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Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge
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Texel
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15 reviews
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“strongly recommended”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

absolutely perfect lodge and game reserve! luxurious but with a relaxed atmosphere. fantastic game drives (4 out of the Big 5 in one game drive; how lucky) service of the staff more than well, great food and wines; it's even better as promised on the website. real value for money.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

This was our third visit to the stunning Esiweni, this time with two well-travelled guests from the USA. Everything was perfect & we agree with all the other reviews - this is the most stunningly located game lodge we have been to. We had the unusual privilege of having the lodge to ourselves so we could have more flexibility with the times of our game drives. Ewert and all his staff were charming and efficient & we could not have had better service or food -nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be returning. Hazel, Durban

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

From arrival to departure Ewert and his team did everything they could to make our stay as relaxing and enjoyable as they could. The rooms are fantastic and the views breath taking, adding to the friendly and professional service makes a stay at Esiweni a must !!!

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cambridge
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights and should have stayed longer. Setting of lodge is magnificent with all rooms having a wooden deck overlooking the valley with the river below. Staff were extremely helpful and co-operative. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was good and game drives were excellent. The infinity pool is a plus. This is an excellent stop off en route from Johannesburg to Natal and we will certainly be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Jhb
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Absolutely loved everything about it and what you offered! I think your food was exceptional, although I would like to suggest that you have and option and availability of fresh fruit and veg as well. I became sick because of all the rich food - my system (and probably others as well) is not used to that. And possibly night drives as an alternation if it is save enough! Otherwise - excellent - well done staff xxxxx

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

What a great 5* property on the North side of Nambiti Game Reserve. One cannot beat the view that each room has! Service & food was fabulous and they really go out their way to accommodate each and every person.This tranquil and gorgeous lodge is definately a piece of heaven and must be visited :)

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Knockrow, Australia
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

From the time you park your car on arriving to the time you collect your car on departure ... the whole game reserve and lodge experience at Esiweni is awesome! We were there for 2 nights / 1 full day but had 3 safari outings and were able to see 4 of the big 5!!

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Property: Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge
Address: Nambiti Private Game Reserve | Elandslaagte, Ladysmith 3371, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Esiweni Lodge offers five, luxurious, individual suites. Each has an indoor shower, magnificent views from the bath and a private, outdoor shower. Two of the suites are interconnected for use as a family unit. Each suite has underfloor heating for cold winter nights and overhead fans for warm, summer evenings. Our honeymoon suite has a private, outdoor bath with stunning views across the valley.Fully retracting patio doors open onto private decks where you can enjoy the majestic views of the Sundays River, waterfall and valley below. The decor of the main lodge is elegant depicting a colonial safari theme. Large, stone hearths warm the lounge and dining areas on cold, winter nights. During good weather, outdoor dining overlooking the valley is served on the vast, wooden deck. An intercom system is in place to connect each suite to the lodge staff in case of emergencies. Safes are also provided. ... more   less 
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