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Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

It was a great pleasure for us to stay at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge. We enjoyed the excellent breakfast and excellent lunch which were cooked by the chef himself and served by Amanda in the unique surrounding together with zebras, springboks and the bush-pig.
The accomadation is lovely decorated, clean and comfortable. We hopefully will come back!!!Manuela&Jörg / Janaur 2013

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

We have stayed in the lodge on 2 January 2013, WE LOVED IT it was the highlight of a 2 week holiday, the food was superb and of very high quality, Jan is an excellent host, the rooms are sparklikg clean. beds are comfy and next time we would like to take on the crocodiles in the cuddel puddel, and make use of the inroom message service ;-)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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jannharoldbader, Owner at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2013

Thanks so much for this wonderful review - and at the same time to every other reviewer who
has taken the time to write a review for us !
It is very pleasing to observe that so many people who stay here actually recognise the soul of
the place, and do not merely regard us as somewhere they stayed whilst experiencing our country - to read that people regard us as a highlight of a three week tour is indeed very special
to me personally ...and it is this that we will concentrate on into the future.
Thanks !
Jann.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Zwartbery View Mountain Lodge is amazing!! Where else can you eat your dinner next to zebras and springbok! The accommodation is artistically decorated, clean and comfortable & the food is first class. We really enjoyed our stay with Jann and we would definitely recommend staying! It is a gem of a find! Trish & Sean O'Sullivan

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

My friend and I were doing a motorbike trip through the Eastern Cape on dual purpose motorcycles (KTM 990 Adventure and Yamaha Super Tenere). We were travelling from Cape Town and the route included Swartberg pass, "die hel" and BaviaansKloof. We were booked into Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge as an overnight stop on the way to BaviaansKloof. On our arrival at the gate, we were met by the owner. Although he had been made aware that we would be on motorbikes he was distressed by our arrival. He showed us to our chalet, but made it very clear that his lodge was not for “our type”. In this case we were two professionally qualified people exploring the Karoo riding on dirt roads. The lodge caters for nature lovers and has some game on the property. He gave us the option to leave and find another place, which we did. The area is motorbiking heaven, however his place is definitely not for bikers. Seek haven elsewhere!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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jannharoldbader, Owner at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2013

This review comes as quite a surprise to us !
This reviewer did in fact arrive here, he was met in our normal manner, and asked not to speed
on the reserve as we have wild game. I did indeed take him to the chalets. He complained that we had no bar, no swimming pool and no aircon, and I did offer him the choice to look for something elsewhere, which, after being in our chalets for 30 minutes and using our showers
and all our towels he and his friend decided to do. The booking was made by somebody else,
for four people in car...I was not expecting any motorbikes which is true.
However, what he says is absolutely correct, there is no synergy between a nature reserve in
an ancient karoo landscape and the roar of motorcycles doing wheelies up the trail ! Because we have no way of knowing in future what style of motorbikes might arrive, we have now advertised no motorbikes at all.
This reviewer did not pay anything, did not actually stay here and apart from the showers, didn't
experience the lodge at all - he also already had a booking elsewhere at Thabile lodge and has
written reviews slamming me personally on that tripadvisor page.
nontheless I congratulate him on his restraint - the person who made the booking and did not
arrive here has shown no such consideration in his behaviour towards our lodge.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Spent a couple of sensational days at zebra´s walk (self catering unit) a couple of weeks back. we were looking for total peace and complete privacy in a rustic and beautiful setting...and that´s exactly what we got. we chose to spend our time in seclusion but the lodge is just over the horizon (tho could be a hundred miles away) for those requiring a bit more company and entertainment than visits from wildlife (zebra, springbok, mongoose, tortoise.....miriad birds), private bush tv and a zillion stars. there´s everything you need here for that authentic bush experience without any of the hassles. jann is a great host, the lodge is simply beautiful and the location is perfect for visiting this truly lovely area. fauna, flora, geology, hiking, 4x4 trails...you name it...it´s within easy striking distance. we miss it already, but we´ll be back......

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

For us (two adults two girls) it was the highlight of our stay in South Africa. Jann is a character, and a fine cook, Amanda gentle and helpful. And the animals: the baby bush pig trying to munch our shoes, the zebras, the springbok, Indiana, the attentive dog, and the songs of the birds.The setting of the lodge in the Karoo landscape is impressive -- and then the starry skies at night, with the galaxy and the Southern Cross. Never have we seen such nightly skies.
We left knowing we would return. And we still discuss Jann's thoughts about about present-day South Africa. Jann, with all his humour and eccentricity, is a perceptive analyst of the South African situation. Gerhard, Lucia, Leah and Daliah.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

From the time I entered the Lodge, I was blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the lodge, I loved the whole set up, the decor, even down to the little bush pig!! Jann was a wonderful host and I had the best meal of my whole holiday at the Lodge. The sunset was just breathtaking, and watching the moon rise above the mountains, was just so beautiful. I wish we could have stayed longer ....... Well done Jann !! Denise Roos.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Vergelegen Road | Vergelegen Road, Oudtshoorn 6628, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: $130 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge is set on a small private nature reserve 25 minutes from Oudtshoorn and 15 minutes from de Rust - our chalets are quaint and individually decorated in rustig animal themes and set high up in the hills where the views are breathtaking over the valley and Swartberg mountains. You can choose whether to go for a hike or just relax by the pool. Dinners are always an event here, having a sundowner whilst watching the animals graze and getting to know the other guests. ... more   less 
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