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South Africa Safari

Djuma Bush Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Djuma - named from the Shangaan word meaning "roar of the Lion"- is part of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. This South African safari lodge is owned by Jurie Moolman, a trained biologist and ecologist, and his wife Philippa, and assisted by highly qualified Tsonga rangers and trackers, this team will provide personal and friendly service, in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a beautiful South African Safari.

Djuma Bush Lodge is a small, intimate camp that is never crowded and its surrounding wildlife, excellent food, great service and friendly atmosphere have visitors returning time and again. The Lodge’s rugged setting, sturdy wooden construction and African décor guarantee a back to nature experience.

Djuma Bush comprises eight thatched chalets with en-suite rooms, air-conditioning, overhead fans and mosquito nets, two viewing decks, a library and a swimming pool. The chalets are tucked away in indigenous gardens and cater for a maximum of sixteen guests.

Game viewing in this area is exceptional. There is no boundary between the private areas and the Kruger National Park, and game, including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) is free to move in and out of the area. Game viewing with knowledgeable rangers takes place in both vehicles and on foot, and time is taken to enjoy the sights and sounds with the vehicle stopped and the engine off.

Accommodation            For images of Djuma Bush Lodge, click Djuma Bush Images
Djuma Bush Lodge comprises eight luxury thatched guest bedrooms individually situated in the indigenous gardens. All en suite. All rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and mosquito nets. The bathrooms include showers, toilets and sinks.

The camp caters for a maximum of sixteen guests. The Lodge building, constructed of wood and thatch is unique in its construction and offers magnificent views of the surrounding African veld from the upper deck.

There is a magnificent swimming pool in a small grove of Tamboti trees which is always delightfully cool.

The Rubbing Post Spa
The Rubbing Post is a convenient log, rock or tree that is used by animals such as Rhino, Elepant and Buffalo to scratch that itch and remove their mud bath mud. The Rubbing Post spa and treatment centre is situated at Djuma Game Reserve's Vuyatela Lodge, but services all three Djuma lodges. We all live stressful, busy lives. When we get the chance to be away from all our day-to-day activities we slowly allow our bodies to rejuvenate. Tucked away here in the bush there is the additional benefit of pampering and time to reflect on the positive aspects of our lives with the pampering treatments offered by the resident therapist.

Dining & Cuisine
Breakfast at Bush Lodge is a full English buffet. Lunch is a simple affair: with hot and cold dishes, and afternoon tea includes fresh bakes. Dinner is a four-course meal. Renowned chef Suzi Holtzhausen has created the menus at Bush Lodge.

The sumptuous dinners are either served in the dining room or under under the African sky, around a roaring fire in the boma.

"The idea of the cuisine is to take guests back to the basics of Southern African food with classic dishes but placing an emphasis on quality ingredients. Along with the simple, but impressive presentation, and the richness of African cuisine, the intent is to intrigue the palates of guests, leaving enough mystery for a return visit."

The cultural theme runs through Djuma's activities. A cultural visit to the local communities of Utha and Dixie allows Djuma Bush Lodge guests the opportunity to see how the local indigenous people live - a way of life that has changed little since time immemorial. Djuma Bush Lodge also offers an opportunity to visit the schools nearby.

Two guided game drives per day are offered as well as a guided walk in the bush. Game viewing drives through the reserve are taken in open-top Land Cruisers, allowing you a panoramic view of this terracotta landscape and the menagerie of wildlife that make it their home.

The safari experience here is unique in that they concentrate on the Big Five, but you can also learn about the history of the reserve and how the Tsongas once lived on this land alongside the animals.

A reputation over the past ten years for a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere encourages guests to truly relax and become one of the Djuma family.

Wildlife and Environment
With over 20,000 acres of privately owned land, Djuma is the fourth largest private reserve in the Sabi Sand. Located in the north of the Sabi Sand Reserve, the terrain is quite different from lodges in the south, and Djuma combines very well with Singita, MalaMala, or Londolozi. Game-viewing is very good (as it is anywhere in the Sabi Sand) - although sightings of the cats are not quite as frequent as at the 3 'big players' in the south, and Djuma is probably the best place in Kruger for viewing the highly endangered African Wild Dog.

Djuma offers ‘Big Five’ viewing – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino, as well as several other species, including Warthog, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest and rich plant and bird life.

Djuma Philosophy
"Our philosophy has always been to conserve the land so that future generations can enjoy the pristine glory of the African Savanna. To this end we see responsible commercialization as the key to preserving this natural wonder. Such responsible commercialization is not only essential for the maintenance of Djuma Game Reserve, but the job creation associated with the commercial process allow neighbouring communities to have a stake in these lands, and as such an incentive to help conserve the environment.

We acknowledge the past history of South Africa and believe that it is essential to the creation of our new country that formerly advantaged and disadvantaged sections of society reach across to each other and work together as a single community. Djuma has been active in creating and maintaining such links. We are proud of our country and our history and believe that if we all work together we will have a bright future.

However, most importantly, we strive for our guests to leave here with a sense of the magic of Africa. To create an atmosphere of warm hospitality and to see to our guests’ needs with a "can do" attitude. We do our utmost best to show our guests the splendid sights and sounds of the African Savanna without disturbing Nature unnecessarily. We see it as our responsibility to impart our knowledge and to inform our guests, not only in the way of the Savanna, but also of the wider South African culture. We want our guests to leave Djuma Game Reserve at the end of their stay rested and happy with a perfect holiday."

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