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About Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Bonamanzi Game Reserve, a private South African Big 4 game reserve, safari lodge and natural heritage site, is also one of the largest private wildlife and birding parks in Zululand. With over 4000 hectares of pristine African bush to explore, each day is different - whether on a game viewing safari, sighting rare African birds, tracking elephants or joining in with the Zulu dancers around the campfire.

Bonamanzi is not only about wild Africa, it's also about out-of-this-world African safari lodge accommodation, and with a variety of options to choose from, guests are spoiled for choice. Guests have a choice between fully catered accommodation, self-catering chalets, tented accommodation or our stunning tree house. Whichever accommodation option you prefer you are assured of the ultimate in service and luxury.

The Lalapanzi catered camp has 38 en-suite rooms with a pool, a restaurant, a pub and a viewing lounge. The four-bed tree house consists of four self-catering units, one double and one twin room, a shower and a kitchenette. The two-bed tree house consists of six self-catering units, one double and one twin room, a shower and a kitchenette. The game lodge is self-catering with two twin rooms, three double-bedded rooms, a shower, a bath and a pool. The tree lodge is self-catering and has two twin-bed rooms, one double room, a shower, a bath, and a pool. The Dinizulu luxury camp is catered for and has three double chalets with showers, a bath, a pool, a private dining area, an entertainment area, a personal cook and a ranger.

Guests can fly into Durban for the Bonamanzi private game reserve and safari lodge experience. Local Zulu guides will introduce you to African game both big and small and some of the most endangered and rare bird species in South Africa. Bonamanzi is a Zulu name which means: “Look! Water!” Take advantage of water-based activities like a bird cruise down the Hluhluwe River and see flamingo, pelican, hippos and crocodiles at the adjoining World Heritage site of Lake St. Lucia. If you want to link your Zululand experience to a visit to the Big Five game viewing areas of the Kruger Park and Swaziland, plan to visit Bonamanzi en route to Durban and the Cape. Bonamanzi is an hour and a half’s drive from the Golela border post with Swaziland.

Covid Safety Approved: Temperature, questionnaire and screening taken on arrival in screening area. temperature at meals times. rooms santised daily. Face masks required. Room service available. limited seating in Restaurant.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 100
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 14 Reviews


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Important Information

Bonamanzi Game Reserve reserves the right to amend its rates, policies, terms and conditions for bookings, without prior notice. Any amount due to be paid to Bonamanzi will be payable as follows.
Deposit payable 100% at time of making of booking. 

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  • Lalapanzi Combo Lalapanzi Combo Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 28 En-suite Thatched Units are air-conditioned with two single beds and they have Satellite. There is a coffee station in... see more
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      • Lalapanzi Deluxe Chalet Lalapanzi Deluxe Chalet Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 11 En-suite Thatched Units are air-conditioned and can be converted from King to Twin, they have Satellite TV and a Bar... see more
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          • Game Lodge Game Lodge Sleeps 10 Includes: Self-catering The self-catering Game Lodge accommodates 10 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms. There are 3 bedrooms en-suite in the main... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities see more Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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              • Tree Lodge Tree Lodge Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The self-catering Tree Lodge is a wooden structure on stilts, offering three bedrooms interlinked by a boardwalk, the... see more
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                  • Dinizulu Lodge Dinizulu Lodge Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The Dinizulu Camp accommodates 6 people in three separate air-conditioned en-suite thatched units (1 Double and 2 Twin).... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater see more Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
                    • Adults

                      Reviews for Bonamanzi Game Reserve

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                      Erika Van Schalkwyk
                      19 November 2018

                      I would like to see a bench, a dustbin and some hooks for clothing in the bedroom with the double bed, otherwise it was great!

                      Seamus McGuigan
                      18 October 2018

                      This is a bush experience right up there with the best of them which we have experienced on our travels...unfenced campsite with elephants around our camp on our first night smashing trees....had a wonderful 2 nights.Can’t recommend it highly enough.

                      Giovanna Traversa
                      24 September 2018

                      We went there from Johannesburgh to stay for three nights. The place is very well kept. You can see animals wandering around. We booked a tree house and could observe birds from the terrace. We had a braii at the restaurant organized for heritage day, along with a local dance. It was very nice with a big fire in the middle! Thank you for the welcoming atmosphere there. We’ll be back soon

                      Ria Kilian
                      04 May 2018

                      update the Soloman's trail on your map.

                      Morgana Tagliarolo, South Africa
                      31 October 2016

                      Very nice camping site and game reserve. Just annoying to have so many ticks on the camping area. We fond ticks everywhere on our equipment.

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                      Bonamanzi Game Reserve is 3.9km from the centre of Hluhluwe , the nearest airport 99km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling