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Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve

Strydomblok Road | Hectorspruit, Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014
tom s Bourne End, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellant place to visit a magical place would definitely recommend to my friends my parents really enjoyed there experience on riding on a elephant once in a lifetime experience they will be coming again I'm sure on there next visit

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review and I am so glad that you and your parents have enjoyed the Elephant Interaction and Elephant Back Safari. I must say this is also a magical experience for me. Kind Regards Tania More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What were you coming to Kwa Madwala for? A safari? Forget what you expect: this is a private zoo with 6 lions, 3-4 elephants and a couple of rhinos, along with a limited number of impala, zebra, wildebeest and giraffes. They don't keep them in cages, but let them roam free is 400 hectares of dense bush - which makes... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Keith Thank you for leaving a review on Kwa Madwala's TripAdvisor page. This is by far the worst review we have ever had and I am really sorry that you have not enjoyed your experience at Kwa Madwala. The reserve is a private game reserve of 4000 ha and most of the private Game Reserve's are small. That is... More 

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Bourne End, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

What an experience our stay was, fabulous hospitality from the staff to the lizards on the rocks...all beginning with a homemade lemonade which had more soul than the fellow English staying at the reserve...Mike and his team couldn't do enough for us from disgracefully early breakfasts to lending phone chargers....The last evening was a particular favourite with dinner taking place... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are so glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us! We hope that you will return to yet again enjoy this beautiful reserve and unique rock lodge. All the staff wishes you a wonderful 2015 Kind Regards Tania Cilliers More 

Bradenton, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Located on a hilltop with a sweeping view, this safari camp is WOW, yet misses in comfort. The public area and dining room are lovely. Meals are good but not great. The staff is cooperative and very friendly. The lodge falls short with its rooms; lighting is dim, insufficient; there is not a chair to sit in comfortably; the mosquito... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for the positive feedback on the reserve and lodge itself. I am sorry that you were not entirely satisfied with your stay, but we are in the process of soft refurbishments in the rooms and do have deck chairs outside on the veranda where guests can sit and relax.... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Food in the restaurant is pre-made and then heated in a microwave. Claims to be 4-star, but taps don't work, wooden verandah to our room is rotting away, the wooded door frames stick and are almost impossible to open. Basins are cracked. Coffee was so old it was solid in it's little foil pack. Service was shoddy, aside from Geraldine... More 

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KwaMadwala, Operations Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and feedback which we as owners and managers take very seriously in our quest to improve the quality of service and experience at Manyatta Rock Camp. We take cognizance of the negatives which require our attention and you can be assured that these will be attended to. However, we would also like to clarify a... More 

Pretoria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A couple of years ago my wife and I use to go to Kwa Madwala often when conducting business in the area, And it was always a pleasure going there due to the high level of service and fantastic food provided, so it was a huge let down for us arriving there on the Sunday evening and see how the... More 

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KwaMadwala, Operations Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and feedback which we as owners and managers take very seriously in our quest to improve the quality of service and experience at Manyatta Rock Camp. We take cognizance of the negatives which require our attention and you can be assured that these will be attended to. However, we would also like to clarify a... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visited only for the elephant experience based on recommendation from the concierge at Ngwenya. There was still construction taking place on the property when we were there, construction crews on site. The elephant interaction was great. We took a 15 min training/education session with the trainers and then did a 15 min ride through the grounds. The elephants were... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you have enjoyed the Elephant experience. Kind Regards Tania More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you had the view from the washroom in your own house you would never leave. Amazing. Great staff, friendly, happy and very helpful. The elephant interaction was a huge highlight. Never thought my two year old would play soccer and hand feed an elephant. The day we left there were 2 lions chilling at room 4. Love it.

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Christine Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are very pleased that you have enjoyed your stay at Manyatta Rock Camp on the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve. It is a pity that you only stayed for one night and we really hope that you will return in the near future and that you will be able... More 

Pontefract, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at the rock camp for 3 nights and I can assure you it is far from 4 star. We have stayed in varying grades of accommodation over the years from camping in fields with no facilities at all to 5 star hotels and are quite happy doing any providing we are not paying for... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear that you have had such a bad experience at Kwa Madwala. I can assure you that we take this kind of feedback very seriously. A new Operations Manager has been employed and he has many years of experience and we trust that the operation of the lodge and reserve will run smoothly in future.... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

Kwa Madwala Stayed 10th and 13th November. Long flight topped with a 4 hour wait for connecting flight but it was definitely worth it. On our arrival we were greeted as if we were old friends. Everyone was pleased to see us, wanted to help and settle us in quickly, especially as we were rather late. Important bits about Kwa... More 

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KwaMadwala, Marketing Manager at Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are really so pleased that you have enjoyed your stay so much and that you are recommending it to future clients. This is wonderful news and we would feel very honored to host you again on your next visit which is hopefully part of you future plans! Kind Regards Tania More 

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