My family ( myself, husband and 2 children aged 10 and 12 years) stayed at Ekala in June this year and had a wonderful time. We loved Ekala, and felt welcomed and at home from the moment we were picked up at the airport by Malcolm until we left 6 days later. Ekala was the perfect base near Johannesburg- but in a lovely rural setting. We were lucky to be the only guests, and spent every evening over our delicious dinner talking to Malcolm, Janet. Linda and Leo and learning so much about South Africa. The food was exceptional, and different every meal- we were always excited to find out what Linda had cooked for us each evening, as she explained the dishes to us. Our room was comfortable and cosy and the house was a treasure trove of local art and craft, with warm fires and a lovely ambience. There is ample space to spread out and several different living areas to use, as well as gardens and the farm to walk around and explore. We got to know the family dogs very well, and our daughter Emma was very sad to not be able to take them home with us!
We booked tours with Malcolm and Janet each day of our stay which were a real highlight. We started with the Lesedi Cultural Village- a great introduction to the people and culture. We then had a tour of Johannesburg and Soweto, and saw the many contrasting and confronting faces of Johannesburg, including Constitution Hill, the prison, and the Workers Museum, which gave us valuable insights into the past of South Africa. We spent a morning at Gold Reef City- a great break from serious sightseeing for the kids as it turned out to have some great rides and rollercoasters! We then spent the afternoon at the Apartheid Museum- very informative, sobering and highly recommended to anyone visiting SA. Lastly we headed to the Dewildt Cheetah sanctuary which was amazing seeing the animals run at full speed, and the conservation project, including wild dogs, taking place there.
Malcolm and Janet run superb tours and are a wealth of information. They are very well informed and knowledgable, and impart the information in an engaging and interesting way, that has made us come home and read more about the recent history of the country.
Linda does an excellent job at the Lodge and made us feel so welcome and cared for in our time there. She is so very thoughtful, and kind. We came as guests but left as friends.
We would love to return to South Africa one day and would have no hesitation in returning to Ekala....in fact we did not want to leave!
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