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“Great lodge, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sand Forest Lodge

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Sand Forest Lodge
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“Great lodge, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

Nature is all around at Sand Forest Lodge. We needed a stopover between Mkhuze and St Lucia and Hluhluwe seemed just right. Better still Sand Forest Lodge nestles in its own spacious estate very close to False Bay Park. We had only booked a night but would have been happy to spend the week there. The gardens are beautiful with many interesting (labelled) trees dotted around the parkland and clearly much enjoyed by the wildlife as by us, the visitors. 'Falcon Cottage' was charming with its intriguing furniture, pictures and artefacts. The comfort of the bed, the cooking facilities and the outlook from the patio were all that we could hope for. But just a short drive from the security gate, we could easily reach False Bay Park to enjoy the extensive walks, a safe place to be on foot without the restrictions of many other parks and game reserves

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

We spent two nights at the Sand Forest Lodge in Hluhluwe. Our cottage was comfortable and clean and fully equipped for a self-catering stay. We had a nice outdoor seating area with braai. The furniture of the cottage was a bit old-fashioned, but cosy. The owners of the lodge were very friendly and had some great stories to tell about the wildlife. Sand Forest Lodge is surrounded by a big plot that accommodates some wildebeests, some boks and lots of nice birds. We had quite a fright one night, when a wildebeest came for a visit very close to our porch!
It is quite a trip to the gate of the national park and takes about 10 minutes into town and a further 20 minutes to the gate.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

We spent six nights in a reasonable private two-bed cottage over the December holidays. The hosts are very hospitable and even allowed us to cook our Christmas turkey in their own private oven. The lodge itself is very comfortable with lots of space to walk and explore as well as a nice swimming pool. The best part is the ideal location to explore all of the nearby attractions within 60 - 80km as Sand Forest is located in the middle of everything (Tembe Elephant Park, Sodwana Bay, St Lucia, Cape Vidal, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi). If you are at one end of the area, seeing all of the attractions is not feasible. We would definitely recommend Sand Forest Lodge.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sand Forest Lodge

Property: Sand Forest Lodge
Address: PO Box 95, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sand Forest Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sand Forest Lodge is situated on a nature reserve on the edge of an ancient sand forest and lays 1.5Km west of False Bay Park - part of the greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. The Lodge is a 20 minutes from the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Sand Forest Lodge is an ideal base in close proximity to many local attractions including St Lucia, Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay. Chalets are fully equipped and serviced daily; all you need to bring is your food, drinks, drinking water, swimming towels and toiletries. We have mosquito nets, overhead fans and air-conditioning. We have 2 rustic, wooden bungalows that have double beds, overhead fans, mosquito nets, mini kitchens, private deck and barbeque facility. The bungalows DO NOT have air-con or en-suite shower/toilet facilities and share ablutions with the campsite. There are 4 camp/caravan sites situated on the edge of the forest, each have electrical points and private barbeques. Ablutions are shared with the bungalows. ... more   less 
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