You’ve survived the festive season, but now it’s time to start planning a weekend escape up the North Coast – without breaking the bank, writes Lorna King
Durbanites are truly spoilt for choice when looking for a weekend away, and with the number of game reserves and bush and wildlife activities offered up the North Coast, it’s good to know affordable, yet good accommodation is available.
Set on KZN’s Elephant Coast, the three-star Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris is ideally situated close to Hluhluwe Game Reserve on the one side, and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a world heritage site, on the other.
Boasting more than 80 rooms, two four-bed self-catering rondavels and a five-star self-catering lodge which is great for families, the standard accommodation at Anew is clean, spacious and basic – just what you’d expect on a bush experience.
A beautiful swimming pool with bar area is the perfect place for relaxing as you listen to the sounds of gushing water competing with the chattering of birdlife coming from the bird sanctuary on the hotel grounds. Alternatively, if you just want to curl up with a good book, a comfortable lounge area is ideal.
The restaurant offers buffet-style food, and every night when the drums beat you know it’s time for traditional Zulu dancing at the beautiful boma – a spectacle not to be missed. But be prepared – you might find yourself shaking a leg and causing a dust storm as you stomp away on the ground.
There’s more than enough to pack into a weekend in and around Hluhluwe. A game drive to nearby Hluhluwe Game Reserve is a must, and our trusty, knowledgeable guide made the adventure all the more enjoyable for us.
From game drives to whale watching, scuba diving, bird watching, hiking, visiting the Zulu Croc Reptile Park, or taking in an educational tour at the Dumazulu Traditional Village,
you’ll be hard pressed to find time for an afternoon snooze.
If it’s good old-fashioned comfort and family-friendly service you’re after that won’t break the bank, then Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris ticks all the boxes.
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