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iNtaba River Lodge
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

This was by far the best place we stayed during our December holiday at the wild coast.

From the moment we parked our car we were met by the welcoming owners and competent staff. The ladies helped us with all our luggage and we were soon greeted with coctails in our room.

What a marvelous setting! The rooms are much better than the photo's on their website. Our room was huge and beautiful. Far more luxurious than we expected. We had a stunning view of the river and the well maintained gardens and pools.

Bugs and her husband (the owners) advised us to go up to the airstrip, to go to third beach and also directed us to one of the most scenic roads we had seen on the wild coast. If it wasn't for them we would never even have known it existed:)

We arrived with a huge bag full of dirty laundry and to our pleasant surprise all was washed and packed away in our room the same day!

The food is a gastronomical feast! WOW! By far the best food we had on holiday. Everything is fresh and lovingly prepared. The owner/chef makes sure nothing leaves his kitchen that is not of the highest standard. I can't even start to describe the authentic curries. Delicious! We rushed back for lunch everyday as we did not want to miss out on anything:)

My son is an extremely difficult eater. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners or the staff. At each meal something was specialy prepared for him. Not because they had to, but because they wanted to.

I can honestly recommend this establishment to anyone. We will most certainly be back this year. Only this time, we will stay longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in the corner suite next to the restaurant. There is a huge bathtub which was great for my son after the fun he had in their swimming pools.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank LeonoraJohannesburg
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We stayed in Ntaba River Lodge in the end of June 2011 during the sardine run. The hotel rooms are decorated in an African style. The roof and ceiling is thatch what creates a warm feel about the hotel room. The furniture is also handcrafted wood and in general in our opinion the hotel and grounds are well kept and decorated with taste. The hotel rooms are clean and hotel grounds are well kept. Food is decent and the staff are kind and helpful. We stayed there in the middle of winter and even though it was about 26 degrees Celsius during the day the nights were quite cold (possibly about 5 degrees Celsius). There were electric heaters in the rooms but when all guests turned them on the electricity sometimes went out. At some point this became difficult to deal with and the owner actually had to take away some of the heaters - we were allowed to keep ours as we had to dry our wetsuits. It was the only place we stayed in in Port St. Johns o cannot compare to other options but from the outside it seemed to be the nicest place in the town. If you are looking for 4* luxury by European standards - don't go to Port St. Johns. If your prime objective is an adventure but you want to do this with a little bit of luxury Ntaba River Lodge will be the perfect place for you. Last but not least, if you are planing to go to Port St. Johns for the Sardine run Ntaba River Lodge is practically next door to the boat launch site - you can sleep a little longer in the morning :-) .

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Piotr K
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Fantastic setting, warm hospitality , great food.
We were inspired by the natural beauty and awesome setting. Best authentic, Indian curry in Port St Johns.

Room Tip: Book the Superior rooms with air conditioning.
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank AfricaDidi
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

We are a family of Four ( 2 daughters) and spent a week with friends at N'taba River Lodge during the Easter Holiday.

We were totally amazed at the service and hospitality we received. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed with cocktails by the Owners & the Staff . We were shown to our rooms and given a brief tour of the facilities available.

Our room was very welcoming, freshly cleaned with ample of towels and fresh linen. We were surprised that the rooms were furnished in Indonesian Teak furniture and decorated to the highest standards. The en suite bathroom had terrazo bath tubs and basins imported from Indonesian and modern frameless showers.

Dinner was a gastronomic feast with a huge Buffet catering for vegetarians and non vegetarians. Staff service was exemplary.

We were very excited to meet the " Carte Blanche" TV production team during our stay who also gave rave reviews of their stay.

Once again , my friends and family thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely make this our annual holiday destination. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Room Tip: The new Superior Rooms are recommended
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Thank KhushmaDurban
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

Our volunteer teaching group immensely enjoyed this lodge for our weekend break during our stay in a remote village in central South Africa. Very comfortable bungalows, nice grounds and a good pool by the river.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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1  Thank Kurt S
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