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Wildebees Ecolodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   False Bay Road C20 (D540), Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa   |  
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay at Wildebees. The place is different from other accommodation I looked at in St Lucia for example. You really had the feeling of being far away from the city/town.The staff were wonderful, very helpful and accommodating. The dinner we had on the Saturday was delicious. We used the communal kitchen for all other meals. It was fine for our needs but the fridge is rather small and there was no space for the family who arrived the day after us. They were able to store their stuff in reception. I highly recommend the place for adults rather than young children as there are no activities for kids.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Zottegem, Oost-vlaanderen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

First time in South Africa, or Africa for that matter. The staff was friendly, the accomodation was exactly as described on the website. If I could make a suggestion : put a door in the bathroom. The shower was excellent though! Very good bed! We have not seen the owners altough we stayed 5 days and find the prices for WiFi way too high. Why not include it in the price of the room? Dinner was excellent. Wildebees is situated close to different parks which is always a good point! Overall, a good experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison Heights, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is our second trip to the Ecolodge and again, everything was as we expected...WONDERFUL!

Staff were as accommodating as always and we noticed Chocsy (their horse) got a friend!
Dinner was unbelievable and their chef is really talented especially for the R140-00 per person that we paid for a 3-course meal.

Our accommodation was comfortable and clean, the attention to detail with the hibiscus and bouganvilla flowers scattered about always makes you feel like you've stepped into a honeymoon suite.

Thank you Martin, Marieka, Lesley and Martin Cele for always welcoming us with open arms, hearts and happy smiles!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Beeing a South African and travelling loads this spot has everything you need. Nothing fancy but very comfortable and in the bush. Only those who have to have aircon will not survive but the fans work great. Owner and staff are very friendly and helpfull. Will def be going back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the lodge very late with our two youngsters (9 & 2).We were shown to our room and were strongly advised not to drink the water from the taps. There was water for sale at the bar.
During the night, put 2 year old started fussing. We tried to locate the light switch but couldn't see a thing. Every single light in the lodge was off. It was the darkest ice ever seen it. In the morning, I tried to shower but the water was icy cold.
I also believe that the lodge is a bit eerie and sinister rather than cute.
I will definitely not stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We travelled 2 weeks throughout South Africa and this by far the place we enjoyed the most. The cabin was simple but cute and welcoming, the garden is beautiful and the premises very nicely decorated. Most of all, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Good value for money. Thank you for the great stay, and especially for giving us the chance to caress a cheetah !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

It was very hard to find it but the travel was worth it. I think it was a cute little lodge with great stuff!! There was a little pool we have used and there was a bar where we had some drinks. We stayed for 2 nights and we really enjoyed our stay.
Breakfast was good and dinner was excellent!
Thanks a lot for making us our stay very special! Diana and family..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wildebees Ecolodge

Address: False Bay Road C20 (D540), Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 27 Specialty lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Wildebees Ecolodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a lush tropical garden, Wildebees ecolodge offers cottage accommodation and a lagoon-style pool framed by palm shrubs. Wildebees is part of the UNESCO-protected Greater iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Wildebees Ecolodge features an outdoor restaurant with a charming bonfire. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine under the stars, while enjoying the sounds of the African bush. The lodge also offers a garden lounge bar, and a barbecue area to prepare a traditional South African braai. Before heading out to explore the region, guests can request a packed lunch. The thatched accommodation of the Ecolodge is surrounded by large trees and flowering shrubs. It is decorated in rustic style, with wooden furniture and mosquito nets. We are proud to offer you the difference, this is not only noticed by our personal service, relaxed atmosphere and value for money accommodation, but it also includes our measures to conserve the environment and sustain the well-being of local people with our ecolabel projects. Wildebees ecolodge is owner managed. ... more   less 
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