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About Babanango Valley Lodge

Babanango Valley Lodge is a private sanctuary situated in the heart of Babanango Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, where guests are invited to experience the rich tapestry of Zulu history and awe-inspiring landscapes on over 20,000 hectares. This rewilding masterpiece showcases diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive aardvark and aardwolf, now complemented by the return of the African elephant, making Babanango Game Reserve Big Five. Babanango Valley Lodge stands as a serene escape with just nine luxury rooms offering panoramic views of Chris Dalzell's indigenous gardens.

Fenced for safety and exclusivity, the lodge features infinity and splash pools, a fireplace-warmed library, and an outdoor boma. Parents and their children are welcomed to enjoy spending time in the welcoming lounge area, while the kids have fun splashing around in the pools, creating unforgettable memories. With a boma under the stars, Babanango Valley Lodge fosters an intimate setting for sharing stories and savouring South African-style potjiekos and braais. Exclusive-use options provide personalised experiences for events, from milestone celebrations to corporate retreats, ensuring every detail is meticulously planned. Facilities include a venue lounge, boules activities, yoga deck, gym, boma, private dining, pool, and more.

Babanango Valley Lodge Setting

Babanango Game Reserve, an expansive conservation haven in Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, unfolds across 20,000 hectares of the upper White Umfolozi River Valley. This ambitious rewilding project combines breathtaking landscapes with a rich Zulu history, housing a diverse array of wildlife, from the legendary Big Five to the enigmatic aardvark and aardwolf. Guided game drives offer encounters with klipspringers, servals, and porcupines, while proximity to historic battle sites like Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift adds a cultural dimension to the reserve.

Babanango Valley Lodge, located in the southern reaches of Babanango Game Reserve, offers a luxurious escape amid this pristine wilderness. As a sanctuary of comfort and conservation, the lodge's guests contribute to the preservation of this unique ecosystem. Step into a world of luxury, history, and wildlife where you can fully experience the natural and cultural beauty of South Africa. Get ready to treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure!

What's included

Full Board:

  • Three meals daily
  • Two game drives daily including snacks
  • Basic teas and coffee

Frequently asked questions

  • Is Valley Lodge suitable for children?

  • Is Babanango a Big Five Game Reserve?

  • Are gratuities included?

  • Are there any dangerous wildlife on the property?

  • Is Malaria prevalent in this area?


  • Fantastic Stay

    Friendly staff, beautiful decor, breathtaking views and amazing food! We couldn't have asked for more. review

    D. Kaplan

  • Wonderful experience

    From the minute we arrived, everything was just perfect - from the food and the awesome staff to the overall experience. review

    H. McMaster

  • Special conservation experience

    An idyllic lodge in with incredibly friendly staff. I was impressed by the reserve managers who answered all of my questions in much detail. I highly recommend Babanango Game Reserve to anyone who wants to learn about the issue of species conservation in Africa and also wants to experience it on another level. review

    T. Woodbridge

Babanango Valley Lodge impact highlights

Babanango Valley Lodge at Babanango Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, represents a remarkable success story for both conservation and the local community. Born out of a visionary collaboration between local communities with land-ownership rights and philanthropic investors committed to sustainable conservation practices, the reserve has undergone a significant transformation. Previously suffering from intensive cattle grazing and illicit hunting, the land is now formally under conservation stewardship. Nearly 74% of the reserve area is contributed by surrounding community trusts, namely Emcakwini, Esibongweni, and KwaNgono, placing community land ownership at the heart of the conservation project. The lease income generated by these trusts directly benefits the community, enhancing their collective quality of life. The most significant boon for local communities, however, lies in the creation of new jobs, with approximately 60% of the 220 permanent positions filled by individuals from these communities. The project prioritizes skills development, upliftment, and vocational training, fostering a new 'wildlife-economy' in neighboring communities as entrepreneurship takes root. Valley Lodge exemplifies the transformative power of collaborative conservation efforts, revitalizing both the natural environment and the lives of those living within its reach.

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