- Large Mid-Range Lodge
- Game Drives in Manyoni GR
- Family friendly
- Good Value
Set at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal, this privately owned large four star inn lies in the heart of South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, making it a good value option from which to explore the game and coastal reserves in the area. Whilst we prefer to recommend a stay in a small lodge within a reserve (such as Rhino Ridge or Rhino River), this is a good fall back when budget doesn't allow. You can use Ghost Mountain as a base for game drives in Manyoni Game Reserve and Hluhluwe National Park.
There are a variety of room types available. The Suite has a separate living room, a bedroom with an extra length king size bed, changing room, large bathroom, standalone tub and outdoor shower in a secluded garden. The Garden rooms have a lounge, king size or three-quarter twin beds, bathrooms and a patio overlooking the gardens or pool. Guests in the Superior rooms have upgraded linens and amenities, patios overlooking a stretch of water and the Lebombo mountains, bathrooms with a separate shower and bath, and king or three-quarter twin beds. The Standard rooms, meanwhile, offer comfortable en suite accommodation with a private patio facing part of the garden or pool, and twin or double beds.
Children are welcome in the Garden rooms and Suite, and can join the safaris, but must be over 16 for the game walks. Younger guests can enjoy the ‘grubby bug walks’ instead or a nature treasure hunt. There are two pools, one of which is a rock pool in the secluded spa area. There is a comfortable lounge, and Roy’s Bar offers the opportunity to meet other guests over a drink. Seasonal food using local ingredients is served in the dining room, outside on the terrace or under the stars in a traditional boma.
The inn offers lots of tour options, including boat trips on Lake Jozini and a visit to the homestead of a Myeni family, providing a unique opportunity to experience some real African culture.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019