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Andre D
Bloubergstrand, South Africa

A Hidden Gem

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 Apr 2024via mobile
I did not know what to expect when I booked a night for my VIP guests from the USA. Well we were all surprised to find this gem only three hours drive from Cape Town. From the welcoming beating of drums on arrival, the smooth check in and the wow of our suites !! All 5 star.
The food cooked by chef Sipho is an act of love and deliciousness. The smile of Shaun the barman with ice cold beers and good wines. The knowledge and humour of “Professor” our field guide on the game drives is one to remember.
Pauline and Koos our hosts were also in the frontline with our welcome and help settling into our suites.
I mean 4 out of the Big 5 in one morning surpassed all our expectations !
What I like about Mont Eco is the exclusivity and even though a 5 star establishment it is priced market related and I thought very affordable ! 14 guests maximum, that is a plus !
What a treat - I will definitely book my future business with Mont Eco. Thank you once again everybody for making our stay truly memorable. See you soon.
Andre Duif - Eco Afrika Travel.
Date of stay: April 2024
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this review
Responded 24 Apr 2024
Thank you for your glowing review, Andre! We're thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed your stay at Mont Eco Game Reserve. It's wonderful to hear that you were pleasantly surprised by our lodge and found every aspect, from the welcoming arrival to the luxurious suites, to be 5-star worthy. We're delighted that our staff with their food, service and knowledge added to your experience. Your appreciation of our exclusivity and affordability means a lot to us, and we're honoured to be considered for your future business bookings. We can't wait to welcome you back soon for another truly memorable stay!
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

The whole experience with Mont Eco, from initial enquiry and booking right through to departure, was exceptional.
I took my 2 daughters, one of whom is autistic, and every member of staff went above and beyond to ensure we all had the most magical stay in the lodge.
The accommodation is luxurious, the food delicious, staff incredibly friendly and helpful and the game driver was just superb with his knowledge and information.
A lifetime of memories - thank you.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend staying here.

Room tip: Make sure you take warm clothes for early game drives - the Karoo can be very cold in the evening/early morning and hot in the day.
Date of stay: April 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2024

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that your stay at Mont Eco was amazing and that our team provided exceptional service from start to finish. It's heartwarming to know that we could make your stay magical, especially for your daughter. We're delighted that you found the accommodation luxurious, the food delicious, and the staff friendly and helpful. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to welcome you back for more unforgettable memories in the future!

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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Beautiful, brand new lodge designed with a lot of love of details and everything you need for a pleasant stay while everything is off-grid. The carefully designed luxury suites are more than spacious with especially beautiful bath and shower areas. The whole team was extremely friendly and have made us feel at home.

During our game drives, the rangers Charlie and Professor taught us many exciting things about flora and fauna of the Klein Karoo.
While you watch the most incredible animals, you can be sure that you won't be cold before sunrise or in case of bad weather since ponchos, blankets and hot water bottles are supplied. We particularly enjoyed the philosophy of the private game reserve, that focuses on a revitalization of the whole area and its‘ animals instead of generating a tourist sensation as can be seen in other reserves.

Between the game drives, you can simply relax by the pool while being pampered by Nugent, Terence and Shaun and enjoy various lunch options or a sweet treat.
All in all it was a perfect stay for us!

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review of our lodge! We're delighted to hear that you found it to be an amazing experience and that you enjoyed the carefully designed luxury suites and off-grid experience. It's fantastic that our team made you feel at home and that you appreciated the knowledge shared by our rangers during the game drives. We're glad you found comfort in our amenities and enjoyed the focus on revitalization. We hope to welcome you back for another perfect stay in the future!

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Reviewed 8 February 2024

As it was our first safari as a family, we didn't know what to except from our stay at the Mont Eco Game Reserve. While reminiscing about our trip and writing this review, we can only thank the entire team for this memorable experience.

The reserve itself lies in between the Western Cape mountains, making an impressive scenery - partly desert, but still very green. The lodges are very luxurious, finished with a great eye for detail and equipped with all amenities you need. Food and drinks are great - we had breakfast with giraffes passing by in the background and a wonderful sunset drink at a bonfire after our game drive. The kindness and hospitality of Pauline and Nugent are one of a kind.

Innocent organized the game drives - his knowledge of wildlife in general and elephants in particular is very catchy. He managed to get us to see lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalos and giraffes - just a few steps away from us.

We highly recommend staying in this reserve - a 3,5 hours drive away from Cape Town, but giving you the feeling that you are in a different world.

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2024

Thank you for your glowing review of Mont Eco Game Reserve! We're thrilled to hear that your first safari experience as a family was memorable and exceeded your expectations. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated the lodge, stunning scenery, and excellent food and drinks. We're delighted that Pauline, Nugent, and Innocent made your stay truly special with their hospitality and expertise. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience!

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Reviewed 3 January 2024

The reserve was a great experience for me. The host made me feel really comfortable during the holiday time. The food was delicious and the staff were excellent. They really made me feel at home. The nature was beautiful and I was able to see four out of the big 5 during my time which was a great experience. I would highly recommend and intend to go back.

Room tip: I recommend booking in advance to get the best deals.
Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2024

Thank you for your recommendation and positive feedback about your experience at Mont Eco Game Reserve! We're thrilled to hear that you felt comfortable and at home during your stay, and that you enjoyed the delicious food and excellent service from our staff. It's fantastic that you had the opportunity to witness four out of the Big 5 during your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back for another stay in the future!

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Reviewed 6 November 2023

This was our first visit to South Africa. I did not know what to expect but the lodge surpassed anything I could have imagined. The interior design is first class and the lodges are beautiful. You walk out onto the balcony with nature on your doorstep. Our guide, Innocent, was extremely knowledgeable and we managed to see Lion, Rhino, Giraffe and Elephant along with many different species of antelope. The staff are all so welcoming and helpful. The food was exceptional with a few choices for starter and main course. Remember you are off grid and just enjoy the fact you are not available on the telephone although you can whats app call each other on site. Please take an SUV or a 4WD if you are driving to the site. Alternatively they will collect you from Montagu for a fee. Altogether the most memorable experience and one that I hope to do again in the future.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jacqui van Schalkwyk, Marketing at Mont Eco Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2024

Thank you for choosing our lodge for your first visit to South Africa! We're thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations with our beautiful accommodations, knowledgeable guide, and exceptional food. It's wonderful that you were able to experience such memorable wildlife sightings during your stay. We appreciate your feedback on being off-grid and are glad you embraced the opportunity to disconnect. We look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience in the future!

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