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“Tropical Paradise”
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Zeranka Lodge
Ranked #3 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
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Robina, Australia
1 review
“Tropical Paradise”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We have just had the most wonderful stay at Zeranka Lodge visting South Africa from Australia. The owner Marcelle went out of her way to give us an earlier booking than planned and we were so thrilled that we were able to return to the Lodge a week later. Everyone made us so welcome and it is a little slice of paradise to relax and do as much and as little as you want - lovely walks on the beach, relaxing, reading interesting books and my husband enjoyed the company and conversations around the honesty bar - Marcelle and her husband are wonderful hosts. Our room had its special character and was so well appointed and we wanted for nothing. Best food in "town" was breakfast at the Lodge and all the staff were so friendly and welcoming. Lovely restaurants in the village close by. Thanks to all for a wonderful stay - we will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marcelle H, Manager at Zeranka Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Always nice meeting new people and seeing new faces from all over the world. That's what a holiday is about-relaxing and we are so glad you were able to do so at Zeranka Lodge. We were so thrilled to have you back for an "extended stay" with us.
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Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Zeranka was our first stop on a 3 week drive around KZN. It turned out to be the perfect place to start, get a taste for the country and people, get used to driving on the left and get to grips with what's good to eat, what less etc etc. But more than anything Zeranka gave us a flavour of how welcoming, passionate about their country, interesting, complex and altogether friendly everyone is. Marcelle the owner and her husband are super hosts, he's also a superb kayaker and was just off to Denmark for a competition, but I digress...Our first day saw RSA play NZ (on tv) this was a reminder that South Africans are also sports mad - and by the end of the match the referee and anyone else related to France in anyway was subject to much grumpiness :).
The house is a typically tropical house, just next to the beach located in a calm, affluent suburb.
Breakfast (brown bread highly recommended) is delicious and gets the day off to good start and the honesty bar a great way to wind down after a day visiting.
Whatever anyone might tell you a tour of Durban is a must - Marcelle recommended a lady called Shiney Bright - we've seen a lot of places and explored all sorts of weird and wonderful places but a day with Shiney was pretty mindblowing by any standards. She seemed to understand exactly what would tickle our fancy and we enjoyed a unique and unforgettable sensory, factual and cultural feast.
Umhlanga rocks per se is just 5 minutes just up the road and offers bars, restaurants, shops etc. The 2nd best food we had in all of KZN was at Little Havana.
2 days chilling in Umhlanga out of Zeranka lodge and we were all set to hit the road.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marcelle H, Manager at Zeranka Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
What a pleasure having Ben stay with us!! He really got a good taste of the South African culture seeing us out in full force backing the Springboks against New Zealand in a nail biting match. It is always so good to have enthusiastic guests that are excited to get involved with the local sports aswell. Shiney's tours are always highly recommend to get a feel and taste for the wonderful diversity we have in our city. Ben, we wish you safe travels and hope to see you again. So glad we could start your holiday off with a bang!
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We spent a couple of days at Zeranka Lodge this winter and think it is the most beautiful, well-run guesthouse we have ever been in in South Africa! As we live overseas and come to South Africa often we have had a lot of experience with various establishments. Very friendly and helpful staff as well - a real gem!

Room Tip: All rooms are great but room no 9 is the closest to the beach!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marcelle H, Manager at Zeranka Lodge, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind and gracious words!! We always love to hear that our guests feel so at home and happy when they stay with us!! Safe travels and we do hope to see you again when you return to South Africa.
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Netherlands
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We had a wonderfull stay in Zeranka Lodge in september 2013. We've stayed here for 2 days. The owner Marcelle, helped us very well with some bookings and she also gave us very good advise to explore the area. Especially the tour to the Indian Market in Durban was great. Thank you very much Marcelle!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marcelle H, Manager at Zeranka Lodge, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
So lovely to have you stay at our Lodge with us!!
Always nice to get to know guests a little better when they stay more than 1 night and are then able to recommend some lovely places to visit in and around Durban.
We wish to see you here again!!
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Beautifull lodge close to the beach. Rooms are very nice and clean, with a excellent service. Especially Marcelle, who gives you great advises en is very helpfull. A very kind lady! When you want too dive at Durban i really can recommend this place. You can get your breakfast as early as you like.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Marcelle H, Manager at Zeranka Lodge, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us here!! We always try our utmost best to make all our guests feel welcome and at home. Hope to see you again and we wish you safe travels throughout South Africa.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I had a fantastic stay at Zeranka Lodge at the end of May, beginning of June, 2013.
The hosts, Allan and Michelle Hold, are wonderful people who were always available to assist, The lodge, it's situation (very close to the beach - just a short 50m walk) is outstanding, the meals delicious and my room was exceptionally comfortable.
I can't wait to visit Zeranka Lodge again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the owner, Marcelle Hold. Every effort was made by her and her staff to ensure our needs were met even to the basket of toys that was provided to my grandson when we went to the beach which is very close by. The rooms are very well appointed and the lodge boasts a very comfortable veranda looking onto a sparkling pool and attractive garden. The honesty bar forms a focal point for socializing and tapping into Marcelle's wealth of knowledge on what to do, where to go, and the best restaurants to visit. I can highly recommend Zeranka Lodge.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Zeranka Lodge
Address: 12 Cowrie Terrace | La Lucia, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Zeranka Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zeranka Lodge is the winner of the B&B sure/Kwababa Award and we are 4 star registered. It is a family run Lodge. We have a beautiful garden with pool and BBQ facilities. We are only 30 metres from the tranquil lower La Lucia beaches which can be accessed via a gate within Zeranka grounds, and approx 4km from Gateway (one of the largest shopping malls in the world) offering a multitude of shops, entertainment, and eating experiences. You will have one secure parking bay on the premises per room/unit and all rooms are air-conditioned. ... more   less 
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