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  • Situated in the Kuleni game park, with plenty of birdlife and general game (no predators)
  • Small waterhole makes for rewarding game viewing from the decks or plunge pools
  • Elegant bushveld chalets offer a comfortable stay

Bushwillow Collection

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 8 years and older

21km from Hluhluwe


-27.9052, 32.3551


Located in Kuleni Game Park, an area of four habitats all woven into one: sandforest, wetlands, grassland and bushveld, Bushwillow Collection offers an eclectic choice of tranquil accommodation. The couches in the main lounge encourage visitors to relax, while a dip in the pool will help you to cool off on sizzling Zululand summer days. The open plan kitchen allows guests to see and smell the honest home-cooked food being prepared, before it is served either outside on the main deck or inside on the large eucalyptus table.

Wooden walkways link the Tamboti and Marula Chalets to the intimate main lodge, which accommodates just six guests who will be personally hosted by Jana Beets. The air-conditioned chalets feature huge windows and decks which offer seamless views of the surrounding bush and are cosily furnished with wood and textured fabrics in rich colours. 

The self-catering Boutique Chalets are stylishly designed, high ceiling timber structures with wooden floors and each with its own bright, modern colour scheme, and are named after trees that can be found in the area. Self-contained and spacious, the eclectic chalets each have a plunge pool and lots of glass, allowing the bush to seep into the airy rooms. Originally a farm rondavel, The Cottage has been lovingly renovated and is a perfect self-catering getaway for families and friends.

This owner-managed lodge offers a very personal service, and ensures that guests can have the best bush experience that the area can offer. Armed with torches and magnifying glasses, guests can take on an early evening walk with an experienced and enthusiastic field guide to learn about the habits, webs and antics of spiders. A wealth of activities in the area can be arranged by the lodge, and all-inclusive packages and specials are available.

Rates & Summary

Lodge - Marula Chalet

Sleeps 4 in 2 King/twin bedrooms
Both with en-suite bath and shower
Private lounge area
Large private deck

Lodge - Tambotie Chalet

Sleeps 2 in extra-length King bed
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck

3 Self-Catering Boutique Chalets 

Two chalets accommodate 2 each
One chalet accommodates 4 
En-suite bath and shower
Each with private deck & plunge pool

Self-Catering Cottage 

Sleeps 4 in 2 King/twin bedrooms
Bedrooms have pullout beds for kids
Open veranda
Main deck with spa bath


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B&B, DB&B, and self-catering options
Self-catering boutique chalet breakfast delivered by arrangement at R 75 (R 40 per child)


Kids are very welcome at Bushwillow.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free if sharing bed or in own cot 
  • 3 - 4: R 300 per extra child in two room Chalet & Cottage
  • 3 - 11yrs: 50% of the adult rate if sharing Marula or Tamboti Lodge Chalets.

Why Stay Here?

Set in Kuleni Game Park near Hluhluwe, Bushwillow offers opportunity to spot plenty of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, and other ‘safe’ game, and for ultimate relaxation guests can recline on the expansive decks or sit in a plunge pool and view animals that pass by to visit the cunningly hidden small waterhole. Bushwillow Collection offers intimate catered or self-catered accommodation in a variety of unique luxury rooms at the Lodge, Boutique Chalets and Cottage. Guests can expect warm hospitality and comfort in this nature lover’s haven, with a variety of outdoor activities on offer.


  • Situated in the Kuleni game park, with plenty of birdlife and general game (no predators)
  • Small waterhole makes for rewarding game viewing from the decks or plunge pools
  • Elegant bushveld chalets offer a comfortable stay


The Tamboti chalet is very secluded and private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

Good gravel approach roads are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Guided or self-guided bush walks
  • Birding safari
  • Evening spider safari
  • Nearby: boat cruises, beach trips, craft shops, cultural tours, fishing, bush golf, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing, scuba diving


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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