Esikhotheni Lodge

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Zululand » Elephant Coast » Mkuze » Pogola Game Reserve

Esikhotheni Lodge, luxury accommodation in Private Game Reserve

4 Star
Name of hostsEsikhotheni
Tel:+27(0)35 580 1088
Cell+27(0)82 374 2345
Emailelin@esikhotheni.co.za
Webwww.esikhotheni.co.za

Esikhotheni Lodge
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Description

Esikhotheni, (pronounced “ss-khot-hen”) Zulu for “In the Sticks” is by no means primitive and untamed as the name would suggest.  Comfortable and elegant without being fussy, Esikhotheni Lodge celebrates tranquil charm, surrounded by untouched African bush, on a stunning hilltop location overlooking the shimmering Jozini Lake.

 

 Superior accommodation is offered in 7 en-suite chalets, positioned for optimum privacy all have private patios with magnificent magnificent views. The bathrooms are very spacious with large showers and raised oval baths with clear views of the lake. Our Honeymoon Suite is designed with the more romantic guest in mind, with a private Jacuzzi set on an extended deck in the bush.

 Esikhotheni is the ideal venue for that very special and unique bush wedding!

 The chalets all have air-conditioning, mini bar with tea & coffee making facilities; luxurious bath essences, lotions etc for your pleasure & comfort, hairdryers and electronic mini-safe for safe keeping of personal items, money etc.

 Cheerful and unobtrusive staff will welcome you and add to your memories of your stay at Esikhotheni.  For them, going the extra mile is not an effort, but a joyful habit.

 Each afternoon guests enjoy scrumptious “high-tea” – a selection of mouth watering sweet and savoury treats before embarking on the sunset activities.

 Dining at Esikhotheni is an indulgence. Long lazy breakfasts, and delectably elegant dinners are the order of the day - all carefully prepared and beautifully presented by the resident chef.  Meals are either served in the traditional boma or in the lodge.

 Esikhotheni offers guests an array of activities to choose from - traditional morning and evening game drives, lake cruises, Tiger-fishing, and quad bike safaris, and for the more adventurous we have a 4x4 track and horseback trails.

 … but the most popular of all … to just relax and indulge in this peaceful, pristine piece of paradise!

Esikhotheni, meaning “in the sticks” is easily accessible off the N2, 3 hours north of Durban. This owner managed 4 star lodge forms part of the Greater Pongola Reserve and offers guests the quiet seclude of the African bush with modern conveniences to make your stay extremely comfortable. Accommodation is offered in 7 en suite chalets all privately situated with private patios and magnificent views of the Jozini Lake. The bathrooms are very special with large showers and raised oval baths with clear views of the lake. The 7th chalet is designed with the more romantic in mind, with a private Jacuzzi set on the extended deck in the bush. The chalets all have air-conditioning, mini bar with tea & coffee making facilities. Each chalet has luxurious bath essences, lotions etc for your pleasure & comfort, hairdryers and mini-safe for safe keeping of personal items, money etc. For the avid bird watcher, this is paradise, with the vast ecological diversity lending itself to a broad spectrum of the feathered species that can be sighted. With the presence of the lake adding a different dimension to activities on this game reserve, daily itineraries are tailor made to suit guests preferences. With an array of activities to choose from - traditional morning and evening game drives, quad biking, lake safaris, fishing, canoeing and quad bike safaris. The WWF have recently leased 3 black rhinos in Esikhotheni’s care as part of their ongoing project to protect this species from extinction. Dining at Esikhotheni is a indulgence. Long lazy breakfasts, and delectable elegant dinners are the order of the day - all carefully prepared and beautifully presented by the resident chef. Meals are either served in the traditional boma or in the lodge. Each afternoon guests enjoy scrumptious “high-tea” – a selection of mouth watering sweet and savoury treats before embarking on the sunset activities.

Accommodation

 

Rooms and units

Luxury Suites 6

Includes: All Meals

Luxury private suites, each appointed with lavish en-suite, air-conditioning, mini bar with tea & coffee, and deck with awesome 180° view of Jozini Lake. Each suite has luxurious bath essences, lotions etc for your pleasure & comfort, hairdryers and mini-safe for safe keeping of personal items, money etc.

Features available

 

Jacuzzi Suite 1

Includes: All Meals

Featuring a private Jacuzzi built into an extended deck, is designed with the more romantic guest in mind ; honeymooners, surprise anniversary and birthday getaways … whatever justification to lay in your private spa, sipping champagne while the massaging effect of the scented water rejuvenates your body. This suite is very situated with optimal privacy in mind. Rate includes romantic turndowns, candles, sparkling wine, private dining etc.

 

Attractions

  • Game Drives (3hrs)
  • Quad Experiences - either a leisurely game viewing ride
  • Boat Cruises on Jozini Lake (approximtely 3 hours long)
  • Tiger fishing in the lake, and Bream along the inlets
  • Walking Trails - within the boundaries of the farm guests can enjoy scenic guided walking trails - 
  • Bird Watching - the bird life is prolific, and the sightings list growing.
  • Rhino Tracking on foot
  • Bush Breakfasts, Picnic Lunches at Lake arranged on request.
  • 4X4 Track for vehicles and mountain bikes.
Activities on the Premises
Waterhole

Activities Nearby
Bird Watching, Fishing, Golf, Fishing - Fly, Fishing - Freshwater, Horse Riding, Big 5, Game Drives

Nearby Attractions

Mkuze Game Reserve 35.0 km
Kosi Bay 100.0 km
Swaziland Border Post - Golela 40.0 km
Tembe Elephant Park 70.0 km
Hluluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve 70.0 km
iTala 50.0 km

Directions

From Durban, take the N2 North, bypassing Empangeni and Mkuze. Drive for about 21 km past Mkuze, turn left onto the R66/R69 Vryheid/ Nongoma (gravel) road. Drive for about 1.5km to our gate on the left hand side. Follow the directions to the lodge. Distance from Durban to our gate is about 330 km travelling time about 4 hours. From the Inland Route, follow the R66/R69 to Pongola and then turn onto the N2 South. From here, it is 46 km to the turn-off into the R66/R69 Vryheid/Nongoma (gravel) road. Drive for about 1.5km to our gate on the left hand side. Follow the directions to the lodge. Closest Air strip : Mkuze 21kms from lodge. The landing strip is 1800m long, 30m wide and is tarred. Co-ordinates 32deg 03,0E 27deg 38,0S. Transfer of guests can be arranged on request.

Location

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