Madwaleni River Lodge, sited along the banks of the White Umfolozi River offers an extraordinary opportunity to revisit the understated opulence of a bygone era of luxury travel. Boasting twelve bespoke spacious safari-style tents, each with a heated splash pool and private views, guests will experience a completely immersive nature experience.
Zulu Rock Lodge, located on a high point on the reserve, offers commanding views across the reserve from the edge of mountain cliff. With six luxurious free-standing villa-style suites and one family villa, this is the lodge that appeals to couples looking for a private safari breakaway. Indulge yourself with in-room service or sip sundowners on the deck besides the elevated pool while watching the animals in the valley below.
Valley Lodge, situated deep in the South of the reserve, is perhaps our best kept secret. Fully fenced, this inviting, homely and secure lodge is ideal for couples, families, and group bookings. It has a farmstead-style setting overlooking the Nsubeni River Valley and features nine luxurious suites that are elegantly decorated and fully equipped with modern amenities.
Matatane Camp is the destination of choice for guests looking for a comfortable self-catering, ‘back-to-basics’ wilderness experience. Fenced off from the main reserve and accessed via a separate entrance, Matatane has no dangerous mammals. The camp offers comfortable chalets and family tents along with activities such as a multi-platform zipline, obstacle courses, walking trails, and secure swimming pools.
Babanango Game Reserve offers a range of activities designed to provide guests with an immersive experience on the reserve. For a classic safari encounter, guests can embark on a guided game drive that navigates the remote hills and valleys of the reserve, with refreshment stops along the way. Besides the wonderful vistas, you may encounter buffalo, hippo, rhino (black and white), elephant and lion, along with other notable wildlife such as caracal, klipspringer, and kudu. For those seeking a more ‘up close’ experience, and for those with a special interest in birds, or plants, walking safaris offer the chance to explore the reserve on foot, in the company of a specialist guide. History buffs can embark on a guided tour of the nearby Anglo-Zulu battlefields, while those in search of a peaceful retreat can enjoy a sumptuous bush lunch on the reserve surrounded by breathtaking views. Adrenaline junkies have the option of a zip-line adventure at Matatane. Valley Lodge guests can explore the ruins and shafts of an old copper mine. For guests who are eager to contribute towards wildlife monitoring and research we offer helicopter patrols, camera trap servicing, and other activities in conjunction with the reserve’s conservation team.