Experience an oasis of calm in the wilds of the world-renowned game reserve. Situated in the heart of the true South African bush, you can immerse yourself in the untamed landscape of a pure safari experience. You can stare at the glittering night sky, and relax your senses or share good times with family and friends in your lodges’ tranquil setting. Indulge yourself with a sensory holiday and create an unforgettable experience of the real Africa!
The maximum participants in the group is 10.
During this safari, you can choose to stay at Galago Camp or Vuyatela Lodge.
Galago Camp has five en-suite bedrooms, suitable for groups of up to 10 guests. The main building is a converted bush house with lovely pool and garden. All rooms are air-conditioned and ensuite. It includes both indoor and outdoor cooking facilities.
Each of the five suites at Vuyatela are designed in the traditional African kaya-style. All five suites comprise a bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, air conditioning, fan, and mosquito net. A private lounge is separated from the bedroom by an expansive teak deck. Glass doors open the indulgent bedroom to the view from the deck and the pristine African savannah. Four-poster king-size beds dominate the airy bedrooms, while spa baths and outdoor showers complete the ultimate indulgence. Each chalet has its own open deck where, if you’re lucky, you might catch a leopard stealing a drink of water.
High-design furnishings sit comfortably alongside traditional mosaics and wall murals painted by local Shangaan villagers. The lodge embraces an indoor-outdoor atmosphere, making the most of the lovely South African climate. The main building opens onto the flowing decks overlooking a massive watering hole, where you can often catch herds of elephant enjoying a mud bath or fall asleep to the grunting of the resident herd of hippos.
A specifically designed, suspended birdwatching tower is perched into the trees surrounding the main building, providing the prefect gazing post. A traditionally styled boma, which juts out over the surrounding bush, is the ultimate nook for a drink around the fire. If you’d like to spend some time working away some of that remaining stress, a gym and relaxation room are just a few steps away. A library featuring wireless internet and a wide collection of reference books and websites is available to learn more about your surroundings. The kitchen facilities are of a high commercial standard, ideal for those that want to conjure up feasts.
Whether you are staying at Galago Camp or Vuyatela Lodge, you will be presented with two game drives per day and optional walking safaris.
You will go on morning and evening game drives with a tracker and qualified ranger. They will take you through the reserve in specially designed game-drive vehicles, and do their utmost to deliver the finest game viewing opportunities. After a hearty breakfast, a bushwalk with one of Djuma Private Game Reserve's experienced rangers will offer you the opportunity to take a closer look at your wild surrounds.
As the dawn begins to break at the start of another magical day in the African bush, you will awaken to the sound of the wildlife's morning chorus from the Vuyatela waterhole when they return from their nightly forage. After wiling away the heat of the day in the comfort of your air-conditioned room, it is time once again to head out into the wilds with your ranger and tracker to explore yet more magical sights that Djuma Private Game Reserve has to offer.
After stopping to watch the sunset over the distant mountains with a glass of something cold in hand, it is time to continue on into the darkness, a thrill in the air and an expectation with every breath. You will return to the lodge to freshen up and have a chat around the roaring fire in the boma, discussing the events of the day.
For the more adventurous, you can take a walk on the wild side with your ranger where there is a wealth of information he will share with you when you take the time to have a closer look at your wild surrounds. You will take an insight into your ranger's knowledge of how to determine the freshness of animal tracks, and search the undergrowth for telltale signs of animal activity.
This safari will take place at Djuma Private Game Reserve. It is situated in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. There are no dividing fences between Djuma, Sabi Sand, and the great trans-frontier national park, blending Djuma’s own 7000 hectares into a magnificent ecosystem that wraps around the eastern corner of South Africa. This part of Africa has seen such a slight human imprint that the land is still governed by legendary animals like the Big Five namely lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant.
You should supply your own food and beverages either at Vuyatela Lodge or Galago Camp. The rate at Vuyatela Lodge is inclusive of the services of an experienced chef so you can give her your groceries and she will prepare your meals for you. If you choose to stay at Galago Camp, Djuma Private Game Reserve is able to provide a chef at 650 ZAR per day to prepare the food you supply.
"Short and sweet. The price was very reasonable for a three-night stay with six 3-hour runs. We saw the big five. The staff (cleaners, cook, and drivers) were amazing. Our drivers were so knowledgeable and kind. Looking forward to seeing Tex again someday. The rooms were very nice! Especially the casitas down the way."
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"We recently stayed at both Vuyatela and Galago camps with a large 20 person family reunion. It was fabulous in every way! The staff were friendly and happy and couldn't seem to do enough for our group. The guides and trackers: Taxon, Aubrey, William and Fan were extremely skilled and found everything we were hoping to see during our four day visit. The chef, Lisbeth, cooked up a number of excellent meals for us too. Her "Potjie" recipe is a winner! Highly recommended for large groups and family gatherings. Game viewing is exceptional too!"
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"I don't even know where to begin. This was my favorite part of our trip and the most amazing place I've ever been. The lodge is the perfect amount of luxury and rustic / natural. The accommodations are spacious and all have outdoor showers where you may be lucky enough to watch elephants, which sound creepy but are awesome. The game drives were magical. Our drivers and guides were amazing and so much fun. We rented the entire resort, Galago as well, for 4 days. We had Rex, James, Aubrey, and William as our guide / trackers. We loved them. We saw almost everything, including the Big Five on multiple drives. There were so many baby animals. Rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, we loved them all. The cooks will make any recipe or food you buy taste amazing. They were so great. We had the guides over for dinner and the kitchen ladies for a toast which turned into a little party including traditional music and dancing. It was the best experience of my life and I honestly want to come back to Djuma Private Game Reserve every year. It truly is an amazing place."
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"The lodge is an amazing place with the brilliant staff being so hospitable and making us always feel at home. The rangers and trackers go out of their way to make each drive a unique and memorable one. Candice and Luzile are an absolute pleasure to deal with and they always have a smile on their face. The whole team at Djuma Private Game Reserve made the entire stay a magical and unforgettable experience."
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"I have had the privilege of visiting Djuma Private Game Reserve a few times. No words can describe the photographic experiences I have had there. The secret is without a doubt the expertise of guides like Lex Hes and Chris Stamper. The lodge is beautiful. The staff and cooks are efficient. We took our own food supplies, but the cooks prepared it beautifully. The rooms are luxurious with an outside shower, overlooking the bush. All in all, it is a memorable place. Mix in the famous leopard, Karula and her cubs, the roaring 4 lion males called the Birmingham brothers, huge herds of breeding elephant, hundreds of antelope, and the stunning birding we experienced, words cannot describe how special this place is. It was truly a blessing to visit this magical, unspoiled piece of the bush."
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