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Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at Bushlands as part of a game viewing trip to the hluhluwe umfolozi game park. The accommodation was literally in the trees amongst the birds and resident wildlife. Well maintained boardwalks throughout make it a truly bush experience. We were able to spot giraffe, zebra and buck during out early morning walking trail on the property. The establishment is so child friendly making it an ideal destination for families! The room was clean with all the main conveniences provided. Bathroom was on the small side.

From arriving through the gates we were in the bush. This reserve has wonderful non predatory animals, zebra, giraffe, buck, nyala, dykers, warthog, birds galore and we even saw a huge rare eagle owl. Wow. Watching the animals at the water hold from a purpose built hide with seating, was a bonus. Accommodation was clean with all mod cons. No TV but who wants TV in the bush? Plenty to do with game drives etc. so not really much time to watch. There is WIFI, they have a fabulous' hotspot' on the decking near the bar and boma. Food was good and plentiful, staff and management could not have been more helpful. Will return.

Lovely quiet place but lacks WiFi and TV in rooms. Service at the bar a bit slow with ice and glasses before the tourist buses arrived. Room comfortable with much needed air con. A reasonable second option if places in Hluhluwe are full.

Rooms are very clean and comfortable. Meals are great and represent traditional South African meals. Staff are very friendly. Great break for families or a quiet getaway. Great place for birding. Nice viewing deck to watch animals at waterhole.

We stayed one night as a stop over spot on our trip to Phinda. The area is lovely and there is small game throughout the reserve. You are able to walk within the reserve as there are no dangerous animals. The rooms did the job and have aircon. The bathrooms are a little tired though. The food was very good and the options were quite broad.

A non-pretentious, peaceful lodge amidst a gentle game park with zebras, nyalas, giraffes... Suitable for those who want to spend a day or two or more in African nature, in a comfortable log cabin, sit by the fire in the evening ... and conveniently located close to Dumazulu Zulu cultural village and Hluhluwe game park... Book a game drive with them; their guides are amazing...

We were part of a Grand Circle tour with 41 people, we staying here for two nights in room 24. It was at the end of the boardwalk, the last room before needing to take a shuttle. It was a pleasant unit with living room and bedroom, a refrigerator, and front and side porch. Morning and night two Red Duikers ran around in front of our unit, and one early evening we were surprised to see 3 adult giraffes, 15 feet from the boardwalk path right near our room. Meals were buffets with an excellent variety and all staff were friendly and helpful. There is a nice viewing deck, with roof, and chairs and tables overlooking a water hole. It is truly an oasis in the bush!

An oasis in the bush. What a pleasant surprise. The Lodge was unfortunately fully booked at the time of our reservation with a large group. The management (Courtney and Tracey) were fantastic and assisted us with a self catering unit, but arranged to include us in the breakfasts and dinners. Although they were catering for the group we were discretely settled so that we did not feel swamped, but were included in the activities which were arranged for the group at dinner. The service was attentive and the food (buffet dinner on first night and 3 course on second) was most enjoyable. Tracey ensured that we experienced all that the Lodge had to offer. We had thought that the wooden walkways only led to the accommodation units, but lucky for us we were taken down one of them and what a treat awaits at the end. An upmarket hide, overlooking a water hole which provides a never ending display of game and birdlife. So special. Thank you for the attention to detail and a most fantastic stay. The Lodge is within easy driving distance to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Bushlands offers game drives if one does not wish to self drive.

We were a combined family of 9: 4 adults, and 5 kids ranging from 7 to 15. 4 of our party had never been to Africa before. The lodge's guide, the amiable Siyabonga, drove us on two afternoons to Hluhluwe (half an hour's drive away) on a guided tour, and he did a fantastic job of it. The American cousins were enthralled. We also were able to wander in the extensive grounds of the game lodge, where giraffe and nyala came quite close to our accommodation. We stayed in a large house, which meant we didn't have to worry about the kids disturbing other guests. The atmosphere of the lodge is relaxed and friendly, and the food is delicious, plentiful and varied. Excellent value all round.

Great place to be, very friendly staff really taking care of you. Had some nice observations on the viewing deck. Good food around the camp fire. 2 nights enough though, moving on now to St. Lucia. Good place !

Lot H99, Bushlands Road Hluhluwe KwaZulu-Natal

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge places you 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. This 21-room, 3-star lodge welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. In a national park, the lodge is also within a 30-minute drive of False Bay Park.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge.


All of Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge's 21 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including patios, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Rooms also include ceiling fans.

Property features

Guests staying at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a garden. There's free parking and an airport shuttle. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a gift shop, a porter/bellhop, and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Standard Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 86 reviews