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Idwala Game Lodge

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sidbury Grahamstown Eastern Cape | PO Box 6482, Sidbury 6141, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I use TripAdvisor a lot when reviewing potential places to visit and, as such, always ensure feedback left is my genuine opinion of the place I am reviewing. This is the only influence I have over the integrity of TripAdvisor information. Like all of the other reviews I have completed, this review is based on my own experience and is... More

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We celebrated new year 2012 at Idwala and had a fantastic time. James guided us in a perfect way and Jolanda made us the most wonderful food. The lodge is beautifully decorated and is built in a nice style.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

What an amazing little private game lodge. The greeting was warm, not just the first time but each time we returned from a game drive. We especially love the hot chocolate after the first evenings drive. It does get cold out there! Philip was a knowledgeable and a highly amusing guide. Made the drives just fly by and I could... More

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southern england
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Idwala stood out as first choice for us being family run rather than part of a hotel chain as so many of the Eastern Cape safari lodges are. In every way it fulfilled our expectations and we were delighted we chose it. Phil and Jess run the lodge beautifully and Alida has obviously taught them well! Phil is a first... More

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Wirral
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

This well-situated lodge provides spacious accommodation and is very tastefully decorated with pieces collected by Alida and her daughter. My wife and I experienced exceptional personal service from helpful, friendly staff, with much attention paid to detail in our two-day stay. The food was delicious. We enjoyed four game drives with Daniel, a personable and knowledgeable ranger. We encountered four... More

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london
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We found Idwala Game Lodge through the internet, so we were a bit apprehensive. We also had never visited South Africa and were not sure whether a smaller reserve would be as memorable. While I can not compare the experience to Kruger, I can say that Idwala was a truly unforgettable experience and would whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone. We... More

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Plettenberg Bay
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2011

We have just stayed at Idwala and what a wonderful weekend. Lee-Ann, Joline, and Themba made sure that everything at the lodge was just superb - food, drinks and sleep. Richard took us out on our game-drives, and made sure we saw everything - lions, cheetah and her cubs, eles, rhinos and lots of healthy looking antelope. Highly recommended.

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Cape Town
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125 reviews 125 reviews
45 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

We had the pleasure of staying at Idwala AGAIN for the Easter weekend. It is such a special place, situated high in the rocks with nothing but silence around you. Go for the peace and quiet and the great food. We had a rainy day and relaxed around the fire spending some good quality family time playing games together. Nicole,... More

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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

On our way out to the lodge from Port Elizabeth we were asked by our independent driver how we found Idwala Lodge. We replied "good old Trip Advisor". He said, "you have been very well advised. I take many people to all the reserves around here, including Shamwari and the Idwala visitors always seem the happiest". He couldn't have been... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

we booked 4 nights at the lodge. our rhino room was very quiet and clean. the only negative point regarding the room is to less lights. the food was excellent and they were very flexible if you dont like something. two game drives a day in an open jeep.in this game reserve they have the big 5 and we saw... More

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Address: Sidbury Grahamstown Eastern Cape | PO Box 6482, Sidbury 6141, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Sidbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Idwala Game Lodge 4*
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A breathtaking setting on a dramatic ridge, overlooking a lush green valley, Idwala is a stylish family run lodge in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. With only 4 thatched chalets, privacy is ensured and each is spacious, air-conditioned and has a private patio. Game drives to spot the big 5 and offer excellent birding. Relax at the pool and enjoy sweeping views and spectacular sunsets. ... more   less 
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