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ronen f
Tel Aviv, Israel

Amazing stay

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
We arrived at Mbazo on June 3rd for 4 nights.
The hospitality was beyond amazing, the people were friendly and helpful, the food was excellent, the drinks Kele made us were delicious. Eddie the safari guide was lovely and knowledgable.
We enjoyed every second we stayed there, and hopefully will be able to return in the future.
It's important to say - we saw many animals on the tours we took, and even at the lodge itself we had elephants coming by almost everyday to drink water.
A perfect vacation for us.
Date of stay: June 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear ronenf264

Thank you for choosing Mbazo for your recent stay and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time during your four-night visit in early June.

It is truly heartwarming to learn that our hospitality, friendly staff, excellent food, and delicious drinks contributed to making your stay special. We are glad you enjoyed the company of Eddie, our knowledgeable safari guide, and that you had many exciting wildlife encounters during your tours. The presence of elephants near the lodge must have been a remarkable experience for you.

We are grateful for your kind words and are delighted to know that your time at Mbazo was a perfect vacation for you. Your feedback motivates us to continue providing exceptional service and unforgettable experiences to all our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Mbazo in the future. Please feel free to reach out to us when you plan your next visit. Until then, safe travels and warm regards from all of us at Mbazo.

Hakuna Matata
Mbazo Team
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Reviewed 3 June 2024

Very good service - the presentation of the meals was exceptional. My only suggestion would be maybe some sort of activities for people between safari rides. Our guide Marcus was phenomenal and we will request him when we make another trip!

Date of stay: May 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2024

Good day gwrightjaw

It sounds like you had a great experience on your retirement trip! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the service and the presentation of the meals. The suggestion for additional activities between safari rides is noted - it can indeed enhance the overall experience. It's also great to hear that your guide, Marcus, was exceptional.
If you're planning another trip, requesting him again seems like a fantastic idea. Is there anything else you'd like to share or inquire about regarding your experience or upcoming trips?

looking forward to welcome you back to Mbazo & the prides of the Pilanesberg .

Hakuna Matata
Team Mbazo

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Reviewed 3 June 2024

This lodge was the best of the three lodges I have visited at Black Rhino and Pilanesberg Reserves. The chalets are magnificent, quiet and clean. Any small issue was addressed immediately and with a smile. The staff were all extremely friendly, and personable. The daily game drives lead by Senior Guide Marcus Kapp were excellent. Marcus is the best ever! He is knowledgeable making him capable to answer all questions of his guests, and knows the reserves like the back of his hand. He is professional and a true asset to this lodge as he took his time to make sure everyone in the truck saw the animals making everyone’s trip special. With Marcus, I saw the Big Five because of his expertise, patience and tactics only experience can provide. We had been hearing a lion bellowing at night behind the lodge. Marcus would look for tracks and relay his findings to the other guides. Finally the lion was located enjoying a kill. We watched him for a good twenty minutes before moving on and allowing other guest the chance to enjoy the view. One morning I was able to watch a female lion with her three cubs interact and eventually make their way on into the bush. The highlight was of course the leopard. It was a quick sighting but a sighting none the less. Never would I have seen it in the dark had it not been for Marcus and his knowing how to find game. Truly a trip for the books. It was difficult to say goodbye at the end of my stay and I feel lifelong friendships were formed.

Date of stay: May 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2024


Dear meh931,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Mbazo Lodge on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to hear that your stay with us was the best you have had in Black Rhino and Pilanesberg Reserves!

It's wonderful to know that you found our chalets magnificent, quiet, and clean. We are pleased that any issues you encountered were promptly addressed with a smile by our dedicated team. Your kind words about our staff's friendliness and personable service truly warm our hearts.

We are delighted that you had such a fantastic experience on the daily game drives led by Senior Guide Marcus Kapp. Marcus is indeed a gem, and we are proud to have him on our team. Your recount of encountering the Big Five with Marcus showcases his exceptional knowledge, dedication, and passion for wildlife.

We are thrilled that Marcus's expertise led you to memorable wildlife sightings, including the awe-inspiring moments with lions and the highlight of the leopard sighting. Your comments truly validate the hard work and commitment Marcus puts into ensuring our guests have unforgettable safari experiences.

We are genuinely touched that you felt lifelong friendships were formed during your stay. Creating meaningful connections and unforgettable memories is what we strive for at Mbazo Lodge.

Thank you once again for choosing Mbazo Lodge, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable safari adventure.

Hakuna Matata

Team Mbazo

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Reviewed 26 May 2024

I stayed at Mbazo in March for 3 days. It was time for some me time after a really busy few months. I booked the room with the kolkol. What an experience! From the beginning to the end I got spoiled with home made treats and delicious food. The elephants by the pool was one of the highlights of my stay! Thank you team Mbazo for a wonderful stay.

Date of stay: March 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2024

Hey there Explorer21467747301
We value your interesting insights and ideas. Your contributions have been invaluable in accelerating our progress. We appreciate your efforts.
We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic time at Mbazo in our magnificent kol-kol wood-fired hot tub cabins, with the encouraged Mbazo Team.
Trust Our team of highly experienced safari guides was there to help you see the more elusive species.
We gladly await your return to Mbazo, soon!
Hakuna Matata,
Team Mbazo.

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Reviewed 17 April 2024

We visited Mbazo Safari Lodge with our 3 children and 4 grandparents.
We had the most outstanding and unforgettable time. Every employee went above and beyond, and the attention to detail was amazing. I cannot mention any specific employees because they were honestly all incredible.
The food was outstanding, the service was delivered with a smile always and the guides were really great and happy to answer and re-answer all of my 6 year old’s questions! We would return in a heartbeat and I highly recommend visiting this Lodge if you get the opportunity to do.

Date of stay: April 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2024

Hey there carlysU7885UW
We genuinely appreciate your insightful comments and ideas.
Your contributions have helped us make significant improvements.
We are thrilled to hear that you had an absolutely great week at Mbazo in the beautiful Pilanesberg bush, surrounded by the warm and welcoming Mbazo Team, led by the incredible Tania.
Markus, Eddy & Phillip our fantastic safari guides, were there to help you find the elusive spotted creatures.
We look forward to having you back soon.
Hakuna Matata 
Team Mbazo.

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Reviewed 9 April 2024

I have been on Safari twice in Pilanesberg Park, South Africa. The first time was in 2018 and the second time was January of 2024.

The first time was for my husband’s and my honeymoon and we thought we had found amazing luxury.

The second time was to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday and the luxury at the first lodge was nothing compared to that of Mbazo.

From the moment you arrive you are welcomed with smiles and a mock tail. Your luggage is taken to your room while you sip and decompress from the long journey.

While a small lodge with only 5 rooms, everything is carefully arranged to make your experience magical.

The rooms are large, well-equipped with everything you will need from bath robes to yoga mats and everything in between.

The food is delicious. There is a set menu each day but they accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions without faltering. We didn’t have a single meal that wasn’t amazing.

The game drives are special. You see animals in their natural environment quite close. We saw every animal big and small except the Leopard. Guess we will just have to come back.

The team at Mbazo really goes out of their way to make you feel like you are royalty during your stay. I would give them 100 stars if I could. Special shout out to Marcus who thought of every little detail including a surprise cake for my mom.

It is a birthday she will never forget!

Room tip: This is a small lodge that offers a high end boutique experience. Keep an eye on the small swimming pool as animals sometimes like to visit.
Date of stay: January 2024
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hendri van dyk, General Manager at Mbazo Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2024

Greetings and happy birthday Dreamer62220677718!
We sincerely appreciate your gifted comments and thoughts.
Your contributions have been important in assisting us with improvements.
We are delighted to hear that you had an absolutely amazing time at Mbazo in the gorgeous Pilanesberg bush, surrounded by the warm and welcome Mbazo Team, with the incredible Tania leading the way.
Markus, our amazing safari guide, was present to help you unwind.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Hakuna Matata,
Team Mbazo.

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