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Tshukudu Game Lodge
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Tshukudu Game lodge


... is located in the Balulue Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

+ small private reserve
+ important conservation project
+ full range of wildlife
+ open to the Kruger National Park
+ high quality lodge
+ good pool
+ low visitor traffic
+ off road driving

Situated in a private fenced 50 square kilometre plot to the southwest of the reserve, this lower-medium specification lodge has reasonably pleasant public areas including a nice pool. Guest accommodation is in fourteen rather dated chalets with aircon. The reason most people visit the lodge is to interact with the semi-tame animals that are kept here, usually including cheetahs, caracals and occasionally young lions, with which guests are able to go out walking. There is also a tame leopard which often comes visiting and can be petted.

- partially fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- proximity to other lodges
- private residences on the reserve
- only accessible from the main R40 road
- reclaimed farmland
- basic accommodation
- not particularly wild
- rather tame and over-managed
- lower wildlife densities

Tshukudu Game Lodge is somewhere about which we really have mixed feelings. The animal interaction is definitely fun, but whether it is ethically sound to treat wild animals in this way is questionable. We would rather see the lodge be a draw in its own right rather than relying on tame animals to lure in guests.
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