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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge
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Pretoria, Gauteng
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic venue”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have recently stayed at Zebula to attend a Conference. This is one of the best game estates which I have experienced.The accommodation speaks of extreme space, luxury, clean and neatness. All the staff are very friendly and helpful and the buffet meals served were a fantastic and scrumptuous variety. There is a beautiful well kept golf course, aircraft landing strip and lots of wild animals to be seen. The conference facilities are very well equipped. I shall definitely recommend Zebula and will go and visit again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, November 26, 2014
Dear Suzume,

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

We are very pleased to hear that you’ve enjoyed your stay with us.

During a conference it is difficult to experience all Zebula has to offer and we do hope you will visit again either with friends or family to experience all the activities we have to offer.

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Our time away from the hussle and bussle of the city was worth every cent spent at the Zebula Lodge. We had amazing service and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful at all times and on every aspect. The food was exceptional and the dinners were amazing - definite compliments to the Chef! Our time on our Game Drive with Mariette (Game Ranger) was awesome, even though we did not get to see any of the big Game. What really 'rocked our world' was the Animal Interaction and we loved every moment with the Lion Cubs and then later on the weekend with the Tiger Cubs, this is was definitely the highlight of our weekend!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ProteaHotels, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Tracyjve,

We are ecstatic that you enjoyed your stay at Protea Zebula Lodge! The STAFF really put so much effort into offering the best GUEST service and they are thrilled to read your wonderful review.

Seeing that the animal interaction was such a fantastic highlight for you, it would be an amazing experience for you to participate in the elephant interaction. Be sure to book for Adventures with Elephants on your next visit.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards
The Protea Zebula Lodge TEAM
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

This was my first time going to zebula with 6 family members.we hired a beautiful 4bedroom with a private jacuzzi and pool. Every single one of us enjoyed our short stay. A special thank you to remind at the restaurant who made a surprise engagement so memorable and worth while.i can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank carmenpillay
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ProteaHotels, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear carmenpillay,

We are very pleased that your stay at Protea Zebula Lodge was so enjoyable. We strive to make each and every GUESTS’ stay a memorable one and our greatest pleasure is to see reviews that show our GUESTS’ are satisfied.

We hope to see you returning soon.

Yours in Hospitality
The Protea Zebula Lodge TEAM
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Our 3 Nights stay at the Waterberg lodge at the Zebula Golf Estate near Bela Bela (Warmbaths) was wonderful.
The assistant manager welcomed us generously and managed our every wish efficiently. The chef cook prepared excellent dishes: wonderful to look at and wonderful to taste. Each staff member at Waterberg was friendly, helpful and efficient. The room at the lodge was clean and beautifully situated viewing throughout the park. The accommodation is beautifully situated in the park and very quiet, thus one will hear the sounds of the animals walking freely around the lodge.
We did not use the spa.

We also played golf at the Zebula Estate. The golfcourse is rated separately.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank CNH_65
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ProteaHotels, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear CNH_65

Thank you for the great review.

We are so happy that you could visit our beautiful country and Protea Zebula Lodge at the same time.

We trust you had a wonderful trip to South Africa and hope to welcome you back again.

Kind Regards
The Protea Zebula Lodge TEAM
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Rooms were large and well appointed although mattress and pillows could do with replacement. There was also a noisy plumbing problem that woke us up early.
Braai dinner was good but breakfast was very poor.
The staff at the lodge were efficient and helpful but we noticed at times they just disappeared !
If you want peace and quiet stay at this lodge and avoid the club hse at the golf course, which can be extremely busy.
This not the place for kids, rather rent one of the many self catering properties nearby.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Thank SRA-Jones
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear SRA-Jones,

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

We are very sad to hear your stay with us was not satisfying. Your experience most certainly does not reflect the high standard that Protea Zebula Lodge are proud to offer. At Protea Zebula Lodge we strive to not only meet GUESTS expectations but to exceed expectations.

You’ll be happy to hear that since your stay Protea Zebula Lodge has been placed under new Management and they are currently working on rectifying all the problems you are referring to.
We truly hope that you will consider returning to Protea Zebula Lodge to make new memories and to put this experience behind you.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Polokwane, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stunning game lodges, many accommodation options in beautiful surroundings. The 18-hole golf course is kept in immaculate condition. There is a large driving range, chipping and putting greens. The spa offers a nice array of treatments and stock Africology, Dermalogica and Mama Mio among others. Some of the activities on offer include: elephant interaction; quad bike, golf cart and open vehicle game drives; horse riding; reptile park; cheetah, baby lion and tiger interaction; gym; squash and tennis courts; swimming pool...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank MichelleGoosen
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear MichelleGoosen,

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

We are very happy to hear your stay with us was exceptional. At Protea Zebula Lodge we definitely have something to do for the whole family, truly “A Venue For All”.

We look forward to hosting you and your family in the near future.

Kind regards
The Zebula TEAM
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Centurion, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Zebula Lodge is breathtaking to say the least, perfect for small to medium conferences, a weekend a way or a week stay. With Bela-Bela just around the corner, the estate lodging the Big-5, beautiful Golf coarse and the awesome restaurants you will be spoiled for choice. there is even enough to keep the kids busy, although you will have to drive them from place to place as most entertainment is spread throughout the lodge, that said a very good experience all round.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Thank WOLLE101
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ZiskaHaak, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zebula Lodge, responded to this review, December 18, 2014
Dear WOLLE101,

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

We are happy to hear your stay with us was so memorable.

You will be delighted to hear that since your stay we have extended some of our conference venues, and now can seat up to 220 delegates.

We are also proud to inform you that we currently have a new Food and Beverage TEAM; they are busy reviewing all the menus in the restaurants. Keep an eye open for new and exciting dishes on our menus!

Our activities were specially designed to satisfy everyone in the family. Keep an eye open for our exciting Festive program, we have something planned for everyone!

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 #10 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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