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Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

This game lodge is included on the Kuoni 'Best of Africa' Tour and what a gem. It is quite literally in the middle of nowhere at the end of a three kilometre track. To describe is as quirky would be to underestimate its charm. All the rooms take the form of wooden cabins accessed via a boardwalk. In fact all of the public areas are accessed via a maze of boardwalks. Monkeys flit around in the trees. There is a game viewing platform with comfortable chairs and sofas. There is even a bar service there but we had to go to the bar to order in the first place as the telephone link with the bar was missing!!

Our bedroom was secluded, delightful and very comfortable; the en suite shower room not quite so good. It needed updating.

The dining room was attractive with a buffet area and seating both inside and out. The bar was nearby with a boma (firepit) with plenty of seating around it. We sat there for pre-dinner drinks and post dinner coffee. The atmosphere was wonderfully romantic.

The food at dinner and breakfast was buffet style. The food was good but not particularly imaginative but as our purpose for staying there was to see the game and not for a gastronomic experience we did not mind. Anyway the attention from the staff more than made up for unimaginative cooking!! One thing we found odd was having to order our wine before we knew what was on the menu. It is also worth bearing in mind that the wine is served by the bottle or glass - a glass being 340ml!! The after dinner entertainment took the form of a group of bushbabies who came down every evening for a plate of chopped apple.

As I said, the purpose of our stay was to see game and we were driven to Uhluhlwe-iMfolozi by coach. It is a half hour trip. Wow! What a morning. Apart from seeing four of the 'Big Five' we were privileged to see a pack of 10 wild dogs. These are an endangered species and we followed them for 30 minutes while they hunted. It was obvious that they had already made a kill because some of the dogs had blood on their fur and around their chops. We were also lucky enough to see a rhino and her baby - in fact we saw seven rhinos close up. The enthusiasm of our driver, Liz, was infectious as she was just as excited about seeing the wild dogs as the rest of us. Her camera was clicking away as well. Due to a very early start (5.30am) we had a breakfast stop at the rest camp. The game park catering staff put on a good spread the cost of which was included in the game drive.

We also went to Lake St Lucia from Bushlands, about an hours drive away. Again, the lake provided us with another 'WOW'. There were hippos by the hundred basking in the water in the sunshine as well as crocodiles, sea eagles and many other birds and wild life. We thought we had seen it all - until we got back to Bushlands! The hotel has its own small game reserve and guests are free to walk in it. We did and experienced one of the high spots or our holiday. Not only did we see impala and zebra but we also got close to a group of giraffe - one huge, enormous male and his five consorts. It was scary and awe inspiring at the same time.

As you can see from the above we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bushlands Lodge. One other thing though - we did not fancy using the swimming pool as the monkeys seemed to enjoy this facility!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2008

we spent two nights here and really enjoyed it. it is off the beaten track but this adds to its charm, we had a lovely cabin overlooking the swimming pool. the first night we ate outside with a boma. there were lots of monkeys around. in the evening bushbabies come down to eat near the dining room. the meals were buffet style and were excellent. a lovely place to stay. it really made you feel that you were in africa.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

Nice cabins with air condition, nice staff, and great to see antelopes walking around the cabin. We took a walk around the game lodge park and got pretty close to giraffes, nyalas and monkeys. The food was average. Would recommend the place, only with one minus: since we had a longer stay (five days) we did find it a bit tiresome that there was a bad dirt road to get to the national park of Hluhluwe (30 km) and into the village (13 km) to do grosery shopping. This made the location a bit "off range". I think a two nights stay would have been perfect to enjoy the game lodge + park and the national park, and then transfer to St Lucia for other accommodation there, if you're planning on seeing hippos.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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2  Thank Yadi74
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Reviewed September 25, 2007

Bushlands was a wonderful place to stay. The staff were friendly, the wooden cabins delightfull well kept, change of linen every 2nd. day. The dining area was excellent as was the food. Great boma (bonfire) each night near the bar area drinks were exellent and cheap. The Safari's were exceedingly well organised and all the big five could, with luck, be seen.
Altogether a wonderful experience, Wheelchair access was possible to all parts of Bushlands.

  • Stayed: September 2007
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