This was the perfect start to our one month honeymoon travelling in Africa. The ladies from Kilulu were helpful and quick at responding to emails. After some initial confusion about how we could pay for the room (they don't take credit card bookings) it was agreed we could pay cash on arrival. They arranged for a driver to pick us up at Joburg airport and this all went smoothly, he was friendly and helpful. A word of warning - it is a pretty long way out to Kilulu from central Joburg so it's not ideally situated, it helps if you have your own transport otherwise you will end up spending a fortune on taxis. This said it is on the north side so is closer to places like Melrose if you are planning on going out around there.
The lodge is set in stunning grounds. We arrived in winter and so it was quite chilly but there was beautiful sunshine and light on the garden and water features - it was lovely sitting outside having tea on the verandah despite having to wear some jumpers. They had put out a welcome sign for us as it was our honeymoon and had also made sure the heater was on in the room so that we would be warm. The accommodation is chalet-style,had beautiful rustic style furnishings and was spotlessly clean. The chalets are situated some distance from each other around the grounds so there is lots of privacy. Security also seems good, we were given the code to access the gate but our taxi driver was not. The lodge arranged for a taxi to take us into town and then also pick us up from Melrose after we had been out for dinner that night.
We had an excellent cooked breakfast in the morning and met the owner who is lovely and arranged for us also to have some champagne. They were helpful in letting us use the internet in the office, arranging transport, and letting us leave our bags there for the day after we had checked out.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and thought it was excellent value, the slightly remote location is really the only thing that is a problem at Kilulu and even that adds to the general peacefulness of a stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilulu Lodge is for people who enjoy fine lodging, professional service, wholesome, fresh organic food and lots of peace. Set in almost three hectares of garden, Kilulu Lodge is conveniently situated within easy reach of Johannesburg and Pretoria CBD. With bridal rooms, a business room, a luxury suite with separate lounge and comfortable garden units with kitchenette, all with their own veranda and garden views, Kilulu Lodge is able to please even the most discerning traveller. ... more less
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