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“Simple but authentic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Memela Bush Lodge, Maputaland

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Memela Bush Lodge, Maputaland
2 Black Rock Road | Kosi Bay, Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, South Africa   |  
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N. Calif
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Simple but authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Willis and Janie (yanni) were great hosts and although the lodging is simple (outdoor toilet and shower, battery lights), the food was great and the guiding professional. We were able to see the Palm Nut Vulture, a particular wish, and also found baby loggerhead turtles at night hatching and heading for the ocean. Willis had only said he would try since it was a bit late in the season, but he made arrangements with a great guide and the interest of both in the resource was quite touching. He has great contacts and can arrange pretty much anything you would like at a reasonable rate. We were lucky enough to be there with his Mom and Dad as well, so we got to know the family - longtime SA, and his wife, Janie, as well. They have a lovely child, Lily, and we all shared a braai on the beach in addition to the regular fine meals at home. As an additional plus, Willis knows his birds, so if you have a special one you'd like, I would recommend that you try him

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Goes, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

very primitive, but I am glad I experienced it. Bush shower.
diner with Willes and Jaanie at the table.
Beautiful view over the land and dunes.
Willes arranged for us a encounter with a herd of humpbacks.
Fantastic
just the four of us, willes and the captain in a small zodiac.
2 85 horsepower engines, it was just enough to keep up with the wales. super
regards
schliek

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Memela Bush Lodge, Maputaland

Address: 2 Black Rock Road | Kosi Bay, Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a welcoming small bush camp and if you don’t have your own 4x4 we take you around in a 4×4 vehicle and show you our paradise. A C T I V I T I E S – It is either a relaxing rest or an adventure holiday,where we will be out all day on the beaches, snorkeling, canoe on rivers,SCUBA or snorkel from a boat in open ocean and going to Tembe, a big 5 gamereserve or Ndumo, the birders paradise. You choose. We are flexible andoften do things on the spur of the moment and enjoy the moment.T H E B U S H LODGE – Memela Bush Lodge in Maputaland is a small intimatelodge. We accommodate guests in bush style chalets. Each hut has an onsuite shower and bush toilet. We tried to preserve the bush experience.We serve excellent home cooked meals European and traditional Afrikaans (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) “venison and seafood on request”served in the main house or a picnic lunch when out for the day.Solar panels provide enough lights at night. When essential a generator cansupply a few hours of electricity per day.THE BUSH CAMP – Memela Bush Camp is also an intimate private self catering tented camp available to groups or families. We accommodate 12 guests in safari bow tents kitted with beds and linen. The campsite has a central fully kitted kitchen, ablutions and fire boma.regardsWillis and JanieI ... more   less 
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