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“The best way to end or start a Kruger Holiday” 5 of 5 stars
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Sunbird Lodge
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   21 Aalwyn Street, Phalaborwa 1390, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 21 Phalaborwa B&B and Inns
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“The best way to end or start a Kruger Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Edrich and Elfreda.
We were coming out of the Kruger after our stay there and again as in Aug 2012 Dave and Samantha bent over backwards to help, always smiling. We were greeted with crisp white, clean bedding, hot water and a special effort to add a third bed to accommodate our group of 5 in two rooms. Unfotunately, we had to leave early the Sunday and missed serious palatable breakfast this time. Sunbird is already a permanent part whenever passing through Phalaborwa.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Always a pleasure to have you here, look forward to seeing you next time.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a great welcome in this lovely place ideally situated for the kruger park. Warm welcome and plenty of advise on the area.Higly appreciated our stay in this very nice lodge clean and elegantly decorated with a very friendly owner

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We stayed for two nights with Samantha and Dave and that was in fact too short. It was a lovely place to stay with great hospitality!
There was a bar where you could help yourself with all kinds of drinks.
If possible we will visit Sunbird Lodge again in the future!

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you so much. was a shame you were only here for a couple of days, but very glad you enjoyed it
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Villiersdorp, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was our last stopover before going into Kruger through the Phalaborwa gate and it was the perfect place to stay. Good beds, lovely surroundings and close to the centre of town.Breakfast was good and Dave a perfect host. Also ideal as one can stock up at the local supermarket before going into Kruger.

  • Stayed March 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. look forward to seeing you again if you are up from the Cape in the future.
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Ouddorp, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Very nice hotel, close to Phalaborwa gate/Kruger National Park. The rooms are clean and friendly, fully equipped and give you an 'at home'-feeling. We felt very welcome. All rooms have direct access to the nice pool. This certainly is a place to come back! We loved it. One 'negative' point: we stayed there just one night.... Should have been more....

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you so much, Sorry we wern't here on Sunday, but glad mum in law looked after you all well!
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Reggio Emilia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

It was a perfect stay.Very nice hotel with beautiful garden, room nice ande very clean , great breakfast. . The Owner very friendly. It's just a short drive to Kruger via the Phalaborwa gate. Need a good Gps because it is easy get lost in Phalaborwa. Highly recommended

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, glad you enjoyed you stay with us.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Owing to advancing age my wife and I have recently taken to pausing on our long trip from the UK at The Sunbird Lodge rather than going straight to KNP.We have now done this several times and we are glad we did.The knowledgable Dave and his wife are excellent hosts nothing is too much trouble, the rooms are always spotless and it's just a short drive to Kruger via the Phalaborwa gate. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. Always a pleasure to have you both staying here and we look forward to seeing you again in a couple of months!
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Address: 21 Aalwyn Street, Phalaborwa 1390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Phalaborwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Phalaborwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunbird Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in 2.5 acres of tropical gardens, Sunbird Lodge is the perfect place to relax and let your stress melt away. Laze by the swimming pool, sit under one of our Lapa’s with a drink from the bar or take in the gardens at night looking at the stars, you can do as much or as little as you want.We are a family run business with the emphasis firmly on good quality and friendly service.As a member of Birdlife South Africa, bird lovers will be in their element, with a wide variety of different bird species in the gardens.We are less than 3km from both the Phalaborwa Gate for the Kruger National Park and the renowned Hans Merensky Golf Estate. The Central Business District of Phalaborwa is less than 2km away making us the perfect choice for the business or leisure traveller. We are less than 5 minutes drive from Phalaborwa airport and transfers and car hire can also be arranged.Choose from one of 5 spacious double/twin rooms in the main house all with their own private access from the gardens. We have 2 delightful twin bedded rooms next to the swimming pool and 3 rooms situated together in the garden. Each room has its own bathroom with either shower and bath or just shower plus air conditioning, fridges, ceiling fans, TV’s, tea & coffee making facilities and private patios. All rooms are non-smoking, but smoking is allowed on the patios outside the rooms.A full English cooked breakfast along with juices, cereals, fruit and yoghurts is available daily in our dining rooms and packed lunches and dinners are also available (these must be pre arranged). We can also provide a take away breakfast for those of you leaving us early in the morning.Dinner is a delicious home cooked set menu, is available daily and must be pre booked. There are also several good eating places we can recommend all within 5 minutes drive of us.Facilities at the lodge include a unique African bar with DSTV, a good size swimming pool, lapa's, a large braai (barbecue) area, secure car parking, a safe to store your valuables, laundry services and fax and internet facilities ( FREE WIFI connection available throughout the Lodge). There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, both close by and within 90 minutes drive and we are the perfect base to explore this wonderful region of Limpopo. These activities include the Kruger National Park, cruising down the Olifants River, golf at the challenging Hans Merensky course, day trips to Gods Window, 3 Rondavels, Graskop and Pilgrims Rest, walking with lions, elephant back safari’s, micro light or balloon flights over the game reserves and many many more. We can help you with reservations and advise on any of the activities available. ... more   less 
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