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Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness
2405 Hibiskus Street, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness 6560, South Africa   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“A guesthouse unlike any other”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

When you think guesthouse, you think clean room, nice property, friendly host, that sort of thing. However, what you find with Ibitshi is that and so much more. Here is a modern, aethetically stunning beachside beauty of a guesthouse that ticks all the boxes, and then goes on to tick a few more. Michael the chef patron a la cuisine maitre d hostest with the mostest made us feel incredibly welcome from the moment we arrived. Any man that name's his dog 'Mazeltov' deserves a medal in my book. We were on honeymoon and Michael had deliberately popped out to pick up some champagne for our room which was an endearing touch. He showed us around, from a sleek, ultra modern minimalist open plan pool/kitchen/lounge to the jewel of the crown upstairs...

The room itself, overlooking the ocean with floor to ceiling windows, for sheer value it has to be said, is quite possibly the best room on earth. Huge, spacious, comfortable, separate changing area, bathroom, dining table, balcony... it just goes on.

Michael stepped out of foodie retirement for us, cooked out of his skin and served us a meal for kings. Then did it all over again for breakfast. A good, kind man who clearly gets his kicks from the sheer thrill of giving people the best stay of their lives.

Did i mention the 10mile beach outside? Perhaps its only a glorious after-thought when remembering that here is a gamechanger of a guesthouse, re-writing the rulebook of what we should expect to come across on our travels.

It pained me to write this review, knowing that more of you will go, because quite frankly I don't want you to. it should really just remain - the best kept secret in the world.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Hi Charlotte & Stuart,
All I can say is "Wow" & thanks - I am so chuffed to have provided facilities & service that you deserved.
All the absolute Best !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed here in August 2012. This was one of the most beautiful B&B that I have ever stayed at. The food was lovely and you have full view of the Indian Ocean from your room. Michael, the owner/host is wonderful. He booked our first nights dinner at a lovely restraint in town and was more than helpful with any questions we had. Also Utah , his dog, is just so friendly that he spent some time playing fetch on the beach with us.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Hi Robin & Terri,
Your favourable review of ibitshi is highly appreciated. It is satisfying to know that your expectations were met at ibitshi. Would love to welcome you back, one day soon - stay well !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Everything I had read about Ibitshi proved to be spot on and more. The property is absolutely unique and in a really beautiful position, right across from a fantastic beach. The swimming pool in the middle of the spacious house, fantastic kitchen to one side and 2 really comfortable lounges on the other side were amazing. Michael, the owner really knows how to look after his guests and make them feel special. His breakfasts were totally different from the norm. They change each morning and were varied and very very tasty. Michael is an excellent chef. The rooms were very individual and comfortable. Great wifi connection. Fresh flowers in the house and in our room. If you are travelling the Garden Route this is a must and spoil yourself and stay as long as possible. 2 nights were not long enough. This was real luxury

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
HI Jim & Margaret, Thank you so much! Very appreciative of your review & found it an absolute pleasure,being your host for a couple of days. Looking forward to a return visit one day soon !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Ibitshi guest house is a very special find with breathtaking views of the beach and the sea.Mike the host could not have been more helpful and friendly from booking a resurant on our arrival to baking the most amazing breakfasts,including the best smoothies ever.
We stayed 4 nights (while travelling the Garden route) in the main suite, it really was so special - would really liked to have stayed longer..... Muzzy & Utie were a delight and very friendly I especially enjoyed taking Utie to the beach before breakfast.
Would really recommend this guest house and we hope to return. Thank you Mike........

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Hi Suzanne & Michael,
Your review of ibitshi is highly appreciated.
People like you guys, make our job in hospitality,so much easier. You were a pleasure to host & I am hoping to welcome you back,soon.Thanks for your support !
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

we only stayed 1 night on our way to graff reinet - but we can highly recommend this lovely place - on the seaside, 30 sec. to the beach and very quiet! we loved the house and Michael is a very nice person and he cares very much for his guests. the breakfast was simply amazing - Michael is baking bread in the morning and malva pudding on special guests request :-) if we ever come back to wilderness - this would be our very first choice!
thanks for taking us for just one night..

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Hi Sabine & Family,

Your review of ibitshi is very much appreciated,

It was an absolute pleasure hosting your family & I hope to see you all again, in a short while.

All the very best

Michael, Utie & Muzz
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We recently enjoyed a wonderful stay at Ibitshi Guest Lodge. Mike, the host, was fantastic. From the magnificent ocean view and luxurious bedroom to the wonderful breakfast personally prepared by Mike, it was faultless! We highly recommend this Guest House with its perfect location overlooking the beautiful coastline.... tranquil, relaxing and invigourating, right in the heart of the Garden Route. Hope to return soon!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Wow, Am I happy that you had a great time !! Thank you so much for the feedback & looking forward to welcoming you back to ibitshi, sometime soon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in the Ibitshi Guest Lodge. On arrival on our first night, the owner made a reservation for us in a local restaurant and prepared lovely breakfasts for us each morning. One of the highlights of our trip to South Africa was taking the resident sheep dog for a walk down to the beach first thing in the morning before breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Michael S, Owner at Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Hi Maddalena & Francis,
It gives me great pleasure to read your review. For me, It means a lot - Uty is going to be so excited about being mentioned on Tripadvisor.Thanks again & look forward to welcoming you back to ibitshi sometime soon !!
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Additional Information about Ibitshi Guest Lodge Wilderness

Address: 2405 Hibiskus Street, Kleinkrantz, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Specialty lodging in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guest Lodge located on the beachfront in Kleinkrantz, Wilderness aimed at the tourist & business travel market. Ibitshi is owner-managed and combines spacious accommodation, contemporary facilities and service excellence. Understanding the diverse and unique requirements of both tourists & corporate clients, the lodge combines private suites with an upmarket open-plan environment and several different spaces to unwind and relax. Four suites, boasting stunning ocean or mountain views, include business facilities and top class amenities. ... more   less 
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