Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe is a small town located between the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The area surrounding Hluhluwe is known as the Elephant Coast and is renowned for its game reserves and natural diversity.

Timber, sugar and pineapples are grown in the area, but it is their abundance of wildlife that attracts visitors from around the world. Hluhluwe boasts a number of game reserves that have the Big Five and thus game drives are a popular activity. Hluhluwe is a great destination for the whole family. Visitors to Hluhluwe can enjoy a day out at Zulu Croc, snake parks, canoeing as well as mountain biking.

The town is considered to be a hub for tourism within the KZN.

Home Food and Travel has created a list of top accommodation places that includes lodges, backpackers and self-catering accommodation.

Umthiba Bush Lodge -Accommodation Type-Five Star Lodge

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

The Umthiba Bush Lodge is a luxurious five star stay in Hluhluwe. This is a great establishment for the whole family thanks to the fact that they can accommodate up to 10 people. Located within the Kuleni Game Park, this establishment is surrounded by safe game, stunning natural scenery as well as a swimming pool.

An open plan living area is what the Umthiba Bush Lodge offers for visitors. A fully self-catering stay is expected and allows for visitors to cater for themselves whilst being on holiday. Their fire areas are a great place to enjoy an evening amongst loved ones. Each of their rooms are fully kitted and contains mosquito nets. This establishment has DStv, air-conditioned rooms as well cleaning and laundry services for those who wish to venture to this retreat.

Telephone:  031 303 5425. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Thornwood -Accommodation Type-Four Star Self-Catering

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Thornwood is a luxury private lodge that is located within the Kuleni Game Park in Hluhluwe. With over 20 outdoor excursions to choose from, visitors can expect a fun-filled adventure during their stay. This four star rated establishment is a great retreat for business, art or yoga thanks to their retreat deck. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room which further highlands that this is a rejuvenating stay.

This self-catering lodge in Hluhluwe offers a selection of luxury timber frame accommodation units for visitors. Thornwood’s styling allows it to fit easily into the natural surroundings. A secluded and relaxing stay is available at this top accommodation establishment in Hluhluwe.

Telephone:  082 888 2540. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Nibela Lake Lodge -Accommodation Type-Four Star Lodge

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

The Nibela Lake Lodge allows for visitors to enjoy a luxurious stay amongst the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. This establishment is part of the Dream Hotel and Resort Group, thus further adding to its reputation. This establishment overlooks the St Lucia Estuary and makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of day to day life. A selection of 11 thatched, timber chalets is on offers that are situated below a canopy of trees. This lodge is a popular destination for families, groups of friends as well as for couples. Each of their suites comprise of an en-suite bathroom, a large shower as well as tea and coffee making facilities.  

Visitors can look forward to enjoying both their stay as well as delicious meals at their Lakeview Restaurant. The Nibela Lake Lodge also offers Boma Dinners with Zulu dancers and a Ladies Bar. A large chess set and putt-putt course are some of the child-friendly activities that are available for children to enjoy. The Nibela Bush Spa is a place where visitors can enjoy a pampering in the heart of the KZN. A swimming pool is often a welcome relief during those humid evenings.

Telephone:  035 562 9005. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Emdoneni -Accommodation Type-Three Star Lodge

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Emdoneni Lodge is truly a one of a kind accommodation with their Cheetah Project and Spa offerings. Since their opening in 1994, they have managed to build up a name that is associated with quality accommodation as well as being a sanctuary for wild cats. This three star accommodation in Hluhluwe offers visitors a choice of either bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and breakfasts basis. Visitors can thus go on holiday and enjoy a rejuvenating stay whilst not having to worry about what to cook.

There are three different types of accommodation to choose from at Emdoneni Lodge; the Chalets, Rondavels and the Honeymoon Suite. From starting off with only seven rooms to having 50 rooms today, the lodge has continued to grow from strength to strength for 25 years. The Emdoneni Spa features two rooms including a double treatment room with an en-suite shower.  Since the beginning, Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project has been working hard to rehabilitate and re-introduce a variety of endangered African wild cats to the wild. The main aim of the project is to care for orphaned or injured wild cats such as servals, caracals, African Wildcats and cheetahs. Read more here…

Telephone:  035 562 7000. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Umkhumbi -Accommodation Type-Three Star Lodge

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Umkhumbi Lodge is the third establishment featured that is located within the Kuleni Game Park in Hluhluwe. This establishment offers spacious accommodation, comfortable beds and excellent service. There are six different chalets available at Umkhumbi Lodge, each one suited to your specific needs and tastefully decorated. You can choose to enjoy a self-catering or catered stay with your chalet choice as well. All rooms are private and quiet so you can enjoy total peace and tranquillity during your stay.

This three star rated accommodation can look forward to guided or self-guided walks at their stay at the Umkhumbi Lodge. During your stay, you can expect to encounter wildlife such as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, nyala, suni, impala, kudu, duikers, warthogs, vervet monkeys, banded mongoose, bush babies and even occasionally leopards. The lodge also has a wide variety of birdlife that avid birdwatchers will love. Read more here…

Telephone:  076 1641134. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.

Bos Paradys -Accommodation Type-Backpackers

Top Accommodation in Hluhluwe

Bos Paradys is a great stay for families and couples. This pet-friendly accommodations stay in Hluhluwe is available as a guest house for visitors. There are four different rooms to choose from at Bos-Paradys Backpackers, you also have the option of renting out the house for larger groups of friends or families. All rooms are spacious, cosy and equipped with all the amenities you need for a memorable stay.

The owners love to treat their visitors to a hearty South African meal. The house offers access to free Wi-Fi that can be used throughout the facility. You will also find that there is free and secure parking for your vehicle. Read more here…

Telephone:  083 324 9603. Make a reservation, click here.  Get there, click here.  Find out more, click here.


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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

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We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

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