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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Loved everything about it. Great guides. Friendly, accommodating staff. Excellent meals. Beautiful views. Even a nice, low key gift shop. Air conditioned, thatch roofed rondavels with outdoor showers. Hope to return.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Arriving at Mohlabetsi we were welcomed warmly and shown to our lovely rondavel overlooking the waterhole in the distance. Sitting in the reception area here we looked out over the lovely lawn area, with tables set for lunch, overlooking the reserve.

The food at Mohlabetsi is delicious. Like most of the lodges we stayed at, there wasn’t a choice of food, but this wasn’t an issue – fresh fruit and eggs cooked to our preference for breakfast, the Italian style lunches and the South African boma evening meals - everything cooked really well and with plenty of flavour. The freshly made bread was a real stand out here.

The rondavels are very nice, a comfortable bed, small seating area and outdoor shower – this would’ve been wonderful if we hadn’t arrived at Mohlabetsi during a cold spell!

Some of the game drives were a bit quiet, due to the weather, for which we can’t blame the lodge. We did feel that the guide could have done more during some long spells without animals to share interesting information with us, which we would have appreciated. That said, over the course of our six game drives here we did enjoy sightings of the 'Big Five'.

The gift shop was the best stocked of all the lodges we stayed at – and really reasonably priced.

We were impressed by how visible Tony, the manager, was – from his flambé steaks to his appearance at other meal times to check that we were okay. You really do feel a ‘guest’ a Mohlabetsi, a personal guest of Tony and his team at this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I had the most incredible experience at Mohlabetsi earlier this year. The lodge was the perfect balance between down-to-earth and very nice. The meals were delicious, varied, and relaxing -- it was cool how each meal was a bit different. The lodges were comfortable without feeling like a hotel -- the outdoor shower was great and the beds comfortable. Of course, most importantly, the game drives and the staff were just out of this world. The guides were so knowledgeable and courteous and the staff was SO nice and willing to answer any question about anything at all in order to make sure you were having a great time. I travel quite often and this safari is what I say was the coolest thing I've ever done; Tony and his team are really special people. Whenever in my life I am fortunate enough to do this again, I will absolutely return and will tell anyone who will listen that if they are thinking of a safari, that this is where to go.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We started our Honeymoon in June 2011 at the Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge and we stayed there for 2 nights. It was simply unforgettable and a great start into the holidays ! The lodges are very spacious and beautifully decorated. Pretty funny, the lodge is outside of the lodge, well protected and directly connected to the room. No danger, don't worry but great experience to take a shower in the "nature"...

The meals where just fabulous ! At breakfast, when you were lucky you could even see a giraffe not far away from the lodges. The "small" snacks at noon where very tasty and not that small ;-) Dinner was always very romantic even if it was spend in groups with the others near a fire to warm up (during the winter month in SA it gets pretty chilly at sunset) and of course dinner was very very tasty !

The personal was very nice and friendly and the rooms were always perfectly cleaned and during our stay we didn't see any mosquitos.

The Safaris were also great ! We saw lots of animals and the rangers were just perfect! Very friendly and they did everything to make you feel comfortable and satisfied. They did a great job looking for the animals.

We will definitely return to the lodge when we go back to SA. It is definitely one of our favourite places we have visited so far and if you go to the Kruger Park we really invite you to go to the Mohlabetsi Lodge, you won't regret it !

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Just back from a 3rd trip to Mohlabetsi and the visit was just as fantastic as the previous two. If you are looking to experience the bush, this is a really authentic place. From the great rondawel accommodation (the outdoor showers are fantastic) and wonderful, authentic food to the incredible knowledge of the expert drivers and trackers, you feel both at home but in a really special place. I am in SA on a business trip and found that my weekend at Mohlabetsi felt like I was coming home to a place where I felt really welcomed and very spoiled. The owner has put together a very special team of staff. Great job Tony and Alma! Hope to be back for another visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Liz578
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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Superb place with very friendly teams. Délicate attentions, very professionnal. Home feeling
Bravo to Tony the soul of this out of the world place. And a spécial thanks to the the very Nice Amy, lovely Melita and sweet Lindsay

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Ideal complement to a trip to the Kruger Park for international guests. Friendly service, execelent amenities, comfortable accommodation, good food. We have been going to Mohlabetsi for about 15 years and still enjoy the experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Address: PO Box 862, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $465 - $552 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated in the vast Balule Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park. Get close up to the Big 5 & other animals on vehicle safaris & walks. Luxurious accommodation in a small, privately owned camp, excellent meals & South African hospitality at an extremely affordable price. Easy access via self-drive or daily flights & shuttles from Johannesburg. Relax around a swimming pool & enjoy aroma-therapy massages. ... more   less 
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Mohlabetsi Safari Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
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