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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
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“Very impressive. African experience and only a few hours drive out of Johannesburg”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

Stayed at the Zebula Golf Estate & Spa as part of conference group of +50 people for two nights, three days during the week in August 2011.
Being part of a large group we were spread out across the various lodges which are quite a distance from the main building. A courtesy bus runs throughout the day and will pick you up and drop you off as required, just call reception.
I stayed at Waterberg lodge in a ground floor room and it was spacious with huge bed and bathroom. Shower was hot and water pressure good!
The main building is very impressive, as is the whole facility. There are animals wandering around the property and a mini zoo with snakes, meerkats, baby tigers, and cheetah to name a few animals.
For ZAR75, I spent 10 minutes in an enclosure patting two cheetah and posed for photos with both of them which is a rare opportunity. As part of the fee, I was given a souvenir photo and the other photos were emailed to me. The rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable.
Thought not a golfer, I can appreciate a fine lawn and the greens looked fantastic.
The staff were friendly and accommodating to requests and the food was excellent.
The conference group was given the choice of activities, animal spotting, archery or clay bird shooting.
I chose the shooting and the reports from the other activities were all positive.
Wished the wife and children were with me to have an African experience and only a few hours drive out of Johannesburg.
Would I stay there again - no hesitation in saying YES, YES, YES!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 19, 2014
Dear journeyManBallarat,

Thank you for taking the time to write such kind comments.

We are very pleased to hear your 3 day stay during your conference was so enjoyable.

We can always rely on our resident Cheetahs, Tarzan & Jane, to make sure our GUESTS have an experience they will never forget.

It is difficult to experience the Zebula Lifestyle during a conference as we have so much to offer, we truly hope you will consider returning to Zebula with your family the next time you are in South Africa.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Property: Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
Address: 1000 Farm 534, D | Mabula District, 20 minutes drive from Bela Bela, Bela Bela 0480, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Bela Bela
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Bela Bela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge is a stunning and unique lifestyle destination a mere 2 hours' drive North of Johannesburg. Whether you choose to spend an intimate, romantic night or two at Zebula's Bush Chalets or bring the whole family for a gathering at one of our splendid luxury homes, you can be assured of spectacular, well-appointed accommodation and legendary Zebula service and hospitality. Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge has 20 Bush Lodge Rooms, 16 Waterberg Lodge Rooms, 9 Zebula-owned houses, as well as 46 privately owned houses available, each GUEST will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect accommodation for their stay. The 20 Bush Lodge Rooms are situated close enough to the main Clubhouse to enjoy its many facilities, yet still wonderfully private with stunning views of either the bushveld or the golf course. The Waterberg Lodge is rated 5-star and this is the place to book should service and exclusivity be what you are looking for. Situated 3km away from the main Clubhouse, featuring its own restaurant, full bar and private chef, this 16-bedroom lodge is elegance and exclusivity personified. The Zebula-owned houses provides the families or groups with extra privacy. Situated throughout the estate, these homes provide space and elegance, and also allow self-catering should you choose. These homes are also serviced daily. In addition, Zebula has a pool of 46 privately owned homes available. All homes subscribe to a high level of luxury accommodation. ... more   less 
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