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“A good place to recover from jet-lag”
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Airport Game Lodge
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Earthwatch.org recommended this lodge, and I chose it for a late night arrival from Amsterdam, a quiet day, and a second night before joining my research team. It was perfect for catching up on sleep, a nice breakfast, a tranquil day, and an order-in Chinese dinner that arrived on time and priced as promised (have some Rands for this). The room was basic but clean and pleasant, and the staff was friendly and helpful. They sent a car to the airport for my late arrival and returned me by shuttle. Recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

We spent just one day/night here upon arrival in South Africa after the red eye from Paris. Exhausted and just wanting a day to relax we stayed here because of the location from the airport and the fact it was a little outdoorsy.

The rooms are very basic--but good for that quick stopover. The grounds are neat with a number of animals in a large field adjacent to the property. I'm a birder so while my wife slept I spent a few hours wandering the ground getting my first taste of birding in Africa. It was a great little stay and well worth cost. You get what you pay for and if you don't need 5 stars I would highly recommend!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Airport_Game_Lodge, Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2014

Dear Utah_Birdtographer,
It is obvious that you are a seasoned observer. You are quite right that Airport Game Lodge is a clean safe place close to the airport. Not a tedious trip into town. That is our core market. In other words a quick stopover.
We assume that you did not make use of our upgrade offer for about 10$ more pp. One can stay in one of our De Lux rooms which is 5 Star quality.
We are glad that you enjoyed the birds in the area because we are actually a bird lodge and not a game lodge. Due to the fact that the lower part of the property is bordered by a stream and little dam there is good birding to be had and one can walk along it for app. 3km outside the property. It is very satisfying. Lovely photo of the red throated Wryneck.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Dear All,
Thank you once again for the wonderful hospitality that you had provided me and my family in the past three weeks.
We would like to point out three main things that make your place exceptional among the others .
1- Tranquility
2- Combination of wildlife and city
3- A professional team,
Therefore, we encourage you to continue like that. We extend our best wish to all.
See you within 11 month from now.

Room Tip: Combination of wildlife and city
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Airport_Game_Lodge, General Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Dear Pedro S,

Thank you for your valued feedback and it was our pleasure to have hosted you and your family! We really appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you again at the end of the year.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Oh this place is quite but it was great for me they came an pick me up when they said they would .It came with microwave and a small fridge but there is a run of the house kitchen where you can prepare meals . The free breakfast was delightful .There are a few animals on the grounds you can feed which was fun .I had gone there by myself as a single female and it was great speaking to the staff and the owner .

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Airport_Game_Lodge, Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2014

Dear Mtalife,

THANK you - we appreciate your kind comments.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I just stayed there a couple days ago. The staff are VERY kind and helpful. The breakfast is delicious and timely. The grounds are beautiful and perfect in summer. If your goal is to relax, this hotel is perfect. They have great relationships with the tour companies, so it's exceedingly easy to set up tours! Highest recommendation!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Thank nanewt2606
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Airport_Game_Lodge, Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2014

Dear Stellar,
Thank you very much for your comments. We have shown your praise to the staff and you have made some people over here very happy. We are going to be offering package "accommodation and tours" soon. Superior Service concept.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Promises good value accommodation with all the basics. That's what you get. Not more, not less. Airport pick-up works very well. About a 15 minute drive. Same thing for the drop-off. Reliable. The location is very quiet. Rooms are ok, beds a bit too small but all in all, for the rate paid, perfectly alright. The only downside is that they had very frequent power outages on the day we were there. No shower after a long-haul flight is not exactly pleasant. Though staff very helpful. Also, they insist on the guest providing the wake-up call time upon check-in. However, the call never gets to you. Not very convenient, especially if all the power is out and you cannot charge your mobile that might also run on low battery after a long flight.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Airport_Game_Lodge, Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2014

Dear RHW1974,

Thank you for taking the time to recall your experience. We, at Airport Game Lodge, find your comments very, very valuable: GRACIE, MERCI BEAUCOUP, DANKE SCHOEN,MILLE. We have identified four points on which we can improve.
In your comments:
Power outage: lightning and hail in the summer storms have literrally knocked us out. The weather is getting more severe everywhere. Even though we have two backup power generators we are already changing to solar power water heating and gravity supply. Your honest and well meant comment certainly added to moving this matter to the top of the priority list. Of course the power outage also affects the phones - we endeavor to improve and increase the old fashioned "foot power knock at the door" as back up.
As to the small beds - Airport Game Lodge started as a low cost budget hotel. If space is available we offer upgrades for under US $8 per person per day. Our superior and de Lux rooms can compete with any 5 Star hotel - in fact we are presently debating about applying for a higher star rating. Four en suite Suites are currently being built.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Clean rooms, very friendly staff, good location near Joburg airport with reliable free airport transfer service and good breakfast; very special place with lots of animals (ostriches, antelopes etc) enjoying their life at the lodge

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Petra H
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Airport_Game_Lodge, General Manager at Airport Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Dear Petra H,

We thank you for writing to us on tripadvisor and your praise on the general service is very much appreciated. We hope to welcome you again at Airport Game Lodge in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Airport Game Lodge team

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Additional Information about Airport Game Lodge

Address: 21 Fourth Road, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Kempton Park
Price Range: $46 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Airport Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is ideally located for business and leisure travellers passing through Johannesburg and the OR Tambo airport. Situated a mere 10 km from the international airport. The secluded Airport Game Lodge combines the solitude of the African Bush with the luxury and convenience of modern-day living. ... more   less 
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