Who we are

The Kusudalweni experience is the vision of the company owner, Dominic Dawson.

Dominic was born in Scotland, but having travelled extensively over the years and working exclusively in Africa for the last ten years, he knew that the Lowveld was the place that felt like home.

It was amid one of the many lockdown periods of 2020/2021 that Dominic knew it was time to take that leap of faith and make a dream a reality, in July 2022, he took control of Kusudalweni Safari Lodge and Spa and has continued to work hard to realise his vision.

At Kusudalweni, our desire is to provide each guest with a truly unique experience, and we know that this can only be achieved with amazing staff. Our team is a small family led by our General Manager, Samantha, supported by our heads of Department, Mumsy (housekeeping), Stefanus (Maintenance), and Steffie (Kitchen), and their respective teams.

The Kusudalweni Team are based in the Guernsey Private Nature reserve, forty minutes from the Kruger National Park Orpen Gate. We are a small exclusive lodge with only four luxurious suites, sleeping a maximum of ten people, this allows us to provide our guests with a unique, personalised experience where anything can be arranged.

The Guernsey Private Nature Reserve is a big 2 location, we have buffalo and leopard on site, and while the leopard is quite elusive, the buffalo, along with a variety of plains game, can often be seen around the lodge, or even by the pool. The lack of big cats makes a unique and relaxed environment for guests and animals.

Quality

The safaris are why you come, but the rooms and service are why you don’t want to leave. We believe in providing a top-quality service with top-of-the-line amenities, including Africology brand toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, wireless Bose speakers, GHDs and Nespresso coffee machines to make you feel at home.

Service

With 4 suites, we’ve got a uniquely intimate experience where all of our guests get our team’s undivided attention. Creating an unforgettable and enjoyable experience for the duration of your stay.

Be the change you want to see in the world

We wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the animals, the environment and our local communities. Our goal is to make sure that we have as little impact on them as possible and strive to support the local community. To contribute to our cause, we are installing a solar power system that will cover the entire lodge, and have joined forces with the Rhino Revolution charity in order to take active measures to prevent Rhino Poaching in South Africa.

Find us in the heart of
South Africa

Embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure in the heart of the African Lowveld at Kusudalweni Safari Lodge & Spa. Nestled within the breathtaking Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem, our lodge is surrounded by lush open woodland, sprawling savannahs, and a diverse array of wildlife and bird species.

Kusudalweni is effortlessly accessible, located just a mere 40-minute drive from the Kruger Orpen Gate and the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. We recommend a 4×4 for self-drives to ensure a seamless and stress-free arrival to your luxury safari getaway.

Kusudalweni Map

Book your stay today

  • A 5-star luxury lodge without the cost
  • Total flexibility with 8 safari tours and loads of activities to choose from
  • Small and intimate lodge – hosting a maximum of 10 guests

Book your stay today

  • A 5-star luxury lodge without the cost
  • Total flexibility with 8 safari tours and loads of activities to choose from
  • Small and intimate lodge – hosting a maximum of 10 guests