Bayala Game Lodge is a newly renovated 3 star family orientated lodge, consisting of two separate camps within a short 5 minute drive from each other. Newly renovated Safari Lodge and Bayala Camp (currently undergoing renovations) each have 24 comfortable thatch-roof rooms decorated with neutral bushveld colours throughout. Bayala Camp boasts a beautiful and restful lounge, a rustic bar and relaxed, informal dining inside or outside, where our chefs produce a line up of dining experiences, from a traditional ‘braai under the stars to delicious hot and cold full English breakfasts and lunches served in the Safari Lodge or on the verandah next to the pool.

We pride ourselves on going ‘the extra mile’ and creating an African experience, whether it’s for a romantic bush wedding, a conference or any special occasion.


BAYALA meaning “never give in or give up” … originally a cattle farming enterprise with hunting concession, is now under new ownership and in the process of balancing the ecological system of the environment. Bayala Game Lodge (1200ha) will be integrated into the Munyawana Conservancy (+-22 000ha) by dropping fences within 2017 thus offering game viewing including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) on the neighbouring Munyawana Conservancy. In the last 25 years the Munyawana Conservancy has expanded their green frontier enabling free roaming of wild animals and focusing on conservation of flora and fauna.

Bayala is centrally situated within easy access to Lake St Lucia, Sodwana Bay, Hluhluwe / Imfolozi / Mkuze Game Reserve as well as Bayete Zulu Elephant Sanctuary/Interaction, Ndumu Game Reserve and Kozi Bay. Many species of animals occur within this haven. The area has rich diversity and an abundance of bird life.

Bayala is an accredited member of The Big 5 Municipality, the Tourism Grading Council, Elephant Coast Tourism and Hluhluwe Big 5 CTO. Bayala Game Lodge is a non Malaria area.


BAYALA forms part of an upliftment program for the Velakhukanya Primary and High School. We provide employment through educating our staff and equip them with hospitality skills. We offer an informative and educational tour to our guests into the local rural community for a better understanding of their culture and traditions. Often resulting in further support and enriching the community. Recently we drilled a borehole and a 5000 liter tanks, supplying fresh water to the community.


Bayala supports  The Cycle of Life by helping to raise funds for the desperate rhino plight in KwaZulu Natal. The Cycle of life has a team of 120 cyclists that by participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour raising funds and awareness for animal conservation. They are in partnership with Africa Foundation, an organisation that has been committed to raising funds and awareness in conservation, education and health care in Africa for 24 years, was welcomed.

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A huge THANK YOU goes to all our generous sponsors and tourists who donated towards a borehole and 5000 liter water tank. Every cent counts towards every drop of water.

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