Nestled in Mid Illovo and less than an hour away from Durban is Gwahumbe Lodge and Spa. Over the last weekend the girls and I were hosted at this beautiful property and to me it felt like I was in the middle of Africa.

Gwahumbe / Zebras

On driving in the Zebras came out to welcome us and at this point the girls reminded me that I was wearing a Zebra print top so maybe they saw that. Not having seeing Zebras in reality they are so beautiful up close and they even pose for a photo.After a few photos we headed up the dusty road to find the lodge and check in. The entrance was so welcoming with carved sculptures of African animals and a water feature. We were warmly welcomed by the team who offered us a selection of warm drinks from a refreshment station that is always set up and shown the ladies room.

SoiceGoddess in Gwahumbe

Once we feeling a lil more relaxed , we headed down to the spa on the premises for some pampering. The spa is located in a very tranquil spot and all you can hear are the birds chirping away as you have you treatments. The entrance of the spa had the most amazingly beautifully carved wooden doors. To me these doors felt like I was entering a special and secret place. After filling out the client card and selecting what kind oil we wanted for our massages we headed of to our therapy room and slipped away into relaxation mode as the therapists took over and worked sore muscles and stress knots. After my massage I felt so relaxed and calmer. Sipping on infused water we made our way back to the reception part of the Lodge.

Gwahumbe /Deck

Sitting outside on the deck we marvelled at just how beautiful our surroundings were. Then it was time for lunch. On offer were toasted sandwiches, salads and soup. I opted to try out the sweet potato soup and a toasted chicken sandwich both were really delicious and as the temperature had dropped the soup was a perfect warmer.During our meal , we were given the menus for supper and asked to order our choices as well as what time we would be eating. The menu is limited which is not a bad thing because if there are too many options I do get confused.

Gwahumbe/Rooms

After lunch we were taken to our “rooms”. Walking down a spiral set of stairs we reached our cottage.Do not be fooled by the word cottage ! Eagles Nest is a 3 bedroom property with 3 bathrooms , a lounge and a kitchen area. Now for the things that made me feel like a princess …. our own private infinity pool and our own outdoor fireplace talk about been spoilt. We were told to be back at reception before 3pm for our Game ride. After loads of pics we headed up to reception ready for our Safari.

Gwahumbe Jeep

The Game ride is a 2 hour guided drive with a game ranger and then drinks and snacks at the Waterfall. Off we set off on our Game Drive with another couple. As we drove the Ranger told us that certain animals were afraid of the flash and we would need to be rather quite. The terrain was a bumpy as can be and we held on for dear life but it was so much fun. We spotted animals hiding in natural habits and learnt the local names of these and the myths and stories behind each animal we saw. I honestly felt that I was in the middle of Africa and felt really humbled  to see these animals. From driving through rivers and up rocky pathways it is clearly evident that only a 4X4 vehicle is needed to do this but not all trails are open for guests to explore on their own. I defo would not like to get stuck out there and reception is rather bad so you might have to spend the night out there alone.

Gwahumbe Waterfall

There is something magical about waterfalls and it was the perfect location for us to take a break and have our own mini photo shoot. The thing that caught my attention at the waterfall deck was a memorial bench with beautiful words. After our break it was time to head back to the Lodge.

Gwahumbe Bench

On arrival , we were greeted with warm wet face towels perfect as it was getting colder and to wipe our dusty faces and hands. Small glasses of Old Brown Sherry offered us some warmth. We opted to change our dinner to earlier and just chillout in the bar area.

Gwahumbe Dinner

Feeling rather hungry we were looking forward to dinner. I had chosen Oxtail cooked in Shiraz as my main meal as I had never eaten it before the other option was grilled fish. Both these looked and tasted delicious. And to round off the meal chocolate brownies and ice cream were served.

At this part of the evening a thunderstorm had started brewing and we were glad to have changed to an earlier dinner. The lights starter flickering and this was defo a sign we needed to be inside our cottage before the storm broke. Armed with lanterns, umbrellas from reception and a huge bag of marshmallows we made our to Eagles Nest. Within literally ten minutes the heavens opened and an electric storm was on the go. We huddled up in our cosy lounge with blankets and wine with the lanterns providing light and played digital 30 seconds. It was rather fun spending the time talking and relaxing without watching TV.

When the storm cleared we ventured out to our bonfire area which was kept dry by a huge try. I felt as we were witches with blankets wrapped around us we headed off to make our fire. We used this incredible locally made firelighter that looked more like fancy soap but it worked amazingly well. The rain was far from over and we decided to call it a night. With the lights still off we headed to bed.

The day was rather gloomy and I was sad not to have caught a sunset and sunrise.We packed and headed for a delicious traditional English Breakfast spread. Tummies full we said our goodbyes to the amazing staff and agreed we would be back.

Gwahumbe Infinity Pool

Information :

  1. Gwahumbe is perfect for team building activities.
  2. The cottages can be self catering or catered for.
  3. On Sunday there is a chance to have a Sunday Roast Buffet with a Game Drive for only R380 per person. Bookings need to  be made in advance.
  4. There is a Junior Ranger Camp where children can stay overnight to get a real bush experience.
  5. Guided walking tours can be arranged.
  6. Day Trips are possible charged at R80 per car and R60 per person.
  7. Camping is possible on the site.
  8. The Spa is open to the public and appointments need to be made in advance.
  9. Gwahumbe can be hired as a wedding venue.

For more information you can log on to www.gwahumbe.co.za or email info@gwahumbe.co.za

Would you consider staying here ?

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Spicegoddess Signature-1 I was hosted as a guest of Gwahumbe. My opinions and review are based on personal experience.

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36 thoughts on “Gwahumbe Game Lodge Experience

  • September 12, 2016 at 8:53 am
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    I absolute LOVE the idea of combining a spa and game park. Uganda’s tourism sector has a lot to learn from South Africa. I’m excited to potentially be visiting SA next year. Following you for tips!!

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  • September 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your experience and wht you did. I really like the idea to combine a spa, waterfall and nature. Would be a nice palce for team building for sure !

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  • September 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    It looks like a very special experience. I would love to stay there one day. Thanks for sharing.

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  • September 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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    Hi there, thanks for sharing a lovely post. I’m sure you had a nice time. Never been to SA myself but would love to go someday.

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  • September 13, 2016 at 9:30 am
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    I would love to go there, It must be a wonderful experience. Everything looks amazing…I’m really jealous

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  • September 13, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    Oh my god, I would love to stay here, for real. Sadly it is so far away, but a girl can dream, right? It really does sound dreamy and I love you had a lot of nature seeing filled with loads of other activities. Still sorry to hear about the storm.
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  • September 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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    Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! Sounds like the trip of a lifetime!

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  • September 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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    How long did you stay in South Africa in all? What other places did you visit? I’ve been dreaming about Africa for a while but we haven’t ventured much further than the Northern Area (we’ve just made it to the Sahara), I believe after the desert the visuals change dramatically and I’d really love to see some of it. Then, if you choose just the perfect lodging solution, everything sounds even better!

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  • September 13, 2016 at 10:47 pm
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    Oh wow, I can’t believe how lucky you are to experience Zebras right outside your window! The entire place looks absolutely gorgeous, and I just can’t wait to visit South Africa one day! xx

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  • September 13, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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    I think I wouldn’t leave the spa even if someone would pay me to leave! One question, what does it mean ‘the cottages can be self catering or catered for.’?

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  • September 14, 2016 at 5:35 am
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    Wow what a great trip. I just did a similar here in Nepal at Chitwan but not on such a grand scale as this. I must admit though that I am a little green with envy. Your surroundings and the facilities were so nice. Thanks for a wonderful post. This is one spot that is on our bucket list to vist.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    Oh my goodness: I can’t even imagine how beautiful it must have been to see zebras up close. Sounds like an amazing experience: looks like you had a great time!

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  • September 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    I love that you guys were greeted by warm face towels. So thoughtful!

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  • September 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    Wow – what a luxurious looking game drive! Not only did you get to see some beautiful animals – it sounds like you got to stay in a beautiful cottage too! Very jealous of this trip, that’s for sure!

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  • September 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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    Combining game and spa is really an awesome attempt. It seems to be very lovely trip. Hope you had a great fun 🙂

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  • September 15, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    This looks like the perfect combination of nature and relax. I love to take one day and just treat myself. It looks like a great place. And tell your friend with the purple piece of hair, that it looks great on her!

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  • September 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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    Sounds like you were very happy with the choice of the resort 🙂 How long did you stay here? They say its good to combine 2-3 different forest reserves. Did you do that too?

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  • September 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm
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    The spa area definitely looks so serene and calm with the lush green surrounding. The Game ride sounds like an interesting Safari, Did you get to see more of Zebras? We would definitely love to visit Gwahumbe if got a chance 🙂

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  • September 16, 2016 at 9:25 am
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    Seems like a lovely experience. Some spa followed by some time in the wild. Frankly, I would not have minded it the other way round 😀 Loved the pics.

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  • September 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    This place looks perfectly for family our any type of group trips, to relax and unwind from busy life in the city.

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  • September 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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    I’ve never been to SA before, but you convinced me to go. I’m glad you had such a great experience.

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  • September 18, 2016 at 6:21 am
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    Thanks for sharing, it is great to know how it is. Planning to get to Uganda maybe for new years as my colleague is getting married there! Would be great to see an Ugandan wedding!

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  • September 18, 2016 at 9:49 am
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    How cool, I love that they offer camping and more upscale accommodation — seems like the reserve has something for everyone! I’d love to spend a few days walking around in nature, and then sleeping in it 😀 Though the spa seems awesome as well!

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  • September 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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    What a beautiful experience! I would love to have dinner while watching a thunderstorm go by. It’s astonishing how fast it finished, as you were able to enjoy the bonfire afterwards.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    The zebras are such majestic creatures. What a neat place to hold an event- especially a wedding! Glad you enjoyed.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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    This looks a real fun place to say . i have mostly stayed in hostels and hotels with parents and friends but never in a really themed destination. It would be new for me and I would really want to have that experience.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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    Looks great and very similar to a game lodge I stayed at outside of Johannesburg. Sounds like you had lots of fun!

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  • September 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    Safari is one of my favourite things and this camp looks like a great base! Very comfy and pampering!

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  • September 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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    This place is a perfect place for team building, yes. I believe this is an awesome place for a weekend outing. I just love the idea of this lodge, surrounded with wild nature. Great for camping and I would surely end up staying longer than a day or two.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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    Gwahumbe Game Lodge looks like a destination in itself and it gives the perfect African vibes! Glad to know that you had an amazing time out there with your gals! 🙂

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  • September 20, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    The venue must have been breathtaking and absolutely peaceful, also completely different from the setting of the spas I went to. And when the surroundings are so beautiful I bet even the pampering is two times more pleasant!
    What’s more I really love the idea of a bonfire! 🙂

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  • September 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm
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    It looks like an amazing experience – and I love the idea of a spa in the bush!

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