An African experience
This is just one of the many reasons why I love living in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. A mere 3 hours drive northbound on the N2 freeway takes you to what can only be described as bushveld paradise. Goodersons Bushlands Game Lodge, my home for the next 2 nights, is situated in Zululand and is surrounded by 300 000 acres of National Park. This beautiful rustic game lodge is the perfect getaway in which to experience a true African adventure and enjoy a myriad of wildlife, including the Big 5.
Peter from Guest Shuttle Services was our driver for the weekend and he ensured that our “media party” arrived safely at our destination. We all met up on Friday at the Goodersons Tropicana hotel in Durban at 8:30 where we first enjoyed a delicious breakfast before departing along the N2 to Bushlands. The N2 was mostly free of heavy traffic and the drive was smooth and comfortable. I must say, the actual road is excellent and seems to be well maintained with clear road markings. We made a quick stop for a much needed coffee at the Engen North Coast 1 Stop before heading out for the final stretch of our journey.
We arrived at our destination at about 1pm and were greeted at the reception area by Courtney the lodge manager. After enjoying a refreshing glass of orange juice, we made our way to our respective cabins along beautifully constructed wooden walkways built on stilts.
Cabins and lodge facilities
The game lodge is made up of 32 wooden cabins as well as 5 self-catering cabins. All the rooms are equipped with comfortable sleeping arrangements including air-conditioning units as well as the all- important coffee/tea station. The bathroom sports an enormous shower which is stocked with all the necessary basics such as towels, soap, shampoo, body lotion and body wash. For me personally this is an important feature to be aware of before packing on holiday as it eliminates a lot of unnecessary packing and baggage space. The room is also equipped with a hairdryer which is a massive plus for me too.
After dropping our bags in our rooms, we changed our shoes, grabbed our camera’s and set out on a mini excursion of the lodge. Not long after setting our we spotted our first wildlife, giraffe and nyala grazing in the distance. As soon as we were done taking pictures, we headed out to the viewing deck which is lovely cool space with lots of leather chairs and couches in which to relax and gaze at the animals.
On our excursion, we also came across the boma area which is absolutely beautiful. The bar area is fully equipped with all sorts of beverages and has ample seating arrangements to watch your favourite sporting event on a large flat screen television. A fire pit provides the perfect space to sit around with friends, family or even tourists you’ve just met to catch up on the days events and compare experiences.
A traditional South African feast is probably the best way to describe our dinner that night; the menu was fit for a king. Although I enjoy and appreciate fine dining not only for the exotic tastes and the art of plating, but my heart is at the centre of homey, traditional South African family meals. They are the meals that remind me of my childhood and are rich in heritage; these were the meals that were on the Bushlands menu. I was in my element. There was such a vast array of different foods, it was hard to choose one specific meal. Being a food lover, I decided to have a bit of everything enabling me to sample the different dishes.
Chicken livers or thick vegetable soup with croutons served as starters but for most of us, it was a helping of both. The chicken livers were delicious and served in a tomato-based peri peri sauce. Glaced gammon, chicken curry, beef potjie, mushroom herb pasta, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, green beans and glazed carrots were just some of the scrumptious mains options, not forgetting the vast selection of salads and rolls.
The dessert table was laden with a selection of fresh fruit salad, crème brulee, malva pudding with custard and last but not least, mini black forest cakes. The tea, coffee and cheese board was the cherry on top. Continuing with the delicious food on offer, I’ll launch straight into breakfast……..
Although I wasn’t very hungry; I don’t normally eat before 9am, I couldn’t NOT enjoy the most important meal of the day. An irresistible buffet of fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, eggs bacon, sausage and pastries greeted us in the dining hall. After gorging on a nutritious breakfast, it was time to pack our bags and say farewell for now.
This beautiful lodge offers comfortable accommodation, generous and delicious meals as well as a relaxing and stress-free environment.
For more information and to book your cabin, contact Bushlands Game Lodge below:
Address: D49 Rd, Hluhluwe, 3960
Phone: 035 562 0144