My family took me to Etali Lodge for a day trip on my birthday. While the kitchen prepared a "small snack" (in-fact plentiful) for our game drive we were shown around the rooms. Spacious with large comfy beds (I checked with a short lie-down). 2 showers - one with view and one without . Each room has a verandah with sun loungers, a whirl pool and clear views of the water hole and hills. All tastefully built and decorated so it blends in with the scenery. There is an infinity plunge pool by the bar which was sparkling clean and overlooks the valley.
We had a long game drive in a strong, well maintained vehicle, with the tracker following lion spoor to good lion sightings. We've been going in the bush for 30 years but we were still interested in what the ranger and tracker had to tell and show us. Such a variety of animals we found but no point spoiling your fun by listing them. (including elephants with lots of wobbly-trunked babies)
The staff were helpful and very flexible. Our late lunch was prepared to suit the end of our game drive rather than lodge kitchen staff's hours . All the more surprising as the food had delicious wiggly bits around it and was foodie style with subtle mixes of taste and texture. We got pleasantly sloshed on various wines while enjoying chef's best birthday cake and watching some shy kudus approach the water hole, ears waving in search mode, safely drink and wander off, like us but more steadily, just before sunset. Magic.
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