Small scale, intimate and beautiful setting. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly, as are the two dogs that walk around the house. The knowledgeable owner, Kian, runs a tour company and going on some of these tours is definitely recommended! Get on a boat and go see hippos and crocodiles (even bull sharks if you're lucky), take a trip to the stunning Hluhluwe Park or jump on a repurposed German army truck and drive into the iSimangaliso bushbush in the middle of the night, absolutely fantastic! Breakfast service is great and there's a laundry service as well. Oh, and the Hornbill House definitely lives up to its name. There are some hornbills around that might just surprise you with a rude awakening when they attack their own reflection in the window - no problem for us whatsoever.
(Word of advice: when you can't handle being woken up by wildlife, you should probably reconsider travelling to Africa in the first place ;) )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hornbill House is ideal for exploring the southern area of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. We offer comfortable rooms, all en-suite and even a family room. We offer continental or full English breakfasts. A variety of safaris are available departing from Hornbill House. All water based tours can be reserved from Hornbill House. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and have private verandas overlooking the garden. ... more less
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