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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2016

We visited for the day to see the cats. We were able to interact with African wild cats, pet and play with cheetahs, and so on. Guides were very informative and friendly. Food is available for purchase at a small covered canteen outside.

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

Dear Anna. Thank you for your kind comments on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate it. It is so good to hear that you had a good experience at our cat project and that you found our guides informative and friendly. I will certainly congratulate them for a job well done. Kind regards. More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

We stayed here one night on our way coming back from Mozambique to Durban. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had dinner and breakfast here and both were delicious. The rooms were clean and very comfortable.

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

A sincere thank you for the compliments to our establishment. We are extremely thankful for your recognition of all aspects of your stay. Kind regards More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 January 2016

Room was comfortable and nice Garden and surroundings are delightful The interaction with the animals is very professional and our guide on two occasions was Zee who was very informative and knowledgeable Pool was nice and quiet We enjoyed our stay very much and must not forget the excellent food Thank you Richard and Mariangela

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

Dear Richard. A sincere thanks for the gracious and kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

This was the last place we stayed after two weeks in South Africa. It had, by far, the best customer service we experienced in South Africa -- really excellent service from the hotel staff. The traditional-style cabins are really cool, and we enjoyed the novelty of our room. We were flying out of Durban late in the evening, and the... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review and as mentioned by yourselves, Emdoneni surely has the best customer service, best food and rooms! It is with regret that we learn of your experience at our cheetah project as we are committed to maintain high standards and guest satisfaction levels and we are confident in our product. However, we do take note... More 

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

We (a family of 6 people) stayed at the Emdoneni lodge for 2 nights (3 days) and enjoyed every minute. The 3 rooms were clean, the reception very friendly and the food very good. The only low point was that the air conditioner in the room were our Nephew stayed, gave up on the day of our arrival, which was... More 

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

Hi Renate. Thank you for submitting a 5 star review on TripAdvisor. Glad that we could sort out the air conditioner in no time! Hope to welcome you and your family back to Emdoneni Lodge soon. More 

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, South Africa
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed 1 night Rebecca is à great persone and very kind als all of the staff from waiters to the Cleaning girls the Guido of the cats are also very kind and now everything About the cats rooms are clean food is awesome the buffet we did bed breakfast and dinner the fire in the evening this was the... More 

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

Hi Koster. A heartfelt thanks for your wonderful comments. We are overjoyed to hear the feedback! We will convey your kind remarks to Rebecca as well. Wishing you well. More 

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Reviewed 30 December 2015

We stayed at Emdoneni on one of their package deals and we had a brilliant experience. At first, we were hesitant as the price seemed high but it was totally worth the money we paid. We felt that everything worked well. The welcome drink upon arrival started the trip brilliantly. Our chalet was perfect for our needs and very clean... More 

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

Wow, what an incredible feather in our cap! We are overwhelmed to hear of all your positive comments. Thank you very much. More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

I had a lovely big well decorated chalet with excellent facilities. Short walk to the pool and restaurant which is very well decorated and very comfortable. The staff were exceptionally friendly and the food was very good, spent 4 nights here Celebrated my sisters birthday here, lovely time. Saw some beautiful cats.

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

Dear Tracey. Thank you for your positive comments on TripAdvisor. It is so good to hear when our guests had a good experience at Emdoneni Lodge. Hope that you will get the chance to come and visit us again in the future. Best wishes. More 

Salt Rock, South Africa
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We had a lovely stay. The room was comfortable and food was good. The pool was a blessing due to the heat. The rooms had air conditioner which was great. Very cozy set up and the staff were extremely friendly.

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

Good day Rich. It is a real treat to read such positive comments. Thank you so much for your great feedback, it is much appreciated. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you had some time to relax at the swimming pool. Hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards More 

New York City, New York
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

The hotel advertises Wifi, yet the option is horrible. They hand you a wifi pass that enables wifi connection for maybe 10-30 minutes, as long as you are close to the lodge. No wifi in rooms. They were not too friendly about givng more than one pass, either. One woman d was working the front desk and failed to offer... More 

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

Dear Guest Many thanks for your review. Unfortunately, as we all know, that not everyone in life can be pleased. a pity that, during your stay, everything was more than perfect, as well as on your check out. Some guests can never be satisfied and sadly you fall into that category. Your fellow travelers raved about the lodge and were... More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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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: $205 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emdoneni Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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“Do not get one of the circular rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles Grumpyone88, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Views of the cheetah enclosures are great”
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“All rooms are well spaced and any one will be good”
 of 5 bubbles johnD8426AR, 6 May 2016 | Read review
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“Cabin 4 has a view of the Serval and Cheetah enclosure.”
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