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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 1 April 2016

This was my husband and my first time at Emdoneni Lodge and we were both suitably impressed with all aspects of our stay. The staff were very friendly and eager to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Our chalet was really lovely (you can tell care was taken when furnishing and decorating it) and well equipped (with both an...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Vee. Thank you so much for the flattering review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay so much. I'll make sure to pass on your compliments about our staff to our team. Return visitors are very important to us, we look forward to your next visit.

South Africa
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Only stayed there once before but I'm a regular visitor with guests to the "Cat Show". The whole place is kept very tidy and is very well tended. We had a water problem that seemed to not be of much concern to anyone...perhaps because of the familiarity with me as a guide who has done a lot of work for...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for kind comments re our elegant rooms, Larni. Re our cat tours - as you know, this is a rehabilitation centre and funds we get from this project are going back to the cats. We are confident in our product and the way the experience is priced. However, we do take note of your comments. Wishing you well.

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

A really fantastic location, the rooms are excellent as is the food and facilities. This was our second visit and we were not disappointed. The tour of the cat enclosure was ver informative and a truly exceptional experience. The guide was very knowledgable and helpful. The cheetah encounter was fantastic, to actually be able to stroke these beautiful animals was...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Ken. We are delighted to learn that you were completely satisfied with every aspect of the hotel, including your visit to our cat project. Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5 star review. It is much appreciated.

Shelly Beach, South Africa
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We have stayed at Emdoneni quite a few times and it never fails to impress. Great accommodation, wonderful attentive service, superb management, great food and of course the experience of a lifetime with the cats! This place is a must if you are in the area.

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Steve. It is reviews like these that make us and our wonderful team want to strive to always ensure that our guests have great memories of their stay! Thank you for recommending Emdoneni Lodge - this will surely assist other TripAdvisor guests in making the correct decisions as where to stay.

Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed 29 February 2016

This was the perfect start to our honeymoon. We had booked the three night package and Albie was wonderful in arranging everything for us. The value was incredible. We honestly could've gone back to Germany completely satisfied with our African experience after just those three days! We had one of the cottage rooms, which was nice and roomy and included...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Michele. Thank you for the great review. We are always privileged to play host for guests on big occasions such as honeymoons and anniversaries and we are glad that you had a special time at Emdoneni Lodge. Wishing you all of the best.

Lund, Sweden
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The rooms are very chic in design. The beds are comfortable. However, the aircondition was not good enough to make the room cold enough. There are trees right over the cabin and nuts drop on the roof all the time, and since it is a metal roof, there is very large sound every time a nut drops and we woke...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Henke. Our sincere thanks for the honest and special review - we take all feedback at heart. Wishing you well.

Vlaams-brabant
Reviewed 19 February 2016

We were very satisfied with our stay at Emdoneni Lodge. The rooms were clean and spacious and we had a large bath and outdoor shower which was great. Upon our arrival around midday we had the possibility to eat a very well presented snack which tasted delicious. The friendly smile of the lady who brought our food we received for...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

This is such a great review! We love it when guests enjoy the lodge and offerings so much. Your comments are much appreciated.

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We do not know where to start. Emdoneni Lodge is an experience of a lifetime that no-one should miss. We stayed in the Honeymoon suite, celebrating 28 years marriage, a gift from our two beautiful daughters. The tour guides were outstanding, informative and far from boring. The cheetahs, caracals, serval and african wild cat were so well looked after and...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Glanna. Your review just proof that we are right on track and our guests leave happy! Thank you for taking the time to write us this lovely 5 star review. Hope to welcome you back to the Lodge soon.

Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We were lucky enough to get a booking for valentines weekend (was a bit surprised no flower or chocolate was given for this occasion) but everything else was amazing from check in, staff so helpful, rooms clean, food to die for and animals are so healthy made us want to stay longer than the 2 days we booked. Saw this...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are thankful for the feedback and hope the lack of Valentine's trimmings did not jade the wonderful time you experienced. Wishing you well.

Reviewed 2 February 2016

We were the only people staying there yet they went out of their way to accommodate us and make sure we felt welcome. The game guides were extremely informative and the food was out of this world. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Dear Kirsten. A sincere thank you for the compliments to our establishment. We are extremely thankful for your recognition of all aspects of your stay. Best wishes.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Following the 2015 voting period, Emdoneni Lodge has won: Global Winner in the Luxury Game Lodge category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. If you ever dreamt of getting close to nature, interacting with tame cats like Cheetah, Emdoneni Lodge is the place to visit! Located in the heart of Zululand lies Emdoneni Lodge. The lodge offers unique opportunities for the visitor, as you get up close and personal with local wildlife. From sitting by the pool watching Zebra, Nyala, duiker and impala in their natural Sand Forest habitat, to coming face to face with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats at the Cat Sanctuary! Air-conditioned, en-suite rooms allow you to escape the heat of the day, and in the evenings you have a variety of meals to choose from at the buffet restaurant. Dinner in the Boma adds a different atmosphere as you eat under the African night sky, and get a glimpse into one of South Africa's great cultures with our Zulu dancers. End off your evening with a night-cap in our cosy bar or a chat in front of the fireplace. Your Zululand experience would not be complete without visiting nearby Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Park in one of the Lodges' game vehicles, or taking a trip to St Lucia to view some Hippo's and crocodiles on a lazy afternoon boat ride. Other activities on offer include Fishing charters, visiting the nearby Zulu cultural village, quad biking, horse riding or spending the day on the infamous Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay beaches. Emdoneni Lodge offers the visitor a chance to experience Zululand at its' best. Centrally located and close to the main attractions that Zululand has to offer! Not long dirt roads to travel on.... A Home away from home!Your hosts Louis and Cecillie Nel look forward to meeting you, and from all the staff at Emdoneni - Salani Kahle. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Emdoneni Lodge

Address: District Road 123 | Bushlands, Hluhluwe, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: RM527 - RM1,081 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emdoneni Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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“The honeymoon suite is perfection - though the internet is not really functional. That is probably good though.”
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