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High on a mountainside overlooking the rolling hills of the brand-new Babanango Game Reserve, the completely reimagined Zulu Rock Lodge offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the distinctive heritage of the Zulu people in the centre of their cultural heartland.

Offering truly breathtaking panoramic views over some of the most spectacular scenery in KwaZulu-Natal, this comfortable, fully catered lodge draws its inspiration from the vibrant Zulu culture and is surrounded by Babanango Game Reserve’s 22,000ha of African wilderness.

This malaria-free reserve is home to a stretch of the legendary White Umfolozi River and a wealth of wildlife species, from plains game like kudu, zebra, bushbuck and giraffe to hippo, leopard, buffalo, rhino and hyena. There are plans to reintroduce the remainder of the Big Five over the next two years.

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The South African spirit of ubuntu (Ubuntu an African philosophy that places emphasis on ‘being self through others’. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed in the phrases ‘I am because of who we all are’ and ubuntu ngumuntu ngabantu in Zulu language.) is alive and well here at Babanango Game Reserve, where we work hand-in-hand with the local communities to realise a shared dream of a better tomorrow.

Just 50km from the town of Vryheid in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand region, the reserve is a groundbreaking conservation project being undertaken by African Habitat Conservancy, a pioneering NGO established to support the conservation of African wildlife in the area through investment and community development.

It has seen private game farms and land owned by the communities brought together to form the reserve, with hundreds of local people benefitting through employment, skills development and community outreach programmes.

Your stay at Zulu Rock Lodge will have a tangible purpose and contribute to the protection of endangered species as well as the upliftment of local people.

View Babanango Game Reserve website