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Patty P
Denver, Colorado

Wonderful Memories!

Review of Monwana Lodge
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 09 Jan 2024
Wonderful Memories!

My family’s visit to Monwana created amazing lifelong memories. The resort itself is over the top beautiful from the grounds, comfortable dining-bar/family room, deck viewing the watering hole, to the luxurious suites. ‘Coming Home’, their tag line, is how the staff makes you feel. While having lunch at Monwana you might be visited by a herd of elephants, impalas or see a graceful mother Egyptian goose swimming with her babies. While safely being led to your room in the evening you might hear the roars of Lions calling out to each other.

All this magic is topped only by the wonderful staff who become your extended family. The little touches as remembering everyone’s favorite beverage (especially the kids), little notes on your bathroom mirror at night, facts of animals and insects put on your bed in the evening and safari happy hours all show an unmatched attention to detail. Our ‘Butler’ Evelyn was over the top taking care of all the details to every meal, coffee and happy hour. And, the chef put together healthy, amazing meals which could (or not) be as exotic as you choose.

Last but not least our Safari Guide and Tracker…. Rogan and Ishmael! Ishmael, with over 24 years of tracking experience was amazing to watch perform his skills and never leave us disappointed. The respect between Rogan and Ishmael shows in how the two work together through hand signals and very little words. Rogan’s ability to read animals to get us the best view was amazing and his knowledge of animals, botany, lizards and bugs is unmatched. Over our safari rides we saw more animals than we could have expected including the ‘big five’ and to top off all our rides we saw the ‘big five’ on our last afternoon ride! Thank you to Rogan and Ishmael!

Amazing experience created by amazing people!
Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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MORE Family Collection Lodges and Hotels, Marketing at Monwana Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 06 Mar 2024
Gosh Patty, we are not sure how we missed your beautiful review, but it certainly made our day reading your kind words which we shared with the team of course.
We are delighted to have been a part of creating unforgettable memories for your family. It's moments like these, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the care our dedicated team extends, that truly make Monwana feel like home. We can't wait to welcome you back for more magical adventures in the future.

All the best,
Your Monwana family
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

One of the most spectacular Bush Lodge experiences of all time. The attention to detail down to personalised menus and how many coffee shots you like in your morning coffee was next level. The food was delicious and we can be quite fussy.
I highly recommend the lodge. The rooms and facilities are roomy and immaculate. The staff incredibly friendly and helpful and the whole experience was outstanding. Our game ranger Almero is called the leopard whisperer for a reason. Ben and him make the best team and ensured we got to see the big 5. We loved our game drives and appreciated all their efforts as well as the hot water bottles for the early morning drives. Thank you to the all the staff and especially Sydney, Jarryd, Angela, Daniel, Nicole, Almero and Ben for taking such great care of us! We were sorry to go home!

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jarryd Chapman, General Manager at Monwana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Georgina G,

Thank you for your beautiful review - we truly enjoyed every minute with you all. We look forward to welcoming you back to your African "home" in the near future.

Your Monwana Family

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Reviewed 16 October 2023

Besides the incredible game viewing, the luxurious suites where every touch and comfort has been considered and the elevated food experiences the team on the ground is what really makes a stay at Monwana special.

The waterhole on front of camp is also very active and we had a lovely herd of elephants enjoying the water during lunch.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jarryd Chapman, General Manager at Monwana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear iJontyM,

Thank you for highlighting something that is so special to us, our team - we will be sure to pass this feedback onto them.

We look forward to having you through our doors in the future.

The Monwana Family

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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

This resort and the staff are AMAZING. From Jaryed and Angela to Colin and Benny we were absolutely blown away. There were so many more and I don’t want to forget anyone that made our experience so perfect. Natalie the chef and her staff were top notch with every dish tasting delicious and the presentation was second to none. Hudson our butler was funny, helpful, accommodating and on top of his game. Coming from the hospitality industry I do believe I know good service, his service was great. The accommodation are stunning and I kept on saying to my wife “they don’t miss a beat”.
If you’re looking for a life changing experience go no further, you will find no better.
The game drives were different each and everyday. That’s not even the best part….Colin and Benny made every drive better than the previous day. Colin’s personality is perfect for this and his young energy takes the drive to another level. They don’t just drive, they track and communicate all along the way with great information that made our drives so much better. Quite a few times Benny got out of our vehicle tracking footprints. Every question we had were answered FULLY so we walked away with not only the memories and pictures but knowledge as well.
There is no better feeling when you go on a trip and want to go back quickly. We will be back and can only hope for the experience that we had at Monwana. We thank and love you all for making our trip the best one ever !!!

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jarryd Chapman, General Manager at Monwana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Corey & Debs,

Thank you for your kind words, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of having you with us at Monwana. Colin & Bennie on safari are something special and along with the other team members highlighted I will be sure to share this feedback with them.
We look forward to welcoming you back "home" soonest.

Your Monwana Family

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Reviewed 6 September 2023 via mobile

Stunningly renovated with the most beautiful rooms! The attention to detail is commendable! Everything is absolutely wonderful!

Being avid safari travellers I can certainly say this is one of the best lodges we have ever stayed at.

The rooms are spacious with a large private heated plunge pool overlooking a active waterhole.

The staff is truly amazing and we felt right at home!

Our guide, Daniel, and our tracker was extremely informative and very friendly! I do not think there can be better!

The food and dining experiences created was surreal!

We can not wait to be back very soon!!

Room tip: Stay longer than two nights
Date of stay: August 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jarryd Chapman, General Manager at Monwana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Jovanb792,

We are overjoyed you had such a special time with us at Monwana - will be sure to let Daniel & team know the feedback.

Trusting we get to welcome you "home" once again.

Your Monwana Family

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Reviewed 7 July 2023 via mobile

We can’t believe it’s already more than 6 months since we stayed at the magnificent Monwana lodge. It was the first stop on our 3 week honeymoon (we stayed for 4 nights in mid December) and it’s fair to say we peaked very early - it was hands down the most incredible start to our trip we could have ever hoped for!

From the moment we arrived (very late due to a flight delay - but they still made us a superb dinner!) everyone at Monwana made us feel completely at home. The food and drink were superb, the accommodation and main lodge impeccably designed and furnished, and everyone we encountered throughout our stay quickly felt like family (so much so, we shed a few tears when we had to leave!).

We have to give a special mention to our guide Daniel and tracker Fanoti. We were lucky enough to have them to ourselves for all our game drives and had the most incredible experiences - we saw all of the Big 5 on the first day! (We’re told that is very unusual and so we felt very lucky - some of the animal encounters we had throughout our game drives were just unforgettable!). Daniel also kindly took us out on 2 walking safaris, and made sure to meet us for a drink in the bar before dinner each night; extra special touches we didn’t expect to receive.

Everyone made such an effort to make our honeymoon special and memorable. The icing on the cake was on our final evening when returning from our game drive we were taken to a private area, up in the trees, where they’d arranged a candlelit dinner just for us. Our waiter Hudson was superb throughout our stay but this was an extra special way to finish it off. The owners were staying at the same time as us and made us feel like part of the family - thank you so much.

We travel a lot and have stayed in some fantastic hotels around the world, but Monwana is hands down the most special place we’ve ever stayed. Please don’t change a thing! The staff really do make all the difference and we would absolutely love to return one day if we are lucky enough.

Allan & Lucy xx

Date of stay: December 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jarryd Chapman, General Manager at Monwana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Dear Allan & Lucy,

Thank you for your heartfelt words and sharing your experience. Our staff are our treasure, we really strive to make this feel like home and are delighted you felt that aspect of family. We look forward to having you back with us in the near future and to see those familiar faces again.

Your Monwana Family

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