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Amafu Forest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Kampersrus B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
“Awesome find!”
Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed over a night when we had nowhere else to stay and the owners made us feel so welcome and comfortable. We woke up the next day to an utterly miserable cold front with torrential rain and strong winds so we extended our stay for another night and took advantage of the comfortable chalet we stayed in. Even for 5 bikers from another province they were willing to go the extra mile and we had a lovely meal and a couple of beers.

When we first arrived the views were spectacular and the rim flow pool very inviting after a long day's riding. The place is awesome, clean and tidy and everything you'd expect from a top class establishment. It is very centrally located and perfect for a base from which to explore the Blyde River Canyon and surrounding attractions. I definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I was recently on a motorcycle tour with four other friends of mine. We were "winging it" so to speak and stumbled upon Amafu Forest Lodge by mistake. We only got there after 5pm but we were made to feel so welcome and all of our needs were met and attended to. The first order of the evening after parking the bikes was a swim in the pool and a beer with the fantastic view. The owners and staff have such a love and knowledge of the area and really do make this a worth while place to stay. The food is awesome too.
I will be back for a stay with my wife in the future.
Thank you Amafu-place amound the clouds!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went on a bike trip from Kzn to Blyde River Canyon, and needed a place to stay for the night. We met one of the owners at the garage where we stopped for fuel. They asked us to stop by to see the lodge, wow what a beautiful place, the views are breathtaking and the rooms are very comfortable. After being on a bike for a few days it was the best way to recharge, take a swim in the rim flow pool, drink a beer by the fire and get a great meal. The owners were great, and went out of their way to make our stay there wonderful.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We spent our honeymoon at Amafu Forest Lodge, and it was spectacular!
We got to experience monkeys on the roof and the sounds of the wild at night (lions roaring and hyenas from the neighboring Moholoholo Rehab Centre), and then of course the seclusion and quietness of the Cupi Cottage in the forest.
The owners are lovely people, and they truly made our stay one for the books - they were always friendly, accomodating and full of life and laughs. Our honeymoon would not have been the same without them.
Everything, from breakfast to our packed picnic lunches to the three course dinners were sublime!
We will be back! Thanks to all at Amafu :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

My wife and I were driving in Kampersrus area looking for a restaurant to have dinner. We noticed the Forest Café boards and decided to go have dinner there. When arriving there we were graciously welcomed by the owner. Dinner is usually served from seven, but we were there already at 16:20. The owner made special exception for us to have dinner earlier.

This is a very friendly place, the view is really spectacular and the food is great.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Amafu Forest Lodge was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad that it was. I spent 4 nights here and had a great time with the owners, who are very friendly and helpful. The lodge was very nice and, even though I didn't stay in them, they have these really cool rooms that are actually tents which are situated high up the hill so you have an amazing view to wake up to. They aren't up on the website but I would check them out!

My favorite part about the lodge was the location. The lodge is at the base of the Mariepskop mountains and is right near the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, which was one of the highlights of the trip. On one of the days we were driven up to the top of the mountain and the view was absolutely amazing, plus we got to enter the Air Force base which is a whole other story. Kruger Park, the Blyde River Canyon (third largest in the world) and a number of other reserves with great attractions are also very close and easy to get to. Oh yeah... they also had a great infinity pool to soak in during the hot afternoon hours while drinking Savanna's. All in all a great experience and I would definitely go back (especially to rent the tent rooms). Thanks a bunch Amafu!!

Room Tip: Ask about the tent rooms, the views are amazing and it is a cool experience that I haven't seen...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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California
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Wonderful lodge! I traveled from San Francisco to visit SA for a month and my stay at the Amafu Lodge was far and away the highlight. The villas are huge and well appointed with proper spacing and privacy between them. Ours came with its own picnic bench and BBQ, which we made full use of. Anne and all of the other staff that we encountered were extremely helpful setting up activities and answering questions.
The location is excellent! On a small hill, just outside Hoedspruit and near the animal rehabilitation center. I went to sleep hearing the calls of the center's animals off in the distance - awesome!
Finally, the Amafu's infinity pool is a real gem - and never very crowded. We used it every day!
Overall, I loved my stay here and look forward to coming back again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Amafu Forest Lodge
Address: Kampersrus Agricultural Holdings | Hoedspruit, Kampersrus 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Kampersrus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Kampersrus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amafu Forest Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the lush green forest slopes of the Mariepskop mountain, part of the Drakensig Northern range, lies the chalets of Amafu. Five beautiful, fully furnished and appointed self-catering thatched chalets that offer true home-style accommodation without detracting from the experience of staying in the African bush.Privately owned and managed, Amafu prides itself in warm hospitality, friendly service and flexibility with tailor-made packages to suit your needs. The team at Amafu can assist you with all your holiday requirements and touring arrangements. ... more   less 
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