Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa

Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa

288 Wildlife Estate, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#13 of 71 lodges in Hoedspruit
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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A luxurious and exclusive boutique lodge set on 1 ha area on a wildlife estate; looking out on the bush. The lodge consist of 15 luxurious bush rooms with en suite bathroom, 2 private villa's with private pools, a boma area with open fireplace, a large swimming pool, inside and outside dining areas, a lapa (entertainment area) and stunning viewing decks overlooking the African Wilderness. Many safari's and activities are offered.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Airport transportation
Body wrap
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Minibar
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch
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Kait_2014 wrote a review Jun 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands231 contributions34 helpful votes
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Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wish we could have stayed forever! Unembeza was so luxurious, especially after 4 nights in Kruger park - the design is beautiful, modern & the lodges feel very private. We loved every breakfast & dinner and enjoyed exploring the nature reserve on foot or with mountain bikes. Amazing indoor & outdoor shower and a huge, comfortable bed. We were also able to rent a car nearby no problem. Loved our stay!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 25 Jun 2022
Dear guest, Thank you for all the compliments and kind words. It was a pleasure hosting you. We hope you will visit us again one day. On behalf of the Unembeza team, Best regards, Arnold
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Emma v wrote a review Mar 2020
Maidenhead, United Kingdom46 contributions5 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for our trip to kruger park. We received a free upgrade to a more luxurious room with a bathtub. We had a friendly welcome and our pre booked activities were checked if they were booked on the correct date. Also we received a lot of tips for kruger and surrounding restaurants. The room was very beautiful with a large (and very comfortable) two persons bed with musquito net. A shower, bathtub and outdoor shower, two sinks and bathrobes and slippers. Breakfast was always two courses mostly more than we could eat. For our early trip to kruger they made us a to go basket in a cooler to take on our trip. The staff was al very nice and attentive. Every night during a lovely four course diner there was a turn down survive. The food was always amazing. The massages we had were also good with a lot of pressure to loosen the muscles. The swimming pool was nice for a dip to cool off or just to chill on the sunbeds near the pool.
On the last morning we even saw some wildlife from our porch.
Nothing but compliments !!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from unembeza, Front Office Manager at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Dear guests, Without doubt the most encouraging review ever. Thank you so much. Best regards, Charlotte
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Thendo wrote a review Nov 2020
10 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the best week-away I have ever had at such an amazing price, everything was just beautiful and I couldn't fault anything. The staff was awesome from the kitchen to the cleaning stuff everybody made us feel at home and made it so difficult for us to leave since we felt like permant members of the Unembeza family. W e also got to meet the owner who was just amazing and always checked up on us to see if we were still enjoying our trip, Not to forget the inhouse chef who prepared amazing dishes for us everyday and made sure she came to us after every meal to check if we liked the food. The food was always awesome from breakfast to Supper we felt like royalty for a week. Not to forget to mention our amazing garden suite room which was just amazing and therapeutic it had the most amazing interior, atmosphere and the room was always clean at all times. One thing that was a bonus was that we had booked the honeymoon suite but compliments from the host they gave us an option to choose between a garden suite and a honeymoon suite and the most amazing one to us was the garden suite because we loved everything about it from the bath tub to the outdoor shower. Another highlight for the week was the fact that we did most of the inhouse activities; the morning walks, the bicycle rides and of course the pampering sessions at the spa everything was just amazing. The game drive awarded us with the opportunity to get close to the big 5 and get to learn more about nature. The bicycle ride and morning walks were just amazing got to meet my favorite animal which is the giraffe and got to take pictures with it. The pampering session at the spa was amazing we felt refreshed for days. The lodge is placed in a perfect location since we got to do personal drives and we discovered new things almost everyday like the beautiful dam with wild ducks. I had an amazing week and would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get up close and pesonal with nature, have a good atmosphere and enjoys seeing animals.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: always go for rooms with a garden view.
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 27 Nov 2020
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to review us so extensively. Feel feel humbled by all your compliments. We truly hope you will visit us again in the near future. And will apply our 10% discount for booking directly with us. On behalf of the Unembeza family. Best regards, Charlotte
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rishilem wrote a review Dec 2020
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Check in was seemless and the manager was so excited to have us. We had booked the new Villa Mbali deluxe cottage which can sleep three adults . The cottage was beautiful and sparkling clean, the bed and pillows were luxuriously soft and feathery 😂, the bed faces the sliding door which opens up to a little bush. We actually took a nap with the sliding door wide open and we were thankful that no crawlies came to visit. They also have an amazing outside shower but sadly no bathtub 💔 but overall the cottage was stunning. The service guys, the service gets a 10/10 from me. From the friendly staff, the food (best soups I’ve ever had).
Activities: on offer is a complimentary guided nature walk where you’ll see giraffes and other animals roaming around. You can hire bicycles and ride around the estate, there is also horse riding and game drives are easily available for both morning and evening safari drives. Unembeza also has a great spa, which reminds me, I should’ve gotten a bottle of their Boabob massage oil because WOW . Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend and we wil revisit them in future.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 16 Dec 2020
Dear Rishilem, Thank you for the compliments on our new Garden Cottages. We are happy you found our dinners outstanding. We hope to welcome you back soonest. Best regards, Charlotte
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Dwane wrote a review Oct 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Unembeza from October 11 - 13 & what a marvelous experience it was.

Upon arrival you are met with the friendliest staff who obviously take great pride in their hospitality & provide the highest level of customer service at all times.

The lodge is immaculate & my room - from the massive bathtub, indoor & outdoor shower to the beautiful artwork was the epitome of african luxury.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner were so scrumptious & the cocktails were deliciously refreshing.

Had an incredible game drive, I was badly ill on the game drive but the field ranger showed such incredible care for Me, wish I remembered his name to give him his due credit. - The level of customer service is incredible.

He was very knowledgeable on everything from the trees to animals, he knew it all & could answer every question guests had.

Even though there was loadshedding, it didn't really matter because the candles lit up a beautiful atmosphere.

Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 31 Oct 2021
Dear guest, We feel humbled by all your compliments. Please visit us soon again. Best regards, Charlotte
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Tsholo wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went for a bae-cation and booked into a honeymoon suite at great value considering that we were treated like royalty from arrival to departure, and by royalty, we mean the "coming to america" type of royalty, where everything is meticulously done for you without lifting a finger. The food is 5 star quality, so much so, that we even wanted to take the chefs back home with us. The chefs can definitely cook for a king, handsdown! A beautiful romantic private bush dinner setup exceeded our expectations and we definitely felt the love. The serenity of this place makes it ideal for couples who want quality time or even artists who want to restore their creative juices. Nature has never been so beautiful
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 6 May 2021
Dear guest, We feel humbled by all your compliments. Thank you ! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards, Charlotte
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Pedro Henrique A wrote a review Oct 2022
31 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unembeza is something else! We stayed there for 4 nights and we loved it. The room was amazing, the food showed us how delicious the african cuisine is, always with plenty of variety. We saw animals really close to where we were, road bikes, saw some beautiful sunsets and met really nice and polite people. One thing that we noticed as a negative point is the communication and organization regarding some employees. When we got there, the first employee that welcomed us didn't know what our package included, gave us a calendar with wrong dates and nobody told us that somethings were going to be charged to use (like the bikes, that we took twice to ride...). The place is beatiful and our lodge was excellent (villa mbali), always clean and organized. Definitely recommend it!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Careful if you go to the Kruger Safari, take warm clothes for the departure (5am) and also...
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 27 Oct 2022
Dear Pedro, Thank you for staying with us and all your compliments. We apologise about the communication. It is not to our high standards. We will discuss it with the team. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Best regards, Arnold
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K M wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California92 contributions28 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked their last room for a same-day check in when we realized the rest camps in Kruger were utterly awful. They were able to accommodate us no problem. Check in was simple. Room was excellent. Service was great. No complaints at all. We loved our stay and would absolutely recommend staying here for a relaxing, luxury rest.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from unembeza, Front Office Manager at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 10 Jan 2020
Dear guest, Thank you for all your compliments ! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards, Charlotte
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jatin0007 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at villa mbali which was luxuriously spacious and privat . Delicious dinner was served at the private porch with candle light . My wife loved every bit of stay at Unembez . FAITH was kind enough to take care of our needs and pack breakfast for us very early in the morning on the day of our safar . Highly recommend Unembeza
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from unembeza, Front Office Manager at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Dear Jatin, Thank you for all your compliments. We would love to see you back one day. On behalf of the Unembeza team, Best regards, Faith
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Carla Gerdes wrote a review Apr 2022
Hazyview, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were absolutely blown away by this little gem in the heart of Hoedspruit! From the moment we arrived at the lodge, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The spa is 5 star and exactly what we needed after our wedding! The honeymoon suite was amazing, especially the little turndown surprise we got after dinner with flower petals and champagne. The food was incredible, breakfast and dinner blew our minds and the waitresses were super friendly especially Sindile & Jessica.

Highly recommended for sure! We will be back!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Unembeza L, Owner at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Responded 25 Jun 2022
Dear Carla, We are humbled by all your compliments. Thank you for staying with us. We hope to welcome you again in the near future. Best regards, Arnold
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Answer from DanielleLaura
Derby, United Kingdom46 contributions14 helpful votes
Yes! There is actually quite a few shops and a small super market where you can stock up just before you come into the grounds. Plus a coffee shop/petrol station etc.
Bussum, The Netherlands27 contributions1 helpful vote
Dear guest, we are situated in a secured estate with great running and (mountain) bicycle possibilities. A great environment for your training ! Please email or call us for more information if needed. We are looking forward to your visit.
Bussum, The Netherlands27 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello, the lodge is about 45 minutes to Krugerpark. We do offer daily safaris into Kruger. Please mail us or check our website for the options.
lynne upton wrote a tip Apr 2024
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pool was very relaxing and quiet"
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Jody S wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We booked a garden suite which was super spacious and private. "
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Pedro Henrique A wrote a tip Oct 2022
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Careful if you go to the Kruger Safari, take warm clothes for the departure (5am) and also comfortable clothes that you don't care to have them dirty with dust!"
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Giuseppe P wrote a tip Oct 2022
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very safe place too!"
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Marco Thomi wrote a tip Oct 2022
Schenkon, Switzerland60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would definitely go for a more expensive, but wonderful garden room"
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PRICE RANGE
HK$1,054 - HK$1,531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Siyafunda Wildlife & Conservation (3.9 km), High Tea With Elephants (4.4 km), and Benedictions (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hat & Creek - Hoedspruit, Sleepers Restaurant, and The Thirsty Giraffe Pub And Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Unembeza Boutique Lodge & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Dutch, and Afrikaans.
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