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Outlook Lodge
Ranked #1 of 36 Benoni B&B and Inns
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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“Completely satisfied”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Cynthia and I left Outlook Lodge with only the best recollections. We were thoroughly satisfied with all that you arranged for us at the Lodge and on the safaris. Thanks, too, for the additional night's accommodation at extremely short notice.

All the staff were extremely cordial - at the Lodge and also on the safaris - and also very knowledgeable in their respective areas, and all worked together very harmoniously. If we return to this part of SA we would not want to work with another outfit. Moreover, we will highly recommend you and your company to everyone we may encounter planning to visit in this area. And please convey our gratitude to Francois for his attention while we were at the Lodge.

However, we would be remiss if we didn't also thank you yourself for making our initial contact, and the initial planning according to our budget, not only easy, but pleasant as we worked together to set up the first part of what was one of the most pleasant and most memorable of our many overseas trips in 26 years of world-wide travel.

Once again, Thanks very much for making our stay in Johannesburg thoroughly enjoyable.
Claude & Cynthia Ashby, Lawrenceville, Georgia USA.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

I spent many hours on the internet looking for the perfect safari in Kruger as I was taking my Father-in-law on his first Safari experience. Ultimately booking the entire package (airport transfers, 3 day kruger safari and accomodation either side) with Outlook via an agency.

Right from the collection to being dropped off at the airport 6 days later, this team is professional and absolutely amazing. Every team member goes above and beyond their best to help you in every aspect, from meal requests to finding plug adaptors, this team is by far the best we have every come across in our travels around many African countries and safaris.

The Lodge is a real home away from home with the biggest asset being manager Francois. The other reviews certainly highlight his skills. He goes out of his way to make your stay as relaxing and easy as possible. The dogs are a real laugh and great fun to play with for many hours. A Soweto tour with local Mr S (who was also our airport transfer taxi) was unbelievable experience and has knowledge and local history second to none - a must do.

The Safari team of Jonathan (amazing chef), Villem (our passionate guide), Moss and Bennet (most efficient transfer drivers) were hands-down the best we have ever come across. These guys were simply excellent in making the experience of being in the famous Kruger park on safari unforgettable.

To all the staff at Outlook, my sincerest thank you.

If you are looking for the perfect package, safari or a home away from home in johannesburg... look no further.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Paphos
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Outlook Lodge was recommended to us by Chameleon Holidays of Windhoek, Namibia, and proved to be an excellent choice. Francois himself collected us from the airport, and drove us smothly and quickly to the lodge, which is situated in a quiet, peaceful suburb of Johannesburg and in attractive gardens. Our room was extremely comfortable and very well equipped, while Francois provided us with some first-class meals. We were so impressed that we decided to return after our safari in the Kruger Park for two more days in the lodge. Once again, everything was excellent, and we met the owner too. Everybody seems to walk around the local area quite safely, and Francois also organised a tour around Soweto for us. In short, a superb place to stay, and we would certainly return there.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

My experience at Outlook Lodge this past weekend was fantastic all round.

I spent an overnight at the lodge in Benoni before going on a Kruger Park Safari and was pleasantly surprised by the great quality of both the accommodation and service.

The staff members were incredibly friendly and well informed, the food was delicious and portions hearty and the lodge itself was a quiet and comfortable place set in a leafy garden.

From airport pick up (a 10 minute drive away) to departure, visiting the lodge was a lovely experience that I would be happy to revisit soon.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We drove in and was met with a large garden, green lawn, mature trees and three lovely dogs barking a welcome greeting. The house itself was lovely and our room was top notch. Good beds, fluffy pillows, a bathtub and shower, everything was well thought out and we had no complaints! Breakfast was made fresh for us everyday, Francois and Dillion was ever helpful and they even helped me order a pizza which I was hankering for after a week of being on the safari!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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roundafric, Public Relations Manager at Outlook Lodge, responded to this review, March 9, 2012
Dear Clara

Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We look forward to hosting you again on your next trip to South Africa!

Christel
Marketing Manager
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Sterling, Virginia
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We stayed at the Outlook Lodge 2 nights around our safari with them. Francois and his staff were outstanding and very helpful. Bennet met us at the airport and assisted us on the short drive back to the lodge by swinging by the mall so we could purchase a few items. Breakfast was cooked specifically for us each morning. The rooms were large, clean, and well maintained.

Francois assisted us by providing suggestions for our day in JoBurg, lending Bennet to drive us around and topping it off he obtained a Fanta for our son when the lodge was out of stock.

We will most definitely stay at the Outlook Lodge (and take their safari) on our next trip to South Africa.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Beaverton, Oregon
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

The house is gorgeous, although the guest rooms could use some updating. The best part of the stay here (a two night stay before heading to Botswana) was the wonderful hospitality provided by Francois. He prepared great breakfasts and aided us in our plans to see as much of Johannesburg as we could in one day.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Outlook Lodge
Address: 1 Ambleside Avenue | Lakefield, Benoni 1501, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Outlook Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Outlook Lodge offers great value for money with home from home comforts in a tranquil gated community. We cater for discerning travelers, professionals, avid safari enthusiasts and families alike.Originally established as an overnight stop for guests embarking on safari with us, it now boasts a 4 star grading and confidently claims to surpass international standards, maintaining the highest possible levels of professionalism, hygiene and comfort.The rooms are tastefully furnished to celebrate South Africa's wonderful diversity of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Breakfast is a scrumptious affair, while lunch and dinner is served on request at minimal extra charge. Special dietary requirements are catered for.Being right next to a golf course and within 5 minutes' walk from a gym and the Korsman Bird Sanctuary offers our guests activity on our doorstep. Day excursions to explore all that Gauteng has to offer can be booked through the lodge.We have been operating safaris to the Kruger National Park since 1998 and specialize in this region of South Africa. All safaris are conducted by professional safari guides employed by ourselves. You will deal with us personally and safaris generally leave from the Outlook Lodge. Options vary from budget camping to luxury lodge safaris.We are situated about 15 minutes' drive from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport and offer transfers to and from the airport by prior arrangement at a minimal charge.We look forward to meeting you!. ... more   less 
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