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Our intimate lodge was designed to combine the rustic nature of a bushveld retreat with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first rate safari destination. Our guests can look forward to every comfort and convenience, including game drives conducted by our knowledgeable nature guides, a full-service restaurant that serves the very best in Pan African wines and cuisine, as well as al fresco boma barbeques prepared by our talented chefs.
Experience the sheer majesty of a South African wildlife safari and the exclusivity of a small, intimate luxury lodge.
The Safari Lodge & Spa sits at the heart of the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, a stretch of protected land within the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park eco system and is home to an astonishing array of fauna, flora, numerous bird species as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, various antelope and much more.
- At Kusudalweni Safari lodge & Spa we have 4 luxurious detached thatched chalets (3 x 1 bedroomed and 1 x 2 bedroomed family chalet), set individually at the end of meandering walkways that link to the Main Lodge.
- Each chalet is hidden from view by the natural bush surroundings and with this in mind, the locations of the rooms as well as the wooden walkways were carefully chosen to ensure that our presence here has the least possible impact on the environment.
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Our restaurant prepares a feast that can be served in the thatched dining area, on the open decking or around the campfire in our open-air boma. Settle in for the evening while our chefs prepare delicious dishes to tempt your taste buds. Afterwards while away the evening, enjoying drinks and catching up on the days adventures with your fellow travellers.
Sport enthusiasts will be happy to know that, although we steer clear of televisions and other distractions in our guest rooms, we do have a quiet lounge with satellite TV where big matches and other important events may be viewed. We also recently completed a stylish new cocktail lapa bar, where guests can watch the sun go down as they sip on a refreshing cocktail, expertly prepared by our friendly barmen.
- Our morning and afternoon Game drives are conducted within the Manyeleti Game Reserve.
- We also conduct half day and full day trips to the Kruger National Park.
- Sunset drives and Night drives are done within the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve
- Rates are based on Fullboard / All inclusive
- Children: 0 – 12 years pay 50% of the sharing rate
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Activities at Kusudalweni & Surrounding Areas
Morning Safaris begin with a knock at your door, as your personal guide does the rounds to wake his guests. Get up, dress warmly and make your way to the Main Lodge for a warming cup of coffee or tea to start off the day. Now the adventure begins! Find a seat on the Land Cruiser, settle in and prepare to experience the early morning stirrings of the African bushveld.
Our nature guides and trackers know the reserve like the back of their hands and will confer to read the tracks, sounds and sights of the veld to find the hidden areas where the animals congregate. Each day is different and, depending on the weather, time of year, herd behaviour and various other factors you may encounter lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, a variety of plains game and more.
Along the way, we’ll stop over to enjoy another cup of coffee or tea and a snack. This is a great time to take a few pictures and ask any questions you may have for your guide. Our nature guides have been hand-picked for their vast knowledge of the area and its animals and will be more than happy to clarify, inform and discuss any topic at length.
Now it’s time to head back to the Main Lodge, and we continue our search for exciting wildlife sightings as we go. Once back at the lodge, guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast that includes everything from fresh, season fruits and creamy yogurts, continental or full English.
Evening Safaris begin in the late afternoon and provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy a different side of the bushveld, as day-roaming animals prepare to settle in for the night and our nocturnal friends emerge to stalk the plains. We drive into the veld as the sun begins to set, painting the sky with streaks of amber, ochre and gold, making our way into the approaching gloom of an African dusk.
We stop over to enjoy a drink as the sunset makes way for nightfall and the sky is transformed into a velvety backdrop for thousands upon thousands of stars. On the way back the guide turn on a powerful spotlight and point out night-time predators and their prey.
Back at the lodge there is an opportunity to return to your room to freshen up before dinner, which is served at the thatched dining area or beneath the stars at our open-air boma.
After dinner you will be collected to begin your night game drive conducted by spotlight. Your ranger will share his expert knowledge about nocturnal wildlife, its behaviour and activities.
A completely different experience to a day time safari you will learn to appreciate a whole new world of animal species with possibilities to see the honey badger, chameleon and the elusive leopard.
Safari in Manyaleti
Manyaleti is a reserve orbiting the larger Kruger and Sabi Sands game reserves in Mpumalanga. This premium ecological habitat derives its energy from the constant hustle and bustle of the unforced thoroughfare, through which moves the collective wildlife of this area. Not on the same scale as Kruger National Park it offers an unspoilt and “Back to the Bush” experience that is solely unique to this smaller reserve. Here you will see animals in vast herds, buffalo and elephant especially. Depending on the time of day you will stop for refreshments at a magnificent lake, from the safe high vantage point you can look down and watch the animals come and go from the water. Capture some stunning sunsets if on a sun downer drive.
Full day Safari in the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is internationally recognised as a world class destination and is top of any wildlife enthusiasts list of dream destinations. It was established in 1898 to conserve the wildlife and natural environment of this unique region. The park is more than 350km long and 90km at its widest, covering almost 2 million hectares or 19 000 km².
Located in the North-eastern corner of South Africa, with Zimbabwe bordering to the north and Mozambique on the Eastern perimeter.
This spectacular ecology supports 147 species of mammals, with 507 species of birds and 33 species of amphibians, making the park a diverse and spectacular sanctuary for South African wildlife.
It is home to the BIG 5, African Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. The LITTLE 5, Elephant Shrew, Rhino Beetle, Buffalo Weaver, Ant Lion and the Leopard Tortoise. And the BIRD BIG 6, Lappit Faced Vulture, Saddle Billed Stalk, Martial Eagle, Kori Bustard, South Ground Hornbill and the rare Pells Fishing Owl.
Spend the day slowly exploring this vast wilderness in open 4 x 4 safari vehicle with your expert tracker and guide spotting animals, answering any question you will have and imparting his vast knowledge on you.
Stopping off at various water holes throughout the day to spot an array or wildlife both in and around the water’s edge.
The day will be filled with fantastic photographic opportunities and will create memories that will last a lifetime.
Walking in the Bush
Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route.
Rangers also teach walkers to track wildlife in the traditional way, using animal footprints and scat. Expert trackers are able to tell the gender of many animals just from their footprints. Encounter animals at ground level, its a truly memorable and authentic experience.