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Reviewed 14 August 2017

We had a good stay at the Emdoneni lodge but in my opinion it was overpriced for the room. We met 2 couples who said they got a discounted rate by calling the hotelL: they were South African though. The hotel also had some special packages but had only booked room, breakfast and dinner. We visited in the winter and stayed in a rondavel. the rooms were nice (nothing luxurious) and clean. Nice touch in the evening you found a short story on your bed on how the leopard got his spots or other local legends. We enjoyed the humor. The resort was well kept, and zebras and impalas were on the grounds.
The food was excellent for a couple of days: for those 2 days only 3 rooms were occupied in the hotel and the service was excellent: a la carte delicious dinners and breakfast. On the 3rd day, came a huge tour group and the menu was changed to a buffet for both dinner and breakfast. The food was varied but not as good as before for sure.
While there, we enjoyed visiting the Hluhluwe park. We saw most of the animals on that side of the park. The hotel is also located close to the elephant encounter project: we did not go but another family went and highly recommended it.
Location wise, the hotel is about 45 minutes from St Lucia. it looks close in a map but if you plan to spend time in St Lucia, i recommend staying in St Lucia (at least if you visit during the winter like we did). We spent 2 out of 3 days in St lucia: one the first day we got there and took a cruise. The cruise ended at 5pm which meant we had to drive at night to get to the hotel: not recommended to say the least... The next day, we went to visit the wetland park and Cape Vidal. Because we stayed too far from St Lucia, we were not able to take the tours offered by Heritage tour and some of them seem very cool especially at night.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Cristina T
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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Hi Cristina

Thank you for the 4 star review. We are a little bit confused by some of your comments as the evaluation form you completed at the lodge is very different to this review (all either marked as excellent or good).

Please be advised that we are offering a standard 20% discount on our rates when a booking is made directly through our site. This special offer is applicable to all nationalities.

Please get in touch with us directly should you wish to discuss any of the issues raised above.

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

This was one of the highlights of our South African trip. From the moment we arrived and saw zebra roaming the grounds we were delighted. Our accommodations were comfortable but what really stood out was the excellent food. All the meals and wines were first rate. The location between the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park was perfect.

One bit of advice – we made the mistake of driving the N2 at night one evening. Not recommended: Too many large trucks, bikers, vendors, minibuses and walkers competing for space on a very busy un-lit road.

Stayed: July 2017
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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Oh wow, what a brilliant review! Thank you for recommending our lodge, the food and wine offerings and location. It makes us proud to know that we are living up to our guests' expectations. All of the best!

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We stayed in part of a roundavel which was cool. The bedroom was nicely furnished. The buffet was good and the staff entertained us. Nice bar. Friendly and helpful staff. I gave this a 5 but it isn't luxury if you are looking for that. It fits in with the natural surroundings; just perfect for us. We did the visit to the cat rehabilitation center and it was worthwhile. Got to see some of the cats up close and personal and learn about their habits. We also took a tour to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. I loved this. We saw a lot of animals--not as many as in Kruger, but still a lot. More rhinos than anywhere else. Also zebra, elephant, giraffe, Cape buffalo, baboons, and more. I liked it because it was green--a very pretty park.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

We are so grateful for another 5 star review! Thank you for taking the time to write about your good experiences at Emdoneni Lodge. We love that you loved your visit to the cat project, our beautiful surroundings and food offerings. Please visit again!

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to stay for a weekend. The lodge is clean and staff is really friendly.
The breakfast was also good with a good variety.
If you want to have a restful stay and be close to nature this is the place to be

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank LientjieS7
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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Another 5 star review! We are so happy! Thank you, Lientjie!

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

We had a lovely stay at Emdoneni, it was a very relaxed weekend break away from the Durban city life. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable, the breakfasts and dinners were delicious and a large selection to choose from. The little touches, like the bedtime stories left on the pillow every night were special and something to remember.
We loved our stay so much that we have actually decided to have our wedding at the lodge early January 2018. We are very excited to share this little gem of a place with our family and friends. Ingrid has been amazing and we look forward to planning our special day with her and the staff at Emdoneni.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Dear Gina. This is truly a fantastic review. Thank you for taking the time to write down everything you love about the lodge. We are so very happy to welcome you back as a bride and we will make sure your wedding is perfect and beautiful :-)

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