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Reviewed 6 December 2016

Amazing property and staff. Traveled with our 3 children (8,10,12). Everything was first class. Was our second time at the property. We highly recommend. The experience was very consistent with our previous trip. 5 Star Resort in the middle of the bush. The trackers and rangers are exceptional as well.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank mathewh78
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2016

Dear Mathew,

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you at the lodge again. We are very pleased to hear that your experience during both visits was consistently excellent. We hope to see you again soon!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team

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Reviewed 6 December 2016

5 of us visited Etali mid November. 3 of us in the family suite, 2 overlooking the water hole. All the accommodation was absolutely 5 star, beautiful spacious rooms, toiletries, splash pools and amazing views. We were there for 3 nights which wasn't long enough to make full use of all the facilities. The food was delicious and plentiful, whether sitting on the terrace or around the boma-a magical experience enhanced by African singing and dancing, which we all joined in. A much welcomed, warming aperitif was served upon our evening return, which my pregnant daughter couldn't have, so straight away a non alcoholic alternative was offered. Just an example of the excellent, attentive service.
A final mention must go to Patrick and Matthews who truly made our stay so memorable. We saw everything! Wild dogs hunting, lions and cheetahs eating their prey, even the shy leopard. Patrick gave us so much information, his knowledge and understanding of the animals was amazing. We were so sad to leave,thank you to everyone at Etali, and if you are reading this- book now, you will have the most awesome time!

Room Tip: Rooms 6, 7 and 8 overlook the waterhole. Family suite is 2 huge rooms and very private
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank jnorman27
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2016

Dear JNorman,

Thank you for the kind review and warm endorsement. It was an absolute pleasure hosting your family. We hope that the memories formed at the lodge last you a long time and hope to see you again soon!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team

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Reviewed 1 December 2016

Everything on this trip was just how they describe on their website. The location of the lodges are awesome. We saw a herd of 25+ elephants at the watering hole outside our room. We also all of the Big 5 and more on our safaris. The staff and guides are wonderful! They all were very passionate about their job... we can't say enough good things about this trip. 100% recommended!!!

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kellfromcali
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Dear Kelley,

Thank you very much for the positive review and strong recommendation. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much, including some great game viewing and our legendary Etali service. We look forward to hosting you again soon at the lodge!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team

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Reviewed 27 November 2016

Etali safari lodge was an amazing lodge with very nice staff, who were very friendly and did everything to make our stay perfect! The madikwe parc was a fantastic reserve and I would recommend everyone to go.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dominique S
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2016

Dear Dominique,

Thank you very much for the kind review and endorsement. It was a pleasure hosting you at the lodge and we hop to see you again soon!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team

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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Where do I begin..Etali Safari lodge spoiled us rotten and gave us the vacation of a lifetime. This place a a true gem. Upon entering the reserve we were whisked away by Patrick to what we thought would be heading to the lodge to get settled. Little did we know Patrick drove us to view a pride of lions sleeping in the bush! Once we arrived at the lodge we were greeted by the wonderful Angie with a cold drink and warm towel. Every member of the staff is extremely attentive and warm. You can tell then genuinely love sharing this amazing place with their guests.

Go hungry when coming to Etali! Food is amazing. Dinners overlooking the watering hole, cake and pastries at teatime, amazing burgers and steak and even a surprise bush breakfast which was a highlight of the trip.

Rooms are gorgeous and huge! We stayed in room 8 and had many Elephant, Zebra and wildebeest sightings from bed!

Game drives were epic! Our Ranger Jacques was fantastic. You can tell he really cares about the environment Madikwe has created and sharing that with guests. He went into great detail at every encounter offering knowledgeable and funny commentary! He gave us ample time at each spot which set him apart. I saw many other lodges who took their guests for a photo op and left. We spent time at each encounter discussing the behavior, history, etc..

Visiting Etali is life changing. I hope to be back some day and encourage anyone looking at Madikwe to stay here..you will be blown away!

Heather And Grahm

Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Heather R
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Dear Heather and Grahm,

Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review. We are very glad to hear that our hard work produced the holiday of a lifetime for you. That is always the goal for the entire team! Thank you for mentioning all the team members and lodge features that made your holiday so special. We hope to see you again soon at the lodge!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team

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