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Emdoneni Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Cincinnati
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! This place is cool. Stayed here for two nights and found a nice, comfortable bed (two twins pushed together), fabulous breakfast and dinner buffets, and the bonus of wildlife on the grounds. HUGE shower. Reception staff was friendly and helpful, too. Try it, you'll like it.

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

What a wonderful review, Etra! Thank you for recommending us. Hope to welcome you back soon for a longer stay. All of the best

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Ross was a great guide and had a vast knowledge on the cats in the sanctuary. it was a well organised, interesting visit. It is well worth the journey. Take a sunhat and water as the tour is in the open and runs through to about midday.

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Trish for your kind feedback. Ross is great and we are so happy that you enjoyed all aspects of the cat tour. See you again soon. All of the best.

Reviewed 13 March 2017

We stayed 2 nights in the Windfall Cottage and it was fabulous. We were greeted by a group of Zebra grazing in the field adjacent to the cottage along with some Impala. The bathroom was a relaxing, invigorating experience. We had an indoor raised tub, but the rain shower was outside built around a beautiful tree and the walls were...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review. We are so happy that the special luxuries offered at the lodge, such as the rain shower, robe and slippers and hammock contributed to a lovely stay. So good to hear that you also enjoyed the food - our chef is fantastic! Hope the rest of your stay in South Africa was also memorable....

Pointe d'Esny
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We spent 4 nights at Emdoneni Lodge and never got bored. Our girls had very interesting activities each morning in nature with Ross who was so kind and they loved it, even though my girls don't speak English! Our visit of the big cats was amazing, the chalet rooms were spacious and confortable and spotless clean. It is close to...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

What a fantastic review! Thank you Villa for letting us know just how much you enjoyed your stay at Emdoneni. It makes us super proud and happy. All of the best.

Hillsdale, New York
Reviewed 21 February 2017

If it were not for the somewhat anemic air conditioning, I'd give the Lodge a 5. But the cheetah preserve is magical. You can see and pet a young cheetah, visit with cervals and African Wildcats (which look like domestic cats but have all black foot pads). We loved it!

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Chris. Thank you for your kind comments re our cheetah project. The aim of the Emdoneni Cheetah Project is to care for cheetahs, serval cats, African wildcats and caracal (lynx), which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation. We also intend to breed successfully (where possible) and release the offspring...

Edwardsville, Illinois
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This hotel is surrounded by the bush and fenced in to keep most of the animals out, except, of course, the monkeys and baboons. It is right next door to a cheetah rescue and re-population facility. The grounds are pleasant as is the bar and pool area, though the pool did not look too inviting. I would recommend it to...

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AmpleMedia, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending us, Stephanie!

Brick, New Jersey
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We were very happy with our large room, large bathroom, and porch. It was rainy and humid when we visited so we were very happy to have both air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Our room was one of two rooms in a cottage. The dining room, lounge, and bar were very beautiful. Our group loved the onsite cheetah preserve...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Gorgeous location easily accessible without having to bump over dirt roads which was a plus for us. Our room was clean, quiet and comfortable. Cheetah experience and Game Drive were the hi-lights of our stay. Hope to visit again with the rest of my family - know they will have a wonderful time.

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Margaret. Thank you for a lovely review. Please visit soon with the rest of your family - we would absolutely love to have you again. All of the best.

Washington, DC
Reviewed 23 January 2017

My husband and I are a gay, American couple. Earlier this month as part of our honeymoon trip to South Africa we spent a few nights here. We liked the location KwazZulu Natal (near both game reserve and wetlands) and so booked with Emdoneni. We stayed in the Windfall cottage - their honeymoon suite. It is a bit separated from...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Hi DC. We are so glad that we exceeded all your expectations. Thank you for writing this wonderful, detailed review - it makes us very proud! Congratulations once again on your wedding. All of the best.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

What an awesome place this is fantastic experience meeting the Cheetahs and a great game drive in the afternoon- tremendous value for money fabulous friendly staff can't say enough about the place Great food clean rooms what more do you need

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  • Free Internet
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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 

Additional Information about Emdoneni Lodge

Address: District Road 123 | Bushlands, Hluhluwe, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: R1 525 - R2 802 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emdoneni Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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“Don't expect a lot of staff to be around all the time.”
StephanieR811, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Request air conditioning.”
ymariej, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The honeymoon suite is perfection - though the internet is not really functional. That is probably good though.”
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  • Windfall Cottage
  • Our car and the honeymoon suite are in the background behind these two cheetahs.
dcjay64, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Do not get one of the circular rooms.”
Grumpyone88, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Views of the cheetah enclosures are great”
debbieannkirkwood, 1 Jun 2016 | Read review
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