ESCAPE THE BUSINESS OF LIFE AND ENJOY THE TRANQUILITY OF GWAHUMBE, WRITES DOODY ADAMS
A short comfortable drive from Durban, the peace and quiet of Gwahumbe Game Lodge and Spa awaits. The nature reserve is set among the rolling hills of Mid-Illovo – a perfect piece of paradise for a much-deserved escape from the routine of everyday life.
Heavy mist and a slight drizzle greeted us, but it wasn’t long before we were enjoying a three-course dinner in the central dining area – and city life was a distant memory.
By the next morning the mist had lifted and the abundant birdlife were in full song to welcome the new day. The view across the valley with rolling green hills and zebra grazing near our room was magnificent, and epitomized the peacefulness and tranquility of the area.
The recently redecorated Sable Room is luxurious and comfortable, offering privacy, a beautiful viewing deck overlooking the valley, and an outside shower to complete the bush experience.
The family-owned 3 000 hectare property offers visitors game viewing opportunities either in the luxury of your own car, or in a game viewing vehicle which is highly recommended to take full advantage of the local knowledge of the game ranger. When it was time for a break, we enjoyed a stop at a viewing deck and soaked up the surroundings while sipping a G&T. For avid game spotters, the reserve is home to a variety of buck, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and birds.
The reserve can also be enjoyed via the multiple trail routes for cyclists, runners and walkers, and are a fabulous option if you prefer to make the most of the fresh air and enjoy the scenery.
Gwahumbe has its own spa offering a wide range of treatments. The full body massage is highly recommended – especially after braving a trail run in and out of the valley.
All meals are served in the central dining area, however private dining experiences can be arranged either in the privacy of your room, in the spa, or the wine cellar. An ideal way to celebrate a special occasion like a wedding anniversary or Valentine’s Day.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff at Gwahumbe, and they certainly ensured our stay was memorable and special.
FOR MORE INFO
031 781 1082 www.gwahumbe.co.za