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Emdoneni Lodge

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District Road 123 | Bushlands, Hluhluwe, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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La Jolla
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Had an opportunity last month to visit Emdoneni for one night. As part of our stay we did the tour of the big cat enclosures and really enjoyed the opportunity to get into the enclosures with the cheetahs, Servals and Caracals. We were able to get some great photos and pet the babies. Another rare thing is they are trying... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Many thanks for taking the time to do a lovely review for us. We are happy to read that you enjoyed Emdoneni as much as all our guests do. Take care and enjoy the Festive season. Kind regards Owners More 

Hermosa Beach, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were with a large tour group and did not expect this exceptional Lodge and experience. We loved the grounds sharing with the impala and other animals. The check in was easy even for our large group and the rooms were very nice and updated. The food at the restaurant was also very good and we enjoyed our game drives... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guests Thank you for your honest review - it is good to read that you had a great experience with us! Please do try and come and visit again, would love to meet you in person. Blessings, Owners More 

New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Pros: • Cute and intimate lodge where guests can have their own private huts or you share 2 rooms per hut. Interior is clean and homey, felt like a more upscale cabin in the African jungle. The main lodge with the restaurant and open space is also nice and comfortable. • Good food- we had a special dinner buffet for... More 

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Lodge-Owners, General Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review, happy to read that you had a lovely time at the lodge. WiFi in SA is extremely expensive and for a small operation like ourselves it is financially not viable to hand out more MB free of charge. To actually have this facility was taken many months of planning and many hours of... More 

Whitehorse, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

From the warm reception and the superb hostess treatment we received from Princess, Tamara and Rebecca we were made to feel welcome. The accommodation and the grounds were perfect, the ability to roam the grounds freely in safety was a great experience. Nala was a gracious indulgent bartender! The only complaint is that we cannot stay longer. You will not... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so much for posting this great review and thank you for especially mentioning the staff that made your stay at our lodge a memorable one. It is with reviews like these that make us and our wonderful team want to strive to always ensure that our guests have great memories of their stay. The lovely description... More 

Durban, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Emdoneni Lodge is a great place to go to if you are looking to get away from the city life. Emdoneni is quiet and is just so nice because you feel like your in the middle of nowhere. The rooms are very well taken care of and up to date. It is really luxury in the bush! I am an... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Corné For guests like you and Mel I will carry on working in the hospitality industry! THANK you so much for your honest and very kind review. It is great to have read that we could manage to be the best and excellent place you wanted us to be. Sometimes it gets hard to please everyone but we will... More 

Mooi River
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

If it wasn’t for the attraction of getting up close and personal with cats, I doubt we would have visited Emdoneni Lodge. And that would have been a great pity. We were welcomed with a refreshing drink and washcloth to wipe away the dust of the journey. And from then on our stay was absolutely 5 star. We rolled out... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Our sincere thanks for the honest and special review - we were honoured to be your host! So happy that you found us and that you enjoyed our kitty family. Our cats are amazing, we love them and they are the reason we carry on every day in this industry of course, guests like you!! We have great... More 

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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I totally agree with Gilda and Nicolas. This place is REALLY great...if you really want to experience a "real lodge in South Africa" then Emdoneni is the place to be. The food was amazingly deliciously, the lodge environment is so clean with well manicure gardens. The staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful especially the reception girls but actually everyone... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Return guest Always great to read and see that our guests keep on returning to Emdoneni Lodge. This has become a home away from home for many happy guests. We pride ourselves in the service and experience we offer to our guests. Emdoneni is a special place with special staff, cats and environment. We also cannot wait to be... More 

Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Great Place, Great staff! From the moment you enter, the gate people are very friendly and you are welcomed by a friendly receptionist. Cecillie, the owner is a very wonderful woman and goes above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of. The cats, now don't get me started with that! It is an experience of a lifetime.... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Mel Thank you for the great review, it was great having you as guests! You made my work feel easy! Remember always, YOU ARE PART OF THE EMDONENI FAMILY! Hugs Cecillie More 

Worcestershire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

All my life I have loved cats big and small. One of the first items on my bucket list was to stroke a leopard or a cheetah. Now that has been crossed of my list! Traveling between 23rd August to 6th Sept 2013 Traveling with Tailor Made Safaris (search for Tailor Made Safaris, KwaZulu-Natal). More on them at the end... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest So happy to read that we have made your bucket list! I can only apologize for the hard bed... brand, spunky expensive hospitality beds but obviously not working for my guests. Will have to sort this out with the supplier. So next time when you visit you will have our standard comfy beds. Kind regards Cecillie Owner More 

Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

What a perfect weekend away for birthday celebrations. The living areas were better than I ever expected. The staff are so friendly and accommodating. There were smiles everywhere. It rained most of the weekend but nevertheless the staff made every effort to give us the full cat experience and see as many animals on the game drive. This has got... More 

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guests What a lovely review - many thanks for taking the time in doing so! We also cannot wait to be your host in the near future, looking forward to see you again. Warm regards Cecillie Owner More 

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