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Exclusive African luxury – now more accessible.

1 December, 2011, nestled in Djuma Private Game Reserve, in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Wildtuin adjoining the Kruger National Park lies unprecedented 5-star luxury. Vuyatela Lodge in all its splendour is arguably one of the most luxurious African bush experiences available, and towers above its bushveld counterparts with a unique and extraordinary combination of modern luxury and traditional African culture.

In a bid to offer more South Africans the opportunity to experience the ultimate in African luxury, Djuma have boldly opened the doors to Vuyatela even wider. Based largely on the fact that South Africans traditionally do not want to pay for superfluous extras, the Vuyatela Lodge is now self-catering and hosts groups of 10, who can bask in the comfort and privacy of their very own camp.

While the Vuyatela experience itself remains priceless, the repositioning required a relook at the cost. For R13500 per night, the lodge will house 10 people, making its R1350 per person per night far more affordable.

Jurie Moolman, owner of Djuma Game Reserve says: “The reason for the repositioning is to offer a wider clientele the ultimate African bush experience.” He goes on to add that “the NEW Vuyatela boasts all the same luxury and amenities as its predecessor minus the hovering butler.”

Over 20 years of experience has taught the Moolman family to recognise what people expect from their experience and the more seasoned South Africans, who need go no further than their own back yards for the experience, want to savour the bush in their own time, at their own pace. Morning or evening game drives or bush walks, the pace at the new Vuyatela is a lot less rigid, leaving time to thoroughly relax and soak up the exquisite surroundings.

Vuyatela hopes to welcome more local visitors by offering the freedom to tailor-make your own African bush experience, without compromising on comfort and luxury. “It’s like having your own game farm without the hassle and costs” adds Jurie.

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most idyllic safari destinations, the NEW Vuyatela Lodge, with all its modern 5-star amenities offers an extraordinary opportunity to encounter the African bush in ultimate, effortless luxury.

Only a scenic drive away, the unmatched beauty of Vuyatela Lodge at Djuma Private Game Reserve is easily accessible.

The name Vuyatela means come and visit again and with the “New Vuyatela” you have ample more reason to visit again and again.

Contact Reservations:

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Jurie Moolman

082 895 3670

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12 Responses to Exclusive African luxury – now more accessible.

  1. Kay Schmid December 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Does this mean that there will be no rooms available on a full-board basis?

  2. Pippa December 3, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Hi Kay. From the end of January 2012 Vuyatela will operate as a self catered lodge. There will be a resident chef to prepare the food that the guests bring along.

  3. Sharon December 3, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Does this mean that full services such as a restaurant are no longer being offered? Coming from the U.S. a self catered lodge would not work. Thanks.

  4. PoutyGorilla December 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I wish you all the best in this new beginning. Thank you for the generosity you have shown me over the last 4 years. Having the freedom to traipse all over your lovely garden has left me with memories to last several lifetimes. I hope to meet you someday & share a sundowner with you lovely folks in this beautiful place.

  5. Kathy Theobald December 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    As a 3 time overseas visitor who dreams of Djuma every night, this is devastating news. I haven’t been able to stop crying since I read this. I know you have to base your decisions on what works for the business, but the thought of never being able to stand on the deck and look out over the waterhole again is heart-breaking.

  6. ashlee December 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I am also super disappointed. My husband and i have looked forward to going back to vuyatela since we were there 4 years ago. It is the only place we wanted to revisit! I’m sad we now won’t be able to do that.

    • Djuma December 7, 2011 at 6:15 am #

      Dear Kathy, it is rather devastating, but things change and we live in a different world from that of only a few years ago. I thank you for you support and I do hope you visit us one day again. Self-catering is actually quite easy for a self drive guest, Hoedspruit is but an hour away and has two large chain grocery stores as well as a great assortment of butcheries, and smaller shops. Once at the lodge you merely hand over your groceries to chef Luzile and tell her what you would like and she will have it ready for you after your game drive.

  7. Djuma December 7, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Dear Ashley, Thank you for your support and thoughts. Please see my answer to Kathy, I do hope you visit as again in the future.

  8. Robin Matthews December 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    I, too, am VERY sad that you have changed over into only having a self-catering option now. I stayed at Vuyatela in April of 2010, and it was truly an experience of a lifetime! Texon as my driver and Otis as my tracker, along with Patience and the rest of the staff made my visit an amazing experience. It has been the only time in my life in all of my traveling that I have ever cried leaving someplace, and I vowed to return.

    I will be attending a conference in Durban in 2013, and had a group planning on coming back to Vuyatela with me to experience what I had the opportunity to experience last year. With you changing over to self-catering only, it makes it impossible to do.

    I understand wanting to be able to make Vuyatela more affordable for those in South Africa, as I know that many living there have never had an opportunity to experience the wildlife your country offers. However, perhaps you might consider having both programs in place – a self-catering option for locals, and a full-board option for those of us coming from other parts of the world? I’d be curious to know what the current percentage is for those staying at Vuyatela from outside of South Africa and those from inside.

    If you ever decide to make it a full-board option again, please let me know. In the meantime, please give my best to Texon, Otis, and Patience.

  9. Deborah Butler December 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Are these prices also available to a Non S. African if they are self drive?

    • Djuma January 2, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Hi Deborah
      Yes, definitely. There are no commissions in our rates and so guests will deal with us directly.
      We look forward to your visit and please let me know if you need any further information; you can contact me on [email protected]

  10. Dorth January 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    It is so sad to know that Vuyatela is becoming a self-catered lodge. My husband and I were planning a trip to South Africa this year and planning to stay at Vuyatela. My dream has now been dashed to pieces knowing we will not be staying in Djuma . Coming all the way from the States to have to plan meals and do our own grocery shopping, which we already do at home, will not be a vacation for us. Thankfully, we have friends who have made many trips to S. Africa and can recommend other locations with luxury lodges. We will pick one.

    I know this is a business for you and you have to make economical choices, just sorry those choices don’t fit into our vacation plans.

    As if it wasn’t devastating enough to lose the real-time, on-line safari drives and now to temporarily lose the Gowrie Dam cam because of the flooding (which you cannot control) and also because the ‘zoomies’ were becoming almost useless (focusing in on tree trunks, bushes, the ground and insects) not panning the waterhole and looking for the wildlife, I think my viewing and interaction with Djuma has come to an end which is almost like losing a dear friend.

    Good luck in the future and thanks for a glimpse into the past.


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