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Kromdraai Road, Bela Bela 0850 South Africa
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Located in the heart of Limpopo set against the beautiful backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains lies a natural oasis nestled on an 1100 Ha private game reserve. The stunning Dithõlõ Game Lodge & Wildlife Estate is the perfect bush getaway. Enjoy warm personalized hospitality, savour culinary temptations from the Lodge’s Chef, sip sundowners on the unique cocktail deck, and watch the wildlife around the waterways. Dithõlõ means “the place of many Kudu” and is home to a large variety of African wildlife as well as being a bird watchers paradise. Not only does Dithõlõ care for the wellbeing of its guests, it also cares for the wellbeing of its wildlife and runs nature conservation breeding programs for Hippo, Buffalo, Sable and Nyala. Guests can expect an authentic African bush experience, excellent service, elegantly decorated rooms and a tranquil ambience. Dithõlõ - the perfect retreat from the stresses of city life. Each room is en suite with shower facility only, mini bar, T.V, ceiling fan, air con, mini safe and tea & coffee making facilities. Family rooms may be requested which include kitchen and TV lounge.Meals (breakfast and dinner)are included in the rate as well as a 90 minute game drive. Kids are welcome, jungle gym and solar heated pool will entertain them all day whilst you relax on the loungers.
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Kromdraai Road, Bela Bela 0850 South Africa
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westonc wrote a review Dec 2021
Gonubie, South Africa793 contributions91 helpful votes
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My wife and I and our two daughters and “future” son in law decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ditholo Game Lodge. We booked a deluxe suite and a family suite which were spacious, comfortable and clean with en-suite bathrooms with showers. We made good use of the ceiling fans and air-conditioning in the rooms which were very effective. The property is extremely neat and well maintained which is further enhanced by Nyala freely roaming around. The property also has a dam situated nearby to the rooms, and we spent quite some time just relaxing by the dam observing the two resident hippos. During our stay we went on two enjoyable guided game drives and spotted zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and various antelope including certain exotic species. We also thoroughly enjoyed a few of the bush walking trials which are clearly marked. We also made good use of the swimming pool and had good fun playing table tennis, foosball and pool. The staff were friendly and efficient, and we were well cared for throughout our stay. The food was very good, particularly the traditional African Boma Dinner that we had on New Year’s Eve, and the complimentary bottle of sparkling wine that we received was greatly appreciated. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Ditholo and definitely hope to visit again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Marnix D wrote a review Sep 2021
Keerbergen, Belgium5 contributions7 helpful votes
Top location, fantastic bed with soft sheets, high quality food and plates like a painting, high customer service level. I can certainly recommend this place to all travellers, and mention as a tip pls book with breakfast and dinner included, you.will enjoy it enormously. I would certainly come back. The environment is animal friendly, they have bush babies, antipopes and even nyalas walking around on the premises. Peaceful and relaxing place, only 60km from Bela Bela (45-50min) drive. Perfect 1st stop to stay and relax for 2 days which we did. We loved it!!! Thanks to the entire staff!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms are very clean and very well maintained
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 15 Nov 2021
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to review the lodge and we appreciate all feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and can't wait to see you again. We will convey your gratitude to our staff. Warm regards Ditholo Game Lodge
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Bee wrote a review Sep 2021
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The property and design of individual huts is perfect, the food is also really good. However they should consider having an onsite store with affordable snacks etc considering they are a lil far out from town, additionally the entrance gravel road needs to be attended to. Either tarred or smoothed out, I can only imagine how many vehicles have had really bad damages as a result of driving in or out that road. The billing system is poorly designed and there are additional charges that seem to creep into the final amount due, best to allow guests to pay for meals, activities etc as and when , this also helps with transparency and not the final check-out time hassle of trying to do the accounting. At least 3 other guests were disgruntled by this. facilities are great and upkeep impressive, nonetheless
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Wendy V wrote a review Sep 2021
Durban, South Africa331 contributions9 helpful votes
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We had the most incredible stayover at this fabulous hotel. The Boma Dinner that this hotel put together was fantastic. So well done given Covid restrictions. We took a peddle boat out onto the lake the next morning to watch the sunrise. We had to leave early so a breakfast basket was prepared for us. A fantastic experience all round. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Zama Ndlovu wrote a review Mar 2021
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Thank you so much to Ditholo staff each and everyone of you made my birthday weekend special. All so friendly and ready to assist. The place is tranquil so peaceful and in touch with nature. It was so nice having lunch watching the hippos in the dam. Sadly we didn't have the Boma which I was looking forward to however they had a plan B which was also great. A special Thank you to the GM Robert, wow you were the best! Thank you and you won't be disappointed if you go here.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Responded 03 Mar 2021
Good day 814zaman, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Ditholo Game Lodge. Thank you for the positive feedback and high rating on your staff experience and your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge
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Claudia S wrote a review Oct 2020
17 contributions4 helpful votes
The property was lovely. Spacious and well maintained grounds. The staff were absolutely wonderful, especially the concierge and bar tender. We loved our massages from the spa and felt absolutely decadent! How can they do better? Here's the list. The dinner was a disappointment. The main course was edible but not good. The ambiance of the dinner was lacking as well..I think they played the Bee Gees on repeat for 2 hours...yikes, who does that?!!! I think they tortured us again with this playlist for breakfast also. The bikes for the guests were poorly maintained and not usable. Also, they should have a small store or snack hour. The location of the lodge is really remote so there is no chance of finding a nearby snack shack. Food is only available during their dining hours so if you don't bring food with you...you will be hungry. Having a small store on the property would be so easy to add and also be another way of making extra cash. These are all easy fixes and I think they could really offer a wonderful top notch stay for their guests.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 07 Oct 2020
Dear Claudia, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Ditholo Game Lodge. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during your stay. As we are recovering from the World Wide pandemic and the 4 months of Lockdown we are working our hardest to improve on the experience our guests have. We will continue to work hard to improve the experience, especially the meals served, snack foods available and ambiance during meals, and the state of the bikes offered for guests use. We hope that you will consider stay with us again in the near future. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge
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Mantoa wrote a review Nov 2019
Kempton Park, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
I love the elevated balcony, perfect for romantic late afternoon lunch. The mountain views and the lake are breathtaking and tranquility at its best! relaxing and reviving environment away from the city noise, surrounded by nature and the sounds of different butterflies species makes one appreciate the nature. The romantic bonus is to view Hippos by the lake swimming. The staff and the management were very friendly. Good food both breakfast and dinner. We had a splendid wedding anniversary! Everything was just beyond our expectation...the room romantic turndown and the table setting on the elevated balcony was indeed romantic. We will definitely visit the lodge again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from General M, General Manager at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 01 Dec 2019
Dear Valued Guest, We would like to thank you for staying with us and for the time taken to submit a review based on your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that our team were able to make your anniversary as romantic as possible. We do hope that your future return to us will be as memorable. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge General Manager
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Susanne412 wrote a review Jul 2019
Sandton, South Africa1622 contributions210 helpful votes
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It's a nice place but it needs a lot of maintenance. Nothing big, rather small things, like doors don't close proper. The surrounding is very relaxing, there is a nice bar area and a lovely view point. The food was very delicious.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from General M, Marketing Assistant at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 01 Aug 2019
Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for staying with us and for your review. We thank you for your feedback and hope that you will return to our hotel in the near future for another great and relaxing stay. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge
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Tshegofatso M wrote a review May 2019
Gaborone, Botswana1 contribution
Beautiful place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its tranquil and relaxing, animals roam around and you can see the impalas. The food was great and they had a bit of variety on the selection.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from General M, Marketing Assistant at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 18 Jun 2019
Dear Valued Guest, We would like to thank you for staying with us and for the time taken to submit a review based on your experience. Many thanks for the great review and rating! We hope that you will return to our Lodge for another peaceful and tranquil getaway. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge
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Maria S wrote a review Feb 2019
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We arrived at the Ditholo Game Lodge Bela Bela on 17.12.18 at 2.30 pm. Our room was not ready, and we waited for another 30 min to get in. Eventually, when we walked into our room 4, I noticed some washed blood drops on the bedding. I decided not bring attention of the stuff to that, because I saw and read from the reviews before that the property needs an upgrade and in places dilapidated. After dinner, we went back into the room and wanted to bring our 2-year-old to bed. As I opened the blanket, I saw more blood spatter on the bed. At this point, I called the housekeeping and they changed the bedding in 40 min! At around 12 am, while sleeping we were attacked by black bugs about 5mm in diameter. They were crawling all over the bed, couches and on top of us. As we defended ourselves, we squished them, and blood came out leaving the marks on the skin or the bed. At this point the previous blood marks on the bed made sense. We tried to contact hotel personnel, but there was no one at the reception. The whole property was dark. I called 6-7 different numbers and if they picked up, they just referred me to another number. After an hour of walking around in total darkness, calling the hotel contact numbers and desperately trying to receive any kind of help or attention, we realized that we must leave. At 1 am, we started driving out back to Johannesburg (2,5 hrs. away) taking our child out of this health hazard. As we drove out, I received a Please Call Me (!!!) from a manager Robert. He regretted the events, apologized and promised to refund us and get back to me in the morning. He did not. Up until this moment we haven’t received the refund despite all the calls that were made and promises received. The property however did not hesitate to cancel our booking made through Booking.com as a no show, which is a lie. What should have been a family holiday turned out to be a total disaster that caused us pain, suffering and financial loss. First, the necessary maintenance, fumigation and sanitation was definitely not done and the severe allergic reaction to the bites was ignored by the property and. Second, no assistance was afforded to us when we most needed it. It is negligent to lock up the property and leave and definitely not a 4-star level service. What if there was a fire?! Third, I consider the property not returning the money as theft. It also clear to me that this procedure is standard because the marks on the bed indicated it happened before. It just sad that the property acts all so surprised placing people’s lives in danger instead of fixing the well-known problem. This is the first time this happened to us in SA although we have travelled and stayed in safari lodges all over the country. It is the first time we come across the total negligence, disrespect and disregard for the norms of hospitality and guests.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Health hazzard and negligence
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Response from General M, Marketing Assistant at Ditholo Game Lodge
Responded 18 Jun 2019
Dear Maria, We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for staying with us and for the time taken to submit the detailed experience you had with us. Please note that our senior management was informed of the situation that occurred while you were with us and have since made contact with you to rectify any remaining worries or concerns. Warmest regards, Ditholo Game Lodge
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US$84 - US$158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergBela Bela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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What are some of the property amenities at Ditholo Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Ditholo Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ditholo Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ditholo Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ditholo Game Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Is Ditholo Game Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.