The story of this lodge begins with the beginning of time…
A time so rich with promises and new life. It is now time to share in the earth’s secret passions and wildlife’s raw existence.
WILDLIFE SAFARIS & GUIDED WALKS:
Experienced guides conduct day and night game viewing in open safari vehicles. Mammals ranging from the larger and most majestic Kudu to the smallest golden mole are present in the reserve. An interesting thought that the golden mole, with a metallic green and golden fur, is only found in the Limpopo Bushveld region. Predators on the reserve include caracal, brown hyena, several varieties of felids, including serval and the African Wildcat. Lions are kept in a separate enclosure as part of the Panthera Leo Gene Preservation Project. Enjoy guided bush walks and excursions ascending “Witkop” for afternoon sundowners and African sunsets.
Summer: 06h00 – 16h30 (September ~ April)
Winter: 06h30 – 16h00 (May ~ August)
The area is a haven for avid birders with over 400 species of African birds including rare sightings such as lizard buzzard and brown snake eagle. During game drives and bush walks, our guides will delight in pointing them out. The world-renowned Nylsvley bird sanctuary is in close proximity to the reserve and a must-visit for enthusiastic birdwatchers. Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a 40 km2 protected area in the seasonal Nyl – and Mogalakwena River floodplain. It has over 370 species of birds, of which 100 species are waterfowl. During the peak flood season, over 80 000 birds can be seen in the reserve. Guests can visit the Nylsvley Reserve on a self-drive basis, or we can arrange a half-day excursion from the lodge.
Zwahili Game Lodge is situated in an area with a rich history; rock paintings are still visible on the walls of caves in the area showing past inhabitance of Hunter-Gatherer, Koi, and Bantu paintings. Bead making sites, a rain controlling site and remains of a Bantu city have been discovered.‘Witkop’ an archaeological site, going back in time to when the ‘Bittereinders’, at the helm of Boer Generals, utilized this Koppie as a hideout from the British for almost two years during the Anglo Boer war ‘Witkop’ stands proudly in bearing homage to a period in history not to be forgotten.
PANTHERA LEO GENE PRESERVATION PROGRAM:
As far back as 2002, Zwahili made the decision to re-introduce as many of the original mammal and plant species as possible. One of these was the re-establishment of Lion. Here at Zwahili, we have decided to do something, as the wrong thing to do, would be to do nothing. Join us in preserving and securing this species for future generations and especially for our children’s children. Let us seek to recover the gene of the Transvaal Lion.
Explore masterful cuisine inspired by African Flavors yet guided by the Western culinary tradition. Should you have any special dietary requirements such as vegan, pescatarian, etc. our Head Chef will gladly design a menu to suit your specific needs. Our tap water is pure, sweet in taste, and completely portable.
As the Southern Cross and Orion’s belt garland the dome of the night sky, the distant smell of campfire from the open-air boma welcomes the guests back from their early evening game drive in the winter months. The faint call of tribal drums announces an array of culinary delights to appease even the most discerning palates.
A romantic candlelit dinner set up on the deck of your suite or in a secluded spot around the lodge. It adds a perfect touch to a special birthday or anniversary celebration. (A service fee applies)
Elevate the humble picnic to a stylish Bushveld soirée. We will pack Traditional African crates with roast chicken, layered garden salad, yogurt with berries/fruit, freshly baked cornbread, and flavored ice-cold mineral water. Your guide will transport you to a picnic spot of choice; The large shady Marula tree, close to the lodge, provides an ideal setting for you and your loved one to unwind with a view of the small plains and a nearby watering hole.
For the more adventurous you can enjoy your picnic at the top of Witkop or on a rocky elevated area offering breathtaking views. Expect calm summer breezes while an array of birdlife serenades you in the background offering a gentle escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.