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“Big 5 Lodge Gaborone”
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The Big Five Lodge
Carletonville, South Africa
1 review
“Big 5 Lodge Gaborone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had the pleasure of staying at Big 5 Lodge in Gaborone on Friday 21/3/2014. I must say that our total experience can only be described as most enjoyable. From check in to departure we were treated to efficient and friendly service from all the Staff. The rooms were very clean, meals excellently prepared and the service exemplary. The swimming pool and surrounding area is well set out and ideal for a sundowner before having a meal at the restaurant.
Well done to Mike, Brett, Benjamin and all the other Staff. We shall without any doubt be visiting you all again on our next trip to Gaborone.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Slow check in. Wifi is included but only works in the reception area. When we arrived at 8am for breakfast there was only powdered eggs and beans left. Toaster was not working, when we requested to speak to a manager he only arrived 10minutes later and wouldn't even consider to give us discount for the "meal". We ate breakfast for the remainder of our stay in town. Rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The restaurant has a two page menu but only half the items were in stock, slow service from kitchen. The chef decides how you want your steak prepared and disregards any requests. We ate elsewhere for the remainder. If you don't mind bad service and food this one is for you.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

We booked Yarona, but we were turned down in a very unfriendly was on arrival and found this lodge next door.

The staff was very friendly; the rooms clean; it is a very convenient location if you want to drive out of down in west-ward direction - e.g. Kgalagadi Transfontier Park.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed here for one of what should have been 3. The rooms are good and the pool area and restaurant are also nice. Waiters never served me and I have to beg to get a drink. To top it all off they willingly took my walk in booking knowing full well that they had no running water at the lodge. I couldn't shower or flush the toilet once while staying there.

Maybe I caught them at a bad time but I will not be going back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

We had an unscheduled stop in Gaborone and spent one night at the Big Five. It is a hotel with a personality which in my opinion is a big plus. The rooms are very nice, well kept and clean. We paid less than 700 pula with breakfast and a free airport shuttle. The staff was nice and very polite. Our only problem arose when our neighbours arrived at 4am and argued very load for quite some time. Not really the hotels fault. I have no problem recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Big Five Lodge

Property: The Big Five Lodge
Address: Plot 807-815 | Mogoditshane, Gaborone 1001, Botswana
Location: Botswana > South-East District > Gaborone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Gaborone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE BIG FIVE LODGE IS CELABRATING THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY You can experience the ultimate African adventure in Gaborone, Botswana, by lodging at The Big Five Lodge. Join us to enjoy the beauty, tranquility, comfort and beautiful environment that The Big Five has to offer. The Big Five Lodge is ten minutes from the CBD near the airport in Gaborone the capital city of Botswana. Our 83 thatched chalets are spacious, air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, Telephone and free WIFI. There are twin, double and family rooms available. Corporate rates P600.00 Per room per night. Breakfast P60.00 The rooms have been individually designed and decorated with natural colors and fabric, to create a warm and elegant ambience. Our new air-conditioned conference hall (opening May 2014), has state of the art sound and lighting systems, and can accommodate 500 delegate's cinema style or 350 U-shape. We supply projectors, flipcharts and recharging facilities for laptops. There are also 5 smaller air conditioned conference rooms, accommodating from 10-100 delegates Relax at the swimming pool or enjoy a meal in the family friendly restaurant. Every Friday night is Rib Night P140.00. We also have a well stocked bar. The Big five hotel is the ultimate destination for those who want to experience Africa while staying in the city. ... more   less 
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