​Expert Reviews – Zulu Nyala GR

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Ariadne van Zandbergen   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

19 people found this review helpful.

Zulu Nyala’s camp with a view
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Zulu Nyala, close to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, is set in lush green vegetation with lots of yellow fever trees. The reserve is very small and it is easy to get close to a variety of animals including cheetah and rhino. All animals are very habituated which makes it a great place to see behaviour and interaction of herd animals like zebras and nyala. They don’t keep lion, but the other 4 of the big five are present. The camp, set on a hilltop, overlooks the surrounding bush that seems to go on forever. Zulu Nyala offers excursions to about all other attractions in Zululand, which makes it a great base for exploration. A bit too packaged for my taste and there is a real zoo element to this place, but maybe okay for those wanting to see some animals in a nice setting without too much effort.

Philip Briggs   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

18 people found this review helpful.

Zululand travel base
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The neighbour of Phinda, Zulu Nyala, this small reserve in Zululand is centered upon an affordable lodge with a pretty hilltop setting,. The surrounding sanctuary is a good place to photograph elephant, cheetah, rhino and buffalo, in part because it is so small that it would be difficult to go on a game drive and not trip over them all at some point. It’s not exactly a wilderness experience, and there are no lions present, while the few leopards are very skittish. However, it can be recommended as an affordable base to explore the likes of iSimangaliso, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and Phinda on a series of well organised day excursions.

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