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“Great lodge overall” 5 of 5 stars
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Masodini Private Game Lodge
16 Cambridge 5 | Balule Nature Reserve, 1380, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
nyack, ny
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“Great lodge overall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I was a little skeptical when I came to Masodini because there was a slight mix-up with my reservation, but it ended up being a highlight of our SA trip. Rebecca is a great cook and I gained five pounds! Andy is great about setting up activities even last minute, and Burt did a good job finding animals on the game drives. The only mistake I made was that I didn't do two game drive a day. I highly recommend doing two game drives at least a few days to see all the animals as they can be hard to track down. We did do a side trip to Blyde canyon, which was fun.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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SabineGammel, Owner at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear Jen,

Thanks so much for your fantastic review. Andy and the staff where happy to have you as our guests. And whenever you come back we would love to make your stay awesome. And of course we would ask all our wildlife to come to the water hole ;-)
Sunny greetings
Sabine
Masodini Game Lodge
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Benoni
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We enjoyed our quite 4 days in the bush at Masodini. A small lodge that caters for small groups offered real peace and quiet, an ideal place to just go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you just want to sit and read a book or relax under the African sun, Masodini will deliver. A little far from the Kruger (+/- 1 hr) but lots to do in the area including Jessica the Hippo, endangered species centre and Mohololo (?spelling) to mention a few.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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SabineGammel, Owner at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Grant,

Thanks a lot for your nice review. We were happy to have you as guests - and we promise: next time when you visit Masodini we will have a surprise for you ;-)

Sunny greetings
Sabine, Andy and Masodini Staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I highly recommend Masodini to any traveler! My friend and I stayed for 3 days and had a wonderful time. In fact we wish we could have stayed even more days! First, Sabine is wonderful. She is friendly, attentive and an all around great host. Since it was only the 2 of us staying (and large wedding events ended before we got there), Sabine let the staff have some days off and took care of us herself. She was a great host - from the food to the conversation. :)

Second, the accommodations are top notch. Our chalet, rooms and the outer areas were all clean and nicely arranged/decorated. Third, Sabine arranged 2 great game drives for us and I just wished we had time to do even more.

Such a great value and had just an amazing time (I know I've used the word amazing a lot in but it's true). Will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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SabineGammel, Owner at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear A+M, thank's a lot for this outstanding review. But vice versa I can say you've been outstanding guests and I really enjoyed the fun you had on this trip to SA. Whenever you come to South Africa, we would be happy to see you again. Have a great time and sunny greetings from all the BIG FIVE.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I just spent 5 days here in a lovely chalet. Sabine, the manager, is an absolute delight and carefully takes care of the needs of the guests.
The breakfast omelets are to die for.
The rooms have nice baths with plenty of hot water.
This is a very quiet place where there are no surprises but great food, good conversations with other guests, and plenty of cold beverages.
An excellent value for the money.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SabineGammel, Owner at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Dr. Tom,

a bit late - to many guests ;-) - but with a big hugh a very warm THANK YOU for your wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to have you as guests and we learned a lot!!
We would be happy to see you again.
Sabine and Masodini Staff
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Denia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Great location and good staff and good food..Accommodation was clean and of very good standard.
Sabine on the other hand did not fulfil her obligations on offers at the time of booking.We booked for exclusivity of the lodge as it was our friends Wedding venue,only to find that Sabine renagued on that and also had booked in another couple the day after the Wedding.Thank Heavens the forthcoming Groom had kept the correspondence.
Thanks to her alas, temporary,manager Willie,who saved her from deep embarrassment he moved the couple that were expected and the so called exclusive game drives had to be revamped to achieve her promise.Well done Willie once again.
Several things had to sorted out by Willie, in Sabine's absence, but he did a wonderful job in saving her skin on several occasions.Despite her failings as an organiser we had a good time here , thanks mainly to Willie's involvement.
Bert the game ranger and driver deserves a special mention. His calming but thorough knowledge even when charged by a Rhino and a gentle encounter with an extremely close Elephant was amazing.He was a star throughout our stay, and long may he continue to be there.
Our good friends had a wonderful Wedding experience ,as all six of us did.
Thank you again Willie and well handled in Sabine's absence.
We assume that Sabine's failings are a one off and would give her one more chance if we were to return to Balule.
Daphne and Bob Spain.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay at Masodini. Staff is very helpful, attentive and friendly and seem to aim for exceeding one's expectations w.r.t service and making you feel at home.

The rooms are very clean and the garden, grounds and facilities are perfectly maintained. The overall atmosphere can best be described as: intimate with a personal touch.

Make sure you book a safari with ranger "Bert". He managed some close encounters with elephants, a rhino and lions (with cubs) for us, all packed in one safari.

If i return to Balule i will certainly book again at Masodini.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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SabineGammel, Owner at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear udmmee,

Thank you so much for your great review.
We all will do our best to keep Masodini that way.
And we hope to welcome you again in the bush.
You know returning guests receive a discount :-)
And our guides will go the extra mile to show you the great wildlife of Balule Nature Reserve.

Sunny greetings
Sabine, Willie and Masodini staff
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Bern, Schweiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Small private lodge in Balule reserve, Few bungalows with nice comfort and excellent food. Very remote and guiet in relaxing atmosphhere. Friendly owners and staff. Game drives offered in early morning and evening with reasonable extra charge.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SabineGammel, Inhaber at Masodini Private Game Lodge, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Dear guests from Swizzerland,

Thanks a lot for your wonderful review. We hope you had a safe trip back, and we would be happy to welcome you again one day.

Sunny greetings and Happy Easter

Masodini Team
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Address: 16 Cambridge 5 | Balule Nature Reserve, 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 196 B&Bs / Inns in Limpopo Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated in the 40.000 Hectares Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, to offer you the true feeling of Africa. A bush lover's paradise within this 'Big Five' Conservation area, the lodge itself is surrounded by Fevertrees and evergreen African date palms, creating the perfect oasis. The lodge overlooks a water hole, is safe and fenced-in, providing protection against unwanted animal intruders. Masodini is exclusive and intimate, able to provide guests exclusive use of the camp and facilities for up to 10 guests. We welcome children of all ages. Come and stay and enjoy the peace, tranquility and silence of the bush. Enjoy and experience Game Drives in open 4x4 Landrover and awesome birding opportunities in and around Masodini with our experienced Nature Guides. Your hosts will provide you with a wonderful and memorable experience through their personal service and attention. ... more   less 
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