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The Baroness Safari Lodge

Uniondale / Wittedrift Road, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve 6600 South Africa
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Our beautiful Plett Accommodation is a historic and charming colonial-style Safari Lodge that was built in early 1800 by Baron Joachim von Plettenberg, an early South African pioneer and conservationist, who used the original, smaller Lodge as his base to explore the then untamed African landscapes. Built from local stone, the Safari Lodge has lost little of its original 'out of Africa' feel and has spectacular views across rolling lawns where zebra and antelope roam freely, to the indigenous forests and majestic Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance.
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Free parking
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Bar / lounge
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Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor pool
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Meeting rooms
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
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Paul wrote a review Jun 2019
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My wife and I booked the horseback Safari with Robert. We enjoyed it throughly! We saw lots of antelope. And came near all of them. 10m from Rhino's, Hippo's and Giraffes! Other animals we saw was: springbuck, Bontebok, waterbuck, golden and blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, nyala, elephant, crocodile, fallow deer. This is a very nice way to exeperience a 3hr game drive. In being a farmer myself, I think there is too much game for the size of farm, and when Drought may come, there will be losses. The lodge itself looked a bit under staffed, only saw 3 people the morninf of our visit. For the horseback safari itself I give full score!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
CourtneyWorsley wrote a review Mar 2019
Port Coquitlam, Canada49 contributions5 helpful votes
Gorgeous wilderness lodge located in Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Rustic decor in lobby and rooms. We were booked in the family suite was lovely and private however very difficult to bring suitcases as it's rocky and up hill. View from room gorgeous, lovely baths, super comfy bed and big fire place. Staff was basic not overly welcoming or friendly felt as if the guests were an inconvenience for just being there. Did not feel a warm welcome which we had felt in every other lodge, hotel and guesthouse. Staff were often on cellphones and just seemed unhappy. It's too bad gorgeous place just needs some more smiling faces.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Mike W wrote a review Mar 2019
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia14 contributions3 helpful votes
The previous reviewer (Nov 2018) summed up our feelings entirely. A beautiful, charming and rustic location, but let down by standards of service that are not reflective of the 'Luxury' title or prices charged. The girls do their best, but clearly have limited experience of four star hospitality and their was no presence by the Owner. Wine only available by the bottle, pool only opened on request, no snacks available between breakfast and main meal (other than a bowl of grated cheese), and the meals and breakfasts had to be ordered from a limited menu in advance. I won't elaborate further as checking back on previous reviews, comments have been consistent since 2011 and little has changed. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the cosy charm of the Lodge and the accommodation, but it was without doubt overpriced.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
CustomerConsultant wrote a review Nov 2018
Honiton, United Kingdom499 contributions241 helpful votes
There appears to be no staff training or supervision here and it shows in poor standards and sorry maintenance. The managers replies to comments here have talked about how they strive for quality .... But they clearly don't understand the concept as complaints continue. In our case there were no welcome drinks. The room was very dark and poorly maintained with broken windows, nails sticking out of floorboards, lamps that didn't work and more. Dinner had to be ordered at breakfast, they ran out of drinks etc. At breakfast there were no serviettes, the coffee was incredibly weak, the list of defects is long. One evening we asked for wine by the glass, was given the wine list to choose from, then each wine we asked for we were told want available by the glass. Apparently no wine is available by the glass, but they don't say that, they tell you about es each one in turn. Dinner was a huge portion of flavourless food. Eg a tomatoe wrap which consisted of undercooked fill pastry and something that didn't taste of tomatoes ... A bland mush is perhaps the best description. As for the desert, it was a dried out brownie, that looked good on the plate but was very dry. I don't blame the local staff, they are from another culture and haven't been trained. I blame the owners that never show their faces. As for the game reserve it is more a farm. The size is unsustainable so predators have to be kept in small enclosures to prevent them eating the other animals. Larger reserves run everything on a sustainable basis and run everything together. Crowding cheetahs and lions in small enclosures is not good practice or humane. As for the guides their knowledge seems superficial. They don't explain which species of zebra, giraffe etc. It's as if they don't know! Having seen how good other places are, how professionally they are run and the value offered, this place is only worth one star ... If that.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from leond411, Owner at The Baroness Safari Lodge
Responded 03 Dec 2018
We apologise for your poor experience and will take your comments into consideration. We hope to see you again the next time you are in our area, and maybe you might like to try one of our other establishments - Plett River Lodge or our self-catering condo on beautiful Sanctuary Beach - Sanctuary Beach Condo .
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Martin B wrote a review Feb 2018
New Mills, United Kingdom4 contributions
A wonderful setting off the beaten track, with a hotel crammed with history, beautiful rooms, a game reserve tour, a delicious well cooked dinner from polite attentive staff. Our idea of heaven. Martin and Gill
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from leond411, Front Office Manager at The Baroness Safari Lodge
Responded 06 Apr 2018
Thank you very much Martin and Gill for a wonderful feedback, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
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US$124 - US$167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaWestern CapePlettenberg Bay Game Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Baroness Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Emily Moon, Bocca Dolce Vegan Restaurant and Coffee Roastery, and The Burnt Orange.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Baroness Safari Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Baroness Safari Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Timber Shed (12.4 km) and Van Plettenberg Beacon (12.4 km).