Djuma Vuyatela Lodge (Sabie
Sand Game Reserve) South Africa
Djuma Game Reserve is situated in the northern part of
the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is very rich in predators!
Vuyatela is an exclusive lodge that breaks the mold of the
traditional safari lodge, ensuring honeymooners and romantic
travellers a loveable stay!
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 actualized 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. 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.
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
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
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 color 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.
Activities and Wildlife:
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!
Accommodation Rates:- From $685 per
person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and