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Etali Safari Lodge

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Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Where to begin? We traveled in August - our family of 4 with children ages 7 and 9 who can't stop talking about the experience - and demanding we go back for longer next year! The lodge itself is wonderful - luxurious and well appointed - in a beautiful, serene location. The staff are exceptionally hospitable, genuinely gracious and friendly,... More 

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Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is my 2nd visit over 2 years to Etali Safari Lodge and setting of the main lodge and rooms are perfect to watch passing animals and drinking from waterhole next to the main lodge. service and food as excellent as on my previous visit but game viewing wasn't as good and this is due: poor guiding on the first... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Kahlil, Thank you for your feedback and your return visit to Etali. We are glad that you enjoyed our food, service levels, and the view of our waterhole. It is with some regret that we read that you were unhappy with your experience on game drive. The quality of the guiding experience takes high priority at Etali and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was magical from the moment we arrived to the Boma overlooking a giant rhino at the waterhole. The hospitality was exceptional and staff were willing to accommodate any individualized requests they could. They greeted us with beautiful drinks and refreshments after every game drive. The game drives were spectacular in and of themselves. Evan and Hermons, our rangers, knew... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind and positive review! At Etali we strive to make every stay special and memorable of all our guests. We notice that your review rated us 4/5 for cleanliness. At Etali the cleanliness of our rooms and surroundings take high priority. As we always wish to address any perceived shortcomings from our guests we... More 

Midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely settings. The staff is ready for you any time. Food delicious and the joy to see the animals coming to drink from the waterhole so close to your rooms is emotional. It is winter and you need warm clothes but the cosy fire burning in the room makes it warm. Very especial and private. The wooden terrace in our... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review Marmil52. We always appreciate positive feedback and were glad to hear that you enjoyed the Etali waterhole. It really is one of a kind! Kind Regards, Koos and the Etali Team More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because I just spent a week at Etali and it was a real positive experience. The setting is awesome, the abundance of wildlife is remarkable but I almost want to say more than that, the staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating and cater to your every need! Especially where dietary needs are concerned, as a vegan it's not always easy...... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review Roger. We always like to go the extra mile for our guests and make certain that their special requirements are met to their satisfaction! We hope to see you again on deck for a cup of coffee with the elephants! Kind Regards, Koos and the Etali Team More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Etali five times and counting. Madikwe itself is a very special experience for anyone who enjoys the bushveld and African wildlife. Etali adds to this a sense of exclusivity and luxuriousness, complementing rather than detracting from the sense of being in the game reserve. The rooms, each with their own mini pool, are beautiful and private.... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review. You touched on so many of the aspects of what makes a visit to Etali special and we appreciate you sharing it with our TripAdvisor community. We look forward to seeing you again for your sixth visit! Kind Regards, Koos and the Etali Team More 

Skals, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are experienced safari-travellers. This time we had only 7 days at our disposition, and we wanted to stay in only one lodge for all 7 days. After thourough research we chose Etali Safari Lodge. And what a choice! Morning and evening game drives with Sibu and Thulani - both very competent ranger and tracker. They showed us all the... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review Hanne and Soren. It is always great to get such positive feedback from experienced travellers. We hope to see you again at Etali! Kind Regards, Koos and the Etali Team More 

London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband booked this surprise safari for our first wedding anniversary and I can honestly say it was an amazing experience. The staff, rooms, food, spa and game are simply wonderful. Our suite (#8) was at the end of the row, furthest from the main reception, and it was so tranquil; we sat on our private sun deck overlooking the... More 

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review. We always strive to make celebratory occasions special for guests and we hope to see you again for an anniversary, birthday or everyday celebration! Kind Regards, Koos and the Etali Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

An easy drive from Johannesburg, Etali lodge is a little bit of paradise. The rooms are clean and comfortable, all with views of the surrounding bush. We had an elephant outside our room on arrival and zebra passing our deck during the afternoon. The watering hole attracts many visitors - elephants, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog and lion! We had Sibu... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Our family of 4 had an exceptional 3 day safari at Etali. We chose the lodge based on past reviews of guests but also because they are one of the few that offer a children's programme. From arrival it surpassed our expectations....warm welcome, friendly and helpful staff, luxurious individual cabins (with our private plunge pool!), and sumptuous food. We had... More 

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