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“Great lodge outside Kruger”
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Sunbird Lodge
Ranked #2 of 26 Phalaborwa B&B and Inns
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Waterloo, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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“Great lodge outside Kruger”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great lodge outside of Kruger National Park. Owners are very friendly. Property is enclosed within security fence so feel very safe. Free breakfast and wi-fi. Nice pool. Rooms are big and have a refrigerator.
I highly recommend this place and would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Aarau, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

It was only our 2nd night in SA and we were still a bit unsure of certain things besides being short on some things before entering Kruger. But all was looked after by the VERY friendly owners of this lodge.
The rooms are spacious and clean, come with a fridge and a little outside seating area.
The pool looked very nice though were the temperatures at the time not really at the swimming level.
Thanks to Dave and his patience with us and our neverending questions we had a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you so much, glad we could help you with advise etc for the Park!
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Great family feeling to the lodge,
easy going friendly and homely.
The owners really make you feel welcome and were very helpful.
Would stay again.
Nice area and facilities are god at the lodge.
Would recommend

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Was great to meet you guys, glad you enjoyed your time in South Africa. Did you get to do the shark diving??!
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Bloemfontein
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Edrich and Elfreda.
We were coming out of the Kruger after our stay there and again as in Aug 2012 Dave and Samantha bent over backwards to help, always smiling. We were greeted with crisp white, clean bedding, hot water and a special effort to add a third bed to accommodate our group of 5 in two rooms. Unfotunately, we had to leave early the Sunday and missed serious palatable breakfast this time. Sunbird is already a permanent part whenever passing through Phalaborwa.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Always a pleasure to have you here, look forward to seeing you next time.
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had a great welcome in this lovely place ideally situated for the kruger park. Warm welcome and plenty of advise on the area.Higly appreciated our stay in this very nice lodge clean and elegantly decorated with a very friendly owner

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We stayed for two nights with Samantha and Dave and that was in fact too short. It was a lovely place to stay with great hospitality!
There was a bar where you could help yourself with all kinds of drinks.
If possible we will visit Sunbird Lodge again in the future!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you so much. was a shame you were only here for a couple of days, but very glad you enjoyed it
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Villiersdorp, South Africa
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was our last stopover before going into Kruger through the Phalaborwa gate and it was the perfect place to stay. Good beds, lovely surroundings and close to the centre of town.Breakfast was good and Dave a perfect host. Also ideal as one can stock up at the local supermarket before going into Kruger.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Sunbirdlodge, Owner at Sunbird Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. look forward to seeing you again if you are up from the Cape in the future.
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Property: Sunbird Lodge
Address: 21 Aalwyn Street, Phalaborwa 1389, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Phalaborwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Phalaborwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunbird Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in 2.5 Acres of tropical gardens, Sunbird Lodge is the perfect place to relax and let your stress melt away. Laze by the swimming pool, sit under one of our Lapa's with a drink from the bar or take in the gardens at night looking at the stars, you can do as much or as little as you want.We are a family run business with the emphasis firmly on good quality and friendly service. As a member of Birdlife South Africa, bird lovers will be in their element, with a wide variety of different bird species in the gardens.We are less than 3km from both the Phalaborwa Gate for the Kruger National Park and the renowned Hans Merensky Golf Estate. The Central Business District of Phalaborwa is less than 2km away making us the perfect choice for the business or leisure traveller. We are less than 5 minutes drive from Phalaborwa airport and car hire can also be arranged. Choose from one of 5 spacious double/twin rooms in the main house all with their own private access from the gardens. We have 2 delightful twin bedded rooms next to the swimming pool and 3 rooms situated together in the garden. Each room has its own bathroom with either shower and bath or just shower plus air conditioning, fridges, ceiling fans, TV's, tea & coffee making facilities and private patios. All rooms are non-smoking, but smoking is allowed on the patios outside the rooms A full English cooked breakfast along with juices, cereals, fruit and yoghurts is available daily in our dining rooms and packed lunches and dinners are also available (these must be pre arranged). We can also provide a take away breakfast for those of you leaving us early in the morning.Dinner is a delicious home cooked set menu, is available Monday-Friday and must be pre booked. There are also several good eating places we can recommend all within 5 minutes drive of us. Facilities at the lodge include a unique African bar with DSTV, a good size swimming pool, lapa's, a large braai (barbecue) area, secure car parking, a safe to store your valuables, laundry services and fax and internet facilities ( FREE WIFI connection available throughout the Lodge). There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, both close by and within 90 minutes drive and we are the perfect base to explore this wonderful region of Limpopo. These activities include the Kruger National Park, cruising down the Olifants River, golf at the challenging Hans Merensky course, day trips to Gods Window, 3 Rondavels, Graskop and Pilgrims Rest, walking with lions, elephant back safari's, micro light or balloon flights over the game reserves and many many more. We can help you with reservations and advise on any of the activities available. ... more   less 
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