I have to say I was extremely disappointed in this place.
The things I went there for seemed to be not there, eg the sunset cruise(water is down 40% due to drought), the hippos (locals said they hadn't seen or heard hippos for years), and the myths and legends tour, which I booked, but got taken on the crafts tour, and though I complained, no recompense or new tour booked. The other things are advertised on the lodge site, but are not available and may have not been for quite some time.
All accommodation has thatched roofs, which, I discovered on this trip, is basically just a home for every crawling and slithering thing alive. I had more kinds of insect life inside my room than I saw outside. Four kinds of spiders, some white flying things, things that looked like big ticks, beetles, millipedes and some flying things that sounded like mozzies but didn't look like them. Sheesh!
AS for the food, it was great in concept, but failed in execution due to the SA love for overcooking and salt. And while the salt level in other places was generally too high for any other taste to be left, the salt content here actually brought tears to my eyes.
On the positive side, the staff were pleasant, the birds and flowers around the grounds were gorgeous, and the peace and quiet were soothing. The views were lovely. The owners kindly made an appointment for me with their family doctor as I arrived ill with a respiratory infection. So, not all bad, but not sure I'd recommend it to anyone who was not at home with sharing their space with crawlies, having their bookings mangled and extremely high salt content in the food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shiluvari Lodge is set on the Banks of the Albasini Dam and overlooks the picturesque Soutpansberg Mountains...the cool, thatched chalets form the perfect base from which to explore 'this land of legend'. On site facilities include the award winning wood-owl country restaurant, the Hog & hound pub and fireplace, wrap-around al-fresco terrace, lakeside swimming pool and motorized raft for sunset cruises. One of the first properties worldwide to be accreddited with the FTTSA trademark (Fair trade and tourism south africa) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shiluvari Lakeside Hotel