Emdoneni Lodge with Zululand Cat Conservation: Where luxury meets conservation in a unique experience.

Emdoneni Lodge

Emdoneni Lodge isn’t your typical safari getaway. Nestled amidst the untamed beauty of the KwaZulu Natal, this lodge offers an unparalleled experience that blends luxurious accommodation, delicious cuisine, and unforgettable wildlife encounters, all while contributing to a vital cheetah conservation project.

The lodge’s prime location is what truly sets it apart. Situated between two expansive game reserves – between the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, the lodge offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of both reserves.

Imagine waking up to the sounds of the African bush and embarking on thrilling game drives where you can spot a magnificent array of animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Many of their previous guests had many wonderful things to say about their experiences at the lodge. Read below.

Accommodation at Emdoneni Lodge

Emdoneni Lodge provides a variety of stylish accommodation options to cater to every traveller’s preference. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic retreat or a family yearning for an adventurous escape, the lodge has something for everyone.

Choose from charming Chalets, cozy Rondavels or the ultimate indulgence – the Mbali Suite and a cottage for a semi self-catering option.

Each unit is meticulously designed to offer comfort and tranquillity, featuring en-suite bathrooms for your convenience. In each chalet, you will find an en-suite bathroom with a shower, providing a lovely view of the garden. Choose between twin beds or a king-size bed with an en-suite bathroom. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available in all rooms.

Their unique African-style Rondavels are popular for a reason. Each unit consists of two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom equipped with a shower. An adjoining door between the two bedrooms makes them ideal for families. They also offer garden views and are conveniently located near the swimming pool and restaurant. Additional amenities include air conditioners, ceiling fans, bar fridges, and coffee and tea-making facilities.

You will also love their private Mbali Suite. making it ideal for honeymooners or those seeking a romantic weekend getaway.

The self-catering cottage, nestled beneath Marula trees, it offers unparalleled comfort, the room includes a lounge with DStv, 2 bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom featuring in the main bedroom, a freestanding bath and two bathrooms. It also leads to an outdoor shower in a privately fenced Boma area. Each room has its own en-suite with the main bedroom bath and outside shower.

Enjoy your morning coffee or tea on your private patio, and in the afternoon, savour a glass of wine while watching Zebra, Nyala and Impala roam around the cottage.

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Emdoneni Lodge

Emdoneni Lodge goes beyond just providing a comfortable place to stay. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, a welcome respite after a day of exploring the African bush. The lodge also boasts a luxurious spa, perfect for pampering yourself with a rejuvenating massage or treatment.

Aside from a beautiful wedding venue, the main lodge features a well-stocked bar. There is also a fully-equipped games room with pool, air hockey, table tennis, a jungle gym, a sandpit, and even a resident family of tortoises to feed.

Guests also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and secure parking as well as dining options that can be catered to your booking preference.

Things to do at Emdoneni Lodge and around St Lucia

One of the most unique aspects of Emdoneni Lodge is its Zululand Cat Conservation Project. This commendable initiative, also an NPO, is dedicated to the rehabilitation and reintroduction of cheetahs back into their natural habitat. Guests at Emdoneni Lodge have the exclusive opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures, observe their behaviour up close, and even contribute to their conservation efforts.

Besides many things to do on the property, the St Lucia area also offers many exciting activities such as game drives and cultural tours.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family in search of adventure, Emdoneni Lodge promises an unforgettable experience.

Emdoneni Lodge is located along District road 123, Sub 6 & 7 of Lot H29, Bushlands. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 35 562 7000/7001 | +27 (0) 82 713 3686 or email info@emdonenilodge.com visit them online at www.emdonenilodge.com today. Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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