There are two fantastically situated lodges at Kwalata Wilderness – Valamanzi and Zingela, and each has its own outstanding atmosphere. Both are designed with one objective – your comfort and pleasure. Rooms are fully serviced and equipped with all the modern conveniences.

Since each camp offers its unique style of comfort, we help you choose which one to stay at based on your preferences, making sure you stay in the African setting of your dreams.

Children are most welcome!

Valamanzi meaning ‘Near the water’

Valamanzi is the main camp and is child-friendly for family get-togethers, perfect for couples with children and private individuals. This gorgeous wooden camp offers something different as the cosy lodges are built on stilts. Sun decks provide a birds-eye view over the beautiful dam, it is not just the fishing enthusiasts that will think they are in heaven!

Besides its pool area, lush lawns, ‘lapa’ (chief’s enclosure) with an open-pit fireplace as well as a dining area and bar, this camp also offers fully equipped kitchens, allowing you the option of self-catering should that take your fancy.

A large playground area is provided to entertain the children.

Valamanzi can accommodate 21:

Chalet 1 Has just been renovated, sleeps 8 and is perfect for big families or groups. It has two spacious bedrooms both with kingsize beds, and two brand new full en-suite bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has a double sleeper couch for children. A separate double bedroom with an en-suite shower, basin and toilet is linked by a short flight of stairs. 
There is also an open-plan lounge and kitchen, and large furnished balcony overlooking the dam.

Chalet 2, 3 & 4 There are three newly refurbished chalets overlooking the water. Each chalet sleeps 4 people comfortably. There is a kitchenette, lounge and large viewing deck. The spacious newly renovated double bedroom has a dressing area and desk and a full brand new bathroom with a huge shower. Upstairs is a large bedroom with two single beds.

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Zingela meaning ‘The Hunters’

Zingela is as luxurious as it is natural. Shaded under a canopy of huge fig trees this double-storey lodge has been constructed entirely from local stone and indigenous wood – pure rustic luxury. Some of Zingela’s great features include a gorgeous swimming pool area, lush lawn leading from a lapa, bar and dining area. This camp is wonderful for groups of people.

Built in a semi-circle, life at Zingela gravitates towards the huge log fire-pit at the center of the camp. This area provides the perfect place for a shaded afternoon doze or an evening spent sitting around a mesmerizing blaze sharing bush tales.

Zingela can accommodate 14:

On the upper level, which has a wrap-around deck with sweeping views, there are 5 bedrooms:

One large double-bed room with en-suite bathroom and huge bath with a view, and 4 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, and sharing two bathrooms, one gents and one ladies. On the ground floor are two double-bed bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms.

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The Seasons

September/October and April/May are the spring and autumn months. Temperatures vary from 0 to 23 degrees C. There is little or no rain with new leaves or leaf fall respectively, and it is cold at night.

November, December, January, February and March: African summer months are very hot from 10 degrees to 35 degrees. This is the rainy season when the bush is thick and green, and there are lots of baby animals about. Brief and dramatic afternoon thundershowers and lightning are common.

June, July, and August: these winter months have temperatures varying from minus 3 to 18 degrees, it’s the dry season and fewer leaves makes game viewing and hunting easier. The bush is dry and mostly brown and the nights are very cold.


Sumptuous meals are prepared for you by a top professional chef and on suitable evenings, there is always the option of some relaxed alfresco cooking – the traditional South African braai (BBQ) while sipping your favourite sundowner. Alternatively the spacious and well equipped kitchens are also suitable for self-catering guests.

Wedding or Party Venue

One or both of our beautiful lodges can be made available to host your very special wedding day and will provide a luxurious bush experience for you and all your guests. See our Wedding Gallery and Wedding Quote Guide.