Djuma Private Game Reserve Experience the Magic of Djuma Live! Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:08:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Djuma made front page! Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:05:38 +0000 It was our privilege to host the Africa Geographic team at Djuma Private Game Reserve last year on their journey through Africa! As you can see from the photo, it was smiles all round.


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Take a ‘walk’ through Djuma Vuyatela and Galago camps! Tue, 05 May 2015 13:48:04 +0000 If a picture tells more than 1000 words, a virtual tour is worth even more.

With these high quality images, you can experience the facilities without having been there by “walking through” Djuma and not just “seeing through” like in the past. This tour is entirely at your fingertips, the decision of what to view and when is on your hands. You can pan up, down, left, right and zoom in when appealed to look for further details. Visit us from the comfort of your home and then join us in person!

To embark on this new exciting adventure, visit and click on either the Vuyatela accommodation or Galago accommodation tabs. We also have a birds eye view available on our home page!






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QUICK!! Last minute weekend in April available! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:31:57 +0000 Some dates have just become available! Both Galago and Vuyatela have Friday 17th to Monday 20th of April 2015 available.

Fancy a quick getaway… jump at this opportunity!!


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Wonderful images shared by a Vuyatela guest. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:06:35 +0000 Thank you Wenzel Kotze for sharing these wonderful images with us. Taken from his recent stay at Djuma Vuyatela.

For bookings and availability contact or visit for more information.  
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DJUMA in 2016! Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:15:59 +0000 Happy New Year!! Djuma wishes you all the best in 2015!

For simply a bush break, school holiday, that up and coming special Birthday, Anniversary, Valentines Day, Easter celebration, Christmas and New Years 2016, BOOK NOW!!!

We have opened our 2016 bookings –

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Djuma Research Camp Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:15:32 +0000 Last month was extremely exciting for us here at Djuma, it saw the opening of our new camp, Djuma Research camp.

Its residents for the next 3 months will be 20 students from the University of Connecticut (UConn). 4 groups at 3 week intervals will embark on the most amazing experience.

Nature Guide Training the facilitator is a specialist guide training company owned by Sarah and Lee Gutteridge. The school has been training guides for over a decade with many of their students going on to become Head Rangers, Managers and even General managers.

Lee is one of only 7 FGASA Scout guides in South Africa, with FGASA Level 3, and SKS qualifications in Dangerous Animals (DA), Dangerous Game (DG) and Wild Flowers (WF). He is also a Palaeo-anthropological specialist guide and a Senior Tracker and Tracking instructor and assessor. He is a recognized Assessor and Trainer for FGASA with more than ten years of assessing and training experience in the field. He also completed a diploma in Game Ranch Management during the mid-nineties.

He has authored 5 books so far including the best selling South African Bushveld – a field guide from the Waterberg (2008), as well as co-authoring the Okavango field guide (Gutteridge and Reumerman 2011) and Bushman Rock Art (Forssman and Gutteridge 2011). He is a passionate trainer and loves what he is doing!

Joining them is their Principal Instructor, Diana Griffioen who has trained with them full time for over six years,and is a qualified school teacher with an additional 8 prior years of experience in this field too. She is a FGASA Level 3 Guide, with a Cybertracker level 4 in Track and

Sign, a full level 3 Tracker and is also an experienced Trails Guide. Diana is currently completing 2 different SKS qualifications in Birding and Wild Flowers.

There’s nothing better than to kick the course off with first aid practical training with Jens. Bandaging, back-boards, CPR exercises, judging wilderness hazards, carrying “patients”, suffering the screams of the “victim”, and watching out for wild animals. With no better teacher than experience, the students take control of learning the basics by really getting into the first aid scenario. Though the wounds were fake, the adrenaline and sense of urgency was real, and the ability to make the right decision is the real test. I just hope this time I am informed of when the practical will happen and avoid scolding myself with hot coffee again as I jumped to my feet to figure out what and where the screams were coming from, there were certainly a few great actresses in the last group and although serious training, the students seemed to have great fun.

The Students also partake in a track and sign course ending at he end of their stay in an assessment. Lee and Diana put the students through their paces teaching them the difference between a buffalo and rhino track to name a few. To my amazement, the students at the end of their three week course could tell the minuet difference between a Yellow billed Hornbill and an Arrow Marked Babbler – truly amazing!

During the first week they were also joined by Derek Solomon who opened up another dimension of the bush with his sound equipment, it can pick up and amplify distant calls of the wildlife around us. It was interesting to sit by the dam at dusk with our headphones on, and listen to the dynamic spectrum of the bush “radio”.  The sound safari really does open up ones senses to the bush.

The Students also enjoyed an interesting lecture from our very own Jurie Moolman about the history of our beautiful county and Michael Grover about the Ecology of the Sabi Sand.

Besides amazing sightings the students were also part of some other very exciting activities.  Wisani Day Creche in the village of Dixie, just on our reserves borders were lucky enough to have the students volunteer to give the school a much needed freshen up. The ‘artier’ students painted beautiful murals on the walls, the stronger students to make fun and interesting obstacle courses sank tires and I… well, stood back and enjoyed watching humanity at wok.

It was very sad indeed to see our first group leave but just as exciting to welcome the next!  More on the shenanigans of Djuma Research Camp soon to come.



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Forget the cuddly toys, heart shaped chocolates and red roses this year… Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:00:21 +0000

Spoil her, ( her family and friends) with a visit to Djuma instead.

She’ll love you forever. Trust me. You can’t go wrong with spoiling either your man or woman this Valentine’s at Djuma Private Game reserve.

Romance in the Bush Valentines Special

Galago and Vuyatela offer a wonderful personal safari experience for family or friends. The two self-catering lodge’s have five en-suite bedrooms, suitable for groups of up to 10 guests. Have the freedom to tailor-make your own African bush experience, without compromising on comfort, luxury and bush expertise.

Our valentines gift to you this year is 15% off all bookings between the 1st and the 16th of February 2014 at either Galago or Vuyatela.

Offer subject to change and cannot be used in combination with any other special offers. Applicable to new bookings only. Offer Valid until 16th February 2014




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ITS HERE… ITS HERE….CHRISTMAS IS HERE!!!!! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:57:40 +0000 Leopard Jumping
May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment, joy and happiness.

Thank You for all your patronage in 2013, we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Happy holidays from all of us here at Djuma!


Great photo by Richard Costin

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Christmas in the bush!! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:09:09 +0000


Pay for 3, stay for 4 or 10% off a 2 night booking.
*Offer includes last two weeks of November, first two weeks of December 2013 & the WHOLE of January 2014 for Galago*

Email for more information and availability or check out our website www.djuma.comOffer subject to change and cannot be used in combination with other special offers. Applicable to new bookings only.

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Some great reviews!! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:47:29 +0000 We have had some wonderful guests over the past few months and by their reviews and feedback  on Tripadvisor we are pretty sure they will be back.

Glen Baker and friends recently stayed with us and had this to say:

We have just spent 5 nights at Vuyatela – an awesome time was had by all. This is our first trip to Vuyatela, we have had 7 previous trips to Galago. The accommodation is top notch and facilities excellent. Although we chose to do our own catering, Luzile was always on hand and assisted with inspirational dishes. 

Taxon and Amos were great on the game drives. All the staff are to be complimented on the excellent work they do. Our 2014 trip has already been booked. Thanks to all at Vuyatelo for making our trip so memorable

Baker, Bartlett, Hayes and Lines party

We also had the honor of hosting Nancy and Bob Ferraro from Boston USA  for their 60th Wedding anniversary. They brought with them, their 7 daughters and partners and 16 grandchildren from all over the world to share the special occasion with them. Nancy had this to say:

Bob and I want to tell you that our family had the trip of a life time at your Safari Camp!! It could not have been more perfect! We want to thank you and all of your great staff for a wonderful time. They were all so friendly and accommodating with all our needs!  Your rangers and scouts were outstanding.  The meals were prepared very well and the waitresses always had a smile for everyone.  Our rooms were always clean and prepared for us and clothes washing was done on request. 
Thank you for a fabulous trip and memories for a lifetime!  We hope to see you on our next trip!
Nancy Ferraro

Thank you for your feedback and comments, we so enjoy knowing that you have had a wonderful stay with us!! We look forward to welcoming you all back to your bush home!




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