Bonamanzi Game Reserve

Bonamanzi is a privately owned Game Reserve, 4000 hectares in size with the Hluhluwe River forming our Eastern border.​ Proclaimed a Natural Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the biodiversity of the Reserve we offer Sand Forests, Savanna & Wetland Areas. This diversity is why Bonamanzi is recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa.From the Eastern side of the Reserve we offer magnificent views over False Bay – on the Western side a Viewing Deck overlooking the Lalapanzi Dam where one can relax and watch the sun set.
Bonamanzi Guest House has been named a Best Value establishment.

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Things to do here at Bonamanzi

Game Drives

Two or three hour experience under the expert guidance of our game rangers or do your own game drive.

Boat Trips

Experience the Hluhluwe river on a guided two our tour, and a 1 hour game drive to and from the river.

Crocodile Feeding

Every second Saturday morning we feed our crocs, learn about these reptiles, its free and a thrill to to watch.

Go birding

With over 426 species to see - Bonamanzi Game Reserve is a burd0watcher's paradise

Eat out

The Lalapanzi Restaurant and viewing desk makes for the ideal place to treat you and your family to a meal with no fuss.

And so much more...

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Wild Life

The Big Four

Bonamanzi is home to “The Big Four“, no Lion. We offer Game Drives on the Reserve which can be booked and paid for at Reception. There are a few roads open to guests to do self drives but these are limited to certain areas and do not cover the whole Reserve, the Route covers a portion of the Sand Forest and takes you down to a section of the Hluhluwe River. We suggest that guests drive in a 4×4. Access to these roads is strictly dependent on the weather – no admittance during or directly after a rain storm, our Reserve Manager will open the roads once sufficiently dry. This also applies to our Guided Game Drives.One of Bonamanzi’s special features is that it provides an interactive bush experience in which you can participate in one of our guided walks or a game drive. We offer unguided walks on our well appointed trails – caution needs to be taken on these and the guest needs to take full responsibility for their own safety.

Within a short 30 minute drive we have the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi “Big Five” Reserve

We offer Game Drives to the Park and more information on these drives can be obtained from our Reception desk.

Isimangaliso Wetland Park
 – with access gained via the Ndlozi Gate is a mere 30 minute drive away.