Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge opens in the heart of the Eastern Cape bush

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In a secluded valley, idyllically situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape bush and surrounded by wildlife, lies the brand new Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge, offering a unique and exceptional experience for all. It is here that guests are invited to escape to their own private paradise, or as some may call it, their own bush home. This 5-star boutique lodge brings to life a distinct sense of luxury, allowing visitors to truly surround themselves in serenity while overlooking expansive rolling hills as the Big Five roam in unspoilt nature.

The beautifully appointed, valley-facing lodge consists of four modern and spacious chalets - each which sleeps two adults - and can accommodate up to eight people at a time. At Inzolo, guests can look forward to waking up in their king size bed, adorned with the finest linen, as the morning light creeps in and exposes unforgettable panoramic views of the valley that lies before them. The owners specifically brought in esteemed interior design company Artichoke, known the world over for their exquisite designs of lodge interiors, to create a bespoke yet chic environment for guests to enjoy. Each chalet is elegantly designed, combining modern accents with a touch of east African influence and has been equipped and furnished to the highest standards, further creating a warm and inviting ambiance.  

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Inzolo is perfectly nestled within 6500 hectares of bush, 250 hectares of which is used for the lodge’s conservancy project, and is in close proximity to both Port Elizabeth (80km) and the historic city of Grahamstown (30km). The vision behind this new property is offer guests an exclusive bush sanctuary - a space away from the hustle and bustle - inviting them to find solace and rest in nature, whether it be by looking out to the horizon as the sun sets over the spectacular terrain or to admire the surrounding wildlife and game. Inzolo is perfect for exclusive sole-use of the lodge and is great for intimate group celebrations. It is also a wonderful destination for honeymooners in search of solitude and luxury or for those who just want to escape city life for a few days. 

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At Inzolo, one may want to start the day off with an intimate game drive, visiting the Buffalo, Cape Mountain Zebra as well as the rest of the Big Five and an array of other animals. There is also an abundance of spectacular birdlife to see. Guests can enjoy a sun-filled afternoon next to the sparkling plunge pool while reading a new book, finishing off the day with a sundowner on the lodge’s 180-degree viewing deck, watching the elephants make their way slowly through the valley to their local watering hole. 

The incredibly talented Chef Sebastian will delight guests with extraordinary dishes and desserts.  From scrumptious breakfasts to melt-in-your-mouth main courses, Sebastian’s creations will leave guests wanting more. Each meal is specially prepared, using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients as well as the lodge’s homegrown vegetables and herbs. Sebastian has been lauded for his consommés and likes to make everything from scratch, including his delightful homemade jams. 

Owners, Paul Lynch and David Hurr, who purchased the land as a farm, fell in love with the landscape and its grand beauty, often using the original lodge for a weekend escape. They soon realised that this magical African kingdom deserved to be shared with others. They had a vision of guests standing on the deck looking out to the unparalleled views of the surrounding nature, which made them feel as if they were part of something extraordinary and so, Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge was born.


“This all happened at the right time in the right place. We are extremely excited to have just unveiled the final product. In our opinion, what makes Inzolo Lodge so special, besides the setting, is its exclusivity. When visiting Africa, you need peace and quiet to truly capture what a day in the African Bush feels like,” says Paul Lynch.


Paul and David, together with the team on the ground, are passionate about and committed to the conservation and sustainability of the land as well as supporting the local community. Hunting is not allowed on the farm, and the lodge has successfully launched two special conservation initiatives – The interactive Buffalo breeding project and the protection of the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. Guests are invited to help dart the buffalo in order for the conservation team to test for TB and other related diseases. Inzolo has also set up a protected enclave for The Cape Mountain Zebra to live and breed in. The rangers will often take guests to this protected area to witness the beauty of these wonderful African animals. 

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Intimate and sophisticated, Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge will become a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxury. They pride themselves on their carefully curated experiences, giving guests the opportunity to call this majestic part of Africa home.


Lynch concludes by saying, “Inzolo Exclusive Game Lodge will remain small and bespoke as we always want guests to enjoy the attention to detail and personalised experience. Our little piece of paradise will become your little piece of paradise as well.” 


For more information or to book your stay at Inzolo Game Lodge, please contact the team on +27 64 625 7687 or  / 

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