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Naledi Game Lodge – The perfect bush experience…

Naledi Bush Lodge is located in the Balula Game Reserve, a consortium of private reserves and land owners, that shares an unfenced border with the renowned Kruger National Park. The reserve is only an hour’s drive from two of the main gates to the Kruger National Park.

Arriving at Naledi is like stumbling upon an oasis within the now very dry western side of the park. After a long day of travelling, I was warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to my room. I stayed in the Paperbark Suite, which was spacious and beautifully decorated with earth tones and African accents. The rooms all offer total privacy and a private stoep and viewing deck.

My personal welcome to Naledi.

Naledi prides itself as an exclusive private reserve with a family-like atmosphere, and offers a personalised experience. The hospitality and friendliness of the staff during my visit was really great. The lodge can only accommodate 10 guests and as such, everybody gets to know each other.  All guests are seated together at one big table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, joined by of the managers or game rangers.  

Naledi offers fine dining crafted by dedicated professional chefs. The dinner was superb and beautifully presented on both evenings. A special mention to the chefs for exquisite presentation and taste . One of the dinners during a stay, is served in the outside boma area offering an authentic experience.

The lodge offer two game drives per day – a morning game drive at 6:00 and an afternoon game drive at 16:00.  Breakfast is served upon return from your morning game drive.  The afternoon drive includes a drinks-and-snacks stop. It was amazing to just stop and take it all in.

Rhino Siting

For late morning, you have a choice of either a guided bush walk or visiting a private game viewing hide out in the bush. The guides are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to offer you the best game viewing opportunity available. 

Game Drive Snacks

Beautiful shaded gardens create a calm and relaxed atmosphere, with a variety of recliners all around the four levels of decking surrounding the swimming pool area. An upper level dinning room and lounge area offers a great view of the reserve and water hole close by. A big-screen TV shows real-time footage of a field camera mounted at one of the watering holes on the reserve – this is a great feature!

The hospitality of TK and the staff was absolutely wonderful and the lodge and facilities top-class – all of which made for a great experience; and one I will not soon forget.

Naledi is intimate and luxurious while also paying extra attention to detail. .If you are looking for the ultimate Bush experience, look no further than Naledi.

Reviewed by World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative To book a stay at this magnificent Lodge:

www.naledigamelodge.com

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Adventures in the wilds of Africa at Pondoro Game Lodge…

After our 6-hour drive from Johannesburg, we finally arrived at Pondoro Game Lodge.
Upon our arrival, one of the staff members, Armand welcomed us and took us to the reception area. We were offered a special welcome drink by the staff members. Armand briefly explained the program for the following days to us.


We were then taken to our room which left my husband and I breathless. The room was really a big spoil – beautifully decorated to suite the name of the room which was called tree suit. The suite that we stayed in had a spectacular view overlooking the Olifant’s river and our own private hot tub on the beautiful deck.

During our three day stay, my husband and I were so overwhelmed with the wonderful staff and the exceptional service. The effort that was made for us was so special and the managers and staff really bent over backwards to accommodate our every need, no matter how small or big. My husband had a special dietary requirement which the staff accommodated without any hesitation. This meant a lot to us.

Dorah, the lady who cleaned our room every day, made the stay extremely special for us. We really want to thank her for making our stay even more memorable. She left us a note on our bed every morning and evening. It was really the little things she did that stole our heart.

The highlight of the trip was definitely the game drives and wildlife. Within the first few hours of arrival we saw 4 out of the Big 5 animals. Our Game Rangers Marius didn’t let anything stop him to get us as close as possible to the animals. Never before have I had such great success spotting wildlife.

It was a stay we won’t easily forget. Just speaking to other guests at the lodge, who return year after year, says so much about the Lodge.

We had a amazing stay and I hope to return again one day soon.

Reviewed by Franca a representative of World Luxury Awards

To book follow the link to the website www.pondoro.co.za

 

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An unforgettable wildlife experience at Aquila Game Reserve…

Only two hours away from Cape Town lies the Touws River area where the 10 000-hectare safari experience at Aquila Game Reserve awaits.

I was checked into a Premier Room with an exquisite panoramic view of the nature reserve. In the distance, there were elephants and giraffes frolicking at the watering hole. This room contains a balcony, an en-suite bathroom, coffee and tea making facilities and complimentary water.

View from our room

We did the sunset game drive with our very friendly and knowledgeable guide Trevor. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, we saw 4 of the big five as well as local wildlife that included giraffe, springbok and zebras. The animals can be seen so close that you are able to take selfies! The tour was informative and fun, ending on a high note with a drink and snack in the mountains before visiting the lions.

The infinity poolside restaurant served 3 daily flavourful buffet meals, a typical Klein Karoo culinary experience. After a gorgeous sunset and dinner was eaten, we were invited to stargaze in a fire pit and braai marshmallows.

I also enjoyed a treatment at The Tranquila Spa, which features 2 large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool. The property also boasts a Conference Centre Cigar Lounge, Curio Shop and Children’s Entertainment Centre.

A big thank you to the entire team for an unforgettable wildlife experience.

Reviewed by Adele Hamman – World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative

to book click the link below

aquilasafari.com