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Bushwillow Collection
4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   P.O Box 525 | Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa (Formerly Bushwillow Lodge)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had an amazing time and were so well looked after that we didn't want to leave. The staff took care of our every need and the meals were delicious. It is amazing to wake up in the morning looking out over the bush and seeing a little buck staring back at you. Will definitely return and have recommended it to everyone!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is one property I would be more than happy to visit again and again. The hosts, Liz and Julian were among the best hosts we've come across in a long time, always ready to assist whenever necessary. No request was too big or too small. They were also able to recommend other activities such as going on a boat cruise, places to have dinner, snake and crocodile interactions, interactions with elephants, game drives at the nearby Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, etc. in the area. Their staff were also great and made our stay as pleasant as possible.
The quietness of the bush, often interrupted by the sound of birds, a warthog family and a family of Nyalas, was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries. I will certainly return and recommend this establishment.

Room Tip: The establishment does not have a television set, but then again, who needs the interruption of a te...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Lesibana & family, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It was lovely to have your family stay for a whole nine nights.... and your wife and children after much coaxing survived all this time without TV! Afterall, we have the bush TV, which is far better for mind and soul! And congratulations to your son for passing his Matric with such distinction - you must be very proud. It is so great when guests keep in touch with us after leaving, and we look forward to seeing you back one day.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed four nights in the brand new (self-catering) cottage; a luxurious villa in beautiful private game reserve. Fantastic cottage with great large terrace with BBQ and jacuzi(!) and on fantastic location close to Hluhluwe Park. The only downside was some misunderstanding with the owners, which caused an uncomfortable feeling to us.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Jurian & family, Thank you for your review and I am pleased to know that you and your family appreciated the cottage over Christmas 2013. Your 2 young children certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves! I am sorry if you felt uncomfortable during your stay. I can only think this was because I charged for the extra guest that stayed on the final night of your stay and that I reminded you that check-out needed to be by 10h00. I was concerned that we have the cottage looking spick and span for our new guests that were arriving that same day so that they would find it ready in the same way as you found it upon your arrival. Regards, Liz
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Nestled inside the Kuleni game reserve in Hluhluwe, Zululand. We stayed in the Red Ivory room which is contemporary and very clean. It has its own private plunge pool and since game roams freely on the grounds you can game view from the pool. We also highly recommend the walking trails (fitness centre) inside the reserve.

Room Tip: There is no air-conditioner in the Red Ivory room but the ceiling fan does the job as well as a dip...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Tamara, thank you for taking the time and to be our first review for our new boutique chalet: Red Ivory. Since these are our self-catering chalets, we did not see much of you at all! In fact, I don't think we actually met; only by e-mail! We are hoping eventually to take these chalets 'off the grid' and run then entirely on solar - hence our decision not to install air-cons for now and to see what the guest response is like. I think we will be going with mosquito nets though.... not necessarily for mosquitoes but so that guests can keep the stackable doors open at night and really get that 'bush feeling' happening.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We stayed for three nights at Bushwillow which is ideal for the St lucia wetlands area and also the nearby game parks. We were looked after very well, having breakfasts and dinners under the stars, magical, relaxing. Monkeys and bush babies on the roof in the middle of the night really make you feel that you are in the bush.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights but would have been happy to stay longer! At the moment there are only 3 rooms and 2 of them are in one chalet so, if you book as one couple, you have exclusive use of that chalet.
I've rated sleep quality as 'very good' rather than ' excellent' only because the bush babies on the roof woke us up: the room and bed were perfectly comfortable!
The location is absolutely perfect: in a small private reserve where you can walk in amongst the animals: giraffe, zebra, antelope, warthogs right on the doorstep. Also a good location for visiting Hluhluwe Imfolozi reserve and parts of St Lucia reserve.
Food was really good: 3 course dinners prepared for us by Victoria and Notilhe were great as was breakfast. Jana available as hostess to help organise any excursions/activities and also gave us good advice for where we were travelling to.
A really special place.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
You and Allan were such lovely guests and I enjoyed the laughs and stories. I’m so sorry to hear the bush babies woke you up. They actually are very cute but definitely not when they wake you up, and Allan didn’t help either, waking you up early mornings to see game walking past your chalet! It’s so special seeing guests being so enthusiastic about the bush. Paul and Cynthia took your advice and went for a walk on Eagle Trail and also loved it. I’m glad my advice helped, I’m enjoying my work. We really hope to see you back at this special place. Good luck with everything, Jana.
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

My Husband and I had a lovely time when we went there for our honeymoon.
The place was more than what we could have hoped for. It was secluded and nature surrounding us. The food was wonderful, We had Fresh packed pinic baskets for breakfast and flavoursome dinner at the main cabin, outside with the night sky looking down on us. The staff were just fantastic. Catering to our needs and preferences. Arranging activities and suggesting the best places to visit. We would definately come again...
Thank you to all at the Bush willow lodge who made us feel welcome, Jana, Jabu, Victoria.
Sheree and Werner Labuschagne

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Dear Sheree and Werner, it is so nice to hear from the newlyweds! Hopefully you are settled in and enjoying the married life? JHB is not that far, you will have to visit again, and bring with your beautiful dresses you wore to dinner. Good luck with the future plans and hope to see you soon, maybe for an anniversary? Regards, Jana
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Address: P.O Box 525 | Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa (Formerly Bushwillow Lodge)
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bushwillow Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional, Quirky or Cosy! Choose between self-catering, dinner bed & breakfast or all inclusive packages. Bushwillow Collection offers 3 totally different accommodation style options to suit your mood and we strive to provide a very personalised service, and we pride ourselves on this. Stay at our LODGE with warm wooden floors, reed ceilings and muted colours for a feeling of serenity and oneness with nature, together with good, honest home cooking. Meet fellow travellers at the central lodge area with pool deck and share adventures. Choose one of our BOUTIQUE self-catering chalets with private pool and quirky design and let the bright and cheerful colour schemes lift your spirit whilst still allowing nature to bring balance. Ask nicely, and we can bring you breakfast... or try an evening meal at our lodge one evening, subject to availability. Retreat to our self-catering COTTAGE with thatched roof set under tall and rare Lebombo Wattles for a cosy and relaxing escape. Relax in the spa bath on the outside deck and listen to the sounds of the African night. ... more   less 
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