Pictures do not do Jozini Tiger Lodge justice. This Elephant Coast gem in KwaZulu-Natal is the epitome of an authentic African holiday.
Here you find unparallel views of Jozini Lake and its dam with a range of activities to keep your days at the lodge exciting. Just four hours from Durban, this 4-star hotel is the perfect place for those who want to unwind or gather a few friends for a mini break.
When we arrive, the staff are at the entrance with broad smiles. “Sanibona Zivakashi” Mavis, the front office manager, greets me as I enter the foyer. It is a Zulu word meaning welcome visitor.
She offers me a refreshing lemonade that provides respite from the blazing weather. After an effortless check-in (it was done in under three minutes), Griffin, one of the interns, escorts our group to our respective rooms.
The lodge boasts 44 classic rooms, 21 family lofts, 3 deluxe rooms and 2 executive suites. My classic room was spacious and easy to navigate.
The room is kitted with a kingsize bed, a desk and a gorgeous balcony that overlooks the lake. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub for those who prefer a soak after a long day of exploring.
Staying in the room is virtually impossible with the many activities on offer. The infinity pool is where most guests spend their time-especially if they want to watch the sunrise every morning.
It is here where one can take some of the most striking images, so order a few cocktails and enjoy the view.
For those who want to explore the lake- a two-hour private or sundowner cruise is recommended.
Wildlife enthusiasts would appreciate the 4-hour cruise where you can go in search of wildlife. If you are lucky, you may spot a few elephants or rhinos wandering about.
Other activities include tiger fishing, kayaking, guided walks and a Jozini Town tour.
The onsite spa calls for a day of pampering- whether it is a mom who wants to get away from her family for a few hours or a couple who want to enjoy some alone time.
A popular choice for guests is the Royal African Night spa that includes dinner and three hour-long treatments. Poolside treatments are available on requests.
Food is a big drawcard for most travellers, and Jozini Tiger Lodge does a good job with their breakfast and dinner buffet.
The menu changes every day with a few exceptions.
End your day with a bedtime story courtesy of the lodge. They leave one in your room every night with a piece of chocolate.
Call 035 572 1020 or visit www.jozinitigerlodge.co.za