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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
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Phuket, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Awesome place”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Stayed at Zebula for 2 nights for my brothers wedding, 1st night with the family in a huge 4 bedroom house all with private luxury bathrooms, huge veranda seating and bbq area, small pool and fire pit area, it was unbelievable, too much good stuff to list and exceptional value. Only drawback, the whole park is massive and the houses are really far from the reception and bar, not walking distance, then again you do have wilderbeast, zebra and stuff walking past you on the drive so it's not that bad really. 2nd night I moved into a bungalow, quite big, 2 beds and amazing bathroom, walking distance to the reception restraunt and golf etc. not sure about the price of this room as it was included in the wedding package, but I would without doubt recommend it. There's golf and a spa, Atvs and plenty to do. Never got to see the cheetah run which is a daily show there and sounded like fun . Breakfast buffet was free with the bungalow but if you have to pay its nice but expensive. I highly recommend this place and staff are super friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear IanJmofo,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for such kind comments.
We are ecstatic to hear you have enjoyed your stay with us during your brother’s wedding.

The reason for the houses being not so close to the main Club House is so that our GUESTS can experience a sense of privacy.

With all our activities on offer a 2 day visit for a wedding is definitely too short to experience everything. We hope you will visit Protea Zebula Lodge again with your next visit to South Africa.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We rented site 60 from Zebula for my Dad's 70th birthday celebration. We were 10 adults and 2 young adults. The house was beautiful and had 5 double en-suite bedrooms. There is a boma and a swimming pool. The house is a 2 minute drive from the reception where we used the well equip gym every morning. The game drive was also great and our guide Norman was knowledgeable. The house is serviced daily which makes it very comfortable for a large group. The front desk's service was friendly and efficient. This is a great option for a large group or a adult family vacation.

Room Tip: Site 60 is stunning with great views from all the rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear Reisby,

Thank you for taking the time to write your kind comments and rate Protea Zebula Lodge.
We are very happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed your stay during your dad’s 70th birthday.

At Protea Zebula Lodge we strive to exceed our GUESTS expectations, we are grateful that we have exceeded your expectations.

We hope we will have the opportunity to host you and your family again in the near future.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Recently revamped main lodge shows classic luxury with further extensions to come. Golf course in spectacular condition. Service and value good with plenty of activities for kids. All of this 2.5 hours from home.

  • Stayed December 2012
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear Dean T,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments.

We are happy to hear that you were satisfied with the changes in the Club house.

Please keep an eye out for our exciting Kids Program we have planned for the Festive Holidays, we also have something planned for everyone in the family.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Odense, Denmark
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Excellent and very kind service. We stayed in a African queen house. Very, very confortable and with a lot of space. Huge terrace overlooking the savannah. Zebras, giraffes and antilopes passing through your garden. It is amazing. I recommend that you arrange for a 5 hours game drive early in the morning. Absolutely amazing! Excellent golf course with a lot of challenges. The restaurant in the club house is excellent. Try the tempura prawns, delicious. It is also a nice place to stay with children.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 19, 2014
Dear Camilla B,

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

We are very happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed your stay at Protea Zebula Lodge.

Our African Dream houses are definitely the best choice when visiting with friends or family as it is private yet spacious. Early morning is surely the best time to do a game drive during the summer months, as sometimes later in the day the animals normally take cover from the heat so it might be difficult to spot some animals. The menus in the restaurants were specifically designed to suit everyone’s culinary needs. We are delighted to hear you have enjoyed your meal.

Protea Zebula Lodge is definitely “A Venue For All”.

We truly hope we will have the opportunity to host you and your friends again with your next visit to South Africa.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Huge variety of accommodation for leisure weekends where you can rent a house and fairly realistic rates. The main lodge accommodaiton is superior 4*, but could be in need of at least a soft refurbishment shortly. Waterberg Lodge is super and has lovely bush style accommodation. Zebula is useful for conference delegates too. The main conference room is very basic indeed but I guess serves the purpose. Waterberg Lodge has better conference facilities for small groups up to about 25 delegates. What's nice about the resort is there is so much on offer facilities wise and activities that are available. There's something for everyone. These are fairly pricey on the whole though. They have a lovely spa but I find it fairly expensive. A great golf course too. The food has improved a lot in recent months. All in all well worth visiting.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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 SMoss101,

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

We are very pleased to hear you were satisfied with our wide variety of accommodation.

Since your last stay with us you will be happy to hear that we’ve recently upgraded our main conference room and we also introduced top of the art technology in this venue, like the WePresent system. We also added an extra conference venue at Waterberg Lodge which can seat up to 40 delegates in theatre style.

At Protea Zebula Lodge we have a wide variety of activities for the whole family offered at very competitive prices.

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stopped in for lunch recently. Was lovely to see the animal experiences but the service in the restaurant was shocking - waited over an hour for a toasted cheese and tomato - and it is OTT expensive (4 milk shakes and 2 plates of chips cost R220.00!). Must confess that we did not do much else but first impressions were that it is not really a game experience but more like a wildlife feature in Sandton.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank David B
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 19, 2014
Dear David B,

On behalf of Protea Zebula Lodge, I would like to humbly apologise for your experience during your lunch. We are extremely saddened by the events, as we at Protea Zebula Lodge pride ourselves in delivering the best GUEST service and strive to get the basics right consistently.

You’ll be delighted to hear that we have a complete new Management system which enables us to give our GUESTS the best service they deserve.

In conclusion please allow me to thank you for taking the time to report your constructive criticism as it is absolutely necessary for us to get feedback from our GUESTS. Your experience most certainly does not reflect the high standard that Zebula Golf Estate and Spa are proud to offer.

We truly hope you will consider returning to Protea Zebula Lodge to put this experience behind you and to make new memories.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Marco Island, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2012

We went there for lunch on New Year's Day which was fantastic. The food was good, the cocktails were great. All in all a great experience and one I would love to repeat! The zebra just beside the 18th hole kept the kids occupied for a bit and the tiger cub was so gorgeous. I'm the only person I know who's been bitten by a tiger (only a little nip - but I tell the ladies it was a bite!)

Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Matt G
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 19, 2014
Dear Matt G,

Thank you for taking the time to write your kind comments and rate Protea Zebula Lodge.

We are delighted to hear you’ve enjoyed your lunch on New Year’s Day 2012.

We can always rely on our resident Zebra to keep everyone entertained on the Golf Course. We are overjoyed to hear that your time with the Tigers was so enjoyable.

We hope we will have the opportunity to host you and your family again with your next visit to 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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 51 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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