The term “year-end fatigue” is not new to many people. It is that time of the year where we run on our last fuel reserves. Nothing says re-boost more than a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Zulu Nyala in Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) ticks all the right boxes for a well needed scenic rest.

Lodge ariel view
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A warm welcome

They say the holiday starts where the trip begins, and I couldn’t agree more. Driving from Johannesburg all the way to KZN is something magical. The views get better the further you drive from the city. 2 kilometers from the lodge, and curtains of trees open up to a world of rest and restoration.

We are met by an ever to helpful staff member who ushers us to our room, where we are welcomed with exceptional furnishing. And a goodnights rest.

Zulu Nyala Hluhluwe bedroom
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Rest and restoration

Imagine this: waking up in soft white sheets, with the sound of birds chirping away and a gentle breeze of fresh air filling the room. As if that is not enough, you step out and all you are surrounded by is nature.

A quick 45 minute workout session in a gym with rollaway windows that open up to a view of giraffes and elephants in their natural habitat.

Zulu Nyala Dining Area
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Food and beverage

I love my food, the excellent food and beverage department at Zulu Nyala is a bonus. The breakfast and dinner buffet caters for everyone with meals adapted from day to day. Now for one part that most people may be wondering about, the bar. Set in a part of the building that allows you a full view of the sunset, the bar area is the perfect place to have a sundowner.

Balcony View
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Activities

Whether you enjoy a day at the spa or a game drive, there is something for you at the lodge. You may have established that I am all about the view… and the spa is no different. With services from manicures and pedicures, as well as full body massages. All of this while you are surrounded by greenery and the peaceful sounds of nature.

For more outdoor kind of people, there are game drives with experiences game rangers to track the animals in a non invasive way.

Couple on a game drive

Your next holiday destination

If rest and restoration is on your cards, I recommend that you visit Zulu Nyala to book your stay. Pack those cellphones away, bring out a book and shades, take in the scenery. You will thank me later.

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