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Outlook Lodge Lakefield
Ranked #1 of 38 Benoni B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 19, 2008

We went on a safari organized through the lodge. It was a great experience and the staff was incredibly friendly and committed to making us comfortable. They picked us up and dropped us off at the airport (very close/great location) and organized events in Joburg for us.
Would recommend it with enthusiasm to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

My husband and I took the economy Shosholoza Meyl train from Cape Town to Jo'burg so we could see some of the countryside (big mistake -- train was horrible!). We arrived at the train station 28 hours later, to find ourselves a bit nervous to be in the Jo'burg city center which all businesses have deserted as the crime has sky rocketed. We luckily got in the "right" taxi that took us to Benoni and our lodge. Outlook Lodge reminds me of an old manor, with beautiful gardens and a pool area. We spent only two nights here, but Robert (the manager) is possibly one of the most gracious hosts we have come across while traveling. He drove us to various restaurants for dinner and made sure we were comfortable while still leaving us to our privacy. The grounds are very well kept and it is so peaceful you almost forget you are not that far from the city. We chose it initially because it was close to the airport (only about a 10 minute drive), but would definitely stay here again, if not only because it was so hospitable!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2007

I stayed here twice en route from Luanda to Lilongwe and back while in between flights in October 2007.

The travel agent who booked my trip to Malawi recommended this place and I was very pleased with this find. As I live in Angola I frequently have to travel thorugh Joburg and this will now be my hotel of choice when having to spend a night close to the airport waiting for flights. It's only 15-20 minutes from the airport, very quiet and the rooms are clean and nice and comfy. There is a spacious garden outside to relax in and a large living room area with a large screen TV and loads of reference materials to read.

This place was set up as an overnight place for guests going on safari in South Africa and who needed comfy accomodation in Joburg en route to their safari destination. It therefore has the homey feel of a safari lodge. There are only 6 rooms (they are planning on building 4 more) most of which have en suite facilities and one which has the shower and toilet right opposite. Typically guests are on the way to a safari or back from one, or oil workers in transit from Angola (the owners used to work in Angola).


There's a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, but you need to tell the lodge what your flight details are to be met. Breakfast is included in the very reasonable rate for this standard accomodation. There is no restaurant for other meals but they will drive you to a nearby restaurant when you want and pick you up for free. There's a decent Greek restaurant called Mediterranean which has nice food and Greek dancing and includes plates to smash on the floor in time to the bouzouki music and dancing.

Leonard and Rob who manage the place are most hospitable and helpful. It's like staying over with friends who have an upscale soare room.

Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed August 10, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 23, 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 11, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range: $63 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Outlook Lodge Lakefield 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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