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Amazing experience!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Oct 2020
We had an amazing experience at Nungubane Lodge. The lodge is small and intimate and at a great location in Welgevonden Reserve. Annouchka was our guide and it was one of the best guides we have experienced at any game reserve. Her knowledge is unparalleled and she went out of her way to take us on a different game drive route every day. We were spoilt with amazing game sightings, most of them close to our vehicle. The Welgevonden Reserve is also extremely beautiful with all the game in prime condition and not scared of game drive vehicles. The reserve takes the management of the game and environment very seriously. All the Nungubane staff were so friendly and no special request went unanswered. They went out of their way to make our stay special. The lodge experience is top class but unintimidating and it feels like coming home. We will definitely go back and recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the bushveld.
Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 13 Oct 2020
We are so pleased that you had such an amazing experience and memorable time at Nungubane Game Lodge - our motto is :
" A home from home "
We look forward to "welcoming you home " soon

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Reviewed 11 October 2020 via mobile

We had an amazing experience - wish we could stay longer than the 4 days we were there. Annouchka, Chris & team were excellent hosts - knowledgeable & welcoming, and in the most picturesque setting. Would recommend Nungubane & the Waterberg mountains to anyone!

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your Nungubane Game Lodge experience with us. So glad the experience met with your expectations and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed 22 September 2020

Awesome sightings....the BIG five, super friendly staff, delicious food. Excellent hosts. Very knowledgeable game ranger with a great sense of humor. Had lots of fun. Overall they get a gold star from us.

Room tip: All the chalets are good.
Date of stay: September 2020
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2020

Hi Gail

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that it met with all your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Warm Regards

The Nungubane Team

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Reviewed 23 May 2020

The trip to Nungubane was a birthday present from my husband, and I don't think I have ever had such a wonderful gift. The two nights and three days that we spent more than met expectations, which were high to begin with.
The room, the service, the meals, and all amenities were, for me, perfect. But my best were the guided game drives. Our guide was exceptional, and on the last morning, with just 4 out of the full camp up for the experience, myself being one of them, we had a very close encounter with an elephant. It was terrifying and at the same time exhilarating, and is a memory which will remain vividly with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you to all of the staff, who went out of their way to make it a very special experience for us.

Date of stay: September 2019
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2020

Hi Desire

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that it met with all your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Warm Regards

The Nungubane Team

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Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

Amazing guest centric staff! Relaxing chilled time. Malaria free close to Johannesburg. Perfect Bush experience. Everyone going out of their way to make your stay exceptional. Will be back! Thank you!

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2020

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

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Reviewed 8 January 2020

My girlfriend and I visited Nungubane Lodge in December 2019. While we live in London, I am South African and have spent most of my holidays in the bush while growing up (i.e. this was not my first time). Being Norwegian, its was my girlfriend's first time in the bush - however, we were both equally blown away by our experience with Annouchka, Chris and the team.

From the moment we arrived we were warmly greeted by the full team, and made to feel immediately like old friends rather than new guests. The lodge is an intimate one, hidden away in the reserve and is bush luxury and hospitality at its finest. The rooms are large and private, secluded away from the main lodge with your own private terrace over looking the valley.

I have also come across many rangers in my numerous visits to the bush, however Annouchka was among the best!! Her ability to read the game's movements and behavior was second to none, allowing us amazingly close encounters with the elephants, while most importantly, making everyone feel safe and comfortable. Beyond her game ranging capabilities she's a lot of fun and made every drive interesting and enjoyable, regardless of sightings.

When visiting, ask Chris to make you his famous Stoffels Special, especially on a hot day by the pool. Chris was a fantastic host, with more than one story shared around the bar in the evenings/early mornings. If you're feeling up to it, ask about the German Monkey...! And if Chris doesn't remind you that you're not in Disneyland prompt him to do so, its an important part of the safety briefing.

The food was amazing, Ann and her team did a brilliant job! 3 course meals for lunch and dinner and delicious breakfasts. At one point we had to turn down dessert because we just ate too much (the food was almost too good to stop).

All in all our experience was beyond expectation. I had read all the brilliant reviews before going and worried it may have set my expectations too high, luckily they weren't high enough. Thank you so much to Chris, Annouchka and the rest of the team for making us feel so at home. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer.

We will back back for sure!

Room tip: All rooms are the same, quiet, large and secluded, awayf rom the rest of the lodge and guests with beautiful views
Date of stay: December 2019
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NungubaneGameLodge, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2020

So glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the the not too distant future.

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