (May - October).
Vuyatela Lodge Accommodation:
The sprawling, colourful lines of Vuyatela create the perfect combination with the wild African landscape it wraps around. Funky, fusion dcor embraces the new African luxury in an eclectic mix of environmentally complimentary design. Each of the opulent suites reflects local South African architecture without compromising on the sumptuousness that distinguishes Vuyatelas unique identity.
The name Vuyatela means come and visit again and is aptly suited to this distinctive experience which has broken the mould of traditional African game lodges.
Each of the five suites at Vuyatela are designed in the traditional African kaya- style. A private lounge is separated from the bedroom by an expansive Teak deck. Glass doors open the indulgent bedroom to the view from the deck and the pristine African savannah. Four-poster king-size beds dominate the airy bedrooms, while spa baths and outdoor showers complete the ultimate indulgence. Each chalet has its own open deck where, if youre lucky, you might catch a leopard stealing a drink of water.
Vuyatela Lodge Facilities:
Vuyatela Lodge distinguishes itself from its other bushveld counterparts with its unique and extraordinary combination of modern luxury and traditional African culture. High-design furnishings sit comfortably alongside traditional mosaics and wall murals painted by local Shangaan villagers. The lodge embraces an indoor-outdoor atmosphere, making the most of the lovely South African climate. The main building opens onto the flowing decks overlooking a massive watering hole, where you can often catch herds of elephant enjoying a mud bath or fall asleep to the grunting of the resident herd of Hippos. A specifically designed, suspended bird-watching tower is perched into the trees surrounding the main building, providing the prefect gazing post. A traditionally styled boma, which juts out over the surrounding bush, is the ultimate nook for a drink around the fire. If youd like to spend some time working away some that remaining stress, a gym and relaxation room are just a few steps away. A library featuring wireless internet and a wide collection of reference books and websites is available to learn more about your surroundings.
The rate at Vuyatela is inclusive of the services of an experienced chef. Guests give her the their groceries and she will prepare your meals for you. The kitchen facilities are of a high commercial standard, ideal for those that want to conjure up feasts.
Djumas biggest draw-card is essentially the wild and untamed surrounds into which its guests can explore.
Djuma offers over 7000 hectares of exclusive traversing, bordering right onto the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. This part of the African Bush is a hidden gem, offering some of the finest game viewing anywhere in Africa. The Big 5 roams this unspoilt Eden, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo can be spotted from the comfort and safety of our open game drive vehicles, accompanied by some of the most experienced Rangers and Trackers in the business.
Morning Game Drives
As the dawn begins to break at the start of another magical day in the African Bush, awaken to the sound of Hippo grunting their morning chorus from the Vuyatela waterhole, as they return from their nightly forage.
As the sun begins to make its appearance over the eastern horizon, venture out into the wilds with your Ranger and Tracker to explore yet more magical sights that the Djuma Game Reserve has to offer.
For the more adventurous, take a walk on the wild side with your Ranger, where there is a wealth of information he will share with you when you take the time to have a closer look at your wild surrounds. Take an insight into your Rangers knowledge of how to determine the freshness of animal tracks, and search the undergrowth for tell tale signs of animal activity.
Evening Game Drives
After wiling away the heat of the day in the comfort of your air-conditioned Suite, it is time once again to head out into the wilds of the Djuma landscape. As the sun begins to set, and the heat of the African day abates, this is the perfect time to spot the predators that prowl the Djuma lands. After stopping to watch the sunset over the distant mountains with a glass of something cold in hand, it is time to continue on into the darkness, a thrill in the air and an expectation with every breath, what lies around the next corner?
Returning to the Lodge to freshen up and a chat around the roaring fire in the Boma, discussing the events of the day. As one drifts off to sleep in the extreme comfort of your Suite, the night sounds become apparent, the distant roar of a Lion and the closer whooping of a hyena clan out on the hunt bid you goodnight, what wonders await the African dawn tomorrow?
Johannesburg to Djuma 6 hours ( 500 km).
Nelspruit to Djuma 3 hours ( 250 km)
DIRECTIONS TO LODGE:
From Johannesburg or Pretoria:
Take the N12 to Witbank, then to Middleburg. Take the R540 to Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Origstad and through the Strydom Tunnel. On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek and then
follow the signs for Sabi Sands to Gowrie Gate. Entrance is R110 per vehicle and R20 per person. Vuyatela are 2km from the Gate.
Road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) and Hoedspruit Airport may be booked with Djuma. Price available on request.
Guests may arrive any time from 12:00pm (noon).
Rooms are to be vacated by 11:00am on day of departure.