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Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve

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#11 of 27 lodges in Bela Bela
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BABOHI is a distinguished lodge exclusively for adults, topped with excellent dining and polished service. This highly modern and inviting retreat displays earthy tones, wooden finishes and warm fabrics that merge with modern coppers, marble finishes and sophisticated hues that allude to the African skies
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Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Breakfast available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Spa
Pool with view
Adult pool
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Adults only
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Private bathrooms
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English, Afrikaans

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Rooiberg Road, Bela Bela 0480 South Africa
Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve
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Polokwane Airport
182.2 km
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Xavier W wrote a review 27 Feb
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True luxury is defined as meticulous attention to detail. Although the setting was wonderful, the bush drives were memorable and the lodge staff was attentive, the online booking, internet directions supplied, and the spa experience was found lacking. It placed a damper on an experience anticipated and advertised as exceptional.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Decker wrote a review Jan 2024
Ealing, United Kingdom128 contributions109 helpful votes
We recently had the pleasure of a three night stay over New Year's Eve. We'd booked pretty much sight unseen as Babohi is a NewMark property and we have been very pleased with their offerings so far. Even before we arrived, attention to detail was evident. The team reached out with handy route suggestions and to check on our arrival time. Collecting a hire car we drove to the resort from Sandton. The last 20-25 km is on dirt track and we were glad of having a higher clearance car (as suggested by the resort). We planned to arrive for 13:00 to take maximum advantage of the facilities, but ended up arriving closer to 14:00. Turning up at Letamo we were greeted warmly and introduced to the person (Shiluva) who'd be our game guide for our time here. She was in very good spirits. We were offered hospitality but chose to continue the journey to Babohi in our guide's landrover type vehicle. Having previously been disappointed by what some reserves consider luxury we were pleased with how comfortable the vehicle was. During the drive to the lodges Shiluva provided background information on the resort. Open for less than a year, etc. We were met by Lucy and Albert who welcomed us with a pleasant water ritual then settled us down with a drink whilst be completed some formalities. Our minibar and sundowner orders were taken, then we were escorted to our lodge. Lodge is a slight understatement, we'd booked a Leopard lodge and it was significantly bigger than our house. (We're London based so it's not like we live in a mansion but still). All of the facilities were explained, along with the magic self stocking minibars, coffee and tea, plunge pool, jacuzzi... Someone has obviously given a lot of thought to the decor. It was understated but confidently luxurious. We hadn't given much thought to how we'd spend our first night, it was New Year's Eve after all. We were delighted to find that we didn't have to do anything - everything was arranged. A spot of high tea before a crepuscular game drive, returning to drinks followed by a celebration dinner, with confetti cannons provided for midnight. The game drive set the scene for the next 5, with Shiluva making sure we saw the big 5, but also ensuring we didn't miss out on the scenery. Rather than provide a blow by blow account of each day, I'll just list highlights. The sparkling cleanliness of the lodge. The comfortable loungers with adjacent plunge pool. The beautiful bathroom facilities, the comfortable bed. The engaging entertaining games drives. The excellent food and drink selection. The friendliness of the staff. The cleanliness and manicuring of the grounds. What could be improved? Well Bahobi have it pretty much in hand. Whilst we saw the big 5, there's room for more animals and it is being addressed. We REALLY enjoyed tracking elephants through the bush - especially as we found them after a couple of hours of finding clues! It might have been nice to try a game walk, but that might be just one of the things available we didn't ask about nor use. Like the free laundry service or the wood fired jacuzzi on the balcony. Perhaps the dirt tracks could be a little less dirt tracky but, they're dirt tracks. They won't affect the owner though as he can doubtless use one of the FOUR helipads at Letamo.... hmm helicopter transfers, there's an idea ;). We loved the entire experience and look forward to returning! A big vote of thanks to the staff, seen and unseen who made our stay such a delight.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thapelo M wrote a review Nov 2023
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My visit was good, the property is amazing, it is a private place that is serene. The luxury suites are amazing and very spacious, it’s like you have an apartment to yourself with a lot of privacy. The staff is good and friendly, very good people. The property needs to put up no smoking signs in the public area of the restaurant. We had an issue where another guest was smoking where the rest of us sit and eat, the only place to do this at the property and where the pool is. One of the staff members could not manage this and told us that there is nothing that he could do. This was in contravention of the country health regulations and laws as they relate to public smoking. We had to ask a second manager to deal with the issue, which he did. The owners or managers need to train their staff about health regulations and how to manage smoking, with guests. It was shocking that in 2023 in South Africa one could be forced to inhale secondary smoke in a public area where you are asked to move for the smokers not vice versa. The owners need to put up no smoking signs in public areas, especially where people eat! This was shocking and a let down. Thanks to the manager that eventually sorted it out. The food could be better. The restaurant needs to improve their stock management. They had things run out that continued to be on their menu. Please cater better for plant based or vegan guests. Train your Chef and work on a better menu for us. The staff at the Spa need help. When I went for a treatment the poor lady was alone and had to manage the front desk while being the only person doing treatments. The experience could be much better if she has help. She was very good thankfully. Besides the disastrous smoking experience that we had to complain about and force the staff to deal with and the quality of the food, the experience was very good!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marelein C wrote a review Oct 2023
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The accommodation was more than we expected, super spacious, lovely private outdoor seating and plunge pool. The bathroom is exquisite, with large sliding doors opening up to an outside shower, so you get the same feeling as showering outdoors. Lots of thoughtful extras. Very private and peaceful with lovely views of the bush and close to the fence so you see animals walking by. The main building with the bar and restaurant is perched high on a cliff, so the views are exceptional. Dining is a lovely experience, and the food and service is superior. The game drives are the best we've been on. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and go out of their way to make it an unforgettable experience. One of the main reasons why we will be returning to this establishment is the staff. They were exeptional and really went above and beyond. Their service is faultless and professional but at the same time making you feel at home. The vibe the create is friendly, upbeat with lots of wit and humor, which is refreshing for an establishment of that standard.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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RHINOTHOMAS wrote a review Oct 2023
Kenilworth, South Africa406 contributions97 helpful votes
Incredible lodge, immaculate and luxurious finishes the likes of which I have not seen in a reserve previously. The rooms are enormous and incredibly comfortable. The common area is superb with a beautiful pool. The staff could not be friendlier. The food was excellent throughout our stay.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Harvey C wrote a review Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
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Stayed in May 2023 for eight days, travelling from the UK. Had an absolutely fantastic time, with 2 x 3 hour game drives a day with our knowledgable guide Jonathan, and more food than we could ever possibly eat! All the staff were brilliant, headed by Brian, who made our stay extra special (even helping with my proposal to my girlfriend!). Every day was different, with different ways of dining (I won't spoil it!) and the G&Ts and biltong out on the game drives was a great touch. We also used the spa which I highly recommend. The rooms were great too and we had a chance to stay in Rhino and Leopard. Both are great, with the Rhino room having a very cool wrap around arrangement and fantastic view. Leopard had a pool and was closer to the boundary line bringing you closer to the animals of the reserve. To get to/from rooms they have a chaperone service, collecting you and dropping you off in a golf cart. The main lodge was great too, with a modern high-end take on the safari lodge, a pool, well stocked bar, wine tasting room and large veranda with a pool overlooking the park. We look forward to staying again one day in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
R 8,954 - R 12,912 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergBela Bela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness centre, and a spa.
What food & drink options are available at Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Babohi at Qwabi Private Game Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.