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#5 of 12 Specialty lodging in Bergville
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Situated near Bergville in the Northern Drakensberg, Kwaggashoek Game Ranch offers guests 9 standard, self-catering rooms, 10 luxury rooms (B&B) and 2 Self-catering Chalets to choose from. Our rooms are decorated in unique African Moroccan fashion. Kwaggashoek is home to a wide variety of game and bird species and guests can embark on daily game drives for close encounters with African wildlife.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Bar / lounge
Hiking
Billiards
Conference facilities
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Darts
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Gift shop
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Afrikaans

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R616 Turnoff, Bergville 3350 South Africa
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King Shaka Intl Airport217 kmSee all flights
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Toerie wrote a review Oct 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay here. It is quiet, peaceful, beautiful! The farm is well situated in the Drakensberg, with most attractions in a 50km radius. A special thanks to Erma, always there to assist in a friendly manner. Will return one day...
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bianca P wrote a review Apr 2021
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We booked at the very last minute and it was a good decision.we were one of 4 other couples for the time. Friendly welcome at front desk. We had a lovely braai with the best salads .....also the vibe you get ...the restaurant is beautiful thr bar wooowww they lit a fire to make it even more cosy.....our room was small but what more do you need? We overlooked the parking lot and there was a aircon motor or something making a noise kept us up all nite but stil its a beautiful place ...we walked around a bit and it was nice.....only problem is waking up early because of kids making noise but wel that's life hay.....still a nice place...we will definitely visit again
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Heleem Van Der Merwe, Owner at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch
Responded 29 Apr 2021
Thank you very much for the good response. It was very nice having you with us. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the visit. Sorry for some disturbances, but we hope to see you again. Management and staff. Kwaggashoek Game Ranch.
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Marinda wrote a review Oct 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
What an awesome experience ! What a beautiful farm and lodge ! Staff was very helpful and very professional. We had so much fun and we all enjoyed my son’s first hunt. Kwaggashoek made it a real memorable experience. I can really recommend them.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Heleem Van Der Merwe, Owner at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch
Responded 11 Oct 2020
Dear Marinda and family. Thank you very much for your visit to us. It was a privilege to be part of your son's first hunting experience. We hope to see you again. Kwaggashoek Game Ranch.
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John wrote a review Oct 2020
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
The entrance to Kwaggashoek reminded me of the entraceto Jurassic Park, very Grand and Intriguing. I was not disappointed, the main building is extremely well appointed as was my room. The friendliness of the staff was something I have not often felt and I was made to feel genuinely welcome like a lok lost "friend" The views and grounds were stunning however my favourite view was from inside the bar, which despite having a number of "stuffed" animals was perfect including the LARGE screen TV. I had supper and breakfast in the restaurant twice and both were of a high standard. There a plenty of walks for a variety of ages and fitness levels but I am sure there are lots of other activities I just didn't have the time to find out. Would I go back? Most definitely The location allowed to call in and see a client on my way back home, so all in all a most pleasurable short break with a bit of work Regards John
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Not over the kitchen
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Response from Heleem Van Der Merwe, Owner at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch
Responded 11 Oct 2020
Good morning John. Thank you very much for your visit to Kwaggashoek Game Ranch. Looking forward to your next visit. Erma. Kwaggashoek Game Ranch.
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Neels Gouws wrote a review Oct 2020
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So I have read the review from another visitor for the same weekend me and my wife were at Kwaggashoek. I speak under correction but I am sure that these were the same people complaining about WIFI when one is in Nature on a Game ranch? For us it was one of the most wonderful trips we have been on and we have travelled plenty. Excellent service ,food and people very helpful. The accommodation 5 star. Friendly owner and his family with Game drive student kept us entertained during the whole weekend and shared stories about nature and the farm which one does not learn in books or WIFI........... I will recommend this to any couple looking for that romantic get away or people wanting to take a break from the busy city life.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Book in the lodge for Social and Self Catering for private stay
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Daleen wrote a review Oct 2020
Meyerton, South Africa1 contribution
The service was excellent from reception to the dining room. The food and its serving from the books. Our room was spacious and spotless.We enjoyed the game drive with Willie, and it was a nice relaxing time we had between the animals. If one wants to rest, without telephones and television, and just looking for silence, Kwaggashoek is the place to go.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Lucienne F wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions
Having traveled extensively in South Africa - at various types of accommodation, self-catering, BnBs, five stars, camp grounds, you get the picture, I can confirm that I have never had such an awful experience. This in fact includes finding myself in hovels in Asia. The photos of the self-catering ‘chalet’ were entirely misrepresented, the accommodation was overpriced for the quality, space and amenities provided. The only plus was decent pillows. We were under the impression that there were would be four separate bedrooms, it was more like two rooms and a bizarre 3/4 situation. The central living area was rather dismal, with a tiny TV. In tie for most disappointing was the deck of the ‘Superior Chalet’ - it was dark and lacked a view, surrounded by roll-down plastic blinds, which we weren’t allowed to roll-up creating a humid, stale, very hot, and incredibly uncomfortable space for the guests. When eventually rolling the blinds up we were accosted by the manager / owner (?) demanding that the blinds were rolled back down. This was an inexplicable request that we eventually acquiesced to. On the topic of the host, I have never experienced such a present figure, interrupting us with abrupt and uninvited visits multiple times a day, the interactions of which were generally unpleasant and abrasive. Second in place for most disappointing was the complete lack of general activities, the promised spa / massages, the ‘nearby’ walking trails, an ostensible game drive promising underwhelming game like hippo, waterbuck, ‘other’ antelope, think springbok, and maybe a giraffe. The activities that were on offer were difficult to book and we therefore chose not to even engage the host due to the unpleasant interactions we’d had. The pool area is not worth mentioning - imagine a grim fake rock waterhole, and another pool which seemed even less inviting with no views, or umbrellas. Upon going to the pool we were told that we couldn’t take our own drinks, fine, but then the bar was unattended. And so we shamelessly drank our own beverages, no sooner had our favourite host arrived - telling us, she’d let us off the hook. Seriously?!?! When the blessed moment came for us to check-our we were told that we needed to pay an extra +-2000ZAR, for an extra guest, in an 8 sleeper chalet?!? Which ordinarily come at a fix cost per night, we were a total of 7 guests, the request made absolutely no sense. We refused to pay this extra fee, which we felt no shame about as a group. In fact, we deserve and are pursuing a well-deserved discount. Three nights of accommodation with zero nearby activities, and substandard facilities, cost just over 16000ZAR, which honestly felt extortionate given the experience. And when asked to pay more for a seventh guest, the general insult to injury was exacerbated. The absolute cherry on top was the lack of WiFi and reception, which was critical for our guests, and was confirmed by the ‘lodge’ before we agreed to book the accommodation. The lack of connectivity resulted in inexplicable inconvenience to all of the guests. There is absolutely no reason to visit this destination, you can get far better value for at least 30% less. I suspect I will have a sour taste in my mouth for a while. And I am NOT a difficult guest. It just felt like we were lied to and poorly treated. Spend your money elsewhere. Just to send the message home, I have never been so desperate to get the truck out of anywhere in the world.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Stefan Mazzoni wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
We arrived at Kwaggashoek at around 4:30 in the afternoon on Thursday and were greeted by who I can only assume was the front desk/general manager of the lodge. We were immediately prompted to pay a R200 deposit for the room key which I have to say is a first. We were accompanied to our room as each unit did not seem to have room numbers and were given a tour of the unit. When asking about Wi-Fi access, we learnt at Wi-Fi was only accessible from the main building, upon investigation we discovered the lodge had no Wi-Fi access. Usually, this would not be an issue when travelling to the berg for a weekend as one seeks the tranquillity of being in the outdoors. In this case it was imperative being a long weekend and many of our friends had to work on Friday. This complication caused a few of our friends to have to travel an hour and a half on the Friday morning to the Engen garage in Harrismith which is completely unacceptable. We were constantly visited by the front desk/general manager who insisted that we were not allowed to roll up the blinds on the terrace effectively causing our outside area to become a sauna. Eventually we were forced to rolled them up out of desperation. Furthermore, there is nothing to do at Kwaggashoek, the bar area is never attended, the pool is completely underwhelming and is the size of a pond. Upon request of a massage treatment as advertised we were told this was not possible. We tried to book clay pigeon shooting but were denied over the phone and were told we had to come to the front desk. We attempted to order ice and request delivery to our room and were refused. In general, this was the opposite of a hospitable experience, grossly overpriced for what you get, and any request seemed to be such an effort to the staff. I must strongly advise that anyone looking for a weekend away in the Drakensberg, stay away from Kwaggashoek.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: I personally would not suggest any of the rooms.
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Candice21 wrote a review Sep 2020
Sandton, South Africa453 contributions94 helpful votes
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Only 4 hours from JHB the Drive was very pleasant till the last 20kms which is on a dirt road. The dirt road is in very good condition and so not really anything to complain about. The staff were most welcoming throughout our short stay. It’s difficult navigating the new ways of the world but the team handled it all with grace and friendliness. It was different having booked a night when we were the only table in the lounge or at dinner strange as their wasn’t any atmosphere to enjoy. We made the most of it and the staff were most attentive. I would definitely book again but would select a different room or a self catering unit as for me I found the room too small and the bathroom minute. Wishing them lots of bookings as the leisure Industry recovers
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lindzz wrote a review Mar 2020
Pretoria, South Africa11 contributions
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Absolutely loved our stay here. This place offers the perfect bush getaway for couples and families. Willie the owner personally ensures that all his guests are happy and feel at home. He personally took us on a game drive. Animals on the ranch included hippos, buffalo, wildebeest, springbok, amongst others. Breakfast was exceptional, served on the outdoor terrace where one gets to watch the antelope grazing nearby. Clean rooms with a 4-poster bed. You really don't need your cellphones when out here. Just relax, put your feet up and get lost in the tranquillity. Guests have a choice of 2 pools. Looking forward to visiting again soon. Only downside - very limited food range for vegetarians.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Heleem Van Der Merwe, Owner at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch
Responded 07 Mar 2020
Thank you for your visit here at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch. We are looking forward to your next visit. :)
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PRICE RANGE
US$119 - US$410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionBergville
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kwaggashoek Game Ranch
What are some of the property amenities at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kwaggashoek Game Ranch?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.