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“One of the best bush lodges I have ever been to. Loved it.”

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Fifty Seven Waterberg
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

We have been to Welgdvonden a few times, and to a number of other game lodges in South Africa. 57 Waterberg is right up there with the best of them. I couldn't find fault with the place. What a super getaway!

The staff at 57 Waterberg were all super. From the moment we arrived we were surrounded by happy, smiling faces and the attention to detail was excellent. Simon and Josphat were excellent rangers and very knowledgeable about all of the animals, plants and birds which we saw. Piet has the most lovely nature, and he really added something extra special to our trip. He took note of every little thing that we liked, and he made such an effort to make our stay as perfect as possible.

On to the food. WOW! We were very sceptical about going to this lodge based on some of the 2016 reviews about the food. Gabriel, who is fairly new to 57 Waterberg, is an extremely talented chef. His meals were all delicious and beautiful at the same time. He prepared everything to perfection and my husband requested second helpings whenever they were available. We had some restrictive dietary requirements, and he was able to prepare these incredible meals taking that into account.

The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with all of the extras you could want: a great hairdryer, nespresso machine, tea and coffee, gas fireplace, heater, etc. The beds are large and very comfortable with crisp white linen and a variety of pillows to choose from.

We had magnificent game sightings which were such a treat.

Overall, I absolutely loved our time at 57 Waterberg. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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PRManage, Manager at Fifty Seven Waterberg, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Dear SH27380,

Thank you for taking the time to write an excellent and comprehensive review for us. We are thrilled to hear that you had a flawless experience with us and your compliments will be passed on to the team. It is especially exciting that you are familiar with Welgevonden, as well as being a well-travelled couple. Your review is very much appreciated.

We value your business and patronage and look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Thanks again for joining us.

Best Regards,
The 57W Team

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Reviewed 5 July 2017

The service at Fifty Seven Waterberg was impeccable to say the least. From the moment you are welcomed with hot towels and friendly faces to when you go to your huge, luxurious and cozy chalet, your every need is tended to.

The location is perfect, far away from the noise of the city and the views are magnificent. To add to the fact that Fifty Seven Waterberg is absolutely beautiful, the staff are really what contributed to a fantastic stay. Every staff member ensured our needs were met and that we were happy with the service we were receiving.

Josphat is the best guide I have come across and the knowledge he possesses is unbelievable. He understands nature in a way I have never experienced and taught us so much while on the game drives.

This was a weekend I will never forget all thanks to the team at Fifty Seven Waterberg and the pure beauty of this establishment.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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PRManage, Manager at Fifty Seven Waterberg, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear janien41,

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your positive feedback is appreciated, thank you so much. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon in the near future.

Best Regards,
The 57Waterberg Team

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Friendly warm service. Josephat was very knowledgeable about the bush and an excellent guide. The food was lovely, thanks Gabriel. We'll definitely be back.
Location was great. Loved the nespresso in the room.

Room Tip: Three hours from Johannesburg - door to door.
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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PRManage, Manager at Fifty Seven Waterberg, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Dear Hayley G,

Thank you for rating us the full Five Stars and for taking the time to write a review for us.

It is exciting that you enjoyed your time; we are constantly hard at work to ensure service excellence.

Thank you for choosing our establishment and your valuable support and business. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best Regards,
The 57W Team

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

My mum and I went up to 57 Waterberg for a special mum/daughter bush break #makingmemories in June this year. Simon and his team were super hospitable and saw to our every need. From the welcoming line-up song at the front door with all of the staff in attendance, to the warm face cloths served on a tray each time you arrived back from game drive. A happy crew of staff who make every effort! The lodge itself is beautifully appointed and luxurious, which for me is key to comfort and enjoyment. Mum and I shared a honeymoon suite and so we also had the additional benefit of a jacuzzi on the deck which we lazed around in whilst the warthog strolled by towards the watering hole. Thanks 57 Waterberg team for a memorable break!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are very well appointed. Only two have jacuzzi's
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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PRManage, Manager at Fifty Seven Waterberg, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Dear karenf902,

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for choosing our establishment. It is always great to receive positive feedback, thank you so much. We are excited to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best Regards,
The 57 Waterberg Team

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Reviewed 11 June 2017

The staff was just amazing: very friendly, helpful and professional. The five houses very stylish and luxurious. I was in the game lodge at the end of may - perfect weather conditions with little guests.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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PRManage, Manager at Fifty Seven Waterberg, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear 719elianes,

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your positive feedback is appreciated, thank you so much. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon in the near future.

Best Regards,
The 57Waterberg Team

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Additional Information about Fifty Seven Waterberg

Address: Site 57, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0043, South Africa (Formerly MolenVliet Lodge)
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range: RM1,691 - RM2,561 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fifty Seven Waterberg 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated three hours north of Johannesburg lies Fifty Seven Waterberg, a gem nestled in the heart of the Welgevonden Game Reserve and home to the Big Five in a malaria-free area. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve was declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This magnificent five-star establishment is synonymous with tranquility, solitude and luxury; not to mention the surroundings of the breath taking panoramic views of the Waterberg mountains. Guests can unwind next to the infinity pool that overlooks a shallow valley and mountain stream that flows to a waterhole. The five spacious suites are placed strategically along the small hill to provide maximum privacy and intimacy. All are equipped with king-sized beds, fireplace and relaxing private deck where you can unwind while listening to the birds sing. The honeymoon suites have their own private Jacuzzi for the ultimate distressing pleasure or sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. ... more   less 
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