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South Africa Safari

Djuma Vuyatela Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Cheetah relaxing in lush green foliage, Djuma Vuyatela, South Africa
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Djuma Vuyatela Lodge is both extraordinary, wonderful and probably the most unusual bush camp you will ever see on South African safari. It is the actualised dream of its idealistic visionary owners, Jurrie and Pippa Moolman, who aimed to create a camp which perfectly combines the natural and the contemporary cultural components of Africa for the South African safari experience.

This new and unique South African safari lodge is a recent addition in the African savannah. Local building techniques provided the inspiration for Vuyatela and the successful blend of modern materials and unique, vibrant architecture is clearly evident. All talents in the Djuma South African safari team have been pooled and the craftsmen have created a set of mosaics for each room with the colorful patterns and symbols adding to the artistic atmosphere of the lodge. Perfect for your next South African safari.

Sip a cocktail by your private pool while watching animals meander in front of your deck. Marvel at the detail of the contemporary African artwork and frequent the gym, relaxation room and library. You are able to send an email home and check on your favourite website from the privacy of your deck or utilise the main terminal in the Vuyatela library.

Game drives and guided bush walks are conducted daily and offer you the chance to view animal and birdlife close up. There are also daily tours to a nearby Shangaan village, where you can learn about the customs and traditions of the local people.

Vuyatela means 'come visit again' in Shangaan, and this artistic and uniquely designed lodge, ‘hand-crafted’ here in the beautiful African savannah, will definitely tempt you to do just that.

Accommodation            For images of Vuyatela Lodge, click Vuyatela Images
Vuyatela comprises eight luxury suites including bedroom, dressing-room and bathroom with outdoor shower, separate lounge, private deck and plunge pool. The suites are also equipped with air-conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, IDD telephone and bar fridge.

Accommodation is spacious and eclectic. The chalets, with private deck, pool and detached sitting room, reflect local architecture. Builders used corrugated iron, mud and dung to achieve an authentic effect without sacrificing luxury in any way. Pippa, an artist, is responsible for creating the attractive mosaics which adorn the en-suite bathrooms.

Each of the buildings that make-up a chalet, or "Kaya" (Shangaan word for house), is decorated using a different technique and has been attractively hand painted by nearby Shangaan villagers - a contest was held for the best designs.

The main lodge is constructed of dark hardwood and stainless steel, with a tall viewing platform. A long dining table stretches beneath two amazing chandeliers made from hundreds of clear Coca-Cola bottles. Behind the table is an enormous fish tank set into glistening glass blocks. The waiters and waitresses wear trousers printed with a bright fish motif. The lodge also includes a large double deck, outdoor dining area, wine cellar, a bar overlooking the watering hole, and a suspended bird-watching tower. There is also an internet library with detailed wildlife websites, a gym and a relaxation room.

When scanning the dry bushveld stretching forever around the camp, the fish theme seems curious. It has logic, however, in that Jurrie did a PhD in ichthyology - concentrating on four species of fish endemic to the Kruger area, which he celebrates in the tank. Even the walls of the lodge have a story - the lighter colour of some walls is the result of their having been plastered with buffalo dung collected in the winter; the darker ones were covered with dung collected during the summer.

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
The cuisine served at Vuyatela takes you back to the basics of Southern African food with classic African dishes made from quality ingredients and impressively presented.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and fresh bakes are served daily and keep you refreshed between game drives and bush walks.

"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 also runs through activities. After morning game-drive guests may accompany their Shangaan guide to his nearby village, where they will have the opportunity of interacting with his family and friends in a very authentic and contemporary African environment.

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.

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Djuma is that it is the "mothership" of Africam (www.africam.com), one of the world's 10 biggest internet site, where visitors can experience a virtual game drive twice a day and watch game convening at waterholes all day and night. As such, it is one of the only bush camps with internet access!

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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