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“Wonderful family get away” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dawson's Game and Trout Lodge
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2 reviews
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“Wonderful family get away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

We often go to Dawsons and stay in the self-catering Homestead. It is a self-catering experience with a difference.... the rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, fire places in winter, swimming pool, huge lawn for the kids to play on or to put out a picnic blanket and soak up some sun, large entertainment area with fireplace. There is also Rejoice who makes sure you are well looked after, tables laid and cleared away at each meal time! If you don't feel like cooking, especially on your first night, one can always order food from the lodge, which is usually delivered by Manager Rob and Domino the Dalmation. In terms of things to do with kids: cycling, walking, fishing, game drives or for the braver quad biking. A great weekend away all round!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Clermont, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

My husband and I drove from the Durban district en route to Timbavati, near Kruger and we wanted a special overnight stop. Dawson's could not have been better, it totally exceeded our expectations and ended up being one of the most luxurious, romantic stays on our 4 week African adventure. The rooms and the lodge were decorated with exquisite antiques, the log fires were burning in the main areas of the lodge and to our delight in our room. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and the overall ambience was truly special. Dawson's is a magnificent place to stay, it was excellent value for money and we highly recommend it. If you book Dawson's I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Congratulations to the owners and staff on a wonderful establishment.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Dawson's with our 7 month old baby boy. Our accommodation was superb, the setting beautiful, the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable and the food was excellent. Rob, Musa, Sakhile and Mynah went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed and that we were comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Dawson's surpassed our expectations. We found it to be absolute jewel and would strongly recommend it to others. All aspects of the stay were excellent. The friendly staff pampered us throughout the stay ensuring our comfort and that all our requests were fulfilled . The high tea, fire in the room and hot water bottle in the bed were some of the unique experiences enjoyed at Dawson's.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Fish Creek, Victoria, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

Dawson's was recommended by Boundless Africa and we were thrilled with their choice. Coming from Australia, and wanting to look at best practice in South Africa, we were delighted with all aspects of our stay. Rob, the Manager at Dawsons, together with his "assistant" Domino, the dalmatian, was so attentive and welcoming. Domino reminded us of our beautiful dog at our accommodation villa in Australia, Basia Mille, where Beau welcomes everyone with eager anticipation and exuberance, as did Domino. We were welcomed at Dawson's with high tea on the gorgeous verandah, facing towards the approaching dusk. Dinner was magnificent in front of an open fire and the cuisine was exceptional, as was the attentive service of Musa and his colleagues. We learned to fly fish for trout and took advantage of Cindy's Swedish style massage which was very, very good. Dawson's has been so carefully created and the decor and attention to detail is just superb. It's authentic and luxurious. Well done to all the team at Dawson's from Team Basia Mille in Fish Creek, Victoria.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had an amzaing time at Dawson's. We have a 9 month old baby boy and the staff went out of their way to accommodate us and to ensure that we all have a great time. A truly unique customised experience! And the food is amazing too!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Seugnet M
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is one of the best places I have visited in SA. The hotel itself is lovely - it is cosy and welcoming. The staff are wonderful. I dont think I saw one without a smile the whole time I was there. Nothing was too much trouble for this wonderfully friendly group of people. The food was sumptious, mealtimes were a treat.
We will go back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dawson's Game and Trout Lodge
Address: Nelshoogte Area, Barberton 1200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Barberton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Barberton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dawson's Game and Trout Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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