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Bushwillow Collection
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

On our 3-weeks trip in different game reserves and lodges, our 4-nights stay at Bushwillow Lodge was the absolute best! A very nice and cosy spot, very friendly and helpful staff and awesome meals. And on your walking trails, you see a lot of nice animals (giraffe, warthog, zebra, nyala, duiker, etc.). We'll come back! Nico & Renée, The Netherlands.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2014

Dear Nico & Renee, Thanks for taking time to write a review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the 4 nights at Bushwillow. We have had quite some rain and heavy storms since your visit and the game is happy to have full water holes again and a few cooler days. I'm not so sure our current guests are so happy for the rain though, but I suppose it cannot be sunny all the time! Good luck with everything ahead. Warm wishes, Jana

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

The perfect base for exploring both the Hluhluwe-Umfozoli reserve and the St Lucia Wetlands reserve. Wonderful location in a small reserve with duiker, wart hog and the giraffe greeting us in the morning, while having a cuppa on the decking of our luxury chalet Marula, which was ideal for the four of us. The accommodation was excellent, as was the food - we had evening meals as well as breakfast at the main lodge, and the staff were so friendly and helpful. We couldn't have asked for more, and could easily have stayed for longer than our four days

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2014

Dear Chris, Jon, Mary & Jane, Yes, Marula is a great option for two couples travelling together who want some private time as well as opportunity to sit together for that morning cuppa or evening sundowner. You stayed on one of our all inclusive packages: Choose What Suits. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed it. There really is so much to do in the area that one can easily stay a whole week. Best wishes, from sunny Hluhluwe, Julian & Liz

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed for 2 nights at Bushwillow and it was very hard to leave. The setting was very beautiful with animals coming right up to our private villa. The villa was very well equipped and the staff were very friendly. We wish we had more time to enjoy the place. There are many walks to be had amongst the safe game reserve with a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The food was also very good. We would love to come back to immerse ourselves in this beautiful environment again. Thank You. Jonny & Anna

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2014

Dear Jonny & Anna, Thank you for your review... I did reply to it earlier but for some reason it did not post. Sorry about that! It shall be lovely to have you come back and visit some time.... we now very privileged to have an excellent specialist field guide working with us now. Ryan has trained field guides in the past and now offers guided bush walks, evening spider walks, bird outings and he shall soon be doing butterflies and frogs! Rather than just concentrating on the Big 5, it is great to have the contrast and learn about the small stuff too! Regards,
Liz

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Wonderful, so relaxing for the first time in our married life my wife left the blinds open all night In our Tambotie chalet. The sound of the dawn chorus was something to behold. Everything was perfect. We had an evening meal the two nights we were there and we could not have had better anywhere. The staff went that extra mile. My wife said this must be like heaven.

Bill & Brenda Hinchliffe
Warrington UK

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Dear Bill & Brenda, Thank you so much for the lovely review! This is truly our heaven and we enjoy sharing it with our guests! It was so lovely hosting you two both evenings and listening to all the interested stories of all the traveling you have done. Good luck with everything!

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We've had a wonderful time, staying three nights in the Tambotie chalet and can recommend Bushwillow Lodge for anybody who seeks a romantic getaway close to nature without any hesitations. The overall service - ranging from delicious freshly prepared meals to excellent help with organizing trips in the surrounding area - was just amazing. The property itself is beautiful, very clean and well kept. It is the perfect place to stay as it allows daytrips to places like Hluhluwe game reserve and St. Lucia, but also leaves the option of just staying at the lodge, strolling through Kuleni game reserve and having some wonderful animal encounters. We truly hope we'll be able to come again. Great thanks to Jabu, Victoria, Jana, Julian and Liz for a highly memorable stay!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Jana_Guest Hostess at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Hi Melanie, Thanks for the review. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with you two but you were lucky to meet the whole team. Julian and Liz are rather busy at the moment, finishing off the final chalet in the new boutique - it is all rather exciting, and we are so happy to know that guests are loving it. Wishing you well, Jana

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

what an amazing way to start the new year. Ww ariived at the Lodge on 1st January 2014, stayed 3 nights. It was perfect....exceptionally clean, spacious, the kitchen was a dream with every utensil you could think off. Jabu and the team were so heplful.. even with the kids. Liz was exceptionally welcoming. There is nothing I would change!!! thank you for an amazing stay...omashni and family....

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Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Bushwillow_Lodge, Owner at Bushwillow Collection, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2014

Hi Yuveka, Omashni and family, what a pleasure to have you stay and enjoy our lodge for the New Year. It was a pity that your Father lost his wallet somewhere whilst on the game drive, but he was so relaxed about it. Bushwillow certainly is a relaxing place, though your men still seemed to keep you busy in the kitchen. Thanks for the watermelon - it was just what was needed on a hot Hluhluwe day! Welcome back any time - your children were so well behaved and enthralled with the nature.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had an amazing time and were so well looked after that we didn't want to leave. The staff took care of our every need and the meals were delicious. It is amazing to wake up in the morning looking out over the bush and seeing a little buck staring back at you. Will definitely return and have recommended it to everyone!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 693 | Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa (Formerly Bushwillow Lodge)
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range: $130 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bushwillow Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional, Quirky or Cosy! Choose between self-catering, dinner bed & breakfast or all inclusive packages. Bushwillow Collection offers 3 totally different accommodation style options to suit your mood and we strive to provide a very personalised service, and we pride ourselves on this. Stay at our LODGE with warm wooden floors, reed ceilings and muted colours for a feeling of serenity and oneness with nature, together with good, honest home cooking. Meet fellow travellers at the central lodge area with pool deck and share adventures. Choose one of our BOUTIQUE self-catering chalets with private pool and quirky design and let the bright and cheerful colour schemes lift your spirit whilst still allowing nature to bring balance. Ask nicely, and we can bring you breakfast... or try an evening meal at our lodge one evening, subject to availability. Retreat to our self-catering COTTAGE with thatched roof set under tall and rare Lebombo Wattles for a cosy and relaxing escape. Relax in the spa bath on the outside deck and listen to the sounds of the African night. ... more   less 
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