Bayala Game Lodge  Verified Listing

  • Bar Area in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa
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Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp is a newly renovated family oriented lodge situated 3 hours’ drive north of Durban’s King Shaka airport. Bayala is nestled within a non-malaria, Big 5 private conservancy of close to 30,000 ha of unspoiled wilderness. View lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino amongst beautiful zebra, giraffe and various other plains game with one of our experienced rangers on an open safari vehicle. Bayala Safari Lodge and Camp are a short distance from each other. Safari Lodge and Camp each have 24 newly renovated thatch-roofed en-suite rooms decorated with neutral bushveld colours throughout. Both lodges boast beautiful and restful lounges, bars and relaxed, informal dining inside or outside, where our chefs produce a line-up of dining experiences. Enjoy a traditional “braai” under the stars or a boma dinner. Start your day with an early morning game drive followed by a delicious full English breakfast. A light lunch is served on request.

Property Facilities:
Facilities: Comfortable lounge areas, small curio shop, air-conditioned rooms, poolside bar facilities,
Secure parking, wedding venue, 48 air-conditioned rooms, WiFi in public areas, dining rooms, seating capacity 100, swimming pool and recreation areas. Babysitting service by arrangement

Area Information:
Bayala is situated in the Southern part of the Munyawana Game Reserve, one of KZN’s premier private game reserve destinations which comprises of Phinda Private Game Reserve and Zuka Private Game Reserve. This incredibly diverse conservation area is close to 30,000 ha of unspoiled wilderness, and borders the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a world heritage site.

Hluhluwe is considered the hub of tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. The main attractions of Hluhluwe are the big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), iSimangaliso wetlands park - a world heritage site (formerly known as St Lucia Wetlands Park), Indian Ocean beaches (accessed through St Lucia or Sodwana bay) and the cultural heritage of the Zulu people. Hluhluwe experiences sub tropical weather all year round, February and March being the hottest months.

In Room Facilities:
Bayala Safari Lodge and Camp each have 24 comfortable thatch-roof rooms decorated with neutral bushveld colours throughout. All rooms are either twin or double bed en-suite with complimentary tea and coffee. The rooms are equipped with a fan or an air conditioner. We have recently upgraded linen and towels with 100% cotton.

Big 5 Game drives, Abundant Birdlife, Bush walks, Spa Treatments

Other nearby attractions:
A wide variety of activities is available in and around Hluhluwe; horse riding trails, walking trails, mountain bike trails, crocodile and snake park, canoeing, boat cruises, scuba diving, whale watching, hippo & crocodile boat cruises, cultural interactions, cultural villages and curio shops.

Tembe Elephant Park home to Africa's largest Elephants.

Swimming Pool
Dining Area
Breakfast included
Tea and coffee facilities
Parking on Premises
Laundry facilities
Conference Facility
Bath towels

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Extra Info
Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Game Lodge

All booking include a game drive.

* Check in: 14:00.
* Check out: 10:00.

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17 September 2018

Great experience! We had a really good time at the Bayala Camp. Very friendly staff, clean room, amazing food and a great game drive! Everything was really fantastic! The game drive was with an experienced guide who gave us a lot of information and which had a great eye, that we saw lions and cheetahs in one day.

Superb. 5 out of 5
12 July 2018

Experienced game ranger. Great viewing. Good breakfast.

Superb. 5 out of 5
simon pinkney
06 July 2018

My sister, son and I have had a great 3 night, 4 day visit to Bayala and we had an excellent trip all round. All the staff were very helpful and went above and beyond to make our visit memorable. We took the evening and morning game drives and these were memorable. We saw a Cheetah mum and 3 cubs enjoying an Impala dinner then the next morning followed the "Bayala Pride" of 3 Lionesses as the stalked and killed a warthog. To see the whole hunt from beginning to end was incredible. Our driver, Walter, followed the pride and talked us through what they were doing and gave practical knowledge of the animals, the environment and how each of the different types of animals interact and the balance that brings to nature. Walter's knowledge of the reserve, the animals that are there and how best to view them gave us different experiences on every drive. He didn't keep to any ridge schedule and if we wanted to view a particular animal he went out of his way to accommodate that. The only one of the big 5 we missed was Elephant, but not through lack of trying on Walter's behalf.

We had breakfast and dinner at the lodge and all our meals were great. My son is very picky on his food but the Bayala staff came through each time to keep him satisfied.

I would thoroughly recommend Bayala to anyone wanting to view the South African wildlife in a relaxed and very casual manner. You certainly won't be disappointed.

Superb. 5 out of 5
20 June 2018

On recommendation from a South African friend we booked a stay at Bayala during our recent trip to South Africa. This was our first safari, so we were fairly nervous, but prior communication was all well handled, arrival was easy, the staff were all very helpful. Accommodation was as advertised, I imagine you can get fancy accommodation at safari lodges, we looked at advertising for some before choosing Bayala, but you get what you pay for and that is all good at Bayala.
The most important thing - did we see animals? We certainly did! Walter our guide was excellent, he showed us Lions mating, White Rhino, Gnu, Zebra, Impala. We also saw Elephant, Warthog. Perhaps the most wonderful sighting was the leopard, it was at some distance, but we had a good view for some time. Walter also took the time to show us some of the birdlife.

Superb. 5 out of 5
27 April 2018

Excellent game viewing and an amazing ranger.

Superb. 5 out of 5
28 March 2018

Sehr herzlicher Empfang. Petsönliche Betreuung. Preis-Leistung Verhältnis ist grossartig. Gamedrive war traumhaft. Waren auch in Lodges die doppelt bzw. Dreifach soviel kosten, finden aber Bayala grossartig für den Preis. Kommen gerne wieder.

Superb. 5 out of 5
20 March 2018

Where do I start.......

From the front gate to the privacy of the room at this lodge, you can tell that the owners have given great consideration to their guests. Everything was perfectly laid on, the quality of the facility leaves me wonder why the big property chains can't get it right. They need to come see how it is/should be done.

The staff are really friendly and go the extra mile ensuring their guests are happy. How do I know.... they asked me regularly. The food is perfect, no issues whatsoever.

As for the guide, my recommendation is to ask for Johnno Harper. He is incredible, his knowledge of the reserve and the animal population knows no bounds, the friendliness and the fun, I wouldn't hesitate to book him on my next visit, later this year.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Roxy Gersh
19 February 2018

We just spent this last weekend at Bayala, and we had the absolute best time despite the rain! The staff were fantastic, food was great and rooms are perfect. A big thank you to our Game Ranger - Graison Horn - we managed to see all of the Big 5 in one drive but the Leopard. Graison even managed to get us a special sighting of a Cheetah with her 3 cubs and then we got to watch the Cheetah Mom stalking and hunting Impala!! We will def be back!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
14 February 2018

A great location to see the Big 5, if that's on your list..... but there is way more to see other than that, take a look at the amazing bird life - its like being inside an aviary of birds! The food is good, the room is very comfy with all that you need and air-con! The staff are very friendly and helpful.
Now this venue is very central to going our for the day to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve for the day and as well to Mkhuze Game Reserve on another day, a short trip to Sodwana if you want to go there as well. All game drives are in the Phinda Reserve, which makes this an affordable venue to stay at without paying Phinda prices!!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
09 January 2018

We wanted a lodge that we would feel comfortable taking our 2 year old, and we found it. Staff were amazing, food very good & they organised a private drive for my boy’s 1st game drive so we could enjoy as a family. Thank you & will be back soon.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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