Hluhluwe Accommodation at Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project

In prehistoric times, about 130,000 years ago, early man in Zululand lived in caves high up in the Lebombo Mountains. Their diet was varied, because they exploited the resources of the sea, as well as hunted animals on the land.

However, today we can offer our guests in Zululand far more comfortable accommodation in Hluhluwe than the old caves. Instead of exploiting our resources, guests can relax and enjoy the true South African country cuisine while viewing all Zululands’ resources.

Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project, as a high quality three star lodge and is situated on a small game farm, with sand forest vegetation. Close to the National road (1.5 km), Emdoneni Lodge is accessible for any visitor who still wants to experience the luxury of a bush environment and also be close to the main attractions such as Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserves (23 km) and St Lucia World Heritage Park (from 30 km away). This intimate and beautiful, multi-award winning lodge is the ideal location from which to explore the wildlife and coastal reserves in Zululand.  Nature lovers & enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of our wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives offered at Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserves, guided and non-guided walks done at the lodge, cultural excursions close by and relaxing boat cruises at Lake St Lucia. Our passionate and very knowledgeable rangers cannot wait to introduce you to our region!

Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project offers guests elegantly decorated, intimate and comfortable accommodation in Hluhluwe in chalets and rondavels, on a bed & breakfast or dinner, bed & breakfast basis.  There are mainly showers in the rooms, with the exception of two rooms which do include baths.

The accommodation is enhanced by facilities which encourage our guests to unwind, relax and enjoy the spectacular lodge surroundings, including a boma, swimming pool and sky deck.

Walk with the wildlife including Zebra, Impala, Nyala and Red and Grey Duiker.  The bird life in Zululand is also abundant.

The surrounding area is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers. Some of the specials one might go in search of are: Narina trogon, Blue Crested Lourie, Mangrove King Fisher, African Broadbill, Pink Throated Twin Spot, Blue Billed Fire Finch.

If you ever dreamt of getting close to nature, interacting with tame cats like Cheetah, Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project is the place to visit!

Come and be mesmerised by the beauty of the Caracal, enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed & agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat…  We offer educational tours daily, Monday to Sunday with a feeding during the afternoon tour only.  ALL tours to the Cheetah Project will be FREE of charge during the duration of your stay.

It is impossible to run out of things to do in this little slice of wilderness heaven. Some of the activities at Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project itself include visiting the cat centre, taking guided walks through the game lodge amongst the animals and if you require someone to look after the kids whilst you enjoy the activities, then Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project offers a children’s program too.

If you feel like a day out to explore the surrounding areas, there is plenty more to do. Visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve (around the corner from us) or Mkuze Game Reserve and take a game drive in search of the elusive and famous Big Five. If its Zulu culture and education you’re after, then visit the Zulu Cultural Village.

Those of you in search of water-based activities have the option of visiting any of the following: Lake St Lucia, Cape Vidal Snorkeling Safaris, Sodwana Bay, St Lucia Wetlands, Jozini Dam and Kosi Bay.

Chalet singles


Spacious and elegant chalets with an authentic atmosphere to maximise comfort. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom (shower only) and a lovely view on the garden. Two chalets adjacent to each other with a split patio.

We offer twin beds or king size beds with an en-suite bathroom. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in all rooms.  



This unique African-style, round, thatched roof is called a rondavel. The unit consists of two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom (with shower only). Each unit has an adjoining door between the two bedrooms, making it ideal for families. The rondavels have a view over the garden and it is in close proximity of the swimming pool and restaurant. The units are elegantly decorated with an authentic atmosphere. Extras: Air conditioners, ceiling fans, bar fridge, as well as coffee and tea making facilities.


Honeymoon Suite

The Honeymoon Suite, Windfall Cottage, is privately situated under Marula trees and offers great comfort and privacy. It consists of a lounge with DSTV, romantic bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a free standing bath, leading to an outside shower in a privately fenced Boma area. Sit and relax on your private patio, having your morning coffee or tea. In the afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine and watch Zebra, Nyala and Impala roam around the cottage. Ideal for honeymooners or for those looking for a romantic weekend away.

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