Hours before our departure I came across a daming review on this website and I nearly suffered a panic attack. See, during the middle of December we visited a four star graded establishment that was nothing but a disappointment. I was preparing for the worst and an exit strategy should we arrive at the lodge and found the negative review to be true.
Well - NOTHING of the negative reviews were true. While I understand that they experienced some problems, the appointment of a new Lodge Manager (Carina) and Gary, the owner, taking a personal interest again, they managed wonders in the space of 4 weeks.
Granted, the road to the lodge is part gravel and part paved (as you enter the gate to the lodge = 3km of paved road). I drive a sports car (which is also my baby) and at no stage was I concerned to make the trip up to the lodge. Transfers from Malelane is however available upon request.
The facilities are fantastic. The staff is friendly, sincere and attentive. The food is DEVINE and needless to say, we gained a couple of kilos. Even special requests like pancakes on a rainy day were catered for! The attention to detail is noteworthy. Returning to your room after dinner is like opening a present! Every night a different surprise awaits you on your pillow. Meals were never served in the same location - picnic spots and hideaways are used. Truly magical.
We had to deal with the initial shock of not having cell phone reception and a DSTV remote :) but after 2 days these luxuries are the last thing on your mind. What a way to connect with your partner!
Despite rainy weather most of the time, we managed to do walks and run in the bush (using the paved road). On the 2nd last day, we were blessed with a rain free day and we made the most of it by hiking (there are 3 marked trails), all to the most stunning venues. Picnic lunches are available upon request - we enjoyed ours at the end of the forest walk. Most romantic....
This was an amazing trip and most memorable. We already booked our next visit in a couple of months time.
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