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Bushwillow Collection

4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   P.O Box 525, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa (Formerly Bushwillow Lodge)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marnie F Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Often you stay at hotels/guest houses and find that the rooms are better than the staff or visa versa, however Bushwillow exceeded all expectations. Welcomed by two smiling faces and a welcome drink upon stepping out of the car our breaths were blown away. Then our room, one of the new boutique bungalows (yellow), luxury in the bush, with our... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Hi Russel & Marnie, Thank you for posting this lovely review for us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. We had Trevor and Lynn (Cape Town couple) stay at Bushwillow the other day and they said they met you at another lodge before they came to Bushwillow....., what a small world. I hope you enjoyed the rest... More

Durban, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

All i can say is wow ! , if you are planning a honeymoon or just a getaway this is the place to go to , experience the wild and all it has to offer on your door step , the service was great and so was the meals , the wife and i decided to book a extra night... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Raul, Thanks for taking the time to write a review! I am so glad you and Mel enjoyed your Honeymoon with us and it was lovely to see how enthusiastic you are about the animals and wildlife. Ryan and I also enjoyed having dinner with you and getting some tips for our wedding day! Thanks for liking Bushwillow’s facebook page... More

Durban, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Waking up with dear grazing right outside your bedroom is truly an African experience. The self catering cottages are a 5 star experience in the middle of the bush. Wow. The attention to detail in the decor is truly something noticeable from the yellow cushions on the bed to the yellow basin in the bathroom. Well done Bushwillow Lodge. You've... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Hi Marc & Lee, Those deer you saw were impala, nyala, duiker.... and if you were lucky, maybe a kudu? Just so that our readers are not confused here.... you stayed at our self-catering COTTAGE with its spa bath on the deck. On request, I also showed you our Boutique rooms and this is where you noticed the bright yellow... More

Hua Hin, Thailand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A great thanks to all of you that made our stay at Bushwillow memorable. The location is perfect for visiting Sodwana Bay, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Gamepark and St.Lucia Wetland. We stayed in Tambotie Bungalow. First evening three giraffes visited our bungalow for there evening meal. what a welcome! Good luck to all of you, and hopefully we will be back soon. Greetings... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Fritz & Wutiwan, Thank you for posting the pictures of the giraffe outside your chalet. We have used your picture on our website! We thoroughly enjoyed joining you for an evening meal and to hear all about your travels and your own restaurant in Thailand. It always makes Jabu nervous when she learns that the guests are chefs or... More

Ballito, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

When I first booked Bushwillow I must admit that I was a little nervous. I had made the booking on Booking.com for a self-catering unit. I could not find any similar details on their website or any other booking site. I later found out that the units had only been completed in December 2013 and they had not yet had... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Dave & Lyndsay, Thanks for the detailed review! It is so appreciated, especially from a Senior Tripadvisor Reviewer..... we pride ourselves on the fact that every single review we have is a genuine review, and your comments help prove it! I remember you very well...... it is the time we had an electricity outage from Eskom (our National electricity... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stayed at Red Ivory during January 2014 for 5 nights. Once we got home, we booked for another 7 nights in April/May. Had we had more leave available, we would have stayed even longer. Thanks Liz and the team for respecting our privacy. We travel the world every month, so when back home we want some quiet time, appreciating... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Thanks Marena and Till for your review! When you first stayed with us, you really were one of our very first visitors to enjoy our new Boutique chalets and so it was so exciting when you contacted me to make your second booking! And I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your second visit as much as the first. Hopefully... More

Konigstein, Germany
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stayed at the boutique Green Monkey Orange, part of the Bushwillow Lodge, situated in the middle of the Kuleni Game Park, and what a little treasure this was! A luxurious 2 bedroomed bungalow in the middle of the bush, amazing location! The decor was really beautiful, bathrooms to die for, and a small swimming pool on the decking outside... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Selina & family, Sorry that I did not get to see much of you during your visit. I know that Jana visited you in the evenings and helped arrange activities for your family. We had communicated by e-mail prior to your visit. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the décor at Green Monkey Orange - it was quite... More

Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed for 2 nights in the Yellowwood lodge. If you are looking for somewhere truly special and exclusive to stay, this is it. The drive to the lodge through the reserve sets you up for a truly wonderful experience. The lodge sits in the middle of the bush and in splendid isolation, you feel one with nature and far... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Paul & Vicki, All your descriptions are what we tried to achieve with the Boutique chalets and we are so happy that you experienced it that way! We do plan to keep it in tip top condition, as best one can . We are always happy to hear that guests enjoyed their stay and how lovely for you to... More

Durban, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Spent two fabulous nights at Bushwillow Cottage. Perfect for family of 4, with 2 adult children. Golf at nearby course, diving adventure at Sodwana, a mere hours drive away, made this venue an ideal location to explore the area. Excellent self catering facilities made family bonding time special. Outside deck merged seamlessly with wonderful kuleni reserve, enjoyed game of scrabble... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Achita & family, What I remember from visiting you is the delicious food smells every time I entered the cottage and the friendly smiles. It was so joyful to see that other people share the same interest and enjoy wildlife and nature. Durban is not far and we hope to see you back sometime for some more inspiration? Send... More

London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Had 2 nights in the stunning Red Ivory boutique self-catering cottage. Without giving too much away.... Interior Design Heaven... The cottage sits in the delightful small-ish Kuleni private game reserve..... We greatly enjoyed the 45 minute Eagle Walk, seeing the giraffe, zebra, gnu etc.... Would have liked to have done the other walks, had we had time... Bushwillow is close... More

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review

Dear Robert, Thank so much for the lovely review of Red Ivory and the staff. You definitely had too little time at Bushwillow and we hope you are already planning your next trip? We now offer specialist activities to our Bushwillow guests, so you will have to definitely return very soon. How about a spider safari, frogging trip or birding... More

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Address: P.O Box 525, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa (Formerly Bushwillow Lodge)
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
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Hotel Class:4 star — Bushwillow Collection 4*
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We offer 3 accommodation options, all very different from each other. We aim to satisfy all possible guest wishes. We strive to provide a very personalised service, and we pride ourselves on this. Bushwillow Lodge Our catered bush lodge with reed ceilings is a home away from home, accommodating just 6 guests. Couches in the main sitting area encourage visitors to relax with a book. The open plan kitchen means that guests can see and smell the honest home-cooked food being prepared for them where it shall be served either outside on the main deck or inside on the large eucalyptus table. The bedroom chalets with huge windows offer seamless views of the surrounding bush and are cosily furnished with wood and textured fabrics in rich colours. The jacaranda bathroom vanities are adorned with handcrafted basins and the frameless shower and free standing bath provide an interesting mix of old and new. Each bedroom has its own private viewing deck. Wooden walkways link the chalets to the main lodge and its pool deck where guests can come together and share their day's stories over a sun-downer. This is the place to stay should you want that authentic African feel and have your breakfast and evening meals prepared for you. Bushwillow Cottage Originally a farm rondavel this cottage has been lovingly renovated so that it blends sympathetically under tall and rare Lebombo-Wattle trees. It is a perfect self-catering getaway for up to 4 adults and 2 well behaved children. The rondavel offers a tastefully decorated lounge and well-equipped cottage-style kitchen. The two bedrooms are located off the central rondavel. One bedroom has a king bed with en-suite showers (indoor and outdoor) whilst the other bedroom has twin beds that can be converted to a king bed. Both bedrooms have pullout beds suitable for children and wingback chairs where one can sit and relax when wanting that quiet time. The thatched ceilings offer warmth to the cottage, and the deep beds with comfy headboards and crisp linen provide guest comfort. The open veranda with outdoor lounge furniture is a great place to unwind and watch the passing giraffe as one sits under the fans. There is a spa bath situated on the outside main deck where one can relax in the evening as the sounds of the African night spell romance. For families and friends, there is a gas braai on the outside deck which brings everyone together and where cooking is a pleasure. Bushwillow Boutique Contemporary design, high ceiling timber chalets with wooden floors combine quirkily with bright colour schemes and invigorating styling. Self-contained and spacious with stackable doors and lots of glass allow the bush to seep into the airy and vibrant rooms, providing an energetic contrast. Crisp linen, individuality and privacy guarantee a restful stay. Each chalet has its own kitchen, private viewing deck and a cooling pool in which to wallow. Perfect for couples who want to self-cater though it is also possible for Boutique guests to book an evening meal at the main lodge or have breakfast provided in their chalet fridge. ... more   less 
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