I returned to Jay's place having been absolutely blown away by the place when I was in South Africa in 2006 and I had the pleasure of meeting Jay back then. I took other members of my family who had flown out from Cyprus for and expected it to be just as great this time round as well, we stayed 3 days.
I'm sorry to say I was dissapointed and I suspect it's because Jay isn't managing the place herself anymore. It's definetly lost its personal touch for me.
The manager lives just a few houses away from the lodge, so the dinner is served by Dumisane at 7 sharp and then everything is locked up - the lounge, kitchen and bar at 8 at night!! Not what you expect on your holiday. We also felt pressurised into finishing a three course meal in 1 hour because she wanted to get home. It just isn't good enough...Mvuradona might be cheaper than most Private lodges, but its not that cheap!!
On a positive note, the game was plentiful, we saw all the BIG 5 at Krugerpark on a game drive arranged by the lodge, the hogs still run around freely at your feet, and the new pool has made a huge difference to the experience.
The food at the lodge is delicious, but you dont get time to enjoy it and BEWARE of the expensive bar tab - they charge a corkage fee which we weren't aware of until the 2nd day. My advice is take your own booze, we paid through the back teeth for supplied lager and Wine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Mvuradona you are guaranteed to experience the peace and tranquility of the bushveld. Your stay with us will leave you relaxed, well rested and filled with memories of an unforgettable wild life experience. Mvuradona lies in the heart of the bushveld with wildlife on our doorstep. Take a stroll or bicycle ride along the riverbank where daily sightings of animal and bird life are a certainty. Our riverside accommodation depicts an authentic African thatch lodge with suites beautifully appointed in white linens and teak furniture. Large rooms and open communal areas promote a warm atmosphere and a feeling of personal space Relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the splendour of Mvuradona! ... more less
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