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“My Mom's 75th Birthday was AMAZING!” 5 of 5 stars
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Shishangeni Private Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Southern Kruger Park | south-eastern section, bordering Crocodile River to the south and Mozambique in the east, Kruger National Park 1340, South Africa   |  
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Southampton, New York
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“My Mom's 75th Birthday was AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I did not travel to the Shishangeni Lodge, but my mom did for her 75th birthday and the time she had was AMAZING! Thanks for making it special and coordinating easily my request for a choclate birthday cake (which she;s still raving about with "hard" candy cover and the delicious sparkling wine which she said was local and adored. Staff did great job making her trip special. Thanks and I hope to visit - she said it was exquisite!

  • Stayed November 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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KeyChainHospitality, Management at Shishangeni Private Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
We are glad your Mom had such a great 75th Birthday.
We hope you can visit soon as well.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I am a frequent traveler to South Africa but this was my husband's first time and I was anxious for him to love it as much as I. We had a great ranger - Kenneth who spent a lot of time teaching and sharing his considerable knowledge and frankly, his skills made this trip amazing. We had a truly awesome leopard sighting in addition to a lion pride with 2 adolescent males and one of the largest herd of Cape Buffalo I seen. That said, the game made the trip - the lodges can be quite a walk from the main lodge along a raised walkway so if any of your party have mobility issues, this probably isn't the place for you. The rooms were nicely appointed with a great deck that overlooked a water hole and large outdoor shower. The deck chairs weren't very comfortable so not great for lounging around. The food was OK, not terribly varied and not very creative but plentiful. The service was great! Everyone went out of their way to be helpful and seemed to genuinely enjoy their guests.

Another reviewer mentioned the lack of a tracker and the lack of a rifle - one of the managers mentioned that they have applied for the appropriate permits for rifles without which they cannot offer walkabouts and expected to have them fairly soon. It was a great trip and as a result, my husband has changed from no interest in my trips to "when are we going back?"

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Gorgeous lodge in the private reserve of Shishangheni. All the comforts are ready to be used in this fantastic place, built in the wild. The rooms are built in a traditional way, very large, with private terrace. Only a note about the food, not so various, to be improved!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We loved seeing lion,rhino,leopard,- all the game, our gameranger was extremely knowledgeable! however the decor and management leave one hoping that someone steps in a rescues what could be an totally amazing lodge.

On arrival, we carried our own bags to number 21- the furtherest room. The decor is stuck in the 1970s and requires an update.

The staff are very friendly, but defintely need some guidance.

This good be amazing- but definetley needs a new owner or proper management.

Room Tip: Rather- pay more and get proper value
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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KeyChainHospitality, Management at Shishangeni Private Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed the wildlife at Shishangeni, and was fortunate enough to see the resident leopard.

Room 21 is indeed the furthest room. Keychain Hospitality has recently taken over the management of Shishangeni, the staff have been trained and we are going through a refurbishment project.

If you visit Shishangeni again, I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

There are 22 lodges at Shishangeni. All the lodges enjoy privacy from each other. Depending on which lodge you are allocated, it can be quite a walk.

You may see monkeys, impala deers and warthogs roaming around in the hotel grounds as you walk along the walkway to your room. Beware of the monkeys as they may approach you to snatch your belongings especially if there is food.

Each lodge is very spacious with a bathtub, outdoor shower and outdoor sitting on the terrace. You can choose to have a massage at the terrace and be surprised by the sight of some wild animal roaming by as you are having a massage!

Bottled water is provided in the lodge but I am not sure if it is only 1 bottle for entire stay as I did not get replenishment for my second night.

I find the carpets on the floor a potential hazard as they are slippery on the floor. I nearly slipped a few times. A suggestion is to place the carpets partially underneath a piece of furniture to prevent slipping.

They seemed determined to feed you well! Food is included, buffet style. Not a large variety is offered but it is more than adequate. Morning and afternoon refreshment are provided before the morning and evening drive respectively. During the sarafi drive, we will also stop for morning coffee and evening sundowner. All included in package.

The staff are all very friendly, eager to help, accommodating and a happy bunch!

It has been a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: If you do not fancy a 5min or longer walk, request for a room not beyond number 15!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

We had an awesome time here. Terrific place, excellent staff. Peter, Muzi and Sabelo went out of their way for guests. All staff were friendly and helpful and seemed to enjoy having guests about the place. We felt welcomed and at home. Our ranger, Kenneth was knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humour. All around, an excellent experience and we would go back. Thank you all.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Shishangeni is busy going through changes and for the better. Rooms are been revamped and even management has changed.
With great game drives you can nearly be sure to see the Big 5. Also the Restaurant has a new Head Chef and the food has improved to a Sumptious Meal, you would not think you are in a Lodge miles away from any Cities.
Effort is made by all to ensure you have a Great stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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KeyChainHospitality, Management at Shishangeni Private Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for you positive comment.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Shishangeni.

Keychain Hospitality has recently taken over the management of Shishangeni. As you mentioned we are currently going through a big refurbishment project. A photographer is coming in next week, we will post new images shortly.
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Address: Southern Kruger Park | south-eastern section, bordering Crocodile River to the south and Mozambique in the east, Kruger National Park 1340, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shishangeni Private Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is a place in Africa where legends are bornShishangeni comprises of three camps to choose from Shishangeni Private Lodge, Camp Shonga and Camp Shawu. Each of the three adding a different experience to the visitor. The Lodge offers big five game viewing, superior service, excellent cuisine, and the best accommodation in Southern Africa. The emphasis of all three of our camps is on nature without losing the luxury and superior service our guests are accustomed to. We are striving to create the optimum balance between people and their environments, while having an absolute minimal impact on the neighbouring habitat. ... more   less 
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