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Ekuthuleni Lodge

Welgevonden Game Reserve 2021, South Africa
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Johannesburg
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yebo! The Soulman spent a few days at this lodge in Welgevonden to start the new year with my brother from Switzerland and we had a fantastic stay at Ekuthuleni - Top location in Welgevonden Game Reserve, great food prepared by the one and only Stephen (hail to all the Malawian chefs!) and served by Jack and their respective teams.... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went to Ekuthuleni lodge for our anniversary and we had the most amazing time. They have very friendly staff and we were treated like royalty from the time we arrived. The food was 5star and complements to the chef Senah. The ranger Jonas that took us on all the game drives was world class and he... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jacques First of all I would like to thank you for sharing your special occasion with us at Ekuthuleni Lodge. Thank you too for all the wonderful comments on the staff and the lodge. We certainly are lucky to have such a wonderful staff compliment. We look forward to welcoming you back to the lodge in the not too... More 

Johannesburg
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Our comments are related to our bad experience of having arrived at the lodge for a 3 night stay, only to find that much of the area was badly burnt, including the surrounds of the lodge itself. This made it impossible to be outside, due to the acrid smell of burnt grass, still smouldering, also a lack of water from... More 

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Thank AngelaPhilip F
RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Dr Frankel The fire we experienced in Welgevonden was a natural fire which was caused by lightening. This is obviously beyond our control. On the day of your arrival the fire in the vicinity of the lodge and surrounds had been extinguished. Hence we felt it unnecessary to inform guests arriving on that day. The other guests at the... More 

witban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Very friendly staff and good service Excellent food Twice daily game drives good Rooms cosy and clean with great bathrooms Only ten guests maximum to ensure intimate atmosphere if you prefer it Plenty of opportunity for good photography

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Thank andries f
RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Andries Thank you for taking the time to post your great feedback and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards Richard de la Rey More 

Toronto,Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Visited as a solo traveller from July 27 to July 29.Treated extremely well. From the time of my arrival at the gate to my departure was exceptional.The room was large with a well appointed en- suite bathroom with a bath tub and shower. It was the middle of winter but my room was quite warm with the heater that staff... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your exceptional and comprehensive feedback. We're always happy to hear that guests have enjoyed themselves so much. As you will see in my previous responses, we are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful staff compliment and I will definitely pass on your gratitude to them. We apologize for the interruption of the water supply. We are... More 

New York
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46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were very fortunate for our first experience in the African bush to be at Ekuthuleni Lodge. It was a very short visit, only 3 days, added to a business trip to Johannesburg, but everything about the experience was first rate (including the price: it's expensive). The staff were very friendly and accommodating, meals were varied, interesting and excellent and... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. The fact that you still remember the lodge, staff and overall experience so well after so many years means that they left a lasting impression. Which is the way it should be. Snakes tend to make sure you never forget them. They have a habit of doing that. Thank you for your feedback... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

To say that this lodge is a 5* experience is in my mind a bit of an understatement. The beautiful setting, the warm hospitality, the excellent food, and educational game drive makes for a truly remarkable experience. On arrival, the entire staff meets you at the entrance of the lodge to welcome you and introduce themselves. This warm service continues... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Adriaan To say that we are thrilled with your feedback is an understatement. Thank you for taking the time to give us such comprehensive and complimentary feedback. As I have said many times before, we are truly blessed to have such wonderful staff. They really do go the extra mile. Thank you once again Adriaan and we sincerely hope... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We recently visited Ekuthuleni with my parents prior to their return to the US. The Welgevonden reserve is absolutely beautiful ... perhaps some of the most beautiful terrain we have been to during our 2 years in SA. The lodge was also stunning ... great setting and fantastic, attentive staff. Both Vivian, the host/manager, and Jonas, the ranger, were friendly,... More 

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Thank LW1214
RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for you feedback and compliments on the management and staff. I have personally had the pleasure of sampling Steven's cooking skills and I must agree with you. Jonas has been with us for many, many years and certainly always tries his hardest. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a great game viewing experience. Whilst it... More 

Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A quick 2.5 hours from OR Thambo and you will find the gates to peace on earth. Ekutuleni means "place of peace" and never has a more appropriate name been given to a lodge. Jonas, will collect you at the gate. his sense of humour and knowledge of the bush and the animals living in the Welgevonden Reserve (where you... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful and comprehensive feedback. We are all delighted you had such a wonderful time at the lodge. The bush is indeed a very special place for all the reasons you mention. It is good for the soul and I must agree that it is my happy place too. We sincerely hope we are able to welcome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic lodge with really special staff and hospitality that takes care of your every need. The accommodation is great and the food is prepared and presented with love and care. The game drives are interesting and informative with regular sightings of the big 5. If you have the opportunity to go for a few days, then go, you will not... More 

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RareEarthZA, Director of Sales at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We sincerely appreciate it. The game viewing seldom disappoints in Welgevonden and it certainly is a great time of year for game viewing. We are so fortunate with our staff compliment and they really do go out of their way to make the guests' stay an unforgettable one. Thank you for visiting Ekuthuleni and... More 

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