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Buhala Lodge

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   12KM Beyond Malelane Town | Travelling East, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
stewartr231 Insch, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Insch, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read tthe last review I am beginning to wonder if we visited the same place! I do not recognise the place that we stayed at! From the moment we arrived here we were charmed by the place and the people running it. We had just spent a week in the Kruger Park where we had excellent if basic accommodation.... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I spent two nights in one of the flagship Elephant suites, with my fiancée. While the location is fantastic, the service, amenities and value were very disappointing. Location - 5 stars The location is very beautiful, on the southern bank of the Crocodile river. It is quite close to the Malelane gate, which is great for game drives or walks... More

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Buhala, Owner at Buhala Lodge, responded to this review

Obviously I was very disappointed to read your review of our lodge. As indicated by the majority of reviews we always strive to make our guests stay as enjoyable as possible. I would like to thank you for your comments and can assure you that the issues you mentioned will be addressed. We would like to wish you and your... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We loved this lodge. Sugar is an excellent hostess. The lodge staff were very friendly and professional. Our room was clean and beautiful. I really loved the external shower. I also loved the artwork in the room. The lodge has amazing mirror collection. I wish we had had a TV in our room. The free wifi was excellent. The breakfast... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My wife and I stayed in an Elephant suite. Wow what a place to stay. The room itself is fantastic with a great king size bed and an outdoor and indoor shower, but it's what's outside the room that is amazing. You can sit outside on your private verandah or in your private infinity pool and look over Kruger national... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Buhala was really a great treat, the secluded upgraded Suite we were moved to was really a great treat. The host Sugar and her team are very warm and attentive and very, accomodating from the get go. I recommend that you have dinner at the Lodge as the dinners are fabulous. The view across the river is really idyllic and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Buhala Game Lodge is, simply put, a spectacular place. Decidedly NOT modern, this homey and traditional place fits perfectly in the surroundings. The owner Sugar is a wonderfully kind woman and tried to make sure we were happy at all times. Everything about this place made it a great experience. The food and drinks were fabulous, the rooms were large... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed at Buhala Lodge with our two teenage children and aging parents, and were impressed with friendly and attentive service, beautiful accommodation, and splendid meals. We were spoilt to a free upgrade to the Elephant Suite, complete with outdoor shower overlooking the Crocodile River and grunting hippos munching under our windows at night. The binoculars are lined up for... More

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Bishops Stortford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

My 18 year old son, my husband and I stayed here for 7 days, playing golf at the fantastic Leopards Creek and doing great safari drives. It was the perfect holiday. The location overlooking the crocodile river is superb; there is a lovely, friendly atmosphere; the ambiance of the lodge is excellent; and Sugar and her staff really look after... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Can not ask for more, good location, excellent service and out standing food. Also a friendly atmosphere. Very satisfied!!! Arrangements with game drive and golf at Leopard Creek made a fantastic package and a memory for life. BR Jan Henriksson

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is our second time to Buhala and it is better than we remember. Sugar and her staff go the extra mile to ensure the comfort of their guests. The food was terrific and the way it was presented was really appreciated. We even had the added bonus of the elephants swimming across the river from the Kruger to just... More

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Address: 12KM Beyond Malelane Town | Travelling East, Malelane 1320, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Buhala Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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