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“Outstanding setting and owner”
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Gecko Lodge
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The location and surrounding setup is really rare and peaceful. the room are spacious and well maintained.
Although I was missing WiFi in the rooms and the road from the main road to the lodge should have been improved ( its very bumpy) the place gets very high scores for the great setup and owner. The owners are very friendly, will try to assist you in any request and the food was great as well.
Bottom line highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We arrived there "after hours" - but the manager / owner Gideon still managed to cook up a quick dinner for us: wonderful lamb chops!!
Gecko Lodge is a spacious place with large and spacious rooms (walls between adjacent rooms are VERY thin!!) - but the real fun is the lounge and breakfast area: wonderful bush-setting.
The Lodge is ideally located for day-visits to the Kruger Park (Numbi Gate is some 10 kms) and is reasonably priced - at R 480 p. single / p. night.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

It is my 3rd time staying at this beautiful establishment and every time has been great! Its setting is superb, with beautiful gardens and a stunning walk through indigenous forest leading to the tranquil Sabie river.

The food is great, the service I find unbeatable...from helping you plan your next day to making sure you relax while taking in the beautiful surroundings! I can highly recommend and will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The rooms are spacious and some rooms has there own unique theme :) There are quite a few to choose...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The price is rather steep for the type of room. But Anja & Gideon, the new owners of the place, make it more then up for. They were extremely friendly and more than happy to share their knowledge of the area and the things to do with us.
Breakfast was very nice too.
Anja & Gideon have only just taken over the Gecko Lodge a few months ago and one can already tell that they will do great things with the place.
Would definetly go back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Gecko lodge, settled in the most beautiful parts of the pretty Hazyview is a must visit! It is settled very close to the river, for those, like me who likes nature and long walks, this is a must visit! Food and service was great! Thank you to the Barnards who made the stay great!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but try for ones closer to the river!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The accommodation itself is quite basic with no view but comfortable beds. The food here is lovely, we ate at the lodge every night and it was very reasonably priced. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and told us the best time to set off to get to Kruger, as it is a bed and breakfast they even provided us a breakfast bag to take with us as we were heading out early. We drove into the phabeni gate which was only 10/15 mins from the lodge, since we were travelling with our one year old we stuck to the main route and saw plenty of animals (lion, elephant, hippo, giraffe)
After a long day driving it was great to come back to a sumptuous meal and not to have to worry about trying to find somewhere to eat. Id recommend it as a cheap and cheerful base for Kruger.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank 82Deborah
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We live in Maputo and recently stayed at Gecko Lodge with a large group of family and a friends who were visiting from overseas. All of our visitors loved the accomodation and incredible hospitality of the new owners and their staff. The location is particularly good for families, with the Skytrails zipline and good walking trails right on the property. The lodge is just minutes from Hazyview with easy access to Kruger and the many wonderful attractions in the area. The new owners have already made some significant improvements -- very comfortable rooms, great food and wine, wi-fi service, cultural connections to local communities and exceptional hospitality. We have stayed in many fine guest houses in Hazyview, but this has to be the best value for a wonderful and relaxing family holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Gecko Lodge

Address: 536 Farm 13, Sabie Road Route, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Hazyview
Price Range: $70 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gecko Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gecko Lodge is situated 3 Km from Hazyview in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on a 35ha Farm with Sabie River Frontage. It is the ideal base from which to explore the Kruger National Park (12km from Phabeni Gate) and the Lowveld Panorama Route including Blyde River Canyon (89km), God's Window (50km) and Pilgrim's Rest (54km) This owner managed lodge has its emphasis on tranquillity, comfort, quality service and good food. Gecko Lodge offers the guest an escape from modern urban living. We, Anja (German) and Gideon Barnard (South African) the owners at Gecko Lodge, offer personal attention and service with a smile in short, "Value for money" ... more   less 
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