Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi

“In the footsteps of Ian Player & King Shaka”

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi is in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park which lies in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, where ancient trails lead through the thornveld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, where the first conservation laws were put in place, this rich tapestry of natural and cultural history still beats with the rhythms of Africa.

Towering grassland hills, wide open spaces, thornveld and Tamboti thickets are home to the Big 5 as well as a diversity of other wildlife, including hyena, wild dog, cheetah, various antelope species and over 300 bird species. The Black and White iMfolozi Rivers wind their way through the reserve where you often see wildlife at the water’s edge coming down to drink and cool off. This truly is a place which touches the soul – take it all in… the sights, sounds, smells… feel the bush… as soon as you become one with this magnificent wilderness area, it shows itself in the most incredible way which you will discover for yourself when you are there.

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi is an 8 Bed self-catering lodge in the iMfolozi wilderness, elevated on a peninsula overlooking the confluence of the Black Mfolozi River and the Gqoyeni Stream. This bush lodge offers excellent game viewing opportunities in an ideal setting.

The main area consists of a comfortable lounge, dining room and kitchen area and deck area that offers uninterrupted views of the sand banks and reed beds of the river below which is a favourite drinking spot for elephants and lone buffalo bulls “dagga boys”. There is also a lovely open boma area where you can enjoy conversation and braais around the fire and African skies filled with stars with no beginning and no end.

The four two bed units, each with a shower and toilet en-suite, are linked with the lounge and dining area by wooden boardwalks, each with their own private viewing deck, 2 facing the river and 2 facing the bush. There is also an elevated viewing deck / bird hide at the end of the boardwalk beyond the main area – a lovely spot to sit with a pair of binoculars and bird book.

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi is unfenced so you may be visited by any number of wildlife visitors throughout the day and night. Please be vigilant at all times and a good idea is to bring along a good torch.

Visitors’ needs are attended to by staff who cook and clean and a knowledgeable field ranger who, on request, takes visitors on walks through the African bush.

Visitors must bring food for the meals they would like prepared and cooked for them and the drinks of their choice as well as drinking water, although there is a reverse osmosis system at the lodge which is good for drinking. Our cooks can produce a variety of tasty meals to suit the bush lodge life style. Limited supplies of food and drink can be purchased at the shop at Mpila Camp which is a half hours drive away.

Bush camps and lodges only cater for one party at a time so for the period of your stay it becomes your home on the edge of this beautiful iMfolozi River.

The kitchen is fully stocked with fridges, chest freezer, gas stove, microwave, all cutlery and crockery. Bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with showers with a view. All linen and towels provided and are serviced daily.

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge iMfolozi Experiences

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895. It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknown to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation long before the concept was coined by European settlers. It is here, amidst these timeless, undulating hills, where visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of giants, past and present.

The DNA of all white rhinos alive in Africa today can be traced back to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Once the royal hunting grounds for the Zulu kingdom, this is where the first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered conservationist, the late Dr. Ian Player.

A 1953 aerial survey counted no more than 437 of these pre-historic creatures left in the wilderness. Here, at 25 years old, Player fell under the spell of these magical creatures and conceived Operation Rhino, a serious attempt to translocate the dwindling numbers of remaining rhinos to reserves and parks across the globe in order to give them a better chance of survival. Through his sixty plus years at the forefront of conservation and eco-tourism, Dr Ian Player shaped an ethos towards nature and wildlife that forms the DNA of the industry and many of its most successful operators. When you visit the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park the footprints of this giant of conservation can be seen, figuratively, all over.

“A walk in nature, walks the soul back home”

“When you bring your attention to a stone, a tree or an animal, something of its essence transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is and in doing so the same stillness rises within you. You can sense how deeply it rests in being, completely one with what it is and where it is, in realizing this, you too come to a place or rest deep within yourself.”

PRICING 01 Nov 20 – 31 Oct 2020 & 2021:

From R5 940.00 for 6 adults for the camp per night

Thereafter R990.00 per adult per night

From R8 220.00 for 6 adults for the camp per night

Thereafter R1 370.00 per adult per night

Price is based on a minimum rate of 6 persons per night.  The camp sleeps a maximum of 8 persons.    

Game Drives: R720 for 2 pax, thereafter R360 per person.

Included: Exclusive use of Gqoyeni Bush Lodge, cook and cleaning staff, personal guide for bush walks, all linen, towels, cutlery and crockery; Community Levy and Emergency Rescue Levy.

Excluded: Night drives (to be booked and paid for in camp) conducted by your personal guide; Food, drinks and drinking water; Daily Conservation Levy of R240 per adult and R120 per child under 12 years will be charged for international guests and SA residents / citizens and SADC nationals will be charged a daily Conservation Levy of R120 per adult and R60 per child under 12 years – proof of identity must be provided & this is payable at Mpila Office on check-in; All transfers; Increased in prices beyond our control.

High season dates are as follows:
02/12/2020 – 12/01/2021
19/03/2021– 21/03/2021
01/04/2021– 05/04/2021
23/04/2021 – 27/04/2021
06/08/2021 – 09/08/2021
23/09/2021 – 27/09/2021

T&C’s apply. Subject to Availability. E&OE


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