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“Good lodge and Average Game viewing.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve

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Dubai
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“Good lodge and Average Game viewing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights at Lions Valley lodge, the lodge is nice and food is excellent, but poor game drives and not much to see if you compare it to Phinda or Thanda game reserves that offer better game viewing experience.

the only positive about the lodge is the food which was excellent and the staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hi There
I am very sorry that your game viewing was not so good when you visited Lions Valley Lodge, but unfortunately, that is the bush and we cannot always predict how the viewing will be. We have guests who go on one drive and absolutely rave about the viewing and then the very next one they complain. I hope you do get the opportunity to return and experience the diverse Nambit bushveld in a positive way.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I spent two nights at the Lions Valley Lodge at the end of a recent business trip and it was brilliant! I had the Africa suite to myself which was huge and would have been fantastic for the whole family. The food was very good and our hosts were very attentive. The experiences out in the game park were just awesome. Watching the three male teenage lions hunt even though they did not catch anything was a highlight. Lions Valley Lodge will not disappoint in any way. If you end up going here you must make the time to get to the nearby Cheetah experience which is on the other side of the game reserve. It was only 200 Rand or just over $20 Australian and it was amazing to be able to pet and take photo's with the fastest land animals on earth.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hi
Thank you so much for the very positive and interesting response to Trip Advisor regarding your experience at Lions Valley Lodge. It is always good to hear from happy guests who have stayed at the lodge. We do hope that you can visit us again soon.
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Cheryl Felt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We spend 3 nights a Lion's Valley and just loved every moment. The lodge is beautifully decorated and the twin baths in the room is a super touch which the kids are still talking about. The staff is amazing and nothing is too much trouble. The food - WOW - must be some of the best food we ever had in any of the lodges. The "South African" flair such as boboti and vetkoek was really special. Alden was an excellent ranger and managed to share lots of information which entertained the youngest to the oldest. Fishing "or rather attempted fishing" was fun, don't put your heart on catching anything, as the elephants and hippos chased us from our various fishing spots! Mango the "tame" mongoose is a real little character and the kids were happy to be entertained from a distance but got "uncomfortable" when he got too close as Mango love to "nibbel" at fingers and toes. The staff was great at assessing the guests comfort with Mango and took Mango for some time out when he got out of hand.
This was one of those trips that you would really not want to change a single thing about - other than being able to stay longer! Thank you to all the Lions Valley Team!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hi
Thank you so much for your very glowing review of your experience at Lions Valley Lodge.
It is always good for the staff to get positive feedback and to know that what they are doing
is appreciated. We look forward to having you stay at the lodge again in the near future.
Kind regards
Cheryl Felt
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I were very fortunate to spend 2 nights at Lion's Valley Lodge. From the moment we arrived till the time we left, we were truly spoiled and well looked after!
From Charles welcoming us, Eugene ensuring we had a G&T, Chefs Richard & Sharon and game rangers Alden & Nolan - the entire staff were amazing! We managed to see quite a bit of game - thanks to our knowledgable game ranger - Alden.A special touch was a cake that the chefs baked for my husband, as it was his birthday.
A special mention must be made of Mango the mongoose...she is a tame mongoose that greets you as you arrive - you may be lucky and get a bear hug around your leg from her!
We stayed in the Romance suite - extremely private and very beautifully decorated.
Amazing stay - cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hi
Many thanks for your wonderful review of Lions Valley Lodge. It is really good for us all to get this type of feedback and to know that the work that is put in at the lodge is appreciated. Our staff really enjoy looking after their guests at the lodge. Glad too that you enjoyed Mango and her antics.
We look forward to having you stay at the lodge again soon.
Kind regards
Cheryl Felt
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Durban, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you prefer to emulate Bear Grylls, living off the land and really roughing it, then this place won't suit you. Nor will it suit you if you if you are on a strict diet, suffer from Ablutophobia (fear of washing or cleaning) or zoophobia (fear of animals). For those of you who choose to conduct your African Safari experience in “5 star” luxury in a private game reserve, then look no further.

My wife and I stayed in the Romance Suite which, in any other location, would have accommodated a large family. The suite is luxurious, the African décor attractive, we made liberal use of the sherry provided and we were spoilt for choice in respect of our ablutions between the 4 showers (inside and outside), 2 baths and a Jacuzzi. Even getting to your suite is an adventure as the Lodge is unfenced and the animals can wander through at will, so you hitch a ride with a ranger when you need to get “home”.

We were part of a conference group, so work and pleasure were conveniently intertwined and we were exquisitely catered for. We ate sumptuously; the staff was attentive and seemingly really invested in our experience. Our rangers Nolan and Alden provided interesting wild life snippets along with the ring-side seats to the game we saw.

A memorable moment on a game drive coming back to the Lodge in the dark one evening, was when we had a fairly close encounter with a Bull Elephant which the rangers have named “Beefy”. We rounded a corner, saw Beefy next to the road but were located awkwardly with no way to escape. Beefy decided to cross our path and head directly towards us. Alden, our young ranger, who had stopped the vehicle didn’t have to persuade us much to remain quiet and not to focus any light on Beefy. Beefy stomped towards us until Alden in a commanding voice, banged loudly on the vehicle and demanded that he stop and “go away”. Beefy, to our great relief (a few beefy South Africans were sitting a little more upright in our seats), walked off without any further ado. One of our number piped up that he really needed Alden’s help in his next altercation with his wife.

So add this to your bucket list, use it for a conference or for your honeymoon, or as part of your African experience. Visit and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hi
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Lions Valley Lodge. It is always so good to get such nice feedback and to know that we are looking after our guests at the lodge. We are also glad that your conference went well and that you enjoyed your rangers and game drives.
We think that the venue is superb and try our best to make each guest feel special and ensure that they enjoy their stay at the lodge. We look forward to having you return for another visit soon.
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Cheryl Felt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had the pleasure of visiting Lions Valley Lodge and enjoyed every minute of it. Everything was just perfect and I can't wait to visit again. Nambiti is definitely one of the BEST BIG 5 game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Rene Hartslief - Editor - The BEST of KZN & BEYOND Travel Guide

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hi Rene
Thank you for your wonderful review of the lodge. I am glad that your experience at the lodge was a good one and that you enjoy the Nambiti Private Game Reserve so much. I do hope we see you at the lodge again soon.
Kind regards
Cheryl Felt
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Lions Valley surpassed expectations. Staff were amazing, encounters amazing, and the lodge itself wonderful. Had a great massage and learnt so much about the wildlide. Hope to be back again in the future!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl F, Manager at Lions Valley Lodge Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Hi
Many thanks for such a lovely positive review of Lions Valley Lodge. It is always a pleasure to receive such lovely feedback and to know that the efforts that are put in are appreciated. Our staff go the extra mile to make each and every experience a good one. We look forward to having you visit us again soon.
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Address: Nambiti Conservancy, Ladysmith, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exclusive, Malaria-free Big Five Private game lodge situated on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in Ladysmith, Kwa Zulu Natal. It is geared for utimate relaxation and indulgence of wild life and natural surroundings of the bushveld. Visitors are accommodated in exlusive suites offering maximum privacy. There is a wealth of interesting activities for visitors to participate in. It is situated close to nearby historic battlefields and trips can be arranged. There are bush braais and fishing in the dams. Guests who want to unwind can lazw the day at the pool deck which overlooks the waterhole. Try succumbing to a massage by one of our trained therapists. Lions Valley Lodge offers a unique setting for corporate or team-building breakaways and conferences whilst being surrounded by the spectular sights and sounds of the African Bushveld. ... more   less 

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