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Nedile Lodge
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

From the word start was it the most wonderful relax trip we ever had. Barend our host spoiled us from the start by loading all our baggage on the game viewer, then he explained all the do's and don'ts and give us a briefing about Welgevonden and how the lodges fit in this setup.
The staff on our arrival received us with open arms and spoiled us the whole time, they are the most friendly staff you will ever get. The friendly wake-up calls with coffee in the mornings was fabulous.
The staff always ensures their assistance if you need anything. The food was EXCELENT!!!
Barend our guide went out of his way to ensure that we saw the Big 5 and some charges from the Lions, leopards and Cheetahs. His knowledge about the animals and plants / trees is outstanding and entertain us with nice stories and previous experiences....which was very informative. The bush cofee stops during the morning trips was nice as well as the sun downers and snacks we enjoyed during the afternoon trips.
During our three days stay new couples joined us every day and Barend ensures that they feel welcomed and give special attention to them during the game drives to ensure that he shares his knowledge with them as well.
Nedile is the most AMAZING place to stay and there is plenty af time to relax and enjoy nature.
I will encourage everybody to go and stay at Nedile Lodge...you WILL have the time of your life...guaranteed!!!!!
Thanks to everyone at Nedile Lodge you went out of their way to ensure that we had a peacefull and relaxed weekend.......You ARE the BEST!!!

Willie and Ilona
Pretoria

Room Tip: We stayed in the first room next to the lodge which was excellent. Three people can stay in that roo...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

On arrival we were welcomed by all the staff and shown around the facilities. All the rooms have a wonderful view and there were welcome special touches after dinner with the fire in the room lit, hot water bottles in the beds and chocolates on the pillow! The food was excellent and Nedile can cater for special requests. The home made bread was a winner!! We saw some amazing animals and beautiful birds. On our last game drive we finally tracked down the lions and had an amazing sighting of the cheetach family. Thank you to all the staff at Nedile.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Have just returned from a brief one night stay at the Nedile lodge. Everything about this place is briliant. The staff are all so friendly and welcoming, the location and views are stunning, the game drives and how they are carried out are well organised and safe, the food is lovely with options for guests with allergies or special requests no trouble. The little touches really make a difference (won't write spoilers!) to the exclusive feel of the lodge. Nedile is an unfenced property within the reserve which adds to the beauty of it. I was so sad to leave and cannot wait to return, 5 star! Thanks.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Nedile for three nights over valentines day this year. It was a truly great experience.The lodge itself is stunning with its bush feel and amazing views. There are special touches from getting woken up with a smile and a tray with tea/coffee before morning drive to the warm facecloths when you arrive back. The staff were all amazing you can see that they love what they do which makes a huge difference. For us the highlights were the game drives, our guide was very knowledgeable and we got to see so many amazing things. In between drives one is forced to relax which in today's busy lifestyle is great.The food was of very high standard and we enjoyed every minute of our stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We only left on Thursday but as we loved it so much we thought we would write a revew now. This was a perfect holiday, which included delicious food every day, beautiful surroundings, personal service and a great guide. This was the start to our honeymoon and our guide Barend made it really special for us and we even had two drives just to ourselves whilst it was quiet. Barend was very knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants and he even got the telescope out so we could do some star gazing. We managed to see 4 of the big 5 close up and were pleased to see how all the guides respected the rule of no more than 4 jeeps at any animal viewing.

We felt really safe at our lodge and didn't worry about locking things away. It was nice to have a small group of staff as we felt like we got to know everyone and felt sad to say goodbye to everyone, especially Barend.

If you are packing for this holiday don't worry about having lots of khaki clothes, barely anyone had these. Do however bring lots of layers as it gets very cold on the game drives, though the hot water bottles and ponchos provided really helped!

I can't recommend Nedile Lodge enough, we completely fell in love with it and just hope that one day we will be able to go back.

Thank you to the fantastic staff, we miss you already!

Sarah and Ian xxx

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I booked this trip for my boyfriends birthday and he absolutely loved it! As did I. The lodge is situated on a hilltop with beautiful views. The staff are friendly and warm and make you feel very welcome. I didn't see any of the other rooms but were staying in room 1 and it was such a treat. There was an outdoor shower as well as a bath with a view :) the food is delicious, the rooms comfortable, the ranger Barend went out of his way to make sure we saw as much game as possible.. And we were incredibly lucky! Met some amazing people and can say with absolute certainty that we will be going back. It is also very good value for money! Highly recommend this lodge!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Wow!! What a wonderful lodge with wonderful staff and wonderful food! We had an amazing couple of days and were treated like gold by everybody. We have been to a few safari lodges and this ranks among the best for us, and is certainly value for money.

The lodge is small and intimate, but in a good way. It is in a good location and has awesome views. The rooms were absolutely wonderful and the outside shower was just a treat! The view from our room was magnificent and so tranquil. It was very tastefully decorated and we felt like we were sleeping in luxury in the middle of the bush. The main common area was very comfortable inside and outside, even on cold winter nights. I loved how the staff minded us, but were considerate enough to also give us space. There was never a time when we were thirsty or hungry.

The game drives were lots of fun and we saw 3 of the big 5, but lots of other animals too. Barend (our ranger) was sure to educate us with facts about birds, trees and survival techniques in the bush. The animals look healthy and the Welgevonden reserve is very well looked after. If I could have had it my way, we would have spent the WHOLE day in the thick of the bush tracking animals.

Room Tip: Room #1 is right near the common area. In our opinion, it was not the best for privacy, so be sure t...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Welgevonden Game Reserve, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range: $344 - $594 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Nedile Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nedile Lodge is situated in the Malaria free, Welgevonden Game Reserve 3 hours drive from Pretoria. Welgevonden Game Reserve is a declared Heritage Site of 36000 hectares (more than 80000 acres) bordering the Marekele National Park and part of the Waterberg Biosphere. This true bushveld environment is home to some of Africa’s most sought after game species, including one of the largest collections of white rhino on private land. Other species housed within this reserve include elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland and many other varieties of antelope. There may even be the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the aardvark, brown hyena or rarely seen honey badger ... more   less 
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