Ray and Emily George from Blue Waterlust

Emily and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an unforgettable vacation and for welcoming us into the Zulu Nyala family.

Like many visitors we met at Zulu Nyala, our booking began with winning a charity auction. I told my wife before the auction began that she should start packing because I’m going to win the trip. I’m so happy we did. Although our plans were delayed a couple of years due to the pandemic, this vacation was worth the wait.

As we drove from King Shaka airport to Zulu Nyala, the anticipation kept building and the animals must have sensed it because the main rode from the gate to the lodge had a huge welcoming committee waiting. Free roaming Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Nyala, Wildebeest, Warthog, and Kudu were all over and even blocked the road.

As we piled out of our rental, we had a second welcoming party waiting on us…three cats named Fanta, Pepsi and Max. They may be house cats but what they lack in size, they make up for in personality and friendliness. We checked in quickly, dumped our bags off in our room then headed to the restaurant to catch the sunset. From the balcony there we watched as it slowly sank into the mountains. Absolutely stunning!

During our stay we visited several other lodges/reserves and quickly learned bigger is not always better. Zulu Nyala lodge had a larger variety of animal sightings than three of the other parks we visited. All of our game drives were exciting and filled with photographic moments. Our adventures outside of the lodge were the photo hunts for big cats. Unfortunately, several times we came up empty. Not only were the big cats hiding so were most of the other animals. Zulu Nyala and its rangers had spoiled us and on the next to last day, leopards were spotted on our morning drive. “BIG WOW!” Ranger Welcome.

It brings me such joy to write this as all the memories are fresh and flooding in. A very special thanks to V and all the staff accommodating us as we took photos and videos of them doing everything around the lodge. It’s humbling when you’ve made the transition from retirement to Videographer and the staff is asking, “Were you able to get this on video? Okay, let’s do it again!” Amazing experiences become historic when you’re surrounded by amazing people. Emily and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an unforgettable vacation and for welcoming us into the Zulu Nyala family.