We had a fantastic stay at Mbizi Bush Lodge. We had a warm welcome by Bjorn and Divya who are very friendly and made our stay to something special. Just a few minutes after Bjorn showed us our room Divya knocked on our door and told us that there are lions not far away from the lodge. We drove with Bjorn and the other guests to that spot and had the chance to see two male lions which were walking down the street. We have booked the discovery package so we spent a whole day in Kruger for safari and made one tour with Bjorn in den morning and one in the evening just around the Mbizi Bush Lodge which was amazing. The last day we spent at the pool which is very nice to relax. The food at Mbizi Bush Lodge was one of our hightlights. It was sooo delicious. As only a small number of guests have the chance to stay at the lodge you get to know the other guests as well as Bjorn, Divya and their son Noah very well. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely come back!
This was an amazing experience! My best friend and I stayed here for 3 nights. We got to relax in this beautiful lodge that's perfect if you are trying to disconnect and enjoy real nature. Excellent food, comfortable/cozy rooms, great accommodations! The infinity pool was by far a highlight of my entire vacation! My favorite day was just hanging out at the pool drinking champagne with the elephants and giraffes- that's the kind of traveler I am! Divya really has that lodge pristine! It's a family owned, very beautiful couple and adorable son.
The lodge is not fenced in, and it's not safe to walk around at night without being escorted by the owner. We actually came across a bull when walking from our room to the lodge. It can be dangerous- but that's part of the adventure. The only thing is, there's no phone in the rooms and you're supposed to call to be escorted at night. So essentially you're stuck in the room at night. I'm a nurse practitioner and first responder so I felt like if there was an emergency your out of luck. A phone would be good in the room as you never have cell service or internet in your rooms.
You get delicious meals, great hospitality from the staff! The staff were the kindest people I've ever met. We were very lucky to see the wildlife come by the lodge- we saw elephants, giraffes. We did 2 safaris, a morning and an evening with Bjorn the owner.
The safaris were very beautiful and scenic, a chance to see real wildlife. I did feel that the safaris with Bjorn were a little rushed and we didn't get many opportunities to ask questions. We also didn't get any introduction on how to behave or what to expect with the safaris. This was our first trip to Africa so we are novice and inexperienced safari goers. I feel like this lodge is good for more experienced travelers. Many people may not want this as part of their experience, but we did a safari with another lodge a few days before and I felt more comfortable being able to ask questions and laugh and the ranger was a local born and raise and a little more confident with her experience, outgoing and friendly. My friend and I are American and can be silly- so if you want to giggle at each other talk above a whisper, this is not that kind of safari. Mbizi safaris are taken very seriously which I think is a great thing for those serious travelers. Just in case anyone is looking for more of a relaxing/fun environment you have to behave on these safaris.
Overall an amazing experience and I would highly recommend, especially for those wanting a real rogue experience.
My husband and I spent three nights at Mbizi (which the guard at the gate of the private reserve told me means zebra in zulu) as part of our honeymoon and we really enjoyed our stay. The hosts Divya and Bjorn were very friendly and it was enjoyable to chat with them. Divya incorporated her knowledge of different global cuisines in the hearty, delicious three-course dinners she made. Bjorn was our driver and guide in the private reserve area and thanks to his resourcefulness we managed to see an elephant, a loitering lioness and hippos, among others even though it was summer which is usually not the best season for animal spotting. Our hut was cosy and nicely designed, and you could see things were carefully thought out as the room was equipped with plenty of adaptors which proved important because various different plugs are used in SA and we didn't want to buy an adaptor just for this trip, and there were numerous candles with a grill lighter in case of power outage which happens often in South Africa. There's also a hairdryer which was a lifesaver for me (I read online that it's best not to bring a hairdryer cos sometimes it can't be used in lodges due to electricity supply). The only thing is that the air-con was not so cool. My husband couldn't sleep the first night. It was better when we simply opened the window. I think it'd be nice if you bring a thin blanket if you're staying there during summer instead of using the thick one in the room.
One thing worth noting is that the lodge is unfenced, meaning one can encounter any kinds of animals within the lodge area. That's why we needed to be accompanied every evening after dinner to our hut, which sometimes could be a hassle but that's also the charm of this place cos you're really immersed in nature. The first day we arrived a giraffe was like a few meters away from our hut!
I never write reviews, but people need to understand how special this place is. When my wife and I were booking this trip, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of lodges in and around Kruger. So many of them are well reviewed, with great pictures. You could spend 20 euro a night or 20,000. We knew we wanted small, personal, authentic. We got all that and more. (And we spent one night at a different lodge, which really proved how wonderful Mbizi is by comparison).
Bjorn and Divya own and run the lodge, and from the minute you meet them it feels like you're hanging out with the coolest friends you always wished you had. Other lodges have regimented schedules and an army of silent staff who are deferential to the point where it makes you uncomfortable. Not here. Bjorn will wake you up at 5 AM because there is a rhino on the property. He will interrupt your dinner because they just spotted lions, and you will tear through the bush in the dark until you come face to face with them, and it is the coolest thing you have ever seen. On your last day, when you are having a coffee stop on the game drive, he will casually remark that two lions have just walked out of the bush. You will watch them from a close distance, unprotected, but you will feel his calm and somehow it won't be scary at all.
Back at the lodge, Divya will bring out an incredible meal that she cooked herself, then sit with you and tell you stories about their recent insane holiday in Namibia. By the end of the first day, you are friends with all of the other guests (there are only four rooms, and they usually only rent out three). We should have stayed here longer. Next time, we will.
The lodge has everything you need. The room are clean, the AC works, the bathrooms are nice. There is WiFi in the common areas. There is a bar. It's not as if you're roughing it. But you're not there to be pampered. There's no spa. You can't get a massage. What you get instead is an incredible first-hand safari experience with two people who are so passionate about what they are doing that you can't help but get swept up in the excitement.
Please stay here. Really. Do it.
Staying at Mbizi was the best part of our SA trip. Bjorne and Divya made us feel right at home so we could take advantage of the great location and really relax for a few days.
Game drives were amazing - Bjorn is obviously very passionate about what he does! We saw pretty much everything we wanted to and also experienced an awesome intimate bush walk with the superb Eugene.
Our room was spotless and had everything that you could want with a great view out into the bush. The pool area was peaceful and perfect to laze around during the day whilst listening out for nearby animals.
The food was superb and the variety kept us excited for what was coming next. Tried some tasty game dishes that we wouldn’t have got anywhere else. Who knew warthog would taste so good! Breakfast was also delicious. We didn’t choose to have lunch while we were there but never went hungry!
We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return sometime soon :)