Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge

Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge

Plot 9/10/11 NQ 24 Gerald Estates Tati Town, Francistown 0000 Botswana
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#1 of 1 ranch in Francistown
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge is a self catering establishment situated just 14kms north of Francistown just off the A3 National road. We have three different types of accommodation suiting the pockets of all travellers. A lovely, well appointed, family cottage with two en-suite bedrooms and all the comfortable amentities of home. Fully furnished and equipped. Eight Riverview en-suite rooms with their own kitchenette, also fully equipped. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. Six quaint chalets in the campsite making use of the immaculately clean ablution facility. These rooms (campsite chalets) do not have en-suite facilities. Lovely lawned campsites with water and power points for customer convenience. For the tired traveller a sparkling swimming pool welcomes you on arrival. A tranquil setting awaits all our valued patrons! We are ready to give a warm Botswana welcome. Dumelang!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast available
Hiking
BBQ facilities
Convenience store
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Gift shop
Room features
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Extra long beds
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Special Deal:Complimentary Continental Takeaway Breakfast

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Plot 9/10/11 NQ 24 Gerald Estates Tati Town, Francistown 0000 Botswana
Getting there
Francistown Airport
1 Restaurant
within 10 kilometers
1 Attraction
within 10 kilometers
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simone s wrote a review May 2021
SA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you for accommodating us at such short notice. This is a well run place with attention to detail, friendly and efficient staff and cared for grounds. We appreciated lawn , hot showers and that it was well away from the light and noise of a town or road.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 29 Jun 2021
Hello simone s, Whew! Thank you for your great rating and lovely kind review and comments about us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. The staff have all worked here for many years and love Woodlands as their own home. Very happy to hear that you found them friendly and helpful and that you noticed all the areas in which they operate helping to maintain the property as you found it even though we have been through a most trying time with no guests or business for over a year (2020/21) and yet they carried on doing the good and right thing of maintenance! We have all worked hard over the years to create and maintain the quiet, tranquil setting just a few kilometres from a busy city. We trust that your experience of the rest of our beautiful country, Botswana, was a good and memorable one and that we will see you again in the near future again. Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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rkhandy13 wrote a review Jan 2021
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow,after all this year of covid etc. This place is a genuine gem,Mike has kept maintenance up and this place is in top notch condition.
We got there by chance and camped for 3 nights.
No thorns,grass is supper green,my 9 month old son had a ball trying to get the legs going.
Would recommend to anyone!!
Staff is supper friendly,helpful and informed.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 19 Feb 2021
Hello rkjandy13, WOW to you in return! Thank you so much for the high rating and the fabulous review. Even though we have very little business we have enjoyed keeping the property in pristine condition-- just waiting for the happy return of business and our guests. Obviously, the wonderful rainy season that we have experienced (the best in last 20 years-- since 2000!) has helped immensely. Our river has not stopped flowing since October last year-- quite beautiful and certainly very magical. The kudu visited our property EVERY night during winter last year during LOCKDOWN period. Due to the absence of people and their cars and fires-- no noise at all -- they made it their place.. They ate EVERYTHING down to the roots but in doing so cultivated all the flower beds with their constant walking and fertilised the whole place with their droppings! A win win situation! Our staff have delighted in welcoming you and we all look forward to many more return visits! Our kindest regards, Anne West (Mrs) Owner
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nicolaandrag wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a one night stop over and found Woodlands I’m on iOverlander. Due to such a long drive we arrived late but we felt safe and comfortable to setup and make a meal. Great facilities and really clean. Would highly recommend. Staff were super friendly. I even bought a T-shirt from their curio shop :)
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 31 Jul 2022
Hello nicolaandrag, Thank you for your high rating and lovely review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We are thrilled to hear that you stopped over with us even though you arrived late and in the dark, that you found the staff to be so friendly as well as the facilities to be great and really clean. Thank you so much for the high recommendation of us and we hope that one day you will come back to stay with us again one day soon? Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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Denise W wrote a review Oct 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and had pre ordered soups to have for supper. These were heated and delivered to our tents which exceeded our expectations. The facilities are great and I would recommend Woodlands to anyone needing to stop on their way either North or West.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 14 Oct 2022
Hello Denise W Thank you so much for your high rating and truly lovely comments about the staff here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. They love to SERVE and the girls heating your food were probably the same ones who cooked the food .. so I'll share your comments with them! All so motivating for them. We have set high standards for ourselves and so appreciate it when you, our valued guest, notice and value them. We trust that the rest of your trip through Botswana was a happy and memorable one and that you will be back again soon? Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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NatsLie1981 wrote a review Feb 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very neat, clean and welcoming. Such a peaceful stay in a beautiful setting. Staff was friendly and welcoming. The communal braai area is set in a beautiful setting overlooking the river, and the walk along the river is stunning,
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 08 Mar 2023
Hello Natslie1981, Thank you for your high rating and lovely, comprehensive review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you were warmly welcomed to a very clean and neat establishment. The staff all apply themselves diligently to their specific areas of responsibilities to produce the environment which you found to be so peaceful and beautiful. When one finds a 'well loved' establishment one generally goes away leaving it 'well loved'! Thank you! We trust that the rest of your trip through our beautiful Botswana was a happy and memorable one and that you will be back again very soon? Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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Safari50196632800 wrote a review Nov 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Woodlands Stop Over is a gem in Botswana. Mike & Anne did a most magnificent job of providing an excellent escape for anyone from the busy road to the constant ringing of phones and blaring of a TV. I really appreciate the furnishing, the friendliness, cleanliness, upkeep and tranquility found at Woodlands. I will always be back.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 06 Nov 2023
Hello Safari50196632800, So thrilled to receive your comment: 'BOTSWANA'S SECOND DIAMOND' -- Thank you so much! What an accolade! We so appreciate your recognition of us all here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge and will continue to strive for the excellence which you observed throughout the property; the peaceful & quiet setting, the furnishings, the cleanliness and of course the friendly staff all of whom are committed to their areas of responsibility and who love welcoming our valued guests! Thank you also for your loyal support of us and we look forward to all your future return visits. Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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B8383MHmartinp wrote a review Oct 2021
Benoni, South Africa85 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Woodlands is a really a pleasant place to stay-over or spend an extra night or two. The whole setup is well organised, very clean, has absolutely everything you may need (except fridge magnets) and the garden is beautifully maintained. The store is well stocked, the braai and brunch packs are good and the people are friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 07 Oct 2021
Good day B8383MHmartinp What a lovely review and fabulous rating of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge! Thank you so much for taking the time to put your appreciation into words on this forum-- we in return appreciate it as it helps to keep us motivated and committed during what has been a very difficult time for us in this industry. We do look forward to your many return visits which we trust will be for longer stays and we will also try to get the "fridge magnets"in stock by then! Again thank you! Kind regards, Mike and Anne West (Owners)
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Curiosity627929 wrote a review Aug 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Woodlands Stop Over is truly a hidden gem. We have stayed here several times over the years and every time, it has been just fabulous. A peaceful and quiet spot off a busy road. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped. The meals that you can pre-order are delicious and make it an easy evening with no cooking. The birding is superb - you really need to spend 2 nights here.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 01 Sept 2023
Hello Curiosity627929, WOW! Thank you so much for your high rating and lovely review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. Thrilled to hear that you found the 'hidden gem' just off the busy national road. We so appreciate your frequent support of us and very happy that you would recommend a 2, if not more, night stop with us. Yes, the pre-prepared meals have been a great success and are so tasty as well. We look forward to your return visits in the future. Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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simplyoverland6x6 wrote a review Aug 2023
Maun, Botswana1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was busy when we stayed, yet organization of multiple vehicles, many with trailers was seemless. The staff were polite and friendly. The small shop was stocked with essentials, maps and frozen homemade meals as well as meat for the BBQ. We extended our stay. Lovely bird walk and many birds around.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 23 Aug 2023
Hello simplyoverland6x6 How lovely to hear from you on this forum and thank you for you very HIGH rating and LOVELY review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We've had a very busy run on business, which we are most grateful for, after a few years of limping along. The staff are our valued asset and they meet the mark all the time! We are very proud of them-- we shall pass your compliments to them. Thrilled to hear that you managed to fit in the bird walk during your extended stay and we trust that it won't be too long before we see you back at Woodlands? Trust you are enjoying the rest of all your adventures? Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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ebotha2024 wrote a review Mar 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great to see the maintenance of the accommodation is being kept updated, unlike some other places I have stayed. Also a really nice and well kept venue overall. The camping sites are really very nice and private. The staff at reception are doing a great job to make guests feel welcome, thank you.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Response from Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge
Responded 08 Mar 2024
Good day ebotha2024, Thank you so much for your high rating of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We so appreciate all your comments -- and yes the maintenance carries a very high priority for us! All the staff work very hard and with determined purpose to keep their areas of responsibility in 'tip-top' condition which in turn helps to keep the property in presentable condition! The campsites have taken some pressure this summer season with extremely hot weather and poor rainfall.. The reception staff love welcoming our guests and helping them to feel at home at Woodlands! We trust that the rest of your trip through Botswana was a happy and memorable one and that you will be back again soon to visit us? Kind regards, Mike & Anne West (Owners)
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R 1,735 - R 1,754 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
BotswanaNorth-East DistrictFrancistown
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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