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Kristin S
Sydney, Australia

Treated Like Royalty In the Jungle

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
After visiting the Lush Game Lodge in May 2024, I can’t stop thinking about the AMAZING experience they provided. From the moment you arrive and are welcomed home you are treated like royalty- nothing is too much trouble. Hannes was our fantastic ranger. He made us feel so special filling us with knowledge as well as yummy food and drinks. Hannes helped us enjoy the best sightings twice a day not only the obvious animals, but the sometimes elusive tiny creatures and birds too. I was gushing after each trip into the park. It was magical and I couldn’t have asked for more (even the trucks are FABULOUS)! The attention to detail at the lodge is second to none. We stayed in both a suite and a deluxe suite due to availability. I can say both are wonderful with lovely special touches such as throw blankets, scented candles and bath salts. The food is next level yummy served by a wonderful kind staff. I recall service from Bindi and Rodney (apologies if I’ve spelled your name wrong) because they both conveyed such a lovely attitude. Lastly, Dalmein certainly sets the tone at the Lodge welcoming, helpful and kind. I can’t say enough good things…. In fact, I’m planning my return next year! Loved it!
Date of stay: May 2024
Room Tip: If driving to Lush, it is not marked at the entrance to Black Rhino reserve. However, it is...
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Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so glad that you had such an amazing time with us and plan to return! We cannot wait to welcome you back, and we appreciate your support and lovely feedback.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lush has ruined all other game lodges for us … we now can’t go anywhere else 😄 we were running late and Dalmein was so kind on the phone and called us down- they waited for us so we could do the game drive .

ROOMS- better than any place we have ever stayed! The room was beautiful 🤩

FOOD- game drive snacks are the best , drink flowing, breakfast was amazing, lunch so clever - just platters of yummy food , dinner great. Just high tea could be worked on.

GAME DRIVES- Sean was great - answered our many questions , laughed at all our silly jokes 😆 and showed us the most amount of animals I have ever seen! Cheetah, lions, hippo, elephant, giraffe, kudu, rhino … and more . He gave us hot water bottles , fresh water in our water bottles and lots of blankets etc

SERVICE - amazing , genuinely friendly and kind staff
They helped us celebrate my birthday and Father’s Day in style !

You won’t regret staying at Lush. 3 nights is a perfect stay!

Room tip: Try get there as early as possible . Definitely do the morning and evening game drives.
Date of stay: June 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lush Private Lodge, Owner at Lush Private Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Simitopolous family, thank you so much for your wonderful, heartfelt feedback. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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Reviewed 21 May 2024

Perfect place to go on a safari. On the other hand, the Lodge provides a magnificent environment for the person. Spacious room, excellent bed, private pool, in short, all the luxury you deserve. Perfect restaurant, which offers very tasty food. The bar is also very good. An excellent massage is also available to everyone. All this comfort with an excellent team of staff, very helpful and polite.

Date of stay: May 2024
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Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and we hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 12 May 2024 via mobile

Beyond amazing. Thank you to the Lush team fir going above and Beyond. The staff go over and above, smile and make us feel at home, no request is an impossible request. Food is amazing. Room is so comfortable and has all u need to feel in paradise.

Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lush Private Lodge, Owner at Lush Private Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2024

Dear Elinor, thank you so much for your lovely review and feedback. We truly appreciate it, and hope that we will see you at Lush again in the future!

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Reviewed 24 April 2024

Honestly the best service in SA, thank you Andrew, Sean and all the staff for making our stay amazing. We definitely will be back soon.

Amazing game drive with Sean & the food and service was amazing. Thank you to the manager Dalmanie for extending our stay and making the checking in and booking experience the best. Do your self a favour and book here.

Date of stay: April 2024
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Lush Private Lodge, Owner at Lush Private Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2024

Dear Kagiso & Carly, thank you so much for your lovely and heartfelt review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to seeing you again one day!

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Reviewed 14 April 2024

We had the trip of a lifetime staying at Lush Private Lodge. 10/10!! We saw so many animals (all of the Big 5 except the leopard) and got SO SO close to them. We even got an additional game drive to go see a kill the lions had just made!! I can’t recommend it enough! They really think of everything and pay attention to all the small details that really makes a difference. We were so lucky to have Cole as our ranger who was the best!! He was so knowledgeable and answered every question we had! He was also so kind and had a great sense of humour too. Every member of staff goes above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. One of my favourites was the welcome wave and drink we received after returning from every game drive. I will never forget this trip and hope to return very soon!

Date of stay: April 2024
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Lush Private Lodge, Owner at Lush Private Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2024

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and heartfelt words, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you again in the future!

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