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Zeist, Nederland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived in a weekend that snow was announced. And snowing it did in our first night! We were a bit unprepared for this as we had not enough food with us. Also we were driving in a regular car, not a 4x4, which is not recommended in this type of weather. The staff was very helpful in guiding us... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jeroen I am glad we could get you out in time to catch your flight, yes it was indeed beautiful that weekend and we had to feed a few extra guests but the experience for them was magical and they were all very excited to experience the snow. Regards Gareth More 

Champniers
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 days out of time in the middle of the best of nature : mountains, wild animals, lake view. Dinners were served in the chalets with excellent food. Breakfast is served in a separate chalet next to the lake with large choice and excellent food. The open windows in rooms ans bathrooms are just amazing to wake up... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Goodwine Thank you for the lovely review and I am glad you enjoyed the meals served in your lodge, and yes the hot rock massage is very relaxing. Regards Gareth More 

Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally got a an imprompty booking at Sani Valley and was so surprised at what we got. The Lakeside cottage was catered dinner bed and breakfast - had a log fire/Jacuzzi/electric heating blankets and every possible item that you could need. The scenery is fabulous and the dam so beautiful. We saw springbok Eland and Hartebeest. Would highly recommend this... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Daphne Thank you for the wonderful review, I love surprising my guests with something over and above what they were expecting, log fire and hot Jacuzzi do go well together :) Regards Gareth More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sani Valley Lodge is a perfect getaway to get well deserved rest with stunning views and a very relaxed atmosphere. The Lakeside chalets are spacious, well equipped and have huge windows with the most amazing views over the lake and mountain. Great staff and good food - just bring your own wine. The fireplace is a hit for cold winters... More 

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Thank 858gerrieb
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Gerrie Thanks for the great review, yes Lakeside in winter with a fire is awesome....a bottle of good red does make anything even better! Thanks for the compliment on my staff and the food and I agree, one must definitely take a hike in the mountains even if it is just a short 1 - 2 hr hike as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sani Valley Lodge was a special stay and one that I will not forget anytime soon. The people are warm and friendly, and the food was plentiful and delicious. You are surrounded by the fascinating Drakensburg, and every morning is a sight to behold. A great honeymoon destination.

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Wayne Thank you for the great review, hope we see you again......maybe in a years time :) Regards Gareth More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a scenic destination with many activities to be done such as hiking, MTB, drive up the Sani pass mountain and visit the highest pub in africa, game viewing, horse riding (and like any berg horse, they do not listen very well), they say they have an animal farm but it's really a chicken/ duck coop and trout fishing (although... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Camilla Thank you for the review. Yes the "animal farm" is very limited, I try to explain to the guests that I see that it is very basic and definitely not a commercialized animal farm, but the younger kids do love playing with the little bunnies and collecting fresh eggs. Fishing can be trying I agree, especially at this... More 

Kyalami, null, South Africa
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning location, warm and friendly staff :-) Rooms were amazing, with great views of the lake and mountains. Dinner in the rooms were so nice - the food was super yummy with huge portions. You really can't ask for anything more!!! Will be back soon!!!!!

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Thank MurielMaree
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Muriel Thank you for the wonderful review, I will be sure to pass on the compliments to the chef, hope we see you again soon. Regards Gareth More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Sani valley lodge is a quaint and peaceful location with private lodges dispersed on the grounds. The lodges are quite secluded and one must self cater for lunch however the breakfast is deliciously served in the breakfast lodge near a cosy fire. Dinners are preordered and served privately in ones lodge. The little gestures shown by staff are lovely surprises... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Serena, Thank you for the review, sometimes the little things do make a difference, I will be sure to tell my wife, she will be very happy. Regards Gareth More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We booked the beautiful Rainbow cottage on 30/6-3/7/2016. The bookings were professionally managed by Silindile Mhlamvu. The lodge is set amongst the Mountains and expansive lakes, it is nature at its best. The lodge is 4 star and has been luxuriously furnished to make one's stay most comfortable and pampered. There are zebra, buck and birds that enjoy roaming the... More 

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Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jayshree, thank you for the wonderful review and I will definitely take some of your ideas into consideration:) Thank you also for the constructive criticism, I agree with you. We hope to have you back again, maybe try in summer, very different views. Regards Gareth More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Sani valley lodge is a beautiful place to stay! Breakfast was amazing and the lodges very impressive with an amazing view!! The lake is gorgeous. The staff was very helpfull especially the people preparing dinner! We ordered food for two nights, delicious! The girl at the reception was not very helpfull with giving info about hikes on the Sani pass,... More 

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Thank Lili V
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Lili V, thank you for the review. Apologies for the late reply, I have been away on leave. I will chat to Silindile and Pinky in reception regarding the hikes, although we do not organize many hikes from here, we do normally refer them to the backpackers next door for detailed information. I will pass on the compliments to... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
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  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel is a private nature reserve only 2 hours from Durban. It sits within the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, borders the World Heritage Site and is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous Sani Pass. The reserve accommodates couples, families and small groups, all with the choice of full & self catering. Within the valley sits one of the largest privately owned lakes in South Africa, which is surrounded by a variety of antelope, zebra, baboons and other wildlife. It is one of the very few animal reserves in the Drakensberg, further enhanced by the vast lake which attracts unparalleled birdlife. The fishing is well renowned with regional records being attributed to the size of the lake. This is the prefect place to relax and have fun. One can indulge in a massage, be taught how to fly fish, go otter spotting by canoe, lounge in the Jacuzzi, be taken game viewing on horse back, drive a 4X4 up the famous Sani Pass, hike to the Bushmen paintings and more. Come visit. It's an experience you'll never forget! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel

Address: Sani Pass | Sani Pass Road, Himeville 3256, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Himeville
Price Range: $148 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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