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Reviewed 24 June 2021

We stayed at Wild Ivory Eco Lodge from 13th to 16th June 2021. It was a fantastic experience and we found the staff to be most humble and willing. I could not help but see the negative report from Lara R with disbelief as this was not the experience we had at all. During our stay the Elephants also broke the water-pipe late at night which meant that there was a water issue in the morning. To be fair these things can happen at a Game Lodge at any time but the staff fixed this problem while we were out on the morning drive and we were able to shower on our return. We also had the power going off at 22H00 pm as the lodge runs off solar power and if there are quite a few guests using hairdryers etc... this can cause same to happen but there is a power back-up Generator that can be turned on. Perhaps the staff could have mentioned this to the Lara R group to be fair. We opted not to have the Generator on because it was already 22H00 pm and not an issue for us. While we were there, the oven mentioned in Lara R report was working but broke after 1 days stay. The staff reacted immediately and an Electrician/Repair person arrived at the lodge to try and fix it. It was established that a certain part was required from the OEM and a request was put in to get the part. From what i understand this part was not easy to procure and had to come from JHB - i think that complaining about the oven etc... is just unfortunate timing for the Lara R Group because of the lead-time required to fix same. This being said... the oven not working did not affect our ability to cook our meals as the rest of the oven was working ie Gas tops etc... so we just cooked our meals that way - no real issues. Having stayed at Wild Ivory on numerous occasions, I have to say that we have never experienced what the Lara R Group is reporting. I would not heed this report at all. Wild Ivory remains one of the best value Big 5 Game Lodges in RSA in my opinion.

Date of stay: June 2021
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Reviewed 5 April 2021

A real little gem!
We did the top unit - amazing views
Lovely kitchen patio and lounge
The bathroom was lovely
Great fire pit (needs the weird spike removing from the middle - it’s less than ideal in the dark)
The game is always amazing
The team super, Herbert next time hyena
Dinner and lunch was lovely!
We hope to be back soon

Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank 750katherinec
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Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2021

HI Katherine,

Thank you so much for the feedback and your great review. The pole on the fire plinth was previously used for an adjustable braai grid, until a young elephant bull used it as a rubbing post and bent the pole. It's a valid point and we will remove as you suggest, as it can no longer be used.

Bets regards
Julie

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Reviewed 22 March 2021 via mobile

We booked the lodge out as a group in January. The lodge itself is very simple and comfortable. The tents and communal areas could do with a bit of a deep clean and a bit of a revamp. Herbert, our ranger was great and very knowledgeable (and very patient). My only gripe is the food... There is an option to self cater, and I wish we had. The food was disappointing. For a small camp with only 10 guests, I would have expected something a little more creative and tasty. Go for self catering if you have the option.

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank DesireG36
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Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2021

HI Desire,

Thank you for taking the time to send us constructive feedback. We are glad that you had a good stay and enjoyed the game drives with Herbert. We change our menu every few months , so its always helpful to get feedback from our guests so that we can make the necessary changes. We have new personal involved and we will be running a new menu from April, we are confident that there will be an improvement in the meals and will offer excellent value with our catering option.

Bets regards
Julie

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Reviewed 11 January 2021

Wild Ivory has the perfect balance between luxury and wild. The luxury lies in the beautiful clean tented rooms, outdoors shower, chef and staff on hand at all times and the wild lies in the unfenced camp, camp visits from the elephants and the top class game drives.

Game sightings included cheetah with cubs, lions, buffalo, eland, lots and lots of rhino which was of course very special.

Herbert is a great guide and put up with all the birding questions, knowing all the answers. Gina, Alfius, Lazarus and the whole staff team went out of their way to make our lives comfortable. We could not help staying an extra day.

We can recommend this lodge to everyone - real value for money too! We loved it.

Date of stay: December 2020
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Waterberg Reserve, Marketing at Wild Ivory Eco lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2021

Dear Hettie,

Thank you for your review and your kind words!

Warm regards form the Wild Ivory Team

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Reviewed 22 March 2020

Growing up with the Kruger, I've always enjoyed true Bushveld experiences,and can say without any doubt this has been one of our best holidays in Africa.

The reserve itself is fantastic, diverse landscapes and great variety of animals. Although we didn't see lions, we saw alot of other amazing animals. The lodge itself also has a great variety of animals around, klipspringers, vlakvarke, zebras and lots of elephants!

The lodge's location could not have been better, it is completely remote with A STUNNING view, not a single light or road as far as the eye can see. We did not get a bonfire, but we were the only guests so I understand that.

The rooms itself, is basic and unfenced, which is actually great, that is exactly what you want in the bush, the animals move around the tents, you have a great view and the tents are incredibly clean. Great king size beds.

To be honest, I cannot believe this lodge isn't always fully booked. I saw people complaining about the elephants and so on, so if you want something more fancy then this is probably not for you. But if you want a true Bushveld experience, then this is the lodge for you.

Some pointers, the staff at the lodge is exceptional, never been to a lodge where I can see the staff really go the extra mile and have a love for nature. Whether the all inclusive is worth the extra money is debateble, but that's perhaps because we are locals. Also, it is an eco lodge, so no fans, but the tents are extremely well designed for proper airflow.

Wild ivory eco lodge, you will definitely see us again, soon.

Date of stay: March 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank lauritzd2016
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WildIvory, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Ivory Eco lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2020

HI,

This review has made our day! Thank you very much!

Kind regards
Julie

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