Discover the magical quality of wetlands and ancient sand forests on the western shores of the greater St Lucia Wetland Park - one of the worlds most remarkable estuaries, at Sand Forest Lodge. The lodge is situated on a game fenced nature reserve, just 10 minutes drive from the village of Hluhluwe and 20 minutes from the oldest Game Reserve in Africa - Hluhluwe/Umfolozi.
Sand Forest Lodge is situated on a nature reserve on the edge of an ancient sand forest and lies 1.5km west of False Bay Park - part of the greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. The Lodge is a 20 minutes from the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve. Sand Forest Lodge is an ideal base in close proximity to many local attractions including St Lucia, Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay.
Kingfisher/Cuokoo (Sleeps 4)
Family units with 2 bedrooms - 1 x Double bed and 2 single beds, shower room , kitchen, lounge, private patio and barbeque facility.
Woodpecker / Weaver (Sleeps 4+)
These chalets comprise of 2 family units, each with 2 bedrooms - 1 x Double bed and 2 single beds, an en-suite shower room, second bathroom, full kitchen, open plan lounge, private patio and barbeque facility.
Quail / Sunbird / Guineafowl / Hoopoe / Hornbill / Fisheagle / Falcon
There are 7 double chalets, which have either 2 single beds or 1 double bed with shower room's en-suite, mini kitchen, private patio and barbeque facility.
Chalets are fully equipped and serviced daily; all you need to bring is your food, drinks, drinking water, swimming towels and toiletries.
We have mosquito nets, overhead fans and air-conditioning in all rooms, we suggest that you bring peaceful sleep or tabard (insect repellent) for comfort.
We have 2 rustic, wooden bungalows that have double beds, overhead fans, mosquito nets, mini kitchens, private deck and barbeque facility. The bungalows DO NOT have air-con or en-suite shower/toilet facilities and share ablutions with the campsite.
There are camp/caravan sites situated on the edge of the forest, each have electrical points and private barbeques. Ablutions are shared with the bungalows.
Sand Forest Lodge is a comfortable 2 1/2 hour drive from Durban on the N2 toll road-travelling north. From Johannesburg the drive is approximately 6 hours.
AccommodationAccommodation comprises a number of comfortable one and two bedroomed cottages, tastefully decorated in Afro-colonial style. The en-suite bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and are serviced daily.
In addition, each cottage has a kitchenette with a fridge and private verandah with braai facilities.
Try the self catering option or treat yourself to scrumptious meals and genuine country hospitality.
Meander through our sand forest, walk amongst the Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Steenbok and Duiker - sit a while and experience the ethereal atmosphere. Observe the many varieties of birds in the trees and the Mongooses running through the forest.
At the end of the day relax on your veranda and experience the evening sounds, the bashful Bush babies will be watching you from above, the cautious Genet Cats
will be peeping at you from behind the trees - the Giant Eagle Owl sits above and watches you all with a superior attitude and grunts his approval at the tranquil setting.
The region has a vast diversity of natural and cultural resources that are all within easy access to the lodge. Visualize an open vehicle game drive among the Big Five in the oldest park in Africa, walk the fossil lined shores, canoe or horse ride through the open water system and coastal sand forest of a World Heritage Site. These and other activities can be arranged from the lodge.
Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park is the province's premier "Big 5" reserve, and one of the biggest in South Africa, covering 96,000 hectares of beautiful landscape, forests, hills, rivers and waterholes. It has the distinction of being the oldest formally protected area in Africa. The park is a 15-minute drive from us.
False Bay Nature Reserve is 2km down the road, meander through the park or picnic on the shore of False Bay, view fossils and observe the prolific bird life.
Mkuzi Game Reserve is a 1/2 hour drive north from our lodge, you may self drive through the reserve and perhaps take a picnic lunch which you could eat at the Nsumo pan - this pan covers a large area and is home to families of hippo and crocodile as well as terrestrial forest birds and a variety of aquatic birds, both fresh water and marine.
St Lucia is the gateway to the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, a World Heritage Site, unquestionably one of the world's greatest destinations, the largest estuary in southern Africa. Indulge yourself and walk along the many hiking trails where a variety of game and birds can be viewed or take a guided boat tour to view hippos, go deep sea fishing and whale or turtle watching, walk along the beaches and snorkel in clear warm water at Cape Vidal.
Diving and snorkelling can be arranged at Sodwana Bay & Kosi Bay - approximately 40 minutes from the lodge, Sodwana has a coral reef with 95 identified species of coral + over 1,250 species of fish have been identified here.
There is a Zulu Cultural Village 12 km down the road where you are able to watch Zulu dancing and view the village.
So yes - plenty to keep you occupied, if you don't feel like doing anything then you can just bask by the pool and enjoy the birds.
There are supermarkets in the village of Hluhluwe so all supplies are available locally.
DirectionsJohannesburg to Hluhluwe: ± 690km From the airport take the R22 to Delmas, take the R50 to Leandra → to Bethal → Ermelo → Piet Retief. From Piet Retief you travel toward and through Pongola, bypass Mkuze, 52km later is the Hluhluwe off-ramp Durban to Hluhluwe: ± 299km Take the N2 north and head toward Stanger, bypass Stanger → Mtunzini → Richards Bay → Mtubatuba → Bushlands, take the Hluhluwe off-ramp – turn right toward the village: Pietermaritzburg to Hluhluwe: ± 376km Scenic route: Take the R33 to Greytown, take R74 to Kranskop → Stanger → Mtunzini → Richards Bay → Mtubatuba → Bushlands, take the Hluhluwe off-ramp – turn right toward the village: OR Take the N3 to Durban, then take the N2 north and head toward Stanger, bypass Stanger → Mtunzini → Richards Bay → Mtubatuba → Bushlands, take the Hluhluwe off-ramp – turn right toward the village: From Hluhluwe Off-ramp: From the N2, take the Hluhluwe off-ramp. You must follow the signs toward Sodwana Bay/False Bay Park. Drive through the village and turn LEFT at the fourth circle (you should see Allan’s Butchery in front of you before turning). After ± 1.6km on this road, turn RIGHT over the railway line into Sodwana Bay Road. After approximately 6km, turn RIGHT into False Bay Park Road (There are signs here). Sand Forest Lodge is 900m from the turning - on the LEFT side of the road. From Hlabisa to Sand Forest Lodge: From the Cengeni Gate at Umfolozi – travel north toward the Hluhluwe section of the park and exit at Memorial gate. Turn right out of the gate and travel through the town of Hluhluwe. At the fourth circle (you should see Allan’s Butchery in front of you before turning). After ± 1.6km on this road, turn RIGHT over the railway line into Sodwana Bay Road. After approximately 6km, turn RIGHT into False Bay Park Road (There are signs here). Sand Forest Lodge is 900m from the turning - on the LEFT side of the road. Should you have any difficulties please phone 083 627 7080