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“What a lovely hidden gem”
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Gecko Lodge
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Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed over at Gecko Lodge for one night with the intent to leave first thing the following morning. However, we enjoyed it so much we only left after lunch.

My daughter had so much fun in the lush, green gardens and beautiful rock pools that she wanted us to spend the rest of our holiday there.

Gideon and Anja were extra kind, friendly and helpful. The rooms are large, clean and well equipped.

I can heartily recommend a visit!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
Thank kenny-inggs
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GeckoLodge, Owner at Gecko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2013

It was lovely to meet you..... just too short :-) hope we will see you again one day!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

A charming and welcoming simple family run hotel. Recently taken over by the current owners, who also run the backpacker place next door, this is a well priced and friendly hotel. We found the owners incredibly helpful, recommending activities and assisting with the next stage of our holiday and could not have been more hospitable. Rooms were huge, simply furnished and very comfortable. Check out the walk to the Sabie river and a lovely riverside area which is part of the property, a very relaxing way to unwind and chill.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
Thank Andy W
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GeckoLodge, Owner at Gecko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay! Hopefully we will see you again one day :-) Kind regards Gideon & Anja

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

I class this Lodge as Average considering its location and other lodges in the area ...Pros include: Great hospitality,Easy to find premises,good communication with potential and existing guest and rooms include good well cooked breakfast, whilst the Cons consist of very thin walls(you hear everything), my room had no light-bulb in shower which i must add needed more maintenance also the receipts i received for drinks and food did not include the items purchased making it difficult for filing purposes and to know if the figures are accurate.
But overall this place is good for groups that are keen to do activities in the area!

Room Tip: Get room which is not sandwiched between rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Azwanetion
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GeckoLodge, Owner at Gecko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you so much for your short visit and your feedback. We apprecaite all comments, and take them all serious! We are busy with the walls between the rooms, and that will hopefully be sorted soon. I am sorry to hear that the slip for the drinks was not enough.... we are always able to write a customised invoice, as we keep the ordered drinks on a separte Piece of paper in the office, from the Lodge and the Backpackers! hopefully we will see you again, and I hope you enjoyed the Sky Way Trails! Kindest Regards Gideon and Anja

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

A group of 6 of us stayed at Gecko Lodge for 2 nights and loved it! It was the perfect place to relax after a time working in White River. Safari drives were organised for us by Anja and Gideon through Echo Africa Safari (excellent for those who don't visit the park often - we would never have spotted that leopard on our own!). It was great to be able to eat at Gecko Lodge, and the food was well worth it! Unfortunately we didn't see the hippos that live down at the Sabie River but the walk there was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the idea that they might be there!

Thank you for a great stay on what I know was an extremely busy weekend for you!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Katherine R
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GeckoLodge, Owner at Gecko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay :-) and your safari with Echo Africa..... although it was raining during your Night Safari.
We hope you all arrived safe back home and we are hoping to see you again one day!
Take care and Kindest Regards Gideon and Anja

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We have been staying in the Gecko Lodge for two nights. First of all, we had a warm welcome. second, the owners have been taking very good care of us. One of us was feeling very sick already before we came here and the owners took very good care of her and even went to the chemist to get medicine. They were closely involved and interested all the time. The lodge is close to town and it looks really nice. They give lots of advises about trips and things you can do (and not to do!) around in the area. It was a very nice stay and we can recommend it to everybody!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank AliseZ91
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I booked a family room for three nights at the Gecko Lodge. I should have left after the first night, but due to an attempt by the owner to make accommodations for us, we stayed a second night, then left. There is NO door to the bathroom. Inquiring with the owner, she said she wasn't aware that parents don't go naked in front of their children! We have a 15 year old daughter. She said she does it with her family and don't see the issue. My wife refused to shower due to mold in the shower. There is NO sound proofing between the rooms. We heard couples on both sides having conversations, going to the bathroom and you imagine what else. It was extremely embarrassing to me exposing my family to all that. Families beware!

Room Tip: For the same or most likely less money, there must be other options in the area. Avoid Gecko Lodge.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank 5Britse
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This B&B is on a beautiful piece of property very near Kruger. Unfortunately, the rooms were less than acceptable. The showers had mold growing in them, the high ceilings were not sound proof and you can hear your neighbors conversations, and worst of all ... There were notes warning not to drink the tap water but saying it was okay to shower and brush teeth. Of the 7 of us who stayed there, 6 had severe stomach issues 12 hours after we left.
Anya - the owner was apologetic and tried her best to make things right, but I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank Sandy C
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GeckoLodge, Owner at Gecko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Hi,

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are very sorry to hear that some of your family members and friends were sick! We have been informed that there was a bad stomach bug throughout the whole of Hazyview, and it is unfortuanate that you and your family also were effected. We were informaed that almost all the lodges in the area were effected.
We are not previllaged to have municipal water to our Lodge. All our water comes from the Sabie River, we do allow the water to go through numerous Filters and dozing plants, prior to getting to the rooms. All rooms, Kitchen, laundry and as well as our Houses uses the same water. We then put some of the water through ceramic filters, this is then fit for drinking! Our staff prefer to drink the water out of the tap, but we prefer to put the water through the ceramic Filter! It is very safe to brush your teeth and definately to shower!
We are very sorry about the mold in the bathrooms, we are aware of it and dew to our very high huminity in this area it is very difficult to stay ahead of it, but we getting there :-), as well as the noise between the rooms.
We hope you, your family and friends enjoyed the rest of your holiday together.

Kind regards
Gideon & Anja Barnard

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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 39 Specialty Lodging in Hazyview
Price Range: $68 - $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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