About Toad Tree Lodge
Luxury self catering, fully equipped and serviced lodges situated within the private game reserve of Kuleni Game Park near Hluhluwe in Kwazulu Natal. The 3 lodges are constructed from wood and glass, with all rooms having sliding doors opening onto private decks with swimming pools. Game viewing can be done from the comfort of your bed because the game very often comes to you!
The main lodge unit is “Leopard Lodge” which features one x double en-suite, one x twin en-suite, large kitchen and lounge and undercover outdoor dining area. The barbeque boma is called “Wild Dog” and features a double en-suite. Therefore “Leopard” and Wild Dog” sleep up to 6 adults and are always hired together, never apart.
The smaller lodge/honeymoon suite is “Cheetah” and is private and features a double en-suite, kitchen, lounge, undercover outdoor dining area, barbeque area and plunge pool overlooking the large bush lawn.
For larger groups and families of up to 8 adults and 2 children, all lodge units can be hired together.
Toad Tree Lodge is an exclusive destination situated within a sand forest area with various watering holes. It boasts a wealth of antelope species, as well as giraffe, zebra, warthog and wildebeest, all of which are endemic to the area.
We are a premier bird lover’s destination with 120 species viewed in the lodge gardens alone. We have an extensive network of walking trails and because we have no dangerous animals, guests are free to explore these on their own. Driving around the game park in your private vehicle is not allowed. We are a low risk malaria area.
The lodges have a Scandinavian feel, constructed from wood and glass and are very tastefully and comfortably decorated. All rooms have ceiling fans and full linen is provided including bathroom and pool towels. The kitchens are equipped for self catering with fridges, freezers, microwaves, cutlery, crockery, pots/pans and there are braai/barbeque sections for each lodge.
The lodges are free-standing and private, with either two or four bed options. All have private en-suite bathrooms with separate, very private, outdoor showers and lovely plunge pools overlooking the bush lawns.
For guests who wish to eat out there are numerous restaurants and coffee shops within a 10 minute drive of the lodge. We are wheelchair compliant.
Below is a list of some of the excursions available in the area. Of course self drive options are there, but often the presence of a professional guide will only but enhance your viewing experience.
HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI BIG 5 GAME RESERVE- HALF DAY GAME DRIVE
This tour encompasses the morning with a breakfast (not included) stop en route or an afternoon. You have the opportunity to progress deeper into the park increasing your chances of greater animal sightings, as you cover more of the topographical diversity of the park. You will discover information about both the reserve’s conservation and cultural history.
HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI BIG 5 GAME RESERVE- FULL DAY GAME DRIVE
This tour will provide you with the opportunity to cover a greater area of the Hluhluwe as well as the Imfolozi sections. You will get to see great views of the park and discover areas where many Zulu wars were fought. Visit the Centenary Centre, which includes a tour of the museum as well as the capture bomas, used for holding animals before translocation.
Summer 05h00-16h00 and Winter 06h00 – 16h00 (Mar – Sept).
ST LUCIA ESTUARY & CAPE VIDAL
Depart from Lodge and transfer to St Lucia. Boat cruise on St Lucia estuary, a World Heritage Site – view hippos, crocodiles, fish eagle and other birds. Following the cruise you will be taken into the Eastern Shores Game Reserve, between Lake St Lucia and the Indian Ocean, with a chance of seeing elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra and other species of general game. Visit Mission Rocks, a view site overlooking the lake and the ocean, before arriving at Cape Vidal, with its beautiful beaches. Snorkel or relax on the beach for a couple of hours. The order of events may vary in order to try to be at Cape Vidal as close to low tide as possible for the snorkelling. Picnic lunch included.
ST LUCIA TURTLE TOURS (November – February)
These tours depart from St. Lucia early to late evenings tide dependant. (No children under 8 years allowed).
This diving and snorkelling offers some of the best diving on the South African east coast and is an easy 40 minute drive from the lodge, left along the R22. An entrance fee is charged at the entry boom to the beach. Contact details of the better diving concessions can be provided on request.