Immerse yourself in nature and wildlife at Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Proclaimed a Natural Heritage Site in 1995 with its biodiversity of sand forest, savanna and wetland areas, Bonamanzi Game Reserve spans 4000 hectares.

With the Hluhluwe River forming its Eastern border, Bonamanzi is recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa.

Without lions, the Reserve is home to the big four, and offers interactive bush experiences by participating in guided walks and game drives as well as limited self-drive opportunities.  More adventurous guests may opt for unguided walks on well-appointed trails by taking full responsibility for their own safety.


Besides an authentic bush experience, Bonamanzi has much to offer.  Guests may participate safely in a crocodile feeding show, a guided river cruise, a twilight game drive in an open vehicle with a professional ranger and tracker, or an interactive evening under the stars around the fire with Zulu dancers.

Weddings and Events at Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Whether you are looking for an intimate wedding or a grand extravaganza, Bonamanzi is the perfect venue for you.  Choose how you wish to enjoy your special day by making use of the viewing deck, the Lalapanzi restaurant with an outdoor bar and a fire pit, to the majestic Ndlovu Hall which can accommodate up to 350 guests.

Couples take their vows on the Lalapanzi Island which provides a tranquil open air setting at the water’s edge providing for a romantic wedding ceremony with memories for years to come.

Photographic opportunities abound – as the sun sets on the Lalapanzi Dam to vast grass savannas, cool green forests or game viewing with the assistance of guides. Each setting provides an incredible story to be told.

The reserve offers four top class events facilities of varying sizes to choose from.  Packages are offered for half or full day for between 40 to 500 delegates.  Bonamanzi will also tailor make your event depending on your specific needs and objectives, with an array of entertainment, team-building challenges and corporate competitions, all great for bringing people together.


Bonamanzi offers an array of accommodation to suit most needs, from rustic to luxury chalets, tree houses, self-catering lodges, luxury game lodges, and camping facilities.  All have braai areas and some have swimming pools.

Individual descriptions of all accommodation may be found on their website. Reverse Osmosis Water will be supplied daily as guests are asked not to drink water from the taps.

All guests are welcome to make use of the restaurant and facilities at the main reception area. 

Conservation at Bonamanzi

Conservation is a priority at Bonamanzi Game Reserve.  Their non-profit Conservation Programmes offer volunteers a rewarding educational wildlife experience from Rhino dehorning, leopard monitoring and collaring, elephant management and the Bonamanzi Ranger and K9 unit – all operate in a bid to secure the sustainability of our precious wildlife.

Contact Details

For more information or to make a reservation call 087 821 6368 or WhatsApp 083 634 0895 or email

Bonamanzi Game Reserve may be found at 324 Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Find them on Google Maps.

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