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Fun Time Tours & Safaris have a wide range of packages available for every different taste and adventure. For getaways with a difference we can offer you vast knowledge and experience in the industry.

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MANOR AT SAMARA

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One of the largest private reserves (28 000 hectares/70 000 acres) in South Africa, Samara has a wonderful sense of space, a reminder of the insignificance of humans in comparison to the vast beauty of the Karoo.  The reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range (Snow mountains) and The Manor at Samara is nestled below the escarpment.

Samara is situated 55km outside Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, full of charm and history as well as shops, museums, restaurants and friendly people.  Just 258km from Port Elizabeth, a city with good transportation links, Samara can be accessed by both air and road.

The luxurious, exclusive use Manor at Samara, caters for families and groups who value privacy, romance and indulgence.  This homestead has been built on the site of a Victorian farmer’s home utilizing some of the original walls.  It is unique in its warm design which reflects the local landscape and traditions whilst retaining a lovely light twist. The style of the Manor is the inspiration of well known South African designer, John Zwiegelaar.

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FACILITIES

The Manor at Samara offers the following facilities:

  • 2 magnificent living rooms one with large fireplace
  • 2 conversation breakaway lounging areas
  • comfortable bar
  • LCD TV & RSA Satellite channels
  • Well-appointed dining room
  • Breakfast room
  • 21m infinity pool which descends into a natural water hole at which game can be present.
  • Outdoor traditional Conversation boma area.  

Accommodation:

  • 4 spacious air-conditioned luxury suites, with the softest linen to lull you to sleep
  • all suites open out to private patios with awesome views and outdoor sofas
  • all the suites have a large en-suite bathroom with free-standing separate bath, shower & double vanity wash basins

Dining experiences:

  • Dining Room
  • Breakfast Room
  • Veranda
  • Traditional Boma
  • Various Bush Dining Experiences

Services include a personal ranger, chef and butler.  Nannies are available on request.
Internet connection is available for guests wishing to use their laptop as well as international double adaptor plugs.

ACCESSING SAMARA

By Road:  The recommended route from Port Elizabeth is the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet for 258km.  Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearston / Somerset East for 7km.  Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive 20km to reach the Manor House.

By Air:  Daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can be arranged on request.

CLIMATE

Winter Months

The Karoo experiences winter between May and September.  During these months temperatures are between a minimum of 0 degrees celcius and a maximum of 20 degrees celcius around midday.

We provide you with fleeces and hot water bottles on all game drives.  We do however advise you to bring a warm jacket and warm clothing suitable for the game drives which all take place on open safari vehicles.  It is advisable to bring some light clothing as the temperature can rise considerably during the day.

Summer Months

The summer in the Karoo can be extremely hot with temperatures reaching over 35 degrees celcius.  We recommend people bring light-weight clothing for day-wear as well as sun screen, but also include a few warmer items as the evenings can become quite chilly, dropping to lows of 10 degrees celcius.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Samara contains 4 of South Africa’s recognised Biomes (Thicket, Savanna, Grassland and Nama Karoo).  This diversity allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive.

Flora includes, ancient Shepherd’s Trees, Wild Olives, Karoo Sage and Camphor bushes, amongst others.

During their stay, visitors to Samara may be privileged to see many of the natural inhabitants of these biomes, such as:

  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • White Rhino
  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • Herds of various Antelope
  • Giraffe
  • Aardvark
  • Meerkat
  • Leopard Tortoise
  • 200 species of birds

Tariffs Include:

  • Luxury en-suite accommodation
  • Three meals
  • Tea and coffee
  • Two game drives daily in open game viewing vehicle with experienced  rangers
  • Nature walks with experienced rangers
  • AardvARK children’s programme
  • Local spirits, beers, soft drinks and house wines
  • Laundry services
  • Return transfers from the Samara Airstrip to the lodge
  • VAT and Tourism Levies

Tariffs Exclude:

  • Telephone calls and Fax
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Premium wines & beverages
  • Gratuities.
  • Transfers to and from the lodge from off the Samara property

Children

  • Children of all ages are welcome at Samara
  • Dedicated children’s programme on offer daily at Karoo Lodge
  • Only children of age 8 and over are allowed on scheduled game drives
  • All children before 3rd birthday, sharing with adults, are free of charge at Karoo Lodge
  • 3rd birthday to 8th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 25% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • 8th birthday to 14th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 50% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • All guests of age 14 and over are required to take their own room at adult rates
  • A maximum of 2 children to be accommodated in Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with two adults
  • 3rd adults are not permitted to share rooms

Arrival/Departure

Our recommended arrival time is 14h00.  Suites must be vacated by 11h00 to allow ample opportunity for them to be made perfect for incoming guests.  Late departures can be arranged with the lodge, subject to availability of a suite for daytime use.

Malaria Free

The area is free from malaria and other tropical diseases.

Medical Facilities:

Full hospital, consultant and general medical services are available in Graaff-Reinet and / or Port Elizabeth.

KAROO LODGE

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One of the largest private reserves (28 000 hectares/70 000 acres) in South Africa, Samara has a wonderful sense of space, a reminder of the insignificance of humans in comparison to the vast beauty of the Karoo.  The reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range and Karoo Lodge is nestled below the escarpment.

Samara is situated 55km outside Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, full of charm and history as well as shops, museums, restaurants and friendly people.  Just 258km from Port Elizabeth, a city with good transportation links, Samara can be accessed by both air and road.

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FACILITIES

Karoo Lodge is a lovingly restored homestead reflecting its colonial past but pampering guests with modern day luxuries.  The Lodge caters for individual travellers and families but can also be booked on an exclusive use basis for up to 12 guests.

Karoo Lodge offers the following facilities:

  • A warm and inviting living room with fireplace
  • Cosy stocked pub area
  • Dining room with large fireplace
  • Private TV room.
  • Curio and necessity shop room
  • Business centre with internet and fax facilities
  • Fenced swimming pool with manicured lawns and covered lounging/dining area next to the pool.
  • Tennis court
  • Karoo style traditional boma
  • Children’s fenced off outdoor and indoor play area
  • Very spacious manicured lawns where under the stars dining and blanket picnics can happen.  

Dining experiences:

  • Dining Room
  • Veranda
  • Traditional Boma
  • Pool Side
  • Lawn picnics
  • Various Bush Dining Experiences

ACCESSING SAMARA

By Road:  The recommended route from Port Elizabeth is the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet for 258km.  Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearston / Somerset East for 7km.  Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive 23km to reach Karoo Lodge. 

By Air:  Daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can be arranged on request.

CLIMATE

Winter Months

The Karoo experiences winter between May and September.  During these months temperatures are between a minimum of 0 degrees celcius and a maximum of 20 degrees celcius around midday.

We provide you with fleeces and hot water bottles on all game drives.  We do however advise you to bring a warm jacket and warm clothing suitable for the game drives which all take place on open safari vehicles.  It is advisable to bring some light clothing as the temperature can rise considerably during the day.

Summer Months

The summer in the Karoo can be extremely hot with temperatures reaching over 35 degrees celcius.  We recommend people bring light-weight clothing for day-wear as well as sun screen, but also include a few warmer items as the evenings can become quite chilly, dropping to lows of 10 degrees celcius.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Samara contains 4 of South Africa’s recognised Biomes (Thicket, Savanna, Grassland and Nama Karoo).  This diversity allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive.

Flora includes, ancient Shepherd’s Trees, Wild Olives, Karoo Sage and Camphor bushes, amongst others.

During their stay, visitors to Samara may be privileged to see many of the natural inhabitants of these biomes, such as:

  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Herds of Antelope
  • Giraffe
  • Aardvark
  • Meerkat
  • Leopard Tortoise

200 species of birds

Tariffs Include:

  • Luxury en-suite accommodation
  • Three meals
  • Tea and coffee
  • Two game drives daily in open game viewing vehicle with experienced  rangers
  • Nature walks with experienced rangers
  • AardvARK children’s programme
  • Local spirits, beers, soft drinks and house wines
  • Laundry services
  • Return transfers from the Samara Airstrip to the lodge
  • VAT and Tourism Levies

Tariffs Exclude:

  • Telephone calls and Fax
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Premium wines & beverages
  • Gratuities.
  • Transfers to and from the lodge from off the Samara property

Children

  • Children of all ages are welcome at Samara
  • Dedicated children’s programme on offer daily at Karoo Lodge
  • Only children of age 8 and over are allowed on scheduled game drives
  • All children before 3rd birthday, sharing with adults, are free of charge at Karoo Lodge
  • 3rd birthday to 8th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 25% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • 8th birthday to 14th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 50% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • All guests of age 14 and over are required to take their own room at adult rates
  • A maximum of 2 children to be accommodated in Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with two adults
  • 3rd adults are not permitted to share rooms

Arrival/Departure

Our recommended arrival time is 14h00.  Suites must be vacated by 11h00 to allow ample opportunity for them to be made perfect for incoming guests.  Late departures can be arranged with the lodge, subject to availability of a suite for daytime use.

Accommodation:

  • Three Karoo Suites- individual Karoo style “cottages” with fireplace and air-conditioning, luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and 2 wash basins and an outdoor shower situated in the garden. Private covered patios with outdoor seating to enjoy the karoo views.

  • Three Lodge Suite situated in the main homestead – spacious, air-conditioned, light and airy, opening onto the wide wrap-around veranda with outdoor sofas to enjoy the views, luxury en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower.

Malaria Free

The area is free from malaria and other tropical diseases.

Medical Facilities:

Full hospital, consultant and general medical services are available in Graaff-Reinet and / or Port Elizabeth.

CHEETAH LODGE

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Cheetah Lodge is a luxury African-style, family-run guesthouse and B&B in Mossel Bay, with views of the wonderful Outeniqua Mountains and only five minutes by car from idyllic white-sand beaches. Neighbouring a game farm, our guests can experience fantastic quad bike safaris and see Cheetah and other African game up close. We also arrange spectacular golfing at Pinnacle Point and Mossel Bay Golf Course.

Children are welcome and they can even have a pony ride!

By summer, relax by the pool and jacuzzi sipping drinks or enjoy the garden, birds and horses. In winter the cozy lounge area with fireplace and TV will make you feel comfortable and relaxed after your numerous day activities.

Cheetah Lodge is a haven of serenity with a choice of elegant African Style rooms located in the original Farm House within a stunning garden. Each room is tastefully furnished with exquisite colonial furniture and all rooms overlook the mountains, the swimming pool or our manicured gardens.

Our Honeymoon suite, The Cheetah Room is romantic, private and African. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and the most romantic honeymoon you can imagine. Please ask for details of Honeymoon package.

The perfect place to enjoy a fabulous holiday or stop off and rest your weary heads.

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Location

We are located in beautiful Mossel Bay in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Mossel Bay is a perfect stop-off point as you make your way along the famous Garden Route as we are exactly half way between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town!

Spectacular Golfing at 9 World Class Golf Courses

For Golf, look no further than Cheetah Lodge. With a keen interest and fantastic reputation in Golfing tours Steve and Mandy can arrange a Golfing Holiday itinerary for you and a group, or simply just an afternoon with your partner playing at courses such as the world famous Pinnacle Point. View whales and dolphins as you tee off.. at every tee you see the sea!

Our Rooms

Come and experience a real luxurious African experience. Each room is tastefully furnished with exquisite colonial furniture and all rooms overlook the Outeniqua Mountains, the swimming pool or our beautiful gardens. From your window you will see horses and the many birds who roam our property.

Guests can shed their cares and surrender themselves to the quality of personal service, unique to a small luxury establishment. Cheetah Lodge is an ideal starting point for day excursions to some of the beach or mountain attractions, or you can just relax and enjoy our warm South African Hospitality, our Heated Pool and Jacuzzi and our lovely braais and meals.

The heated swimming pool and the jacuzzi in the luxury garden will relax you after your daily activities. In the evening you can have a drink -or braai (BBQ) in our Bush restaurant with pleasure.

In winter the cozy lounge area with fireplace and DSTV will make you fill comfortable and relaxed after your numerous day activities. Wireless internet is also available in your rooms.

Cheetah Room
The Cheetah room is our private and exclusive suite. With its own entrance you are assured of your privacy in this stunning room. The bed is a luxurious four poster, the en-suite bathroom a truly stunning feature, with spa bath and candles.

Sea Horse Room
Our biggest double room with space for an additional 2 single beds if need be. This beautiful room is very light and open with stunning views.

Bushman Room
A twin room stunningly decorated with true African flavour. Stunning view of the garden.

Elephant Room
The Elephant room boasts one of the best views overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains and the gardens. A lovely spa bath and an 'elephant' theme compliment this good sized double room.

The Khoi-san Room
The Khoi-san double room is one of our favourite rooms with exquisite views of the mountains and gardens, and a gorgeous African shower room. The Khoi-san offers plenty of space and is very private.

ACTIVITIES

  • Heated Swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sun lounge area
  • Gardens
  • Bush dining area (where breakfast is served.) Dinner can be catered for on request.
  • Wireless internet available in your rooms
  • Cosy lounge with DSTV
  • Bird watching- we have many birds frequenting our grounds. See how many you can spot!
  • Quad bike safari-see Cheetah and other game here
  • Golfing tours and packages
  • Game Drives
  • Pony rides for the kids
  • River fishing
  • Airport transport to Cape Town International and George.
  • Garden Route itineraries including Cape Town and Addo Elephant Park safari.
  • We can organize private tours for you with our sister company 'Cheetah Safaris' to visit Oudtshoorn, George, Mossel Bay, Knysna or other destinations of your choice.
  • Deep see fishing and other activities on the sea
  • Many other activities can be arranged for you, please see 'Activities.'

Rates on Request

COLONA CASTLE – CAPE TOWN

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Be seduced by scenic grandeur: a panorama of majestic mountains, shimmering lakes, dazzling beaches and azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Situated on the warm False Bay coast, a comfortably elegant base from which to explore the interesting and beautiful Cape Peninsula and Winelands, Colona Castle is within easy reach of the airport and Cape Town city centre.

A golfers paradise with more than 4 world-class Golf courses in the vicinity

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SAFARI – SUPERIOR SUITE
This air-conditioned three-bedded family Suite has three alcoves: first an entrance/lounge, then a Bedroom with a Queen Size bed with a flat screen TV, and third a single ¾ bed leading onto a bathroom en-suite with a large shower, a Victorian face to face bath, and a beautiful all mirrored unit floor to ceiling with 2 glass wash basins. Views across Sandvlei Lake, the Cape Peninsula, False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

GREEN ROOM – SUPERIOR SUITE
This air-conditioned Superior Bedroom has two 3/4 twin beds set together (or King), a bathroom en-suite with a large open adjustable shower. It enjoys a conservatory and a private balcony overlooking the garden, Sandvlei Lake and the Atlantic Ocean through the trees

MOROCCAN ROOM – SUPERIOR SUITE
This air-conditioned Superior Bedroom, a mini-Suite with a Queen size bed and sitting area has a separate dressing area and a separate shower room. It enjoys a sheltered patio with views across Sandvlei Lake and the Peninsula

MOGUL ROOM – EXECUTIVE SUITE
This Executive Suite has an air-conditioned bedroom with two large 3/4 twin beds set together (or King), a marble en-suite bathroom with a large open shower, a separate lounge with two reclining beds and a separate dressing room. Views from the patio span from Table Mountain, across Sandvlei Lake, the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

CHINESE SUITE – EXECUTIVE SUITE
This Executive Suite has a large air-conditioned bedroom with a Four Poster King-size extra-length bed, a bathroom en-suite with a Victorian bath/telephone shower and a separate marble shower, a separate lounge and a large sheltered balcony with views of Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula.

NEW SUITE – EXECUTIVE SUITE
This Executive Suite, all marble and glass from floor to ceiling, has an air-conditioned bedroom with a Four Poster King-size extra-length bed (2 metres x 2 metres), and sitting area. A contemporary bathroom en-suite enjoys a face to face bath with lumbar support, a large separate steam shower with a bench, and a separate cloakroom. Private patio. Views of Sandvlei Lake, False Bay, beaches and Cape Hangklip in the South Atlantic Ocean.

ENGLISH SUITE – FULL LUXURY
This Full Luxury Suite, a twin bedded air-conditioned bedroom with two ¾ extra length beds set together (or King), has two bathrooms en-suite, one with a large open shower, the other with a face to face Victorian bath and a separate cloakroom. It also has a separate lounge and a large balcony with sweeping panoramic views across Table Mountain, the Peninsula, Sandvlei Lake, and False Bay

PENTHOUSE – FULL LUXURY
This Full Luxury Suite has a King-size extra-length bed in the bedroom, a large air-conditioned library lounge, both leading onto an opulent private balcony. A marble bathroom with bath and open shower. Panoramic sweeping views of Constantia, Table Mountain, the Peninsula, Sandvlei Lake, False Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean.

SERVICES AND AMENITIES

  • Breakfast inclusive
  • 18 hour room service
  • Flatscreen TV (CNN & BBC) and DVD
  • In room fax on request
  • Laundry & Valet
  • Secretarial services ad-hoc
  • IT ports & Wi-fi Internet
  • Garden, terraces & swimming pool
  • Executive Chef
  • Private Butler on request
  • In-Suite therapeutic spa treatments on request
  • Virgin Active Health Club Nearby
  • 24 hour security
  • Private & secure parking
  • Airport transfers arranged

SPA TREATMENT
In-Suite therapeutic spa treatments on request

ACTIVITIES
Easy access to all places of interest in and around Cape Town and: Airport  25 minutes (N2 & M3) - Waterfront  20 to 25 minutes (M3 & N2)

  • Restaurants  Many trendy & fun places to eat at:   Harbour House in Kalk Bay (100 Best Restaurants list 2009) – Cape to Cuba where every item is for sale –  Olympia Café – Theresa’s – Live Bait – Sirroco – Catharina’s at Tokai – Café Sixteen82 –
  • Winelands Restaurants of Constantia all a few mns drive and more…
  • Drive to Cape Point – a mere 35 minutes from Colona Castle. Get there first,  in pristine surroundings before tourists and buses arrive from town
  • Check out the Beaches Within minutes of Lakeside are glorious beaches  Muizenberg & its 36 kms of fine golden sand  -  Boulders Beach  swim with the penguins – St James - Fish Hoek – Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Watersports Enjoy the warmer sea  -  Learn to Surf at Surfers Corner with Gary’s Surf School – Paddle ski , Body Surf or simply Swim – Kayak in Simonstown’ Harbour – Shark Dive (May to September) from Simonstown – Deep Sea Fish or venture on a Pelagic Boat trip
  • Visit Simonstown and the penguins at Boulders 15 & 20 mns drive
  • Depart from Simonstown Harbour to view Whales (June to November) in False Bay or the Great White Sharks with researcher Chris Fallows…
  • Private Wine Tasting: Constantia the oldest Winelands of the Cape
  • Drive around the Winelands - Constantia Wine Route  5 minutes away Stellenbosch 35 minutes drive along the scenic  Coastal Route R 310
  • Golf   4 world-class Golf courses within 3 to 10 minutes drive
  • Ecological Guided visits   Rock pools with life in inter-tidal zones in Marine protected area - Sensuous or twilight Wildlife walks in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Nature Reserves Walks: Rondevlei, Table Mountain…
  • Walk with Baboons & learn about their habitat in Glencairn 10mns drive
  • Take the Sightseeing Train to Simonstown from False Bay station  (5 minutes walk) & back and enjoy the ride along the coast and beaches
  • Spot the Whales & Dolphins (May to November) from Boyes Drive (5 minutes walk) of along the scenic coastal road M4
  • Go up Table Mountain this world renowned iconic landmark for the most spectacular views of Cape Town, 25 minutes drive.
  • Picnic in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – world renowned. Some 8,000 plant species of the Cape Floral Kingdom       15 minutes drive 
  • Drive to Hermanus along the scenic False Bay Coast – along the rocky landscape of Cape Hangklip, to see the majestic beauty of the Southern Right whales from May to November, visit a wine estate and drive back through the Franschhoek Pass, Stellenbosch and the Coastline
  • Take a Township Tour - take a Cultural Field Trip with Uthando SA Experience South Africa like never before – be inspired !
  • Birdwatching at Rondevlei Nature Reserve (225 different species of birds) & spot the Hippos and small wild animals in the Reserve Wetlands
  • Museums  Het Post Huys  the oldest building in South Africa
  • Battle of Muizenberg  Historical site   all 5 minutes away Rhodes Cottage  where Cecil John Rhodes spent last 4 years of his life
  • Painter’s Gallery: Rachelle Bomberg in Muizenberg by appointment
  • Joan St Leger Lindbergh Foundation Paintings exhibition & Concerts
  • Masque Theatre  fun plays with talented amateur dramatics society
  • Gardens famous gardens on slopes of Muizenberg & St James by aptmt
  • Walks  pathway above the sea from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay & back on the mountain paths of Silvermine with breathtaking panoramic views
  • Visit Robben Island - declared a Cultural World Heritage Site
  • Wander around Bo-kaap - the Cape Malay area, one of the city's most historic area with narrow cobbled streets and colourfully-painted old houses
  • Shop at the V&A Waterfront with loads of restaurants, bars, shops and cinemas housed in restored warehouses. The whole area is clean and safe. The excellent Two Oceans Aquarium is great for children.
  • Tenpin Bowling at Stadium on Main, Claremont
  • Guided Hiking and Bicycle Tours Townships - Table Mountain - Winelands
  • Visit a Game Reserve at Inverdoorn (10000 ha of which 3500 ha dedicated to wild animals and research projects) only 2 & ½ hrs drive
  • Crayfishing trips from Kommetjie enjoy the fun of catching your own
  • Skydive at Melkbosstrand  with instructors
  • Racing world-class racing cars at Killarney
  • Take a Helicopter trip over the Cape Peninsula

Panoramic views from swimming pool and patios. Welcome drink - Fresh fruit and flowers.Any gratuities are at client’s discretion.

Our rates are inclusive of a full English style breakfast, and VAT

MKUZE FALLS

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MKUZE FALL

Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, Mkuze Falls is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant and for bird lovers, nearly 400 species of birds are resident. Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer. It is a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature. This is the place with the sound and beauty of water falling... this seeps into your soul...

MKUZE FALLS (KwaZulu Natal)

The unique ecosystems of riverine, wetland, lowveld bushveld and montane grassland provide the diversity and large quantity of bird and animal species. The reserve is home to the Big Five, cheetah, hippo and a vast number of plains game. For ornithologists and bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands are an absolute must. There are more than 400 species of birds in the area. More specifically the reserve is home to the Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogon and the spectacular Purple-crested Lourie to mention a few.

The peace, scenery and style of the lodge allows for a calm atmosphere amidst the elegant decor. Relax in the spacious lounge, view animals from the wooden deck, sip cocktails in the swimming pool or recount your sightings of the day in the bar! Taste South African food with a sophisticated flair under a star strewn sky or in the boma to the sounds of tribal dance and song. 

The Falls Lodge has a central complex built on raised wooden platforms with spacious verandas. The facilities include a pleasant dining area, a comfortable lounge, an indoor pub, a shady terrace and a  swimming pool. The large lounge leads onto a spacious viewing deck which is built over the sloping riverbank. This veranda provides panoramic views of the winding Mkuze River and the wild, untamed landscape beyond. In the heat of the day, you can relax under the shady palm trees and take a refreshing swim in the sparkling pool. In the evenings, enjoy some lively entertainment provided by the energetic, traditional Zulu dancers.

ACCOMMODATION

The Mkuze Falls Lodge. 
Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features nine luxuriously appointed Thatched Chalets and one Safari Suite, accommodating eighteen guests in utmost comfort and style. All these rooms have a breathtaking view of the river, bush and mountains.  Private plunge-pools and an outside shower provide a wild but intimate touch alongside the gratifying luxury of the air-conditioned bedroom. 

Each chalet has 
•  a viewing deck 
•  mini bar 
•  telephone 
•  safe
•  overhead fan  
•  air-conditioning 
•  mosquito net 
•  en-suite bathroom
•  secluded plunge pool 
•   outside shower

The Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge
For an adventurous experience in five “Hemingway” style East African Tents, each overlooking the Mkuze River. The tents are built on wooden decks raised on stilts with beautiful views of the lush countryside. The facilities include a lounge, bar, boma and swimming pool. Starlit evenings are enjoyed in the boma and the sounds of the Zulu drumbeat beckon the pure spirit of Africa. The evening air is broken by the call of the Night Jar, the sounds of Zebra in the distance, the unexpected roar of the Lion and the trumpet of the Elephant. The pure sounds of Africa at her best!

Highly experienced kitchen and waiting staff have been trained to indulge and delight the most discerning guests. The menu varies daily and features a host of South African dishes including local venison specialities. Vegetarian meals are prepared on request. In fine weather, dinner or a South African 'braai' (barbeque) is served in the Boma. There is also a fully equipped, air conditioned conference room catering for 18 participants. You are invited to stay with us and enjoy our beautiful chalets or for the romantically inclined there is the spectacular Safari Suite. You can base your safari at our Tented Lodge and for a unique experience the ultimate Bush Camp provides the true spirit of Africa.

WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS

Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is in a wonderful location and provides a spectacular venue for private functions, whether it be a wedding, special anniversary or birthday. The venue adds an African flavour, giving your function exceptional uniqueness. Your guests will be catered for at the Falls Lodge or Tented Lodge in comfort and style taking memories with them that would be unforgettable. Your wedding or function can be photographed in some of the most beautiful settings by a professional photographer who will capture the essence of the moment for you to treasure. A Five Star wedding!

GAME DRIVES

Safaris or game drives take place in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening. The game drives are led by experienced game rangers and trained nature guides. Guests are encouraged to involve themselves in the safari experience by asking questions and interacting with their ranger. You will find that the expertise of the rangers and guides is invaluable as they have an amazing ability to spot game in situations where the untrained eye sees nothing

Rate inclusions; Accommodation, meals, game drive beverages and snacks, internet facilities, walks, room service & morning and afternoon game drives.

Rate exclusions; Drinks from the main bar & mini bars, boat and fishing trips and items of a personal nature.

Children; Children of all ages are welcome at the Mkuze Falls Tented Lodge and Main Lodge.

Due to safety reasons, children younger than six years of age are unfortunately not permitted on the daily game drives.

Children younger than twelve years of age may share the rooms with parents with a maximum of 1 child per chalet/tent and a maximum of 2 children in the Luxury Safari Suite.

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