From the the time we entered through the gates until the time we left, we were met with the friendliest of service from every staff member that we had the pleasure of meeting. Nothing was ever too much trouble. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to make use of the newly renovated Spa ... a pleasant experience from start to finish. The meals were tasty and were more than adequate both on the A la carte and Buffet side. Our getaway was a surprise for me, orchestrated by my husband. We were booked into the Honeymoon Suite, a short walk from the main lodge. It was perfectly situated for an undisturbed, tranquil, romantic getaway - we couldn't have asked for better. The unit was clean and comfortable and lacked nothing, from the kettle to the bottle opener to the soaps, body lotions, towels, gowns, slippers, tea, coffee, milk, mini bar supplies etc, etc. A beautifully prepared bonfire was set up, ready to be lit on our return after dinner. Sadly we were not able to use it due to the strong winds that evening (luckily there is always next time). From our porch we were lucky enough to see the Cheetah's playing the fool with one another in one of the enclosures, a short distance away. We also got to witness some of the animals up close and personal as they did their grazing around our little unit. A further bonus, adding to the lodge's perfect location, is the short distance from Hluhluwe Game Reserve. All and all a wonderful experience. Thank you Emdomeni for an unforgettable stay. We will definitely be back in the not to distant future.
- 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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