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“Great accommodations, good game drive”

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The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge
Columbus, Ohio
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“Great accommodations, good game drive”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

The accommodations at the Plettenberg Game Reserve were fantastic especially for what we paid. It helped that we were there during the slow season but we got two very fancy rooms, a game drive for the three of us, and home cooked dinner and breakfast all for about $250. The view from our room overlooked a small pond which some of the animals in the park would come up to for a drink and off in the distance you could see animals roaming the park. The staff were all fantastic.

The game drive was good and the guide was great and very informative. The park is big and we saw hippos, giraffe, zebra, and a wide variety of antelope. The only issue and it was a big one was that the lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs in the park are all in their own small enclosures. I could easily go and see these animals in cages at the zoo anywhere so I was disappointed that about a quarter of our drive was spent in their enclosures. It was still worth it for the rest of the drive though.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights at the Baroness Lodge and were blown away by the service of the staff. They were accommodating, friendly, remembered our names the first time and nothing was too much. We were shown to our room, which felt like a cabin in the woods with an indoor fireplace, incredible views of the valley from the bedroom, as well as living room and bath! On arrival, we were delivered sparkling wine to our room and each evening a fire was lit for us. We felt very spoilt!
On the downside, the Lodge itself is in need of a little TLC. We were told it is under new management, and is far better than it was a few months ago, however I believe there is still a long road to travel to get it up to scratch to be a top class establishment. And it has the potential to be one. There are maintenance issues such as peeling paint and rotting wood which would be quick to fix, and just needs to be done.
Saying this, the price was certainly kind to our pockets! And I would recommend the Lodge to those looking for a budget-friendly safari experience.

Room Tip: Ask for the 'cabin' room with the bath with a view! (I think it was either room 5 or 8)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We visited the reserve for a day game drive,received a warm welcome from the GM. The fire place created a cosy atmosphere whilst we waited for the guide to arrive.Enjoyed a delightful sandwhich with freshly brewed coffee.The guide were very knowledgeable and informative.The animals were a bit limited,but seing the big five was still a great sight.Will definately return and stay in one of their wonderful rooms.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We spent 5 nights of our honeymoon here and what a treat. Loved the lodge feel and the team really made it feel like home, you weren't bombarded by constant requests to help you but there was always someone close by to answer any questions and serve you if needed.

Love the home cooked food and compliment the management in how they have changed their approach to catering for guests! Staff were friendly and the game drives were informative and allowed you to see most of the game.

Enjoyed the horse back safari quite a bit too (travellers tip, if you aren't used to riding don't do 3 trips in a row ;) ).

One collent is that the water is a little "brown" but bottle water is provided :)

Room Tip: There is a "honeymoon suit" away from the lodge which looks great. Room 1 is large and is...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 1 night and had 2 rooms. The staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough. The food was delicious and the views of the wildlife and scenery were breathtaking. Our rooms were luxurious and couldn't ask for more. Managed to fit in a game drive and saw all the animals up close. What a magnificent stay! Definitely would recommend it and return.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Salzburg, Austria
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

When we arrived we were stunned by the beauty of the surroundings and we enjoyed the safari trip. The driver was very informative and friendly. Being the only guests in the lodge was ok too. The food was very simple. The staff was nice and helpful. The atmosphere was relaxed and overall we enjoyed our stay. Taking a closer look at the lodge I was dissapointed because it was not well taken care off at all. The chair covers were dirty and we did not realy feel like sitting down on the spotted couches. In the room was a half-taken-down swallow nest and the windows showed all dirt. The rooms themselves were extraordinary and nicely furnished, which I enjoyed a lot. What a shame to let a place like this run down to this extent. Cleanliness is the basic principle of hospitality and like I said, the surroundings itself is stunning. I hope the owner will take a closer look and do something about it - I would love to come back - Anita from Austria

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

When I booked our 25th anniversary , I requested a romantic room, which we did not get. Whilst there for the weekend, a movie was being filmed , which we did not know about. That quite ruined the atmosphere. The game drive that was offered was spectacular! Game driver was very informative. The package is value for money. But not romantic!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge
Address: Uniondale / Wittedrift Road, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Baroness Luxury Safari Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beautiful Plett Accommodation is a historic and charming colonial-style Safari Lodge that was built in early 1800 by Baron Joachim von Plettenberg, an early South African pioneer and conservationist, who used the original, smaller Lodge as his base to explore the then untamed African landscapes. Built from local stone, the Safari Lodge has lost little of its original 'out of Africa' feel and has spectacular views across rolling lawns where zebra and antelope roam freely, to the indigenous forests and majestic Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance. ... more   less 
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