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Shonalanga Lodge

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Shonalanga Lodge

Shonalanga Lodge is located in Dombeya Game Reserve, a beautiful and peaceful retreat in central Eswatini. We have over 30 kms of gravel game drive roads, 10 kms of walking and hiking trails, and you often see herds of wildlife from the Lodge. The Lodge has stunning sunset views, a lovely private pool, and a wildlife watering hole within a 5 min stroll.

The Lodge: Our self-catering Shonalanga Lodge is stylish, comfortable and well-equipped. Tucked in a beautiful part of the Reserve, the Lodge provides basic tea/coffee and firewood- you just need to bring your own food and drinks. The Lodge is fresh, open and airy, with a large wrap-around verandah, which is perfect for watching wildlife. There is a very comfortable braai area (BBQ), and it’s common to have herds of giraffe and zebra wandering past.

The Lodge has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with an open-plan kitchen/sitting area. It can accommodate up to 4 people, though we can always add a camping mattress if you have an additional 1-2 children.

Exploring the Reserve: Dombeya is a beautiful and unique place to relax and enjoy nature, exploring at your own pace. It is an amazing chance to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in southern Africa.

Our walking/hiking trails wind through the prettiest parts of the Reserve, and it is splendid to encounter wildlife on foot, where you can stop and watch animals for as long as you like. The walking paths move on and off and between the gravel roads, so you can go for as long- or short- a walk as you’d like. The trails take you through dry riverbeds, by watering holes, and through riverine ecosystems- it’s very lovely!

The game drive roads are gravel and also excellent for exploring. It is fabulous to take your own game drives, and you are welcome to stop and get outside your vehicle at any time (please use common sense around wildlife!). Without the Big 5, this is a beautiful place to enjoy nature, up-close. We have plenty of wildlife, including giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, warthog, bushpig, steenbok, grey and red duiker, caracal, genet, bushbabies and many others.

There is also lovely birdwatching in the Reserve. We have counted over 210 species so far….please ask if you’d like a bird list! Keep you eyes open for Pink throated twinspots, a local favorite!

We recommend that you spend at least 2 or 3 nights with us so that you’ll have time to go for a sunset walk, take a few game drives, relax by the pool, and enjoy cooking some delicious meals under the stars….if you have time, please stay for another night or two and use us as a base to explore the rest of Eswatini! We’re happy to give travel advice!

How to Find Us: Our location is very convenient and easy-to-access. We are about 30 minutes from the Skhuphe International Airport and about 50 minutes from the Malkerns tourist route, off a good tar road (MR 5, between Mafutseni and Luve). Our entrance gate is 1 km off the tar road.

We look forward to your visit!

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