About Bonamanzi Game Park
The 4,000 ha, Bonamanzi Private Game Park was proclaimed a natural heritage site in 1995 for it’s diverse habitats and it’s outstanding natural features such as it’s view over False Bay and St Lucia.
Holding many surprises for its visitors, the varied accommodation is complimented by diverse terrain that never ceases to surprise one. A game drive on this reserve will include a journey through the magical and mysterious fever tree forest, savannah grasslands, dense sand forests, vast swamp lands and the ever changing Hluhluwe river with it’s abundant bird life.
The accommodation is as varied as the activities with catered and self catered accommodation from 3 star right through to camping.
2 Bed and 4 Bed Tree Houses:
Bonamanzi is well known for their Tree Houses, these wooden units, on stilts, are privately situated amongst the trees of the sand forest. There are units that offer one or two bedrooms and all have self catering facilities.
The Tree Lodge offers 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining room and kitchen all on a raised deck with wonderful views of a nearby water hole. Sleeping 6 adults in total the Tree Lodge is perfectly positioned in the sand forest.
The more conventional Game Lodge offers self catering accommodation for 10 adults.
Dinizulu Lodge has three individual units sleeping six adults with a charming dining room / lounge / entertainment area. This lodge is situated on the banks of the Dinizulu Dam and is very private.
Lalapanzi Camp offers catered en-suite accommodation for fifty two guests. The restaurant serves either buffet or set menu meals, depending on the number of guests in the Camp. Saturday evenings at Bonamanzi are “Bush Braai” evenings, a treat not to be missed. Lalapanzi Camp is the “hub” of Bonamanzi as this is the area where guests meet for activities, there is an amazing lounge area with it’s “feet” firmly planted in a very large watering hole! The perfect spot to enjoy sundowners or a “night cap”.
Finally, Bonamanzi has 7 exquisite camp sites, very privately situated in the sand forest with ablution facilities and electrical plug points.
Keeping children occupied at Bonamanzi is no a problem, as all the Camps have swimming pools and there is a children’s play ground at Lalapanzi Camp. There is also a daily crocodile and tortoise educational tour. Activities are not only restricted to walks and game drives, as The Hluhluwe River offers guests the opportunity of participating in superb river safaris, which are particularly suitable for guests who appreciate birds.
The animals that you could encounter at Bonamanzi include amongst others, Elephant, Leopard, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Crocodile, Hippo, varied antelope species, Warthog and Hyena. Threatened species such as the four toed elephant shrew, suni, reed duiker and birds such as the Pink throated Twinspot, Rudd's Apalis, Neergaards Sunbird, and the lemon breasted canary. Rhinos have recently been re-introduced and are settling well. If this is not enough for you then Bonamanzi is a mere twenty minute drive from the famous Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park with the big 5.
The great thing about Bonamanzi is, besides the game drives you are able to do guided walking safaris as well as unguided walks as there are well laid out trails for the adventurous. The rangers at Bonamanzi provide all the “scientific” information on the flora and fauna as well as a host of tales on the local folk lore.
The staff at Bonamanzi complete your experience with charm and efficient service. Their commitment and pride in being part of this jewel of Zululand permeates every aspect of your stay.
Bonamanzi has the facilities and setting for any couple’s perfect wedding day. Whether you want a bush-style reception or a smarter affair in our Lalapanzi Restaurant, Bonamanzi will cater for your needs. Wedding couples can exchange vows in a charming thatched viewing lounge or on a picturesque island over looking a waterhole, or even gliding down the scenic river Hluhluwe. Bonamanzi’s natural canvas offers exquisite back drops for photographs and newly weds can honeymoon in a romantic tree house in solitude. The restaurant can cater for up to 100 seated guests for a reception dinner and entertainment.
Should you wish to experience a one of a kind wedding at Bonamanzi, there are a range of options: Exchange vows in the Lalapanzi viewing lounge with the watering hole as a backdrop for unusual photographs, or hold the ceremony in the middle of the bush for an equally memorable wedding album. For your reception you can choose a day time affair in the Out of Africa styled restaurant or opt for a candlelight bush braai next to our Dinizulu Dam.
Bonamanzi can host small executive conferences. The variety of venues are fully equipped and can accommodate up to 24 delegates boardroom style and 40 delegates cinema style.
For those staying in self-catering accommodation, meals can be booked at reception. Meals are buffet styleset menu depending on the number of guests.
This is an African barbecue served at the waters edge at Dinizulu Dam by night. Served by candlelight, you sample local delicacies. The atmosphere is truly African.
A splendid split levelled thatch and log lounge built up on stilts over the dam provides one with breathtaking sunsets, excellent birding and game viewing. Multi channel television is available.
The pool offers guest a chance to relax and cool off on those hot summer days under the swaying fronds of the Lala Palm.