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Khaya Ndlovu Manor House
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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14 reviews
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“Two visits in 3 weeks”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Located on the Blue Canyon Conservancy - with amazing view onto the Drakensberg Mountains with miles of African savanna in between. The personal attention of Nkosi, Ronel and Mike Lawrie make this truly a home from home. Access to the regional attractions of which there are too many to mention is easily organised or undertaken yourself. The perfect luxury but good value base for the region. Highlight for me on both recent visits were the night drives on the nearby big 5 Thornybush Reserve. If you have done the big 5 in 48 hours then this is the ideal base for your next lowveld safari.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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MikeLawrie, Owner at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
Kevin it is always such a pleasure to host you and your family thank you so much for your kind review. You always add so much value to our lives and we appreciate it immensely.
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Where to start? The location, close to Hoedspruit and yet in the middle of the bush, is unique. You can find the big 4 (no buffalos) in the private game reserve surrounding the manor house. It is a 40 minute drive to Krueger as well as to the Blyde River Canyon, but there are plenty of game drive options and other activities nearby the lodge. This includes great game drives either right outside the manor house or in a private game reserve a short drive away. The lodge feels more like a big, very luxurious family home than a hotel and guests immediately feel like friends visiting friends. The staff is great, everybody is helpful, very friendly and it is their biggest aim to create the perfect holiday experience for their guests. The building itself is a luxurious lodge with only 5 beautiful rooms, an infinity pool with view over a waterhole and the bush to the Drakensberg Mountains. The food is the best that we had on our 3 week trip through south africa. We had 6 unforgetable days in the manor house and already plan our next visit there. The rates are very fair given the quality and service that is provided. The owner of the Manor house created the perfect oasis in the middle of the bush and thankfully opened it up to guests. What his team, Ronel, Mark, Nkosi and their team, created is beyond everything we have experienced before and is very impressive. We might repeat ourselves, but: SIMPLY PERFECT!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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MikeLawrie, Owner at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
What can we say what a wonderful review - it makes the extra hours so worth it. Thank you for sharing this absolutely special place with us. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

An experience of a life time, everything is done in excellence; accommodation, food, hospitality, game drives. The hospitality team go out of their way to make sure you will be back soon. The first time we went we were accommodated in the Manor House, ervery room exquisitely decorated to perfection, comfort and style. Our family of four were treated like royalty. It was just a weekend but felt like a holiday.
The second time round my husband and I were accommodated in the cottage, the fresh aroma and tranquility of the thatched roof, the outdoor shower, the huge rooms and bathrooms and luscious green garden is rest for one's soul.
Once again we were treated in excellence and experience the warmth of family, home and bush outings - relaxing around the breakfast table overlooking the infinity pool and water hole, with lots of laughter and enjoyment.
We went home refreshed and our batteries re-charged
Thanks to Ronel and Mike who goes the xtra mile

Room Tip: Manor House - all rooms facing north with huge sliding doors on to the garden - this is a honeymoon...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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MikeLawrie, Owner at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, June 14, 2012
Kobie - you guys are so special to us and what a privilege to be able to share this with you
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

After the stresses of business I needed a total getaway... a place to hide and refresh. From the website Khaya Ndlovu looked like the right retreat. From the moment our vehicle entered the warm Lowveld atmosphere I started to relax. Upon arrival at the lodge our hosts greeted us like old friends. We were shown to our generous accomodation with beautiful views of the garden and surounding bushveld.
Supper proved to be a culinary delight with an african flavour. We ate like kings and then lolled in massive comfortable couches listening to night sounds on the stoep. The glowing embers, bush smells and cognac transported me into a state of blissfull tranquility.
I remained in this state for the rest of my stay (replacing the cognac with spring water during the day). We saw loads of excitting animal sightings on our game drives, and learnt much about everything from our learned guide.
I think of this trip as my Bush Alchemy as the Khaya Ndlovu charm transformed me from weary and discouraged to revitalised and inspired.
A TRULY SPECIAL PLACE which I highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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RONEL_KNMH123, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear Janine,

Thank you for a wonderful review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.

we hope to see you back here in the very near future.

Kind Regards

Ronel & Team
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

I usually do not write reviews, but the experience that I had at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House was so great that I felt I should let others know. I recently spent 3 days (Mid-March) at the Manor House. Mike and his wife are loving people who care about wildlife conservation. You can really tell how much they care when you talk to them. The staff is top notch. They are warm, friendly, and welcoming. The staff gave us personalized attention. The meals were delicious. We were served three courses for dinner and the beef that we were served could have been found at a high-end New York restaurant.

The price is well worth it. We went on a 4 hour game drive that cost roughly $50 (at current exchange rate). While Mike could not guarantee that we would see any animals on the drive, we saw four of the big five. Many of the animals we saw were feet from the car.

The accommodations were luxurious. It seemed as though they had recently renovated the place. The best part was the infinity pool. It looked out on a watering hole about 40 yards away. While sitting by the pool drinking a beer we saw girafes, monkeys, zebras, and warthogs. Far in the distance there was a great view of the bush and the mountains. The sunset view was breathtaking.

The best part was the walk with lions. While walking with lions is not for everyone, if you want to get your heart racing, ask Mike to take you on the walk. The lions come right up to you and allow you to touch them.

The only negative comment I have is with regards to how long it took to get to the Manor House. It took 5.5 hours driving from Jo-burg. While this is not the fault of the Manor House, it is something to consider. The positive thing is you get to drive through beautiful SA countryside. Although the drive is a tad bit long, I would make the journey again.

Bottom line - Khaya Ndlovu could charge double the price and still the Manor House would be a bargain.

If wildlife conversation and value are important to you, Khaya Ndlovu Manor House is the place for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Khaya Ndlovu and can highly recommend this stunning Lodge. The staff was very efficient and friendly and treated us and our children like royalty. Sitting on the veranda and having a wonderful glass of wine at sunset and watching the game come to the waterhole was the best experience. There are allot of attractions in this area but we spent most of the time at the Lodge because it was so relaxing and the food was phenomenal. Thank you making our visit so memorable

Room Tip: the family room was wonderful for children!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Cape Town
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

This is my 4th trip back to the beautiful bush villa retreat. Sunsets are magnificent on the luxury deck... Difficult to find words to descibe the peaceful evening atmosphere, back from a game drive...sundowners on the exquisite deck overlooking the watering hole ...the air like silk, the muslin curtains drawn back giving an air of outdoor safari luxury, beautiful African decor and candles lit for outdoor dining. One of my favorite places ever!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Khaya Ndlovu Manor House
Address: R40, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 104 Specialty Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Khaya Ndlovu Manor House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scanning the majestic Northern Drakensberg mountain range, the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House wooden decked terrace offers a sweeping panoramic view, which will leave you breathless! Khaya Ndlovu is situated in the northern corner of the big game Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stone's throw from the Kruger National Park. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House - more than just a "game lodge experience". Luxury is elegantly under stated offering an external and a stylish internal dining area, two lounges with DSTV. Free uncapped Wi-Fi is also available. Five comfortable colonial style bedrooms offer a choice of single or king size beds, all elegantly draped with spacious mosquito nets. Each room overlooks the landscaped garden, which provides a playground for the resident monkeys, abundant squirrels, tortoises and a host of chattering bird species. Whilst the sun sets on a dreamy day, sip on a sundowner chosen from our well stocked bar, before enjoying the four course dinner offered every night. As South Africa is home to a host of different cultures, our trained chefs provide a tempting sampler of the rich assortment of culinary traditions. Special requirements are catered for. Retreat to an intimate haven of relaxation and indulge in one of the many treatments offered by our mini spa. Listen to the sounds of the African bush whilst our trained therapist spoils you rotten! ... more   less 
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