Escape into seclusion of the African bush at Bonamanzi Game Reserve in Hluhluwe

Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Looking for a serene bushveld escape with lots of sunshine, fresh air, wildlife, insects and birds? Bonamanzi Game Reserve, in Hluhluwe, comes highly recommended for both romantic and family safaris.

The northern KwaZulu Natal is also a popular destination for those seeking to truly social distance in clean and sanitised facilities. At Bonamanzi, a Natural Heritage Site, you can expect luxury accommodation, excellent hospitality and amazing game viewing experiences.

The area enjoys a wonderful climate all year long with splendid summers and warm winters.

Accommodation at Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Guest accommodation at Bonamanzi includes comfortable 3-star combo’s to luxury chalets. Choose between the Lalapanzi Camp;Dinizulu CampGame LodgeTree LodgeTree Houses CampingNyala Lodge and the Bundu Rustic Camp.

Amenities at all the accommodation options include large beds, TVs with DStv, cutlery and crockery, reverse osmosis water, air-conditioning, towels, linen, a stove with oven, fridge, microwave, toaster and kettles. Read more here…

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Bonamanzi has all the facilities that you might need for a comfortable holiday. This includes secure, ample parking for your vehicles as well as clean, private ablutions.

Not intending to venture out, relax around a swimming pool after enjoying meals from the Lalapanzi restaurant.

Things to do in Hluhluwe

The 4000-ha reserve is home to four of the Big Five and other game. The absence of lions means at Bonamanzi you and your kids can enjoy safe and interactive bush experiences – walks or drives, with or without the company of a trained field guide.

The reserve is also recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa.

Your hosts have many exciting and interactive bush experiences available including informative guided walks, game drives, boat cruises down the Hluhluwe River, bird safaris as well as unguided walks that you can take on their marked trails.

Reviews from previous Bonamanzi Game Reserve guests

“Awesome weekend spent in one of the tree houses, Tree house was neat and clean, everything in working order. Even spending the weekend in a tropical storm was comfortable. Really great 3 course dinner in the restaurant. To top it off we had the rare experience of feeding 2 of the crocodiles that are in the Lalapanzi dam,” wrote 858clinto on their TripAdvisor page.

Tasha A added; “Thoroughly enjoyed camping on bush campsite 18 and discovering a place we’ve never been to before. You have to work hard to find the game but that’s what makes it so rewarding. We self-drove and a lot of the roads are not suitable for regular vehicles. There is the option to go on guided game drives though. We will definitely be back with friends in the future.”

Bonamanzi Game Reserve is located at 324 Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 83 634 0895 / +27 (0) 72 027 3452; email or visit them online at Follow them on Facebook 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,

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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.

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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.


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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.

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