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Esikhotheni Lodge
Ranked #8 of 16 Pongola B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 May 2015

We phoned to booked and confirm the arrival but when we got to the venue the manager on duty was not expecting us. Already on the back foot now the lodge turned everything around. A quick drink on the deck whilst they organized everything for us. Dinner turned into a romantic evening for the two of us under the stars, in the boma with a bon-fire.

Our room was out of this world. Our own private jacuzzi on the deck with an awesome view.

Thank you to everyone and especially Deon for helping us.

Room Tip: Honeymoon suite, go with the honeymoon suite option. More expensive than the standard room, however...
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2015 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and our experience was horrible to say the least. The list is too long to mention here. The owner did offer us a fee weekend to compensate but after some thought I realized once you had a bad experience no freebees will change it.

  • Stayed: December 2014
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Reviewed 30 October 2014

Situated in a private game reserve the lodge offers 6 catered rooms each of which is situated well apart from the others with views over the bush to Lake Jozini. They are large, well equipped and definitely have the "wow" factor. Meals are taken either around the Braai area or in the main building which has a decked area with recliners and bush views. There's also a large rustic styled outdoor pool. Guided bush walks (excellent), fishing and boat trips and rhino tracking are on offer.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Alan_490416
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This was the highlight of our holiday. We curtailed our beach holiday and returned back to Esikhotheni for 4 more nights. Rooms and views superb. Food good and service excellent. It is however a very quiet holiday so if you looking to relax and switch off then this is the place for you. only 10 guests at a time so loads of privacy and peace and quiet. Game drives and fishing available for the more adventurous.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We spent two nights at the reserve and had a great time. From the time we met Jan at reception everything seemed to be no trouble for the staff. Jan even had to put up with us requesting an accomodation change during the day and this was handled without a problem. Dinner at the lodge on Sunday night was delicious. The Monday morning dam cruise with skipper Robert was worth the money espeially as we managed to see herds of elephant and a rhino at the waters edge. The bird life around the dam is spectacular.
The only negative is the sound of the traffic from the N2 but that is to be expected.
We will be back!

Room Tip: Stay at the lodge if you want the hotel experience, but for the outdoor experience then Bush Camp or...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank doppierunner
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Additional Information about Esikhotheni Lodge

Address: 2 Off N, Pongola 3990, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
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Ranked #8 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Pongola
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Esikhotheni (pronounced “ss-khot-hen”), Zulu for “In the Sticks,” is by no means primitive and untamed as the name would suggest. Comfortable and elegant without being fussy, Esikhotheni Lodge celebrates tranquil charm, surrounded by untouched African bush, on a stunning hilltop location overlooking the shimmering Jozini Lake. Superior accommodation is offered in 7 en-suite chalets, positioned for optimum privacy; all have private patios with magnificent magnificent views. The bathrooms are very spacious with large showers and raised oval baths with clear views of the lake. The Honeymoon Suite is designed with the more romantic guest in mind, with a private Jacuzzi set on an extended deck in the bush. ... more   less 

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