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Jess R
Sydney, Australia

An incredible, magical bush experience

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 Apr 2022
Visiting Nungabane lodge was so incredibly special, I don't know where to begin. The whole experience from start to finish was just amazing. The lodge itself is in the most beautiful setting with views for miles over the bush. Each room felt very private and secluded, out in the wilderness with nothing around and the pool area was the perfect place to relax between game drives.

The staff were so amazingly friendly, warm and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone always had a smile on their face. The "family" that has been created within the lodge really shines through every element, creating a truly unique experience. The food was absolutely delicious, we had such a great variety of meals, with options to choose from every day. Coming back to reality and not getting to choose between specials of the day has been a real shock to the system!

The game drives were really wonderful. We had some very memorable and special sightings of so many different animals. Both Keegan and Annushka were so incredibly knowledgable about the wildlife, I learnt so much and with their understanding of the animals we were able to position ourselves in places allowing us the best view points, as the animals went about their daily business.

I also had a massage with Elisa, which was amazing, so relaxing and a lovely treat, I would highly recommend.

Overall we had a totally unforgettable experience, surrounded by the most warm South African hospitality and I already can't wait to go back again ASAP!!!
Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: All rooms are secluded and very similar in design. 1 and 5 are furthest from the main lodge.
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Responded 19 Apr 2022
hi Jess

Thank you for taking the time to share your vacation experiences with the Nungubane Team.. Hospitality is the hallmark of the Nungubane experience and we are so pleased that your stay with us exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

Warn Regards

The Nungubane Team
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Reviewed 16 March 2022 via mobile

I went to Nungubane with my husband for four nights (five days). It was my first time in South Africa and Nungubane completely stole my heart.

Since the very first day the staff and the managers made Nungubane feel like home.

All the meals were AMAZING! Lizzie is an amazing cook, I already miss so much those meals…

We had several masajes with Annie and Elisa, and REALLY I have never been more relaxed in my whole life.

In top of the above, what really made our stay UNFORGETTABLE was our guide, Keegan. He knows so much, and he always took his time to explain everything. We went on mornings and afternoon rides, it is a delight spending so much time with him, we couldn’t have asked for a better guide (which has now become a true friend). Keegan is able to show you the very special unique spots and there is so much that you can learn from him that we cannot wait to come back.

As already said; the management team (Chris and Annouchka) was amazing and the staff was super nice (including Jyan, Martha and Sarah). The rooms are lovely and the facilities are awesome.

I left the lodge with tears on my eyes and I am already planning on coming back. I have fallen in love with Nungubane and its very incredible family that now feels like mine.

Date of stay: March 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2022

Hi Laura

We are delighted that you had such an amazing experience and memorable time with us. Congeniality is the hallmark of Nungubane experience and our motto is : " A home from home "
The Team looks forward to "welcoming you back home " in the not too distant future.

Warm Regards from The Nungubane Team

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Reviewed 19 January 2022

Pack comfortable clothes,cozzie, binocs, bird and plant book. (Extra time if you have got, cause you ain’t going to want to leave)
Without repeating all the previous gushing reviews, staff -obliging and friendly, food -delish , rooms-super clean and private, game drives -exceptional, swimming pool -irresistible

Staff go the extra mile and then more for their guests, Chris and Annushka, thank you . Keegan, the most informed and dedicated guide one could wish for , a huge thank you for opening our eyes to different nuances in the bush .

Absolutely exceptional, we returned back home well relaxed and recharged, thanks to all. Hopefully will be back soon

Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review and wonderful experiences that you had during your recent visit to our Lodge. It was a pleasure having you as our Guests and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Warm regards from The Nungubane Team

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Reviewed 21 November 2021

The staff at Nungubane were very warm and welcoming.and always attentive. The food was amazing. The rooms are spacious and have wonderful views. The reserve is a gem and the ranger very knowledgeable. I was particularly impressed by her emphasis on ethical practices and conservation. The game drives weren’t rushed.
Small but excellent wine list.

Date of stay: November 2021
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2021

Hi Annemarie thank you so much for your kind words .We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences and that your visit to our Lodge met with your expectations. Come back and see us soon

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Reviewed 7 November 2021

What an awesome experience. Beautiful lodge with spacious rooms fit for a King and Queen. Friendly staff and management. Annushkua, our guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Spotted four of the big five. She on two occasions was the first to find the lion sightings. Our encounters with the animals was up close and personal. The chef we certainly need to bring home, she was amazing! We really felt special with the personal touch. Thank you Chris and Annushkua, we will definitely be back. Mike and Lisa

Date of stay: November 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2021

Dear Mike & Lisa thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experiences. The hallmark of the Nungubane experience is congeniality and we are so pleased that your stay with us was a memorable one.. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

From The Nungubane Game Lodge Team.

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Reviewed 26 September 2021

This was the most exceptional experience in every way. From the warm welcome where we were made to feel totally attended to, to the brilliant rangers Keegan and Anushka who make it their focus to provide a unique, personal experience. Well done to the whole team who work together and clearly love what they do.

Date of stay: September 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nungubane Management, General Manager at Nungubane Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2021

We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review and highlight the wonderful experiences that you had with Annouchka, Keegan and the Team. It was a pleasure having you as our Guests and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Warm regards from The Nungubane Team

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