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“Time in the beautiful Welgevonden”
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Ekuthuleni Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Welgevonden is a beautiful private game reserve with outstanding lodges. Ekuthuleni has a wonderful view over a plain where plains game come to a water hole and it is centrally located to much of the Welgevonden Reserve. The chef "Laptop" is exceptional and the service of the staff in general is of a very high standard. The swimming pool is unfortunately a bit small for a decent swim but the amenities in general are super. Just a great place to spend some time in the bush.

Room Tip: All of the same standard so no better or worse.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Bushdice, Sam Swart, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Dear Ilona,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to us. You are correct in saying that Welgevonden is a special destination within the Waterberg. The reserve is so beautiful that you are drawn in to the essence of the bushveld from the time that you drive through the gates. We never take it for granted that we are able to share this with people from all over the world and our South African Leloko.

Thank you for commending Chef Laptop, he appreciates it and sends his best regards. We love having such passionate staff and, that they are all from the area ... born and raised and continue to strive in making Welgevonden and Ekuthuleni an unbeatable experience and destination.

Please keep in touch and let us know when you need some more R&R.

Fondest Regards,

The Ekuthuleni Leloko

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Really restful and excellently managed lodge thanks to Samantha, Jonas and team.
Well worth a visit, beautifully situated in the Welgevonden Reserve . Spoil yourself and recover from "city frazzle " you won' t regret it.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have a better view, you'd need to enquire.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Bushdice, Sam Swart, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

We hope that you are both well and we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write to us and the thanks you have bestowed on us.

We are lucky to be situated in the very heart of the reserve and also to have a spectacular plain that attracts all types of game throughout the day. It makes all our extended Leloko feel like they have become one with nature when they watch the interactions from their room patio or one of our comfy deck areas.

Until we meet again, keep well and please stay in touch.

The Ekuthuleni Leloko

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Was fortunate enough to have spend two nights at this lodge. From the reception at the main Welgevonden gate till the time of departure we felt welcome. I traveled with two elderly parents who needed constant assistance (getting around the lodge in a wheelchair and getting on and off the game vehicle), nothing was a hassle for the staff. A special thanks to Jonas for the great game drives....we saw the Big 5 in two days and a Cheetah kill! Food was lovely and well presented. Accommodation is comfortable with all amenities needed. Well worth the money spent to go.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Bushdice, Sam Swart, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Dear Hugo and Family,

Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your beautiful photos with us. We are happy to hear that a great time was had by all. Jonas sends his regards and thanks for the special mention and the staff are over the moon with your mention of the lovely food and their hospitality.

We hope that you will come visit us soon for some more pampering.

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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Such a beautiful lodge, service was great and they really looked after every need. Sam, Jonas and laptop are so friendly and accommodating.

Food was delicious and drinks were great. We enjoyed the other couples staying their at same time

In terms of game drives, Jonas knows the land and we were so lucky to see pretty much everything, cheetahs in action and the 2 lions that remain in this gigantic reserve!

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Bushdice, Sam Swart, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Greetings from the Ekuthuleni Leloko

What a special review yours is and thank your for sharing it with us and fellow travellers. We are happy to share that we have had four new adult lion introduced to Welgevonden and that our original female lion you saw during your visit, has had cubs. Our one family of spotten hyena have also had babies. Exciting for us who share this wonderful reserve with them, and even more exciting to be able to share this every day with our guests.

Please come visit us soon to experience all these lovely new additions.

Best Regards & Blessings in Abundance

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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We loved our few days at this lodge. The rooms are very comfortable, immaculate and private with lovely views over the plain. It was great to have a comfortable bath and outside shower. All the food was excellent, not being over the top with ridiculous portions. The plains are lovely with plentiful plains game. Trees of the Waterberg are special, shapely, fascinating and worth getting to know. The area seemed well maintained and almost pristine. This could be a world first. I hate to find lodges where care of the environment, that is, removing alien vegetation is not a priority. Many do not walk the talk. I recommend it very highly.

Room Tip: All the rooms are separate, elegant and private with a good view over the plain.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Bushdice, Sam Swart, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Greetings from Welgevonden and the Ekuthuleni Leloko

We cannot thank you enough for sharing your travels throughout Africa with us and for rating this "place of peace" and Welgevonden so highly.

There is a very respectful culture within this place of beauty and it carries over from the reserve and their conservation efforts within a wilderness area each day, to all the guides that teach visitors about the animals, fauna and flora ... to the hospitality of the local community of staff, who create the special and lasting memories. It is truly one of the greatest recipes.

We hope that you will return to us again ... your home is waiting.

The Ekuthuleni Leloko

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Address: 53 Bompas Avenue, Welgevonden Game Reserve 2021, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,953 - RM3,197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ekuthuleni Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of the malaria-free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Ekuthuleni Lodge invites you to savour true African luxury. Ekuthuleni Lodge, meaning "place of peace," has sweeping views of the Savannah plains, and is home to the Big Five and many other species of game. Ekuthuleni Lodge invites guests to relax next to the swimming pool overlooking sweeping grassy plains, or watch the sun as its sets at the end of an African day. If the weather is cool, curl up with a book in one of the comfortable lounges before enjoying a delicious meal prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Meals can be enjoyed in the cosy dining room or the open air deck, sheltered from the elements by a reed awning. Each of the five suites offer intimacy and privacy, with magnificent views of the grasslands, giving a whole new meaning to nature on your doorstep. The romantic bathrooms open onto a private courtyard and have both indoor and outdoor showers. Two daily game drives are conducted by experienced rangers who will provide intimate details of the abundant flora and fauna, many of which is unique to the Waterberg. Watch the morning sun scribble intriguing patterns across the veld and contemplate the day's journey. Enjoy an early morning safari and watch Africa awaken in front of your eyes. Then head home for a scrumptious breakfast before settling down for your midday siesta. After sundowner drinks, allow the darkness of the African bush to envelop you on your evening game safari. Nightlife abounds in the African bush and dangers lurk everywhere. Lions on the hunt and leopards stalking prey in the cover of darkness are truly magnificent sights to behold. ... more   less 
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