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Esiweni Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
Nambiti Private Game Reserve | Elandslaagte, Ladysmith 3371, South Africa
Esiweni Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bali
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found heaven in South Africa at Esiweni Lodge. Sophie and the team were all lined up to greet us as drove into the stunning Esiweni lodge to welcome us with a refreshing glass of champagne, which was setting up the tone for a fabulous stay. The lodge sits on a top of a cliff overlooking a river where we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have returned recently from the most incredible trip to this breathtaking lodge ! We cannot begin to explain the overwhelming sense of hospitality that we received from the moment we arrived with the hot towels wAiting ... To the delicious extra special food that was made for our dietary requirements ... To the kind babysitters ... The spa treatments... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Sophie and Ludovic left the Parisian rat race in 2014 to become the new owners of the Esiweni Lodge. They turned the neglected lodge into a top end eclectic getaway in the serenity of the Nambiti game reserve. With only 5 rooms, the service is highly personalised and of high standard with relentless attention to details. Rooms are very spacious... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We stayed recently at this unique and magnificent Lodge. The setting is awesome.Every detail has been carefully thought out by the owner Sophie and the Game Ranger Iris was friendly, knowledgeable and managed to,show us some exciting animals.Brett the chef provides gourmet cooking of the highest class. If you are thinking of going there DON'T hesitate.

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Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stayed at Esiweni in Feb 2015. On arrival (With glass of champagne in hand) the first thing that impressed us was the breath taking views. The staffs, managers/owners are very hands on and paid meticulous attention to detail. A lot of effort was put in to ensure us receiving excellent personal treatment. The boma dinners are truly an experience... More 

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Kalo Chorio, Cyprus
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A party of six of us enjoyed a wonderful welcome which was given by the French owners, drummers and staff, which the tone of our stay. Beautifully appointed safari lodges, with breath taking views. Wonderful food cooked by a very friendly chef, with a good choice of wines. Our guide/driver (Iris) took us on some very memorable safari's, and thanks... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We stayed as a group from 31 dec till 3 jan The lodge was superb, top class food, spectacular views from our room, the safaris and safarri guide were excellant ( Iris was informative, entertaining, and went out of her way to find things of interest. A previous review said that flora and birds were ignored, we did not find... More 

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Mtunzini, South Africa
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9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stayed here for a few nights to see some wildlife, and just unwind a bit. The lodge is situated in a spectacular location on top of a cliff overlooking a river. The rooms all have balconies which have the same view, and there's a very inviting infinity pool. A typical day would begin at around 5 with a wakeup... More 

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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had a lovely time at Esiweni Safari Lodge during our holiday in December 2014. Our hosts Sophie, Ludovic and their friendly staff went out their way to make our stay memorable . The Lodge is one of a kind and located on a cliff of a mountain! The game drives was a lot of fun and we saw a... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We just had an amazing Christmas time at Eseweni Lodge. This lodge has been beautifully renovated and the quality of service is perfect. We got a warm welcomed at our arrival and all along our stay Sophie and Ludovic (the owners) have been very friendly and attentive to fulfill our needs and desires. This is a small lodge with only... More 

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