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Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We have visited Dawson's at least 5 times and we are always impressed. The staff is friendly and helpful and are willing to go the extra mile. We have been spoiled during both business and leisure visits.
The facilities are in excellent condition and Dawson's reminds you of a time long gone in history, but it is still relevant.
The food and service is always good and the service and offering makes you feel special.

I will recommend Dawson's at any time and to anybody. Do yourself a favour and spoil yourself.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We were advised that our trip from OR Tambo should be less than 4 hours so we put our trust in the AVIS supplied GARMIN GPS to get us there. It Failed and our journey took us near 6 and that included a trip to Pretoria. Then we actually got there having doubled the distance the direct route was we had missed our included lunch. Lesson learned have a map and copy of the route before trusting a GPS you never used before.
It is actually very easy to get there and we want to return.
We had missed our included lunch and nearly jeopardised our Afternoon tea and Game Drive but Zerp and Lerato ensured we missed nothing delaying the game drive departure with the consent of the couple already ready for the drive to start.
The selection of animals was a surprise , the setting and the sunset had us relaxed and ready for our dinner after settling into #7.
We were booked as a standard room but this room is no standard hotel box and the balcony view spoilt us .
With the driving of the first day after Breakfast my Lady wife thought she deserved a Massage which was quickly arranged. While the body was well kneaded and it was an enjoyable experience she wished that it was not as Basic. Dawson's has a massage room but no music or Aromas were there to enhance the experience. Little things like that do make a big difference. In that her verdict "Could do better".
So off we went for our Quad bike drive after a enjoyable lunch, While I waited in the front of the building my wife was practicing in the car park to the back. Nobody paid any attention to the "lost looking individual to the front who was reunited only after checking our Room and all the public rooms for the missing wife.
Even then we lost time as our escort was in no rush and had no apparent interest in what we hoped the Quad trip would entail. Helmeted up we got moving slowly for me at first but speeded up as my confidence grew and I got comfortable with the position. Our escort did regularly look around to ensue even slow coach was to the rear.
Photography of the animals we saw was not assisted by the helmets visor, our Leader not slowly approaching the animals or actually understanding that the everyday to him is the reason to travel for us.
When his quad started cutting out usually after he enjoyed the "Donut - making" we did not have a lot of sympathy.
I had hoped to get another 16.00 game drive at my expense as our booking included one activity per day. With the late start and the guides breakdown time had marched on and even leading the way back did not return in time to catch it. Not as big a disappointment as it could be as the Quad trip was age reverting and memories of bikes and scooters gave it an edge.
Overall a great place to just find calm it has charm and the staff are its key but details bring up the standard not corner cutting.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We had a wonderful weekend at the hotel with execellent service. Jerry a tour guy gave us an expelended tour of the farm and hotel. The rooms were very clean and on point. We will return soon to stay at this wonderful hotel

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank aymanamransongoro
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful house in English style with many hideout places in and around the house. Very friendly staff and nice rooms with a garden. Sad we were the only guests. The reserve around this house has all kinds of animals (but the big 5, so you can walk the reserve), waterfalls and just stunning nature.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank Nicola A
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We used this as a stop over for two nights on out way back from kruger national park to Howick. It was perfect place to relax. Staff were very helpful. We stayed in crooked cottage which is the best kept secret... Loved it

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Address: Nelshoogte Area, Barberton 1200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Barberton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Barberton
Price Range: $1,338 - $2,848 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dawsons Game and Trout Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the foot of the Nelshoogte pass in Mpumalanga, lies a spectacular home of luxury... Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge. Dawsons is a place where the sun dances across the open plains at sunrise and sunset, painting the landscape a vivid combination of fiery red, orange, copper and gold. Where large herds of Zebra, Impala, Springbok, Blesbuck, Eland and Wildebeest slowly wander the 2000ha Savannah plains, impervious to time. It is a place where dramatic mountains, waterfalls and perennial streams flow lazily from trout dam to trout dam. Surrounded by open space where you can relish the freedom of timelessness, exploration and peace. It is a place of retreat, of absolute relaxation. We offer magnificent accommodation, superb cuisine, and impeccable service ... more   less 
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