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Waterbuck Game Lodge
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Riverhead, New York, United States
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1 review
“Hospitality at its Finest”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

The entire staff at Waterbuck has mastered the art of hospitality. Not a single detail was overlooked during our Honeymoon stay at the Waterbuck, from the fresh lemonade when we first arrived to the poems left on our pillows at night. Because of this attention to detail, we immediately felt comfortable and at home. Every part of our experience was excellent. Our room was spacious, immaculate, and had a terrific view of a watering hole where we saw plenty of wildlife. Every meal was more delicious than the last, with something for everyone, whether you wanted to try local cuisine or not. Each safari we went on created its own unique experience and emotion. Our guide and tracker were very informative and attentive. They are both excellent at their jobs and it showed in the wide span of wildlife we were able to encounter. We already decided that we would be making a trip back about halfway through our vacation.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Ryan, we're very happy you had such a great time with us. We're looking forward to making your next trip just as memorable.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I have not stopped missing Waterbuck since I left over a month ago. The whole experience was amazing that I don't even know what to rave about first. The staff was amazing and I am happy to say that I left Waterbuck with new friends thanks to Gareth and Tarryn!

First off, the game drives twice a day were beautiful! Thanks to our awesome tracker, Loderick, and our ranger, Gareth, we saw all of the big five game by the end of our second drive. Gareth was so informative and could answer every question everyone had. You could really tell that this is not only his job but his passion.

My boyfriend and I went into the trip not expecting much from our actually lodge experience. We left there feeling like we had just stayed at an upscale hotel. Everything from the beautiful rooms to the main lodge itself was kept up well and uniquely designed. The nightly dinners around a fire was a nice touch too!

I could go on and on about Waterbuck but I don't want to end up writing a novel here. :-)

I definitely want to return to Waterbuck one day!

Room Tip: Ask for the room that overlooks the water you could get some great views of hippos there.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Hi Kim,
Thanks for the great review, glad you loved your time with us. Very much looking forward to seeing you some time soon! Tell your friends!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We spent a truly incredible week at this luxurious game lodge. Abundant game and rare sightings made for an exciting photographic safari, we captured some incredible images on this trip!

The staff are well experienced and friendly and made us feel very well looked after. The food was delicious and accommodation extremely spacious and comfortable... overall an excellent and highly recommended bush experience. We will definitely be back...

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious with large bathrooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Had such an amazing time staying there!! Everything was so much more than what I expected and so worth it!!! The hosts are amazing and the guides so knowledgable; they make the experience more valuable. I've been to a few lodges and would recommend this lodge to anyone

  • Stayed June 2012
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
We really are glad you enjoyed your stay so much and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My hubby and I were looking for a Game Lodge Adventure and what an Adventure. Accommodation and staff were outstanding. We were pleasantly treated by all staff and the game rangers, particularly Gareth and Hannes were extremely hospitable, knowledgeable (about the bush) and friendly.

The evenings were spent around the dinner table with at least one or more of the staff joining us and the guests. Our guests were from all over the globe and extremely friendly.

I would definitely recommend Waterbuck to all who are looking for a bush break/adventure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again.
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This place is truly outstanding. We went with our two teenage children (17 & 15) and originally booked to stay for three nights. It was so good we extended our stay there. The lodge only sleeps 8 in 4 detached mini lodges. Whilst we were there there was only one other couple staying which led you to believe you were living in a luxurious house with your own private staff. The accomodation was unbelievable, attention to detail outstanding. Previous reviews have described them but I would add the views from the large bath (complete with candles) were lovely as they were from the outside shower!
The beds were just about the biggest most comfortable I have ever slept in and the decking area very private. The evening meals, all taken at the BOMA were exceptional. Quality AND quantity were the "in" words. The chef does an amazing job and we loved her introducing the menu to us each evening.
The game drives taken by our guide Hannes and tracker Loderick were the highlight. These guys are the best. They drove, tracked and located some of the most amazing sights I have ever witnessed, two leopard kills and a lion hunt in the pitch black were two of the highlights. It was also great to see that Hannes and Loderick were just as excited about the animals as we were. Lodericks grin on finally locating a family of leopards and seeing them make two kills was just wonderful.
Two game drives a day of nearly four hours each was fantastic value and the reason why we went to South Africa. Hannes was the most hardworking and determined guide you will surely come across. All of our sightings were tracked and found by them and not passed to us by other guides. This led to such a better sense of satisfaction by us and no doubt Hannes and Loderick.
Back at the lodge Anita and the other staff waited for you and served you with drinks prior to the next round of food.
This place offered everything and more for what we are looking for and we would highly recommend it to everyone.
Two minor negative points would be the track from the main road to the gates of the lodge. A 4x4 is advantageous, our little Honda struggled. And finally the pool would benefit from a little TLC.
If you are looking for a South African safari........ Stay in this lodge.
Thank you Hannes, Anita, Loderick and the other fantastic staff.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Hi BenteM_11, thank you for your very positive review. We are glad you loved it and are looking forward to having you back again.
Being in the bushveld and such a small intimate lodge a wide variety of wine can be difficult, we will however definitely find a way to improve this so you can enjoy a wider variety in your next visit.

Looking forward to it!

regards

The Waterbuck team
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We had a fantastic time at this small lodge. We were there for three nights and the first two, we were only 6 people and the third night, the lodge was full (8 people). The rooms were beautiful and comfortable, for a change the chairs on the balcony were relaxing to sit in, so when the elephants were feeding just in front of our room, we could sit back and enjoy the sight very comfortably. The game drives was fantastic, we saw it all and a little more with Gareth's help. The meals was delicious and if I have to say something negative at all, it was that, their wine-stock was very low at that time. :-))

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Ian T, Owner at Waterbuck Game Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Hi BenteM_11, a big thank you for your enthusiastic review of your time spent at our lodge. We really are chuffed that you had such a magical time.
Being such an intimate lodge catering for small parties and being in the bushveld wine can be a small problem.
The staff have however come up with a few ways to rectify this and will sort it out ASAP so you can enjoy it on your next trip!
Hope to see you soon

Warm regards,

The Waterbuck team!
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Property: Waterbuck Game Lodge
Address: Guernsey Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterbuck Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully set on a large watering hole deep in the African bush this amazing lodge awaits your arrival. There are 4 individually set rooms spaced generously apart with a welcoming central lodge area. This area has a bar, lounge, swimming pool and a deck overlooking the waterhole. It is truly a little piece of paradise.Safari's (Game drives) are conducted morning and evening giving our guests a good chance of seeing Africa's famous "Big 5" as well as numerous other species of fauna and floura. These are conducted by extremely knowledgeable and friendly guides anxious to make your experience unforgettable.Please read the comments of our guests below, their words are the best reflection we can give on the experience. Look forward to hosting your African safari experience soon! ... more   less 
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