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Idwala Game Lodge

Sidbury Grahamstown Eastern Cape | PO Box 6482, Sidbury 6141, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We spend two nights at the lodge. This was our first experience at a reserve and we really enjoyed. The safari drives (two per day) was well balanced and we really enjoyed the nice and educating ranger Charlie. We had some nice upfront meeting with lions, rhinos, elephants, and giraffes. Many different kind of antelopes. The rooms at the lodge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Of course it was beautiful. No question that the accommodations were stunning. And yes, seeing the animals was a thrill; BUT - the highlight of our stay was the warmth and attention of the people at Idwala. Everyone from the women who cleaned our room to the chef who made our meals and the guides who showed us and taught... More 

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Aarau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Very intimite Service and wonderful Location! ... max 8 People in 4 Chalets! ... great Food and extraordinary nature and authentic game drives!...just outstanding! ...will come back definitely...thanks for everything , dear David, Christine and all others! ;-) ...hugs...Koni, Simon and Rose from Switzerland

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Don't get mistaken by the bumpy road to get to the reception of Idwala Game Lodge. Once you are in the jeep on your way to the lodge - already in the reserve - you wonder where you will be going. And then you see the thatched roof high up on a hill. We had a wonderful time at Idwala... More 

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Tokai, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I recently spent 2 nights at Idwala with my children and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. With only 4 suites, this small & intimate lodge offers a true home from home atmosphere. Beautiful accommodation, delicious food, friendly and warm hospitality and great game viewing! Dave, our ranger, was extremely knowledgeable and one of our highlights was a lioness on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I use TripAdvisor a lot when reviewing potential places to visit and, as such, always ensure feedback left is my genuine opinion of the place I am reviewing. This is the only influence I have over the integrity of TripAdvisor information. Like all of the other reviews I have completed, this review is based on my own experience and is... More 

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Idwala was an absolutely amazing experience and first class experience! Dave our Ranger was very knowledgeable about all the different animals we saw. We went on two drives each day and we were incredibly grateful for the large number of animals we saw each time we went out. We got to view male and female lions, lion cubs, male and... More 

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

We celebrated new year 2012 at Idwala and had a fantastic time. James guided us in a perfect way and Jolanda made us the most wonderful food. The lodge is beautifully decorated and is built in a nice style.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

What an amazing little private game lodge. The greeting was warm, not just the first time but each time we returned from a game drive. We especially love the hot chocolate after the first evenings drive. It does get cold out there! Philip was a knowledgeable and a highly amusing guide. Made the drives just fly by and I could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Idwala stood out as first choice for us being family run rather than part of a hotel chain as so many of the Eastern Cape safari lodges are. In every way it fulfilled our expectations and we were delighted we chose it. Phil and Jess run the lodge beautifully and Alida has obviously taught them well! Phil is a first... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A breathtaking setting on a dramatic ridge, overlooking a lush green valley, Idwala is a stylish family run lodge in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. With only 4 thatched chalets, privacy is ensured and each is spacious, air-conditioned and has a private patio. Game drives to spot the big 5 and offer excellent birding. Relax at the pool and enjoy sweeping views and spectacular sunsets. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Idwala Game Lodge

Address: Sidbury Grahamstown Eastern Cape | PO Box 6482, Sidbury 6141, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Sidbury
Price Range: $638 - $691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Idwala Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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Idwala Game Lodge South Africa/Sidbury
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