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Ponta Gamboozini Lodge

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Parcela 549, Ponta do Ouro 7000, Mozambique
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Jozini Dam KZN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the most wonderful welcome from Mark the owner, his wife, Mika and Angie who work at the lodge. They were friendly, hospitable and couldn't do enough for me. The room was clean and comfortable. I could hear the sea which is a very comfortable 5 minute walk from Gamboozini. I felt like part of the family after a... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to the Gamboozini lodge. I have stayed several places in Ponta D'Ouro, and I find Gamboozini the most calm and friendly place. The booking was easy at the internet, and they answered right away. I stayed at a Queen bed bungalow, which was a room with a toilet and bathroom, and a cosy little terrace... More 

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! This will definitely reassure the staff that they are on the right track. And you are correct, we have addressed some issues that needed to be rectified after the busy December season! Please do come again and visit Gamboozini Lodge and our lovely Ponta Do Ouro. Greetings, More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant serves good food and the staff were very helpful, however, there were numerous problems. I understand that this is budget accommodation and that you should have expectations accordingly, but seriously, one of our toilets did not flush, while another had a broken lid and seat. We were also told to call the lodge when we were at the... More 

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Thank jarred2016
Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

I see you are from the same group and as mentioned in my email correspondence I have been away for sometime and before responding I wanted to get a full report from my manager and our staff before replying accordingly. Firstly, regardless if we are a rustic place and charge just $40 a night for our queen bed bungalows during... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very dissapointing. Pictures of the rooms on trip advisor were misleading, there is no space or cupboards in the rooms. Mosquito nets had holes. Rooms were not clean, low water pressure in the shower.

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Thank reshmafynn
Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

As mentioned to your friend who also wrote a bad review, I have been away for sometime and before responding I wanted to get a full report from my manager and our staff before replying accordingly. Firstly, regardless if we are a rustic place and charge just $40 a night for our queen bed bungalows during the high season, there... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall, a good place but lots of maintenance issues. We were a large group that stayed in the double rooms - one toilet didn't work properly and water pressure in one of the rooms was non existent. Shower in another room produced droplets of water... Food was good and company of the other guests great. The staff, Mika & Angel... More 

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

As mentioned in our email correspondence I have been away for sometime and before responding I wanted to get a full report from my manager and our staff before replying accordingly. Firstly, regardless if we are a rustic place and charge just $40 a night for our queen bed bungalows during the high season, there must be certain standards in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I have stayed at Gamboozini 3 times now. Twice in the busy season and once during the low season. The staff are so amazing, the manager even remembered me by name and remembered where i had pitched my tent 6 months prior! During the low season we were the only guests and the staff went out of their way to... More 

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

We are most grateful for your insight and we truly appreciate return guests - it means a lot to us and shows us that we are on the right track. Please do note that it is unacceptable for a toilet to not be working. Problems can arise - but are policy is to fix them immediately! And so thank you... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Lovely rustic lodge. Very laid back. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. We had breakfast and dinner at the lodge and the standard was excellent. Overall very good value for money. Good bar area and relaxing atmosphere. The owner does need to look at a couple of maintenance issues but nothing drastic. We were also disturbed by loud music... More 

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and your understanding. We are in the middle of completely redoing the bar area, painting all the bungalows and redoing the roof. It is that time of the year. Being by the beach we need to do this fairly regularly. But it takes about 10 days and we will be finished soon! Greetings, More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I ve been hosted in gamboozini for 4 nights. Even they are working to improve the structure and to be ready for the high season I was absolutely satisfied about the service. The staff is super polite and helpful and the rooms are well clean and comfortable. I wish I would have to spend more days in this amazing place.

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Providing us with your valuable insights means so much to us. I am grateful for your feedback and we really do hope to see you in lovely Ponta Do Ouro once again. Our guests satisfaction is so extremely important to us and with your feedback we can help improve our services. Greetings, More 

Tilburg, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We stayed one night at the camping, which was nice. But I was pretty shocked to see that the owner gave false information about the dolphin encountours: He told us that Angie didn't work there anymore and that it wasn't any good at all. This is not true at all, she still does wonderful dolphin trips, which I highly recommend... More 

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Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

On behalf of the Gamboozini team thank you so much for enjoying your stay at the lodge. I am the owner, and as mentioned to you earlier, I do not live in Ponta, and would be so grateful if you reviewed the email I sent you regarding Angie and Dolphin Encounters. The owner of the other Dolphin place is not... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

The Gamboozini lodge is a great place to stay. Enzo showed us around in ponto, helped us with all our activities and prepared a delicious fish meal for us. Only detail, there is no King size bed in the luxery room. This is also Queen size. But never the less, we had a great stay at Gamboozini.

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1 Thank Thijs S
Mark v, Owner at Ponta Gamboozini Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I must agree in that I have called it a King Bed, because the mattress is bigger than the queen beds in the normally bungalows but we should change this as it may just be a bigger queen - thanks. The important reasons for distinguishing the luxury bungalow from the others is the view from... More 

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