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“Delightful place though not at all pretentious”
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Emdoneni Lodge
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This hotel is surrounded by the bush and fenced in to keep most of the animals out, except, of course, the monkeys and baboons. It is right next door to a cheetah rescue and re-population facility. The grounds are pleasant as is the bar and pool area, though the pool did not look too inviting. I would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Don't expect a lot of staff to be around all the time.
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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AmpleMedia, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thank you for recommending us, Stephanie!

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were very happy with our large room, large bathroom, and porch. It was rainy and humid when we visited so we were very happy to have both air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Our room was one of two rooms in a cottage. The dining room, lounge, and bar were very beautiful. Our group loved the onsite cheetah preserve where we were led into the enclosures and we were able to pet cheetahs. This would be a lovely place to spend a month, relax, and go on safari. One night at dinner the staff broke out into song and dance! The breakfast and dinner buffets were excellent. We loved it!

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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

Gorgeous location easily accessible without having to bump over dirt roads which was a plus for us. Our room was clean, quiet and comfortable. Cheetah experience and Game Drive were the hi-lights of our stay. Hope to visit again with the rest of my family - know they will have a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Margaret S
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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Dear Margaret. Thank you for a lovely review. Please visit soon with the rest of your family - we would absolutely love to have you again. All of the best.

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Reviewed 23 January 2017

My husband and I are a gay, American couple. Earlier this month as part of our honeymoon trip to South Africa we spent a few nights here. We liked the location KwazZulu Natal (near both game reserve and wetlands) and so booked with Emdoneni. We stayed in the Windfall cottage - their honeymoon suite. It is a bit separated from the other lodgings and main building but just a 3 minute walk. When we got to the cottage, there were zebras and other animals roaming in the yard. Just amazing. For two urbanites that closeness was very special. We could also see two of the cheetahs that Emdoneni is caring for from our porch. They were also basically in our yard - though behind a fence. The staff were always pleasant and helpful - including before and during our stay. The food was excellent. We hired one of their guides, Justin, to take us out into the park twice - once in the morning and once in the afternoon. We saw an enormous number of animals and frankly were as taken with the landscapes. Justin was an incredible guide. We learned so much from him about the area and each animal we saw (including 4 of the bi 5). Perhaps most appreciated, he made sure we did not leave the park without seeing a lion. He was committed to us seeing one. We so much appreciated that dedication and skill. We ended up seeing 3 lionesses and 8 cubs just as we were getting ready to leave the park. Thank you, Justin and Emdoneni!

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite is perfection - though the internet is not really functional. That is probably...
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Hi DC. We are so glad that we exceeded all your expectations. Thank you for writing this wonderful, detailed review - it makes us very proud! Congratulations once again on your wedding. All of the best.

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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

What an awesome place this is fantastic experience meeting the Cheetahs and a great game drive in the afternoon- tremendous value for money fabulous friendly staff can't say enough about the place
Great food clean rooms what more do you need

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Emdoneni Lodge

Address: District Road 123 | Emdoneni Farm, Bushlands, Hluhluwe, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range: HK$1,116 - HK$1,468 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emdoneni Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Following the 2015 voting period, Emdoneni Lodge has won: Global Winner in the Luxury Game Lodge category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. If you ever dreamt of getting close to nature, interacting with tame cats like Cheetah, Emdoneni Lodge is the place to visit! Located in the heart of Zululand lies Emdoneni Lodge. The lodge offers unique opportunities for the visitor, as you get up close and personal with local wildlife. From sitting by the pool watching Zebra, Nyala, duiker and impala in their natural Sand Forest habitat, to coming face to face with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats at the Cat Sanctuary! Air-conditioned, en-suite rooms allow you to escape the heat of the day, and in the evenings you have a variety of meals to choose from at the buffet restaurant. Dinner in the Boma adds a different atmosphere as you eat under the African night sky, and get a glimpse into one of South Africa's great cultures with our Zulu dancers. End off your evening with a night-cap in our cosy bar or a chat in front of the fireplace. Your Zululand experience would not be complete without visiting nearby Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Park in one of the Lodges' game vehicles, or taking a trip to St Lucia to view some Hippo's and crocodiles on a lazy afternoon boat ride. Other activities on offer include Fishing charters, visiting the nearby Zulu cultural village, quad biking, horse riding or spending the day on the infamous Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay beaches. Emdoneni Lodge offers the visitor a chance to experience Zululand at its' best. Centrally located and close to the main attractions that Zululand has to offer! Not long dirt roads to travel on.... A Home away from home!Your hosts Louis and Cecillie Nel look forward to meeting you, and from all the staff at Emdoneni - Salani Kahle. ... more   less 
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