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Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge

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3.0 of 5 stars
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English, Afrikaans
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ngonya581446 wrote a review Mar 2024
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
I planned a vacation to go for a game drive and so I booked at this place since they advertised game drive trips. When I got there however I couldn't go for a game drive because the staff gave me stories each time I wanted to book a game drive. As a result therefore I my vacation was finished without a single game drive. Bed sheets were also filthy stained
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Date of stay: March 2024
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dolinaym wrote a review Jan 2024
Brno, Czech Republic1 contribution
We spent amazing 6 nights at Gooderson Bushlands and we really loved the location, the habitat, the forest trails...It was great to explore the bush, search for small animals and encounter some larger ones during that. Food was delicious and plentiful! Rooms are very cozy and comfortable. Amazing place!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Wander23153547784 wrote a review Dec 2023
South Africa1 contribution
Extremely disappointed. Altho the staff were very friendly and helpful, the place was rundown and tatty. Bath towels were so frayed they are only good for use as cleaning rags. They also smelt terribly musty. Sheets were also musty smelling and made me wonder whether they were clean. The whole bedroom had been sprayed with an uncomfortably overpowering airfreshener, I gathered they were trying to disguise a bad smell. Bar area needs serious attention - stuffed animals are dusty and disintegrating, chairs are broken and torn. Meals were tasty, however very disappointed that there was no game featured on the menu - afterall, you're at a "game" Lodge? I do understand that this is a lodge and should be rustic, but there's a difference between rustic and rundown. There was no sign of any management as I really would have liked to have spoken to someone before I left. Sorry Bushlands Game Lodge, not rushing back to you in a hurry.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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quotes2023 wrote a review Sept 2023
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A wonderful place to go and just relax. The wildlife is amazing and it is at your front doorstep. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The units are neat and clean with alot to go and see and do in close proximity.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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obhund692125 wrote a review Sept 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We did a family trip to this resort for the weekend. The staff and meals were absolutely amazing. The initial room(Wooden cabin) we were placed in was in terrible shape. It had not been properly cleaned and was clearly aged and weathered. Fortunately there was a standard double room available that reception staff moved us to. Although it was not the best, it was far better than the cabin. This room also needs a serious renovation,and I'm almost positive that all the rooms in this Lodge need that renovation too. Although this Lodge is a 3-Star, I would rate the accommodation side at a 2 star. Great concept for a bush experience but unfortunately the infrastructure was probably in its prime in the 90s or early 2000s. Hats off to the staff for being so amazing though and the food was also excellent. I'm sure this is what pushes up the ratings of this Lodge.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Andrew Lale wrote a review Sept 2023
Croydon, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
What an amazing place. Imagine a hotel in the middle of a safari park, which has zebra, giraffe, monkey, Nyala deer, duiker, mongooses and bushbabies coming and going around you. If you go on the Nyala walk, you will definitely meet somebody! And if you sit at the water hole overlook, you are guaranteed to see something cool. The welcome from the staff is exceptional, the food is plentiful and excellent, and the accommodation clean and tidy. We loved it. If you want to really experience South Africa in all its variety and character, you can't do better than Gooderson Bushlands. I wish I could go back!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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476les wrote a review Sept 2023
Park Rynie, South Africa4 contributions
Friendly helpful staff. Great selection of well prepared food in the restaurant. Clean rooms, Good air conditioning. Hot water. The bath towels were threadbare and need replacing. No wi-fi in the rooms. A great plus is that the lodge has generator back up so loadshedding (scheduled national power outages) are not experienced at all.
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cwille365593 wrote a review Aug 2023
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We only stayd for one night at this establishment.firstly the food at this place is amazing 👏. At the bar the barman wasnt really shure about pricing and how to pour the correct dinks. We enjoyd the desplay of the various game against the wall but the reedbuck looks a littlebit out of shape 😳. Dinner service was lovely .the walkways on this property are a little bit scary as they are not propperly maintaind and feels if you are going to fall through or off , beacuse of the slope of the walkway in some places. The pillows where terrable !!! Me and my wife could not sleep as the pillows were lumpy and too soft . Dont get me wrong this is a amazing establishment with huge potential. This was a great place and would defintily come again should this be fixed .
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msteph316228 wrote a review Jun 2023
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Was a good experience to enjoy what Gooderson Bushlands has to offer - the wildlife and cosy lodge. It is more rustic than upmarket, but does not take away from experiencing a real bushveld experience. We could easily have stayed for a week!
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Response from Bushlands Game Lodge BGL, General Manager at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge
Responded 01 Jul 2023
Good day Steph. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Bushlands Game Lodge. I will let the team know that you enjoyed your stay and the rusticity of the lodge. We are one of the last remaining sand forests in South Africa which adds to the splendor of the place. We really hope to see you again in the future. Yours sincerely. The Bushlands Team.
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Misha B wrote a review May 2023
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Very beautiful place, spent 3 nights at the Nyala Lodge, self catering. Rustic ( which I love), comfortable with very helpful staff. The animals wonder around the units and the outlook across the pool is just beautiful. Great value for money, especially as we stayed during the week, very quite and peaceful.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Bushlands Game Lodge BGL, General Manager at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge
Responded 25 May 2023
Good day Misha. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Bushlands Game lodge. Nyala lodge is known for its serenity, peace and quiet. And all of us here are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. Its very common that the guests down there get visited by our furry friends and that is a serious highlight for most of the guests. Thank you for your kind words regarding the staff. I shall definitely pass them on. We truly hope to see you in the near future. Keep well. Yours sincerely. The Bushlands Team.
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PRICE RANGE
R 935 - R 1,298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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bushlands game hotel hluhluwe
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandHluhluwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
36
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Zululand Cat Conservation Project (3.0 km), Zulu Croc Reptile Park (7.9 km), and Zamimpilo Community Market (7.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Delishh Restaurant, Local Kitchen And Barrel, and Amorello Sunset Deck Restaurant and Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.