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Unforgettable time at XIMUWU!

Review of Ximuwu Lodge
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Mar 2024
We have already seen many beautiful places in the world, but this is
truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited.
Upon arrival you will feel like you are in a movie, welcomed by all the
staff, led by Anette, who are welcoming us with a refreshing towel and a
delicious drink. From that moment on, the staff is 200% there for you
during the day to pamper you extremely,
nothing is too much to ask.
The food is fantastic, the Chef prepares a well-thought-out theme
dinner every day with, of course with matching wines.
It starts in the morning after the early game drive with an amazing breakfast where you will not miss anything. Every day we discuss what is planned
for the next day in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are
very flexible about this, it could not be better.
The lodges are fantastic, large, beautifully finished and
especially the furnishings is superb. They are connected separately
from each other, so you have maximum privacy on your terrace and outdoor shower.
The whole lodge is wheelchair prove a big plus for the lodge, everything is well thought of.
We were with a group of 8 friends and really enjoyed the Game Drives twice a
day. We quickly noticed during the first drives that this location
is different from most lodges in the Kruger Park. The animals we saw
were really extreme, every day we spotted a different one of the Big5!
The beautiful tours led by Matth and Frank are really unique, but
also the wonderful massages every day, riding through the bush
with quads and a spectacular helicopter flight, really too much to mention.
Patrick ,Elly and Nobu and of course the entire Crew thank you very much for this
unforgettable time, good luck with your paradise on earth.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay with you!

Nicole & Paul from Sweikhuizen the Netherlands
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 21 Mar 2024
Dear Nicole & Paul,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at Ximuwu ! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our lodge met your expectations.

It's fantastic to know that you appreciated the exclusive use of the property. Providing a memorable and comfortable experience for our guests is always our top priority, and we're thrilled that we could achieve that for you and your friends!

We truly value your feedback and your recommendation means a lot to us. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Ximuwu in the future for another unforgettable stay.
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

What a fantastic place! Many places claim to be wheelchair friendly but they seldom are. Ximuwu and all the staff went over and beyond to include me, Erik, a C6 complete quadraplegic, with all activities. They are 110% wheelchair friendly. They thought of everything! So much detail and effort went into the lodge to make our stay an amazing experience. Looking forward to our next stay!

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2024

Dear Annelies,

Thank you so much for your heartwarming review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our lodge. Ensuring a comfortable and accessible experience for all our guests is a top priority. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Warm regards,
Team Ximuwu

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Reviewed 9 January 2024 via mobile

What an experience! Five stars aren’t enough in our opinion. The lodge is just wonderful. Everything has been thought of down to the last detail. We were totally blown away by it all. We were there as a family and immediately felt at home and welcomed by Matt & Anet.
Mr T was exceptional, nothing was too much trouble and we loved his mixology skills!
The weather wasn’t great for part of our stay but despite that we had some lovely drives and viewings thanks to Matt and Frank.
In the bad weather, we were more than happy to watch the wildlife out on the airstrip from the comfort of the lodge. Again, everything was done by Anet and the other staff to make this as pleasant as possible. We were completely looked after.
The chefs are brilliant and the food is fantastic. We had an amazing “Christmas” dinner when we arrived on Boxing Day. Along with a tasting menu & a braai. Everything was delicious!
Princess is also lovely and a very talented masseuse and therapist.
All the staff are incredibly friendly
Luckily the weather cleared for our helicopter trip with Gerry - there are no words to describe this. It was by far the best thing we’ve ever done on safari and up there with our top overall experiences! It was extremely emotional and thanks to Patrick for capturing those emotions with his candid photography skills.
Patrick and Ellie have done a magnificent job in building the whole experience with nothing to fault. We very much hope to remain friends with you and obviously to return as soon as can.

Room tip: Your every need will be catered for.
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2024

Dear Lisa and Chris,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience at our lodge! We're delighted to hear that you had a beautiful stay, even with the challenging weather. It was truly a pleasure hosting such amazing guests like you. Your positive feedback means the world to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more wonderful moments in the future!

Warm regards,
Team Ximuwu

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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

What a fantastic lodge to visit! The lodge itself is very beautiful and stylish decorated. The whole staff of Anet, our guide Matt, the restaurant manager Mr T, the massage therapist Princess, everybody was so dedicated, talented and sweet, we instantly felt at home and relaxed. The food (thanks chef Katlego!) was exquisite, and the last evening bush dinner was amazing. We brought our quadriplegic friend Erik, and he told us that this was the first time (sorry other lodges) that he visited a lodge where EVERYTHING was wheelchair-accessible. Last but certainly not least: the helicopter-ride was definitely something he never thought he could do again. Thanks, everybody; this was an amazing experience!

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2024

Dear Yvette,

Thank you so much for your positive review of Ximuwu Lodge! We're thrilled to hear you had a great experience. We will share your feedback with the team. Your kind words mean a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments.

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Reviewed 16 November 2023

Last year we were one of the first guests to stay at Ximuwu Lodge and we were already properly impressed. Our second stay here was even better! Where possible the Ximuwu team stepped up their game even further.

The food was even more impressive than last year, starting with breakfast, a full spread of everything you would hope for, every lunch was a pleasant surprise and dinned was a smash. Truly wonderful.

The staff was friendly, professional and never far, making sure we were well taken care of.

Like our previous stay, the nature, surroundings and wildlife were abundant. This year we had a bush drink with snacks on a lookout deck in the middle of the Bush, this was a bonus.

a big shot out to the entire Ximuwu Team, and YES, we will be back!!

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2024

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us. It's always our goal to provide exceptional service, and we're delighted that we could exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another fantastic visit!

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Reviewed 29 August 2023

Our stay at Ximuwu was just incredible. It is going to be hard but we will try and keep it short.

The lodge design is detailed and sophisticated, with all the comforts you could ask for. We really enjoyed sitting at Ximuwu's world class "Soho" bar while looking out at a heard of elephants, drinking from the watering hole a few meters in front of us, at the same time lions roar not too far AND the cry of jackals!

"The family" at Ximuwu made us feel so special. Mr T, with his big smile, was there whenever we needed something, service that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere. Matt & Frank took us on the adventures of a lifetime, we have never experienced such exclusive game viewing before, their knowledge and passion for the bush was amazing. Our bush highlight: Seeing Wild Dogs on a kill! Then watching 4 species of vultures fight for the leftovers, THEN, 10 min later we watched 8 lions take & fight over another Impala!
We would personally like to give "our" chef Abigail a Michelin star for the culinary excellence, molto delizioso!! Thank you Annette for bringing it all together & making us feel at home.

Thank you Elly & Patrick for creating this luxury haven out in the African wilderness, we hope to visit you and your amazing Ximuwu again soon.

Date of stay: August 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elly Suverein, Owner at Ximuwu Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2023

Dear Richard,
Thank you for the lovely review of your experience. We are delighted to hear you had a wonderful time and can't wait to welcome you back again in the near future!

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