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Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
is located in the Phinda Mkhuze
area of the Natal Northeast
region of Natal
in South Africa
It is a large commercial facility set within a private wildlife reserve just to the south of the much more upmarket and better known Phinda Reserve.
Set on top of a low hill, the hotel has public areas set around a large swimming pool, with further facilities including a tennis court beyond. Guest accommodation is in a total of 52 rooms.
An unusually broad range of activities includes vehicle safari, walking safari and night vehicle safari inside the reserve, with motorboat safari in the nearby St Lucia Wetlands, snorkelling, diving and horse-riding out on the coast and visits to various animal rehabilitation centres, cultural centres and retail outlets.
The main potential downsides at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge are that the reserve itself is relatively small, fenced and quite busy with safari vehicles. The fact that guests can self-drive right up to the lodge also detracts from the sense of wilderness, as does its extremely large size, heavy build and very commercial atmosphere. There is the potential for adverse weather conditions Dec/Apr. Also, as with almost all the lodges in this area, different groups of guests are joined together on safari activities, unless you pre-book a private vehicle at significant additional cost.
Unusually this lodge largely goes to market through charitable auctions in the USA, with guests usually buying bed nights without quite understanding quite what they are letting themselves in for. We are regularly contacted by these guests, most of whom end up ditching some or all of their stay here in favour of upgrading to a higher quality safari experience elsewhere.