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Reviewed 21 June 2018

The hotel per say is fine. The rooms are rustic and could use updating, but they are clean. The food is good, but it is often between room temperature and cold. When it comes to the safari, do yourself a favour, go to the Kruger national park and skip this destination, as there are far less animals. Our safari experience was quite the nightmare. During the Safari, the driver and guide was driving approximately 60 km/h throughout the park on curved roads. Way to fast to see any animals. There were not many to begin with. The driver was required to leave the park at 6pm according to the boss I assume. Thus, we stayed in the park far after the sunset, which was aggravating considering we didn't see many animals. When we finally left the park, the driver tried to put the tarp on the top of the truck, to protect the passengers from the cold wind and flying debris. The driver was unable to put the tarp on, so he didn't. We could have received a rock projected by a passing car, which could have caused serious damage to anyone who may have received such an object. At one point, the driver drove too close to the side of the road and passed over some broken glass, which evidently popped a tire. The driver then pulled over to a nearby gas station to inspect the tire. The driver knew the tire was popped, and rather than call his supervisor for another truck to come pick us up and drive us back, he decided to drive on the flat tire, rather than changing it with the spare. The driver then drove back to the reserve way too fast, as he was afraid he wouldn't have enough air in the tires left to get back to the reserve. The driver drove 120 km/h on a dangerous dirt road with tons of little pebbles in the pitch black night. The ride lasted 10 minutes, going at an extreme speed the whole time. We drove on that road the previous day to get to the lodge, and we were driving 40 km/h as the road was extremely unsafe. Going 120 km/h on a flat tire with an old beat up pickup truck, on a dirt, curvy, pothole filled road, is tremendously stupid and imprudent. The driver put all 9 passengers life in danger. When we finally arrived, everyone looked at each other and immediately starting asking each other if they were scared as well, as we could literally see our lives flashing in front of our eyes. Horrible experience, as you can imagine. I would never recommend going to this place if you want to go on a safari, as you won't see any animals, and you might experience the same type of road trip as I did, possibly with a different outcome.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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1  Thank Seb B
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Arriving at Gooderson's the receptionist was very friendly, within 5 minutes, all "paper work" was done and on the way to our room (no.11). Nothing wrong with the room it was clean and good. It's like being in a tree house, the walkway to the viewing deck is good and give you a feeling like walking in the trees. The viewing deck is really a place to sit down and just chill with every thing happening in front of you. Lots of bird life an animals.
Buffet dinner was very good and tasty. Once again the staff was excellent, just remember you are in Africa, and you have time , no rush. Although we good not see the bush babies, but they did eat the food that was put out for them. We will be back .

Room Tip: the rooms close to the main area swimming pool can get noisy.
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Elzabe D
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

The Manager and staff make this a place worth staying at. Excellent service - and always with a smile.
Good home cookng.. aircons in the bedrooms.. who could want for more ?
The look out deck is beautiful. We will be back.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
Thank Norma M
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Although a bit rustic it was good value for money considering the price I paid. The lady at reception was helpful and polite. Parking was in the open but undercover in that it had a shade cloth roof. I found the room to be clean and the bedding fresh. Dinner was home cooking but very good. Variety wasn't great but it was plentiful and more than adequate. The staff were very friendly and made one feel at home. Beers were very, very pricey so take your own and use the very good fridge in the room. If you are lucky you may well bump into a few buck around your room and there is a small dam which you can get some good birding pic's. Enjoyed my three day stay but I do feel that the owners could make a bit of an effort to spruce the place up a bit as it is looking a bit tired.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled solo
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Thank clivecowan
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

When we arrived the linen was so dirty,there were spider webs all over our room and underneath the bed there was some dirt.When we closed the curtains ghekko’s jumped out which means that place was untouched for sometime.There was dust all over,the shower heads didn’t work properly.When we asked the cleaner to sort out our bedding she gave us attitude and we were told they only change linen every 3rd day.What a disgusting place,I would never go back even if I was paid to! What a waste of a beautiful place due to negligence!!!!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank TDKAY
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