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Reviewed 7 September 2018

We were booked into a two bedroom chalet overlooking the riverfront garden with magestic trees and a beautiful river and mountain as background.The unit was clean,
and was well equiped for a self catering stay. We found the staff very frienly and helpfull.

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Agnes1242, Manager at Sanbonani Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

It is always a pleasure to read such nice reviews, thank you for your kind words and 5 star rating. The Sabie River, hippo and crocodile sightings is such a highlight especially in the cool winter months, added to this the beautiful tress, the Spa, all the outdoor activities truly makes the Resort the Jewel of the Lowveld. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind Regards from the Resort Manager and the Sanbonani Team.

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Reviewed 2 September 2018

We didn't have Sat Nav on our arrival, (couldn't get a chip to use locally straight away), So followed directions given from Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga airport and a little more on the way. When arriving in Hazyview the resort was a little difficult to locate. After a few days realized the brown signs with (no directional arrows) actually instead had a pointed edge showing the way to turn, we had become familiar with the roads by then and also now had Sat Nav. Loved that we were close to a shopping mall and lots of other fun activities around the resort to choose from my kids 6 and 11 especially loved the elephant sanctuary and quad biking. We didn't see the hippo's around the resort as so may people had mentioned and we only saw the monkeys 1 day near our departure my kids were especially looking forward to seeing both. We did however have a wonderful guide who took us around Kruger National park and we saw 4 of the big 5's, kids loved seeing the animals most of them close up. The resort is adequate but I have stayed in better, more modern units and loved the fact that the maids came by to clean everyday.

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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Agnes1242, Manager at Sanbonani Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you for your rating, The GPS co-ordinates and directions are available on our web site as well as on the guest certificates. As spring turns into summer, then the Hippo;s are not that active as they are in the cooler winter months, we are happy that your sightings in the Kruger National Park were good, it certainly is a privilege to see 4 of the big 5 . We have started a substantial upgrade of the chalets - modernising the kitchens - new floor tiles in the kitchen, dining and lounge area - painting etc. 18 chalets have been completed and we hope to complete a few more before the end of the year. We look forward to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Resort Manager..

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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

I booked sanbonani specifically because Booking.com had bbq facilities available at this establishment.
Upon checking in I was told braai facilities are not available.
Staff had no concern or didn’t even attempt to assist. Waited in reception for an hour.
Wena the bookings lady was not interested in my grievance and couldn’t be bothered.
Will never stay there again and would not recommend to anyone.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Agnes1242, Manager at Sanbonani Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Dear Nabil Garda,

Every guest has a right to their view and opinion, however, having said this it would be great if all the above facts were correct. My understanding is that you booked a HOTEL ROOM via Booking.com. It clearly states on booking.com and our website that the CHALETS .have braai / BBQ facilities. There are no braai / BBQ facilities in the HOTEL ROOMS, I am sure that all guests booking into a Hotel are aware of this fact. . It is with sadness that you have left out the part that Wena the ''bookings lady' offered to refund your money less the 10% service charge as this confusion was clearly your misunderstanding. You booked a standard twin Hotel Room.

Regards Resort Manager

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic stay! Loved the resort, very friendly staff and great facilities. Put-put course was a highlight! Definitely recommended for a family get away. But try pack light because it can be quite a walk from your car to the rooms. Otherwise everything was fantastic.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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Agnes1242, Manager at Sanbonani Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to rate us and your kind words, we look forward to welcome you back in the near future. Regards Resort Manager

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

We confess that we were slightly dubious of the accuracy of reports about a 'resident' hippo family until we were gifted by a sighting one evening of one crossing the river and ambling past our balcony; our stay was complete!
This is a stunning resort. The grounds are beautifully maintained by an ever present team, as are the bungalows. The accommodation was large, comfortable and spotless due to the attention to detail and the care of the chalet maid. The beds were huge and very comfortable, the kitchen fully equipped with a large bbq on the terrace for outdoor dining.
The resort provides a lot for everyone; the swimming pool is huge and this was the only 'summer holiday' i have been on where I was the only person in the pool! There is a crazy golf course, outdoor chess, pool, a small but well equipped gym, tennis courts and squash courts. Add to this the restaurant which serves delicious food and the ever smiling Sully, this is an excellent place to stay.
We would recommend speaking to Joan as she is the fountain of all knowledge re trips and visits. We particularly recommend a game drive into Kruger with Vishnu; what this man does not know about wildlife and the park in general is not worth knowing, we had an amazing tour with him at the wheel.
We fully intend to return here and recommend it to anyone looking to stay in this area.

Room Tip: We stayed in 40A - those along the run 40 -50 are closest to the 'hippo run' for those wanting sightings
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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Agnes1242, Manager at Sanbonani Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

On behalf of the Sanbonani Team and Vishnu we thank you for taking the time to rate us and your kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Regards Resort Manager

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