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Ekuthuleni Lodge
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Colonial style, great views over plain, staff excellent. Sister lodge to Tshwene. Strangely room design means bathroom lacks privacy, didn't bother us but am sure would trouble the romantics. Still highly recommend lodge.

Stayed: July 2017
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Bushdice, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Dear rob471,

It was an absolute honour hosting you and the family. Thank you for the recommendation of our staff, the views and location and we were glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at this "place of peace"

The bathroom design is intended to give one a sense of being "outdoors" and one does sometimes feel like the "bushveld has eyes" ... but that is part of the adventure of stepping into "another world" away from the artificial noise and lights of the city.

We hope that you will return to the Limpopo Province soon, to experience more R&R and the magic of the summer season here in Welgevonden.

With Sincerest Regards,

The Ekuthuleni Leloko

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Something you should try, at least once, go for 2 nights, more if you can, but really a treat.
The chef, Chef Stevens is timid, but wow can he cook. I had what can be described as one of my top 2 fillets I have ever had (Top 2 because my g/f might see this). The pork chops and crackling amazin, and WOW you must try the chocolate volcano. Our guide Jonus, was knowledgeable, and went the extra mile to show us as much game as possible.

Ekuthuleni is true luxury, I took my girl friend there for her birthday and it was everything and more. From private dining, to birthday cupcakes, amazing food, amazing animals and amazing people. The rooms are beautiful, with a private huge bath that opens up to the bush. The team made sure that everything we wanted was provided. Craft gins available at the bar, and on safari. Coffee and biscuits were provided for sunrise while on a game drive, and the afternoon game drive saw us watching the sun set, while enjoying a drink in the bush. Truly magical. Just when you think it could not get any better, you look up at the stars and see the milky way, to enter your room, with a turned bed, chocolates, rose petals. A birthday celebration not easily forgotten.

Massive thank you to Sam and the team. Chef Stevens kept us fed and the food was excellent. Loved the Fillet and Pork Chops and the Ice Cream and Chocolate Volcano was AMAZING. Jonus, was an amazing guide, informative, and patient with all the questions. Even though the hunt for the Cheetah did not go as planned, we saw some beautiful game, took loads of wonderful pictures and truly had a fantastic time. Sam, she is a great host, how she manages to run two lodges so well I have no idea. She made sure we were looked after, and a massive thank you for making Shay feel special on her birthday.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Bushdice, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Dear Jason and Shay,

Firstly, it was an absolute pleasure. Secondly, it was an absolute pleasure … you get where this is going right …

Please accept our very best thanks for your detailed review. It is always special for us when our guests take time out to share their memories so clearly, and validate what we strive for every day … which are the personal touches (by Martha, Lebo and Lazarus) and the magical memories we get to create and share with you.

No doubt, we have the best team in Welgevonden and the best location … being the heart of this special place in Africa. Thank you for recommending Chef Steven’s cuisine, Jonas’ love and passion for the bush and I convey a personal Thank You from all of our staff. We hope that you will return to us soon and until then, the greatest of luck with the wakatichallenge … we will be cheering for you Team Warpthog!

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

A truly wonderful bush experience to enjoy with small kids. Small friendly lodge with great attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble. The staff were very friendly. Game viewing was great but enjoying the expanse of the bush was breathtaking.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Bushdice, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

To Our Dearest Leloko Nicole, Sheldon and Lily,

We want to say a special thank you to you for choosing us to spend your precious family time away. We loved Lily's enthusiasm for the bush and we're sure that she wowed all her friends with bushveld stories when she got back.

Again, it was lovely meeting you and we hope that you will visit us when you next need some time away at this "place of peace"

Your Ekuthuleni Leloko

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Spent three full days at Tshwene Had an awesome time .Logde very comfortable.Staff friendly and efficient .Game ranger very ready to answer our endless questions and to go the extra mile for us to experience the animals .Food excellent .

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled on business
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Bushdice, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Dear 785partyg,

Please accept our greatest thanks, and be assured that it was an absolute pleasure hosting you.

Our staff are super proud of the service they provide and the dining offerings that they take time and thought to create every day. It is lovely getting the validation that we are creating special memories for you to take home, and we hope that these memories will have you returning to your new Leloko.

Stay Blessed & See you Soon.



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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, I can not fault a thing, the food, hospitality, skill of the rangers, accommodation and overall experience where wonderful. Definitely worth a visit. Close to Johannesburg and Malaria Free.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Bushdice, General Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Dear Family Joannided,

Many thanks for your review and for sharing your experience. How kind you are to commend the stay, food, hospitality and the guides. We really hope that you will come visit us again when you need some more personal family time and R&R.

Please keep an eye out for our fabulous winter specials on our website. Welgevonden is great in winter for predator viewing. With all the trees shedding their folaige, you can see for miles.

The Ekuthuleni Leloko send their Sincere Regards.

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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: RM2,965 - RM3,196 (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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