Unforgettable experiences at Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project & Spa

Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project & Spa - KwaZulu-Natal -Hluhluwe

Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project & Spa, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal

Where comfort, luxury and nature combine, you will find the Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project & Spa. Truly a one-of-a-kind accommodation, this establishment not only offers beautiful and luxurious rooms and facilities, but they also have an on-site spa and care for South Africa’s endangered wild cats through their Cat Project.

The lodge can be found just off the N2, between the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. Their ideal location makes them the perfect base to explore the Hluhluwe area and all its beauty.

With a 3-star grading and multiple awards under their belt, the owners of Emdoneni Lodge, Louis and Cecillie Nel are extremely proud of everything they have accomplished since first opening their doors in 1994.

“Both my husband and I love the bush, people, nature and conservation.  The lodge with our amazing staff have proven to be one of the best, if not the best 3-star property in Hluhluwe. 

“We are extremely proud of our product and what we offer to our guests.  We as owners are very hands-on with our lodge and owner-driven,” said Cecillie to Home, Food & Travel.

What Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project has to offer

“Our return business has shown us many times that we have a winning combination, our guests feel at home and love the warm hospitality, delicious food, stylishly decorated rooms and our dedicated and efficient team.  We strive for the best, as only the best is enough for our guests,” explained Cecillie.

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.

“Our Rondavel type family rooms are a winner, two rooms each with an en-suite bathroom.  The very popular Honeymoon Suite, Windfall Cottage, is privately situated under Marula trees and offers great comfort and privacy.

It consists of a lounge with DSTV, romantic bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath, leading to an outside shower in a privately fenced Boma area,” Cecillie explained.

The Chalets are spacious and elegant, offering an authentic atmosphere that will maximize your comfort. A unique African-style with thatched roofs and round shape, the Rondavels are elegant and the popular choice at the lodge.

Honeymooners or couples looking for an ideal romantic getaway can enjoy a stay in the Honeymoon Suite.

“Sit and relax on your private patio, having your morning coffee or tea. In the afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine and watch Zebra, Nyala and Impala roam around the cottage,” said Cecillie.

Top-class facilities to enjoy at Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project

A well-stocked bar can be found in the main lodge where you can grab a drink of your choice and relax in the spacious lounge area. For hot days you can take a dip in their crystal clear swimming pool or relax under the sun in their lounge chairs.

The spa menu at Emdoneni Lodge has been specially developed to cater for any needs their guests might have. They have two treatment rooms available, one of which includes an en-suite shower.

Emdoneni Lodge caters for all age groups, “Children especially enjoy the fully equipped games room with pool, air hockey, table tennis, jungle gym and sandpit and feeding our resident family of tortoises,” explains Cecillie.

The lodge offers free access to Wi-Fi and secure parking for your vehicle. You can enjoy breakfast and dinner at the lodge depending on your booking. Accommodation can be booked on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast or Bed and Breakfast basis.

Learn all about the endangered wild cats of Africa

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.

Through their conservation efforts, many successful releases back into the wild were done by their ambassador animals. To date they have successfully released two cheetahs (soon to be four), 22 Servals, 13 Caracals, and seven African Wild Cats.

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In order to help create awareness about the importance of conservation, Emdoneni Lodge pays regular visits to local communities in order to get them involved and create awareness of sustainability and to respect and treasure all wildlife.

During your stay, you can experience an up-close and personal tour of the Cheetah Project and learn more about the endangered wild cats of Africa.

Top reasons for staying at Emdoneni Lodge:

  1. The staff and owners of Emdoneni Lodge are professional, helpful, welcoming and very friendly.
  2. They have a wide selection of rooms that are spacious and elegantly decorated.
  3. They serve a delicious breakfast and a mouth-watering dinner.
  4. They have a spa on-site that offers a variety of excellent treatments.
  5. Their Cheetah Project helps rehabilitate endangered wild cats and teach you more about them.

To find out more about Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project & Spa, give them a call on 035 562 7000/082 713 3686 or email office@emdonenilodge.com. Visit their website at www.emdonenilodge.com. Find them on Google Maps.

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