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Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We saw lots of game which was great. Accommodation very comfortable and luxurious. Food was outstanding and service amazing. Thank you to our hosting ladies who went out of their way to make our stay memorable.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I recently visited with friends at the end of a South Africa tour and found this to be the outstanding experience of the holiday. Nowhere better to relax, enjoy the excellent service and take in the scenery. Staff are happy to go the extra mile and the game ranger is extremely knowledgeable.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying over at Itaga on my way back from a business trip to the area. It was a great choice.

This small intimate camp is perfectly located for a short getaway from Pretoria and Johannesburg, and great for a few days en route elsewhere. The friendly service, comfortable and discreet accommodation and solid, unpretentious food served with skill and care made this a wonderful end to a long trip.

Thanks to all.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

I had to get my 'Africa fill' when I came from San Francisco to see my mom in Jhb , but didn't have too much travel time . Itaga was a perfect 2 hour drive from Jhb.
We were greeted by extremely friendly staff, including wildlife.
The game drives were very informative and Chris regaled us with hugely entertaining stories about the bush.
Altogether a wonderful experience and one to be definitely repeated

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Amazing how excellent service can make a special place more spectacular! This is an extra romantic spot for couples to come to and get spoilt in every way! The hospitality of the staff is beyond reproach, not only do they go the extra mile they do it with a smile!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed at Itaga for 3 nights at the start of our SA adventure and had THE most wonderful experience.
We arrived New Year's Eve to a friendly reception by the staff who showed us to our rooms. There are only 8 chalets at Itaga so it is small, intimate and never crowded. We had our two sons along with us (aged 12 and 14) and had adjoining thatch-roofed chalets, which whilst not being overly luxurious were still very nicely decorated, and more than adequate with comfortable beds and all the amenities you could want including wi-fi and a delightful outdoor shower. Turn-down service with African bedtime stories was a nice touch.
The lodge itself has a lovely pool area with deck, and a great lounge area as well as dining area. You are seated with your group for dinner, but after dinner most of the guests mingled around the fire which we loved. We were very fortunate to meet up with a fab bunch of Sth Africans and joined them in New YEars festivities until early in the morning (sorry Liesel and Rochelle!!! ABBA will rule in Itaga!). The waterhole below the main area attracts game at various time and we had a delightful baby warthog entertain us frequently.
The food is really wonderful - I disagree that it's good not great. We had beautiful 3 course dinners, as well as enormous breakfasts with big variety - fruit, cereals, cold meat and salmon etc, pastries etc and delicious hot breakfasts as well. There is also high tea before afternoon game drive. LUnch is not included (who needs it with all that!!) but wraps and sandwiches etc are available. All drinks are incredibly reasonably priced for a private lodge.
The game drives were awesome - our ranger Bianca was really knowledgable and went out of her way to find game for us and we saw heaps. It's not true there are no elephants - there are no visible big cats, but stacks of other game (and they have access to Mabalingwe) including giraffe, zebra, all kinds of antelope, elephants, hippo, rhino and buffalo. Sundowner drinks completed the experience, and the drive back to the lodge was always quiet pondering the awe of what we'd seen as well as the amazing African sunsets.
You can do various day trips if you like whilst here - we did an Elephant Adventure which was great.
The real cherry on the pie are the staff - Liesel and Rochelle are so friendly, helpful and courteous, and clearly well respected in the area, and I can't rave enough about how unique and wonderful this place is. It represents good value for money if you don't want to go all the way for super luxury.
We hope to return some day.
(I wouldn't recommend for young children, ours were Ok to read and go on iPad and go in the pool).

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Stayed just before Christmas and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and good service. The rooms were nice and clean and the food fantastic. The game lodge is close to Pretoria and the overall rate of this lodge is very good. All the staff were great and the service of a high standard.

Room Tip: We enjoyed Room 1 - and our children Room 8 - all of them comfortable and clean.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge

Address: R516 Thabazimbi Road | Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Bela Bela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Bela Bela
Price Range: $292 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Itaga Luxury Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set under spreading marula trees at the foot of the Waterberg mountains, Itaga Private Game Lodge is in a malaria-free area, less than two hours from Johannesburg. Set in the 12,000 hectare Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, home to the Big Five with the lions in separate enclosure. The spacious thatched main Lodge is open on most sides with a lounge, bar with viewing deck and romantic dining area. Thatched, cosy chalets are decorated in classic African style and screened outdoor bush shower. Pool and deck overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, antelope and bountiful birdlife are spotted on game drives with experienced rangers. ... more   less 
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