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Hillsdale, New York
Reviewed yesterday NEW

If it were not for the somewhat anemic air conditioning, I'd give the Lodge a 5. But the cheetah preserve is magical. You can see and pet a young cheetah, visit with cervals and African Wildcats (which look like domestic cats but have all black foot pads). We loved it!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This hotel is surrounded by the bush and fenced in to keep most of the animals out, except, of course, the monkeys and baboons. It is right next door to a cheetah rescue and re-population facility. The grounds are pleasant as is the bar and pool area, though the pool did not look too inviting. I would recommend it to...

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AmpleMedia, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending us, Stephanie!

Brick, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy with our large room, large bathroom, and porch. It was rainy and humid when we visited so we were very happy to have both air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Our room was one of two rooms in a cottage. The dining room, lounge, and bar were very beautiful. Our group loved the onsite cheetah preserve...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous location easily accessible without having to bump over dirt roads which was a plus for us. Our room was clean, quiet and comfortable. Cheetah experience and Game Drive were the hi-lights of our stay. Hope to visit again with the rest of my family - know they will have a wonderful time.

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Margaret. Thank you for a lovely review. Please visit soon with the rest of your family - we would absolutely love to have you again. All of the best.

Washington, DC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I are a gay, American couple. Earlier this month as part of our honeymoon trip to South Africa we spent a few nights here. We liked the location KwazZulu Natal (near both game reserve and wetlands) and so booked with Emdoneni. We stayed in the Windfall cottage - their honeymoon suite. It is a bit separated from...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Hi DC. We are so glad that we exceeded all your expectations. Thank you for writing this wonderful, detailed review - it makes us very proud! Congratulations once again on your wedding. All of the best.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

What an awesome place this is fantastic experience meeting the Cheetahs and a great game drive in the afternoon- tremendous value for money fabulous friendly staff can't say enough about the place Great food clean rooms what more do you need

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Plymouth
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This is a bigger lodge than I expected and therefore perfect for families. Good accommodation, a pool, a bar and restaurant and good food with great selection of choices. They organise safaris and are art of the Cheetah project which is great to see

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London
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We spent a night here in early December 2016 and regret not having booked for longer. We got to interact with the cheetahs, boy do they purr!! Our rondavel was lovely as was the whole camp. Food was lovely but our choice was limited because there were only 5 guests there that night. Spent a relaxing hour or two sitting...

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Lodge-Owners, Owner at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for a 5 star review, Tony! We really appreciate your kind words and wonderful feedback. Please visit again!

New York City, New York
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Emdoneni is a magical and unique place to stay. After 4 nights in Cape Town, it was wonderful to find ourselves surrounded by nature. We loved our little rondavel and the whole layout of the lodge. The dinner buffet was nice and we were even serenaded by the wait staff. Afterwards, we sat around a fire pit and spoke with...

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AmpleMedia, Public Relations Manager at Emdoneni Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for such a wonderful and heart-warming review. We are so happy to learn that you enjoyed all the offerings at Emdoneni Lodge. A big thank you for adopting one of our cats and for supporting the cat project that is so dear to our hearts. Until we meet again.

Englewood, FL
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We stayed here for two nights as part of our SmarTours tour of South Africa. It was our favorite stop. The staff came out of the kitchen after dinner and sang traditional African songs. Also on the property is a Wild Cat Rehabilitation Center and Cheeta Project. There is an extra fee to tour the cat project, but we were...

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So good to hear that Emdoneni Lodge was the highlight of your tour and that you had a really good experience with us. We will convey your kind words to JJ as well. All of the best.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Following the 2015 voting period, Emdoneni Lodge has won: Global Winner in the Luxury Game Lodge category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. If you ever dreamt of getting close to nature, interacting with tame cats like Cheetah, Emdoneni Lodge is the place to visit! Located in the heart of Zululand lies Emdoneni Lodge. The lodge offers unique opportunities for the visitor, as you get up close and personal with local wildlife. From sitting by the pool watching Zebra, Nyala, duiker and impala in their natural Sand Forest habitat, to coming face to face with Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wild Cats at the Cat Sanctuary! Air-conditioned, en-suite rooms allow you to escape the heat of the day, and in the evenings you have a variety of meals to choose from at the buffet restaurant. Dinner in the Boma adds a different atmosphere as you eat under the African night sky, and get a glimpse into one of South Africa's great cultures with our Zulu dancers. End off your evening with a night-cap in our cosy bar or a chat in front of the fireplace. Your Zululand experience would not be complete without visiting nearby Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Park in one of the Lodges' game vehicles, or taking a trip to St Lucia to view some Hippo's and crocodiles on a lazy afternoon boat ride. Other activities on offer include Fishing charters, visiting the nearby Zulu cultural village, quad biking, horse riding or spending the day on the infamous Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay beaches. Emdoneni Lodge offers the visitor a chance to experience Zululand at its' best. Centrally located and close to the main attractions that Zululand has to offer! Not long dirt roads to travel on.... A Home away from home!Your hosts Louis and Cecillie Nel look forward to meeting you, and from all the staff at Emdoneni - Salani Kahle. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Emdoneni Lodge

Address: District Road 123 | Bushlands, Hluhluwe, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: $189 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emdoneni Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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“Don't expect a lot of staff to be around all the time.”
 of 5 bubbles StephanieR811, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Request air conditioning.”
 of 5 bubbles ymariej, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The honeymoon suite is perfection - though the internet is not really functional. That is probably good though.”
  • Our car and the honeymoon suite are in the background behind these two cheetahs.
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 of 5 bubbles dcjay64, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Do not get one of the circular rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles Grumpyone88, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Views of the cheetah enclosures are great”
 of 5 bubbles debbieannkirkwood, 1 Jun 2016 | Read review
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