Win with Duma Zulu Game Lodge and Traditional Village – conference facilities in KZN

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The Venue Pages has a new competition running, sponsored by Gooderson Leisure Resorts, starting today, for a lucky winner to win a wonderful prize for 2 adults, on a bed and breakfast basis, at the DUMA ZULU GAME LODGE AND TRADITIONAL VILLAGE in the Hluhluwe district of Kwa Zulu Natal. Read this article, then leave your answer in the comments section and click the Facebook like button and you could be the winner !

Good Luck!

Some facts …

POST AND PRE CONFERENCE TOURS – KZN

Duma Zulu is an ideal venue for pre or post international conference tours preceding or following conventions or conferences being hosted in Durban at the International Convention Centre, or any of the larger hotels. Approximately 3.5 hour’s drive from Durban to Hluhluwe, the closest town to the venue.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve is, of course where all of the Big-5 will be found and trips to this large Game Reserve can be easily undertaken in a day. Make Duma Zulu your base to visit all the local attractions i.e. the Game Reserves, arts and crafts stalls, the wonderful coast line at Sodwana Bay where you may arrange a day of diving in the coral reefs. At Sodwana, for the Padi Divers among you, Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated a short drive from Duma Zulu.

DumaZulu – translated as “thundering Zulu” – offers a variety of unforgettable experiences both for those staying as guests and visitors from destinations that are further away. In addition to experiencing local traditions and dance whilst visiting their onsite Zulu village and cultural museum, the lodge offers the option of providing guests with a two to three day stay that is jam packed with a wide variety of activities. While many families simply enjoy relaxing next to the pool in the warm Zululand sunshine, the more energetic and adventurous can book game drives, elephant and cheetah interactions and more with the Lodge’s reception staff.

What makes DumaZulu truly unique are the 21 rounded ethnic huts which comprise the accommodation rooms at the Lodge. These are arranged in a circle around a central cattle kraal in true Zulu tradition. Exteriors are designed to reflect the different tribes of Southern Africa – Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele as well as the introduction of a new Sangoma Hut for the Zulu Village. The lodge has received a complete renovation of its public rest rooms, new thatching, re-tiling of their bar and dining room and the clearing of the surrounding bush. This has certainly encouraged the viewing of some friendly game such as Red and Grey Duiker, Bush Buck, Mongoose, Crested Guinea fowls and Bush Babies.

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DumaZulu has also proved a real bird lover’s paradise. If you listen carefully, you can hear pockets of sunbirds in the undergrowth. An added bonus is the resident large barn owl that has made the Lodge’s reception area its home. Visiting birds that can also be spotted include the spotted Blue Mantled Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Brown Bul, Yellow streaked Brown Bul, Dark-Backed Weaver, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbills, Crowned Hornbills, Grey Wax Bill and Eastern Nicator.

Of course, the most well known residents reside in the snake and croc park which houses the likes of a snouted cobra, pythons, black and green mambas, crocs and an albino Nile crocodile. Duma Zulu’s guide not only takes guests through the park but feeds the crocs and introduces the not so faint hearted to some of the friendlier reptiles. There is also a water feature housing some of the baby crocodiles at reception to welcome guests on their arrival. (Do not fear! They are well trained!)

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Duma Zulu staff are also truly proud of their restaurant which is becoming well known for a traditional Zulu lunch that is served in an open thatched dining room with the likes of samp, beans and a variety of traditional foods on the menu. They have also introduced a staff choir under the watchful eye of the food and beverage manageress, Evidence Msezane, to entertain all diners.
Highlights during the past year have included a number of community projects. A pipeline has recently been laid between the Lodge’s borehole and the neighbouring Glenpark Primary school which has been without water for years. Management and staff are also in the throes of helping create vegetable gardens that will not only feed and provide an income for local people but may even help stock the lodge’s kitchen in the future.

New exciting additions that are coming soon include a Bird Park as well as a conference centre.

Competition Corner: The time has come ….. to enter the competition, to be included in the lucky draw which will take place on 31 March 2013, simply answer this question below:

Question: What is the nearest town to Duma Zulu Game Lodge?

Answers to reach us by 31 March, 2013 by leaving your answer in the comments section below and clicking the Facebook Like button.

Brought to you in the interests of conference and leisure tourism by The Venue Pages (www.venuepages.co.za and Gooderson Leisure Resorts (www.goodersonleirusre.co.za)

 

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Upgrade at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, a conference center in Mpumalanga

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What’s new at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, a conference center in Mpumalanga?

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, located just 100m from the Paul Kruger entrance to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, will be completing the final phase of its renovations between February 2013 and May 2013.

The hotel, on the banks of the Sabie River, offers a luxurious, authentic African bush experience to both international and domestic travelers, and this includes a unique conference centre for national conferences and seminars and for international groups attending annual conferences in South Africa.

Conference Organisers, looking for a traditional country setting, with access to the world renowned Kruger Park need look no further! The conference centre at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate seats up to 220 people, in various seating styles, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, excellent cuisine and superb service.

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As hotel guest rooms are spread over the hotel property, there will be no disruption to resident guests during the renovation process.

The final 58 rooms will receive an elegant makeover with comfort in mind. The beds are being replaced with luxurious extra-length bed sets and all the room furnishings are being refurbished or replaced.

The rooms will also boast comfortable multipurpose L-shaped daybeds that can double as children’s beds, and new insect-resistant window screens.

When the refurbishment is complete the hotel will have 57 rooms with king or twin beds, 8 inter-leading rooms and 33 family rooms with 2 double beds, to cater to the ever-growing South African family leisure market visiting the Kruger National Park.

The refurbishment so far has encompassed several rooms, elevated walkways, conference facilities and perhaps most importantly, energy-saving water and electricity devices to reduce the property’s carbon footprint.

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The hotel’s restaurant has had its own facelift in the refurbishment process, as has the Lapa outdoor dining area.

Protea Hospitality Group Director of Sales Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, says the new facilities and the room revamps are extremely impressive and in keeping with the Protea Hospitality Group’s high service and brand standards.
Work will be completed in May this year.
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About Protea Hotels
Protea Hotels is Africa’s largest and leading hotel group and has a footprint of some 125 properties throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia and Kenya amongst others. Each hotel is uniquely different in character and the collection ranges from urban accommodation to country retreats, all in the 3 and 4-star markets. Protea Hotels is the winner of 2 World Travel Awards for Best Hotel Group in Africa, winner of 3 Sunday Times Markinor Top Hotel Brand Awards and the winner of 3 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next surveys.

The hotel group became a wholly owned South African company again in April 2009 after a consortium comprising Protea Hotels management, its BEE shareholders and Investec Private Equity bought back the 74 percent stake the hotel group sold to Australian-based Stella Hospitality Group three years ago.

Protea Hotels has a variety of conference hotels and accommodation in all the major centres in South Africa, in the country, the mountains, the Game Reserves and in the smaller towns. Look no further as their motto is standards and service first.

This news flash has been brought to you by Protea Hotels and Venue Pages.
http://www.proteahotels.com and http://www.venuepages.co.za

WILD COAST JIKELEZA FESTIVAL AT INKWENKWEZI GAME RESERVE

 

Day 71: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

Day 71: Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve (Photo credit: sharonpe)

The Eastern Cape has seen some busy activities in this past month with the Grahamstown Arts Festival having kick-started the events which have followed in its wake. Stats at the festival recorded that some 218 000 visitors checked in at the Arts Festival.

This past weekend, The Stanton’s who own the magnificent Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Lodge hosted the 13thWild Coast Jikeleza Festival’ on their beautiful property, 30 klms east of East London. This is a sequel to last weekend’s ‘Christmas in July Festival’ at Hogsback.  Both events attracted thousands of visitors and the organisers said that the attendance and participation exceeded all expectations.

Graham Stanton, founder of the Wild Coast Jikeleza Association and co-owner of Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve, was motivated to start the annual Jikeleza Festival and Jikeleza Association by a trip along the KZN Midlands Meander 13 years ago. ‘Jikeleza’, a Xhosa name means ‘Meander’ and the tourism area of Jikeleza starts from Floradale outside East London and continues along the East Coast Resorts Road.

The Jikeleza Marketing movement is responsible for having created some 500 full-time jobs for local folk.

The festival attracts visitors from Port Elizabeth, Queenstown Mthatha and of course, East London and surrounding areas.

A little background

Inkwenkwezi, was a manifested dream of the Umtata born Stanton brothers, Graham and Keith.

Some time after Graham matriculated, he moved to the CintsaValley and bought portion of the property on which Inkwenkwezi is now situated with the idea of developing a game farm.

Over the years, stocking of the game park has resulted in there being over 40 species of game, including sightings of leopard which have been encouraged by the buck/game to return to the area.

One of the Big-5 reserves however taking into consideration the uniqueness of the reserve’s locality, being adjacent to the coast there is also the possibility of spotting the Southern Wright Whale which would entitle this magical property to be called a Big-6 Reserve!

Inkwenkwezi started off employing 10 staff members and over the years, as the reserve has grown they now employ 80 people with these numbers likely to grow as the reserve develops even further. Local crafters are also encouraged to provide the on site Curio Shop with locally made items, native to the area.

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is a 4-star property offering luxury tented accommodation, tastefully appointed with all mod-cons and en-suite bathrooms plus 25 en-suite bedrooms in the Lodge.

Conference venues at Inkwenkwezi Game Lodge

4-star Conference facilities seat up to 120 delegates while the Lapa, used for out-door conferences and events seats up to 30 people. A relaxing haven in the bush where traditional and Western cuisine is offered to resident guests.

Each family in residence in the luxury tented camp is served right royally by a dedicated tour guide/ranger who attends to all one’s needs from collecting guests at their tent and taking them to the Lodge or the Lapa for their meals to taking them on a personal game drive throughout the magnificent reserve, home to Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, many species of Buck, Zebra, Cheetah, Warthog and many bird species.

Activities on site include guided game drives, guided mountain biking, guided quad bike tours, and the tour of the Elephant Sanctuary, a highlight of one’s visit to Inkwenkwezi where visitors may interact with the elephants, feed them, touch and smell them. An experience you will never forget, close up and personal with one of the world’s greatest and largest animals.

Article written by Rosalie Howard, The Venue Pages.