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Wildlife heritage in a concrete jungle

Wildlife heritage in a concrete jungle

It’s a legacy that began 32 years ago when a 15 500 acre piece of land was purchased in the middle of KwaZulu-Natal by Trevor Shaw. He named the area Zulu Nyala after the buck that is abundant in the area, but rare elsewhere in the country, and built lodges for visitor accommodation to the reserve. 10 years later he sold most of the land and all the lodges, except for a small cottage, which he subsequently built into a magnificent 12-room lodge. In the last 20 years, Shaw acquired land in the adjoining areas to the lodge and developed what is today known as Zulu Nyala – 4 500 acres of reserve with more than 40 species of game and other animals. Today the Zulu Nyala Group consists of the original Game Lodge, the Heritage Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe (KwaZulu-Natal), Country Manor in Fourways, Johannesburg, as well as Trevor Shaw’s Shaw Diamonds.

Fortunately, you don’t have to put up your vw for sale and buy a 4×4 to get away from it all: Country Manor in Fourways represents the best country stay on the edge of one of Johannesburg’s busiest suburbs. It is 13 acres of phenomenal, landscaped smallholding, where guests can come to stay, enjoy functions, pampering, or simply get out of the city, in the city. While the generalisations that foreigners may make about South Africans having “wildlife in their backyards” are not true, Country Manor is the one example of accommodation in Johannesburg where wild animals do indeed roam freely. Visitors to Country Manor are very likely to spot blesbok, springbok, zebra, and other animals on the grounds of this estate. If carnivorous wildlife suits you better, the Lion Park is not too far up the road.

The accommodation at Country Manor is on a bed and breakfast basis, but additional meals or catering can be arranged. If you like, you can also arrange visits to the local attractions in and around the area. With such easy access to OR Tambo and Lanseria Airports, as well as the prime spots around Johannesburg, everything will feel like just a short drive away. Get the best of both worlds with the suburb of Fourways in close proximity, and experience the upmarket shopping, nightlife, cinema, and eating out side of your stay in Johannesburg. There are many eating spots to choose from in Fourways alone – at Cedar Square, Montecasino, Design Quarter, Fourways Mall and Fourways Crossing.

Country Manor also hosts and caters to conferences and other functions – from corporate conferences and teambuilding events to launches and other functions, dinners, and receptions. There is a conferencing team at Country Manor that will make all the arrangements for you, based on your requirements, or work with your preferred suppliers to ensure that your event runs smoothly and according to plan.