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Bonmanazi Game Reserve

Located in KwaZulu Natal


Tel: +27 83 634 0895

Its a where you get to experience a touch of the wild in Africa

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.

Our giveaway to helping to promote South Africa as a tourist destination

You can win:
2 Nights in a Self Catering Tree House unique to Bonamanzi.

Additionally you are automatically entered into the competition to win the great South Africa adventure holiday worth more than R150 000.

Value of Bonmanazi Game Reserve prize
Closing date of competition:

18:00 on 30.10.2022

Subject to availability and must be taken before 31 May 2023.

We have been able to offer this giveaway through a collaboration with our wide network of travel and tourism partners. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored this incredible adventure holiday giveaway for 2 persons valued at over R150 000!! But there is even more. There is also a bonus prize of a 4k Olfi action camera up for grabs.

Our mission is to create  tourism awareness in South Africa and heightened attention for the upcoming tourism month of September. Its all about getting more locals and returning South Africans,  travelling this wonderful country of ours. If we can encourage international tourists too even better.

The great South Africa adventure holiday worth R150000 unpacked

Giants Castle Slack Packing Trail

Slackpacking – Explore the Drakensberg foothills without the burden of a backpack walking from lodge to lodge, having your luggage transported for you and looking forward to excellent 3 course meals.

Experience the St Lucia estuary from St Lucia Eco Lodge for 2 nights including breakfast and dinner as well as a game drive and boat safari. This lodge is an ideal point from which to explore South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Karkloof Canopy Tour

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! Feel like Tarzan as you zip safely from platform to platform with a yodel to wake the squirrels.

Stay another night at Antbear Lodge after you have completed the slack packing trail in a Mountain View site including dinner and breakfast. Take in a cultural storytelling experience in  our star gazing hammock camp

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning is a gentle experience that is suitable for all. Imagine drifting at a leisurely pace across the magnificent Drakensberg 

Via Faretta Drakensberg

For those that enjoy walking or hiking through our beautiful countryside we invite you to enjoy a mountain climbing route that has aids such as ladders, steps and cable.

Ardmore Guest Farm

Stay 3 nights at Ardmore Guest Farm  including dinner and breakfast. You will want the extra time here to experience Scootours downhill scooters and the Via Feratta rock climbing trail. Dont forget one of the mornings will be and early start to float away in a hot air balloon Value 

Sootours downhill scooters

Feel the thrill as you negotiate a downhill mountain experience in the Central Drakensberg. Scooters are non-motorized making this Eco-friendly. 

Tree Tree Hill Lodge

Stay 2 nights at Three Tree Hill Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. The old-world charm of this upmarket lodge with its large verandahs creates an ideal environment in which to wind down and enjoy nature. Included is a game walk and if you can also consider to take part in a guided battlefield tour.

Granny Mouse

2 Nights relaxing in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. Explore the Midlands Meander and relax with  the very best in opulent accommodation coupled with old-world charm and service, embedded into the ethos and foundations of this historic hotel.

safari at Bonamznzi

Enter the rough terrain of Bonamanzi in Northern KZN. Its home to the big 4 and with its wide expanses of bush, makes game viewing the best in the country. 2 Nights in a treehouse with dinner, bed and breakfast including a game drive


2 nights  at the five star  Fugitives Drift Lodge. Take part in Fugitives’ Drift’s awe-inspiring battlefield tours, which bring the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana to life, leaving one with a deep and tangible insight into some of the most moving of South Africa’s battlefields.


Stay 2 nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge  including dinner and breakfast. Witness endless sunsets melting their final rays into the horizon, the smell of fresh rainfall over Africa’s plains and a feeling of peace and tranquillity as your African dream unfolds into a truly memorable reality.


2 Nights relaxing in at Makakatana  Game Lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


Imagine a place where time stands still, where the gentle breeze rustles through the Red Ivory trees, the sun drops slowly beyond the horizon, turning the sky pink and cueing the lion’s call. Now stop imagining and experience all of this for2 nights including dinner and breakfast from the sanctuary of your very own private balcony at Sungulwane Private Game Lodge.

Mlendeni Sitole will tell you his African village stories of the night skies. He has built a star gazing hammock camp for you to relax and observe the heavens and listen to the night sounds. He makes you feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing with him in the Drakensberg.

Enter Now


Number of competition entries so far: 26

Sarah Ramnath – 12.08.2022
Being a freelance writer, I have not travelled at all since the onset of COVID. Last August I lost my beloved sister, and a month later – end of September I lost my son-in-law. Both losses were not COVID related. Losing my son-in-law took a toll on me and my family. I travel every month to spend time with my daughter, as she is taking his death badly. I think I really need this well-deserved break.

Karin Wielser – 11.08.2022
My husband and I are avid birders and would love to “bird” Bonamanzi which is situated in one of the most diverse ares of our country. Many years ago we spent time at Bonamanzi and racked up many lifers – we would love to go back for another chance to find those that we missed.

Frances Carte – 26.07.2022
We LOVE birding and KZN.

Michael Weingartz – 26.07.2022
To enjoy this diversity and why Bonamanzi is recognised as one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa. Then from the Eastern side of the Reserve enjoy magnificent views over False Bay and on the Western side from the Viewing Deck overlooking the Lalapanzi Dam relax and watch the sun set.

Tamar Levin – 25.07.2022
Love the idea of sleeping in tree house in the wild.

Lara Grobler – 25.07.2022
My husband and I are ready to start our new adventure by creating new memories.

Retief Le Roux – 25.07.2022
We stayed in a treehouse at Bonamanzi during our honeymoon in 1998 and it would be great to go back and experience dejavu!

Stephanie Hill – 25.07.2022
We would love to go here for the birding and the beauty of the area.

Dawn Wallenkamp – 25.07.2022
I have read so much about Bonamanzi and I would love to spend time in this game reserve

Pauline Bigley – 25.07.2022
We have heard of it but never visited. We like game reserves.

Linda Hitzeroth – 25.07.2022
Would love to explore the St Lucia Estuary area.

Theunette Roos – 25.07.2022
Me and my husband both love wildlife and the outdoors. Our first wedding anniversary is coming up and I would love to treat him with a couple of days away. I am a full time teacher and student so we never really have time to go anywhere. He has been so supportive this year and deserves to be treated.

Pam De Backer – 25.07.2022
I have heard so much about Bonmanzi but have not had the privilege of visiting.

Andre Potgieter – 25.07.2022
One of our favourite destinations is the Umfolozi game park. What’s not to love about this place?!

Lukhanye Sikukula – 24.07.2022
Knock out 2 birds with one stone. Besides getting to travel for rejuvination and fullfilment winning will also help me improve travel blog I’m starting by reviewing the Lodge. Everybody wins😉. Travelling is my dream. The surrounsings on rhis picture is my kinda haven!

Lester Niss – 24.07.2022
I’ve been there. I want to go again. My KNZ coastal bird list is lacking some specials.

Shaun Andrews – 24.07.2022
A tree house, a gloriously diverse and beautiful reserve? the reasons are endless. I want to be able to show my wife the beauty that this country has to offer that often goes amiss

Angelique Thomas – 24.07.2022
Not only does this game reserve look spectacular but it is a heritage site. There is truly nothing better than honouring our homegrown land and being able to witness its beauty. This experience would be a chance for me to witness it and experience its wonder

Suzanne Stuart – 24.07.2022
Who doesn’t want to sleep in an awesome treehouse? This would be an amazing experience.

Jessica Du Randt – 24.07.2022
My husband and I love hluhluwe and Zulu land and would cherish a getaway like this for a life time 💓

Kate Rees – 24.07.2022
I have always wanted to stay in a tree house or house on stilts

Dhinesha Arunajallam – 24.07.2022
A break is definitely needed after a challenging week at school.

Rainer Rosin – 24.07.2022
Love the KZN bushveld

Inban Ramsamy – 18.07.2022
It’s a beautiful place…enjoying spending time there

Tracey Jarman – 18.07.2022
Need a holiday