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Protea Simunye Zulu Lodge

18 km from Melmoth on the D256, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014
Florian R Sonthofen, Germany
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Sonthofen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

After some problems finding the lodge (after turning off the main road (sign "Simunye Zulu Lodge 12 km") keep on driving on the unpaved road until you find find the next sign ("Simunye Zulu Lodge Departure Point"; behind a fence). This is the old pickup point where you left your car in the past and were carried down to the... More 

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Köln
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We got an off-season rate of R1, 940 for the double room at Simunye lodge and thought it was really worthwhile. We stayed in a very spacious beehive hut, which had sort of an entrance area, a big comfortable bed and a very big bathroom all made from rocks. Staying here was already an experience. :-) Simunye lodge is situated... More 

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Roeselare, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The road to the entrance of the Zulu Lodge is bumpy, beware! Certainly when it has been raining the day(s) before. When you arrive, you get to park your car behind the "fence" and offered the choice to make the trip to the Zulu village on horseback or in the jeep. TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR CAR: OUR WINDOW WAS... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Had high hopes for this experience!!i had looked forward to this for some time!!! The staff that met us were indifferent and did not offer explanantion of the lodge..we had to do all the asking with one word replies. The room was lovely, quiet and picturesque surroundings. The zulu show was clearly pantomime..the children were embarrssed and needed encouragement to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

This is no longer a Protea property; it is owned and operated very well by the community itself. From our five kilometer trip into the valley on horseback -- we could have driven with our luggage had we chosen to -- through our morning with the chief and his wife, the stay was magical. We were accompanied by a guide... More 

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Eliot, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

We stayed at the lodge while on a tour and for us, it was the high spot of the tour. The staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful and the food excellent in every way. One could not find a more beautiful setting than this. It was a unique experience staying here. The Zulu evening was breathtaking with song and dance... More 

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Leefdaal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

At the old factory where we left the cars, our Zulu-guide 'Eric' welcomed us with coffee and tea before we got into the valley by horse (the children loved it).We were treated as we were old friends and everything was very spontaneous and pleasant.We joined the evening with the chief , one of his wives and the great dancers.The diner... More 

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brussels
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

We arrived at the meeting point without much hope as you have to do 12 km in a very broken street, but as soon as we got there we discovered we had to go down the valley with two horses. That has been great. Our guide Sipho was so friendly and nice and while riding we could ask all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

My wife, two close friends and I stayed here for two nights en route between St. Lucia and Johannesburg. Our friends had been to Simunye before and had regaled us with tales of a genuine, cheese-free Zulu experience, along with excellent food and quirky, cozy accommodation. However, though the staff were faultless and we all enjoyed our stay immensely, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2009

I have been to SA many times and have stayed at Symunye many times. I have found the experience at Simunye to always be great. As for things to do there are many towns to visit as well as craft shops etc. At my request I have been given massage therapy, trips to local weddings and coming of age ceremony's.... More 

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