Vital Information | Frequently Asked Questions

Vital information and answers to frequently asked questions by visitors and guests of Bonamanzi Game Reserve.

Is the tap water drinkable?
Although every effort is made to ensure that our tap water is drinkable and palatable, we recommend that guests staying in the self-catering and camping accommodations bring extra drinking water for their own convenience.
If you bring along your own containers, these can be refilled in our kitchen at a nominal fee. Please ask at Reception for assistance.

How far is the nearest town?
The town of Hluhluwe is a 10 minute drive from Bonamanzi. The village has petrol/diesel facilities, banking, a pharmacy and 3 Grocery Stores.

Are there medical services?
The nearest hospital is at Richards Bay, an hour’s drive from Bonamanzi. The nearest medical help is ten minutes away in Hluhluwe where a doctor is permanently on call for Bonamanzi Guests.

What about Malaria?
Bonamanzi is located in a low-risk malaria area.

How do you pronounce Hluhluwe?
This Zulu word derives its name from a thorny rope which is known as iHluhluwe by the Zulus. It is pronounced “Shloo Shloo wee”.

What about security?
Bonamanzi has trained security guards on duty 24 hours a day. A security boom monitors all vehicles entering the property and the entrance gate to Bonamanzi is locked at night. Due to poaching vehicles may be searched when on the grounds.

How far are other wildlife reserves from Bonamanzi?
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is renowned for Operation Rhino where the white rhino was saved from extinction. It is a 20 minute drive to the Memorial Gate entrance to this world-class game park – home to the Big 5.

Mkuze Game Reserve is a 62km drive and Tembe Elephant Park up in the Northernmost corner of the province, a 2 and a half hour drive away.

When is the best time to visit?
Bonamanzi has trained security guards on duty 24 hours a day. A security boom monitors all vehicles entering the property and the entrance gate to Bonamanzi is locked at night. Due to poaching vehicles may be searched when on the grounds.

How far are other wildlife reserves from Bonamanzi?
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is renowned for Operation Rhino where the white rhino was saved from extinction. It is a 20 minute drive to the Memorial Gate entrance to this world-class game park – home to the Big 5.