Please be aware, this is truly an ecolodge; it's not just their PR slogan. That means that being earth friendly is priority. Your room won't have air conditioning. You WILL see bugs and ghekos in your room. Maybe even a frog or a bat. So if you're looking for the Four Seasons, don't stay here. But, if you're looking for beautiful, natural surroundings in a stunning location, and like the fact that the earth around you is being cared for, this is an awesome place to stay!
In my opinion, the staff are what makes Wildebees great. We arrived late, around 11 p.m., and one of the staff members came out to our car with a huge smile on his face like we were long lost friends, and helped us get our bags out of the car. Once we deposited the bags at our rooms he led us to the bar area and told us they'd be happy to stay open a bit longer if we were hungry or thirsty or just wanted to hang out a bit before bed. Throughout our stay, this was the type of customer service we received. Absolutely top notch.
Also, we paid for breakfast to be included. At most places "breakfast included" means some fruit and stale pastries. We were pleasantly surprised to have a "sit down meal" of delicious food, including hot eggs and sausage, fruit, toast, cereal, rusks, juice and a bottomless pot of coffee.
Whenever we're back in this area, we'll definitely go back to Wildebees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a lush tropical garden, Wildebees ecolodge offers cottage accommodation and a lagoon-style pool framed by palm shrubs. Wildebees is part of the UNESCO-protected Greater iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. Wildebees Ecolodge features an outdoor restaurant with a charming bonfire. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine under the stars, while enjoying the sounds of the African bush. The lodge also offers a garden lounge bar, and a barbecue area to prepare a traditional South African braai. Before heading out to explore the region, guests can request a packed lunch. The thatched accommodation of the Ecolodge is surrounded by large trees and flowering shrubs. It is decorated in rustic style, with wooden furniture and mosquito nets. We are proud to offer you the difference, this is not only noticed by our personal service, relaxed atmosphere and value for money accommodation, but it also includes our measures to conserve the environment and sustain the well-being of local people with our ecolabel projects. Wildebees ecolodge is owner managed. ... more less
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