Welcomed, perhaps, by a Nyala having a quiet drink
The bushcamp accommodation comprises of an enormous, thatched and elevated deck, with canvassed sides and enclosed log cabin in the rear, comfortably sleeps up to 8 guests in the open air, either under mosquito nets, or just with the fans keeping the air moving gently.
A paved pathway around the back of the deck leads to the very unique, very private bathroom, surrounded by bush. The big sliding windows render a sense of bush belonging allowing one to observe (or be observed) transforming the most mundane of activities into an experience.
The spacious braai area, under an enormous Acacia, also paved with sleeper-logs, a most inviting place to spend long evenings around the fire relaxing, watching the dancing flames. This leads on to the open rondavel kitchen, fully equipped for the self-catering guest : including a fridge, microwave, gas stove and freezer.
The camp is serviced daily by a very unobtrusive Chivale, who, between 7.00 and 7.30 will announce his arrival with a polite cough. He will efficiently attend to your needs before slipping away unnoticed, only to re-appear when there is something that needs to be done, or to stack the fire for another evening of relaxation.
Hlala-Ingwe Cottage at Lake Jozini
Hlala-Ingwe, 'Where the Leopard sleeps', so named as this is where one of the 3 Leopard that roam the reserve was first sighted. However, with the cottage being built and subsequently occupied, this unobtrusive creature of the night has moved on to quieter territory, although occasionally seen nearby.
Hlala-Ingwe Cottage is situated in the heart of the Pongola Game Reserve (south), bordering on the famous Jozini Lake. Guests have the best of both worlds the reserve offering splendid viewing of a large variety of game, including the often unseen Nyala and Mountain Reedbuck indigenous to the area; Black and White Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo, while the lake offers opportunity for long lazy afternoons on a boat cruise, or pursuing that Tigerfish trophy!
Built in the similar appealing style as the lodge thatch and stone, with large cottage-pane windows. The cottage has 2 bedrooms sleeping 2 each, both en-suite with a shower in one en-suite and a bath in the other. The high pitched thatch roof allows for a large loft area above the bedrooms that has been carpeted, and can comfortably sleep 4 additional persons.
There is a separate toilet with handbasin between the 2 bedrooms. The entire cottage is air-conditioned with a central cooling system.
The spacious open-plan kitchen and comfortable lounge area are separated only by a breakfast nook. There is a fridge, microwave and 4 plate stove in the kitchen, as well as other appliances such as kettle, toaster etc. The kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery and crockery for 8 guests.
This area leads out onto a large undercover veranda furnished with a patio suite, and extends onto the boma-style braai area surrounded by Leadwood timber, shaded by an enormous Tamboti tree. The entire area is paved. On each side of the cottage is a large grassed area, and a jungle-gym for children.
The cottage is privately situated within walking distance from the lodge, and driving distance from the lake. Guests are permitted to self-drive to the lake, and are welcome to bring their own boats and fish at their leisure.
Firewood supplied. Serviced daily. Self-catering Accommodation.