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Gwahumbe Game & Spa

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#1 of 2 lodges in Mid Illovo
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Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway weekend, a family adventure or an indulgent spa day, Gwahumbe Game & Spa is the ideal KZN game reserve destination where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the bushveld. Stay the day, stay the weekend, stay the whole week; you’ll feel right at home at our close-enough — yet away-from-it-all — bush escape. Gwahumbe is a private game reserve situated just an hour’s drive from Durban and a 45-minute drive from Pietermaritzburg. Our relatively small reserve is easy to navigate, with a network of 4×4 roads to enjoy. This means a weekend day trip or a safari getaway is possible in equal measure. The reserve has diverse and sometimes dramatic views to inspire awe in any nature-lover.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Darts
Children's playground
Secured parking
Internet
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Patio
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
Steam room
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

Location

D368 Road, Mid Illovo 3750 South Africa
Gwahumbe Game & Spa
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King Shaka Intl Airport
68.1 km
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Pietermaritzburg Airport
38.2 km
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busi646 wrote a review Aug 2023
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
Had an awesome weekend with my friends, had absolute relaxation. Our rooms were very clean and had comfortable beds. All our needs were met by very friendly staff. I will recommend Gwahumbe to family and friends.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 09 Aug 2023
Hi Busi, Many thanks for your great review. We are thrilled that you and your friends had a great time. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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X4687QQsteph wrote a review Jul 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
My sons and I had a very enjoyable experience, thank you. We enjoyed our game drive. It may be nice to have drinks half way though the drive somewhere remotely like at one of your dams or campsites that are not occupied or overlooking the valley. We were thirsty by the end of the drive. The lunch was delicious.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 26 Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review Gwahumbe Steph. We so enjoyed seeing you again and meeting your boys. We apologise for the drinks stop being so late in the drive. Evan does normally try and stop half way. He agrees he got carried away with the dead wildebeest sighting. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will ensure that this is rectified going forward.
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calvingunha wrote a review Jul 2023
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Super clean hotel,the rooms and blankets were very clean Since it was cold we also made use of the electrical blankets in each bed We took a game drive on our arrival which was more exciting having to interact with nature I would refer anyone who is looking for a holiday trip any day any time
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you Calvin for your great review. We are delighted that you created happy Gwahumbe memories. See you soon.
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nicolaT2533RR wrote a review Jul 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Celebrated my Birthday at Gwahumbe Game & SPA. What a memorable stay indeed. The service, hospitality, food...etc was fantastic. A truly hidden gem. Would highly recommend this resort to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review Gwahumbe. We are thrilled that you had a good stay. See you soon.
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sphumcie wrote a review Jul 2023
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa1 contribution
Everything was perfect, if they could just put tvs in the rooms maybe for late at night when you’re relaxing in bed. The food was delicious and the views from the rooms were breathtakingly beautiful, I would definitely recommend Gwahumbe.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 06 Jul 2023
Hi Shpumi Thank you for your great review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. See you soon.
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laurenfisher2023 wrote a review Jun 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
The room was clean but the drains had a funny smell. The food was disappointing- starter was too small, main was good but pudding wasn’t good. Breakfast was good. Unfortunately the kitchen did not cater for me (gluten intolerant) after saying they had catered and prepared for me.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 20 Jun 2023
Dear Lauren. We apologise for the miscommunication regarding your dietary requirements. This is not how Gwahumbe like to operate. We are investigating the smell in your room. This too is unacceptable and we apologise. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention.
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Connector46111 wrote a review Jun 2023
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We wanted to spend time in a beautiful place to able to walk/talk /laugh and enjoy connections with family . Riverbend cottage fitted the brief perfectly . The extra like the hot tub, spar treatments and beautiful sunsets added to the total experience .
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 15 Jun 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review Gwahumbe Game & Spa, We are delighted that you enjoyed Riverbend and all it has to offer. Thank you for choosing Gwahumbe.
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sqina327088 wrote a review Jun 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We had such an exceptionally good stay at Gwahumbe Game Spa. Serengeti bush accommodation had a private balcony with beautiful views, with an option to have your breakfast at the restaurant or in your balcony. They cater for individual needs in terms of special requests, they also go an extra mile to make their customers happy. The staff was so friendly and the service was so efficient.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 11 Jun 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you created happy Gwahumbe memories. We look forward to welcoming you back soon
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Robyn L wrote a review Jun 2023
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My mum and I had the Bestie package! Staff, food, accommodation and spa were all amazing. Not one complaint. The package included a game drive - which was so insightful. We were treated to snacks and a drink of our choice at the waterfall. It’s the closert I’ve ever been to wildlife. Highly recommend and will definitely go back!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Shanon MacKenzie, Owner at Gwahumbe Game & Spa
Responded 05 Jun 2023
We are thrilled that you had a happy time at Gwahumbe. We hope to see you back soon
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ospmaphumulo wrote a review Jun 2023
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Recently visited with a group of friends on the luxury mini package. The spa experience was the highlight of the day, felt so good afterwards. Massages are done two people at a time and I suggest requesting for the larger warm room as some of my friends complained that their room was a bit chilly. We then moved to lunch which was okay,nothing spectacular. We later moved on to the game drive, which was enjoyable, though the path was a bit bumpy. The refreshment stop was well needed and gave us time to relax before heading back. Overall a pleasant experience, and would definitely recommend the luxury mini package. Looking forward to visiting the place again, maybe this time as an overnight guest.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 05 Jun 2023
Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,659 - R 3,736 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalMid Illovo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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