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Toby C
Pretoria, South Africa

Great Short Stay

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jan 1, 2016
We discovered this hidden gem on our family tour of Zimbabwe. We wanted to explore the Matopos National Park and found this lodge online. It is on the edge of Bulawayo and I wasn't sure what to expect, but what transpired was a charming and well appointed property with 4 lodges set in beautiful African Gardens. The thatched lodges are well built, clean and functional whilst remaining attractive.

We explored the Matopos area, which is certainly worth a visit, but also had a look around Bulawayo which was nicer than I had imagined.

Definitely worth planning in if you are putting a trip together.
Date of stay: December 2015
Room Tip: Great access to Matopos National Park
Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

      We stayed over at granite park lodge for 3 nights over Christmas and I must say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had booked 1 times family room and 2x double twin bed lodges. On arrival me were met by Lemeck who was very helpful and quickly processed us and showed us our lodges. The lodges we clean and tastefully well presented. Lemeck was always at hand during our stay should if we ever needed him. This place is amazing, lovely pool area and the boma was perfect for our Christmas lunch. Mrs Moore the owner was very helpful and welcomed us which was very nice. The beds are comfortable and clean. Location is amazing. 10 min drive into town and the closest grocery shop is less than 5 mins away. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a place to stay in Bulawayo. No doubt I'll sure be back.

      Date of stay: December 2015
      Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Graniteparklodges, Owner at Granite Park Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2015

      Thank you Drixy. It was a pleasure having you all to stay with us. We look forward to having you back at Granite Park

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      Reviewed July 26, 2015

      Granite Park Lodges is a rare find.. imagine living in luxury only 10 minutes from town, surrounded by unspoilt african bush, waking up to the calls of birds, watching the amber sun set as you sit by an open woodfire.. an absolutely wonderful stay in meticulously designed and superbly maintained lodges, with the most peaceful ambience.. run by warm, friendly staff under the personal guidance of the caring owner..

      Date of stay: July 2015
      • Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Reviewed April 26, 2015

      We stayed at Granite Park Lodges from March 31 to April 7, 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lodges and the grounds are very beautiful. The location is a bit out of the way, so having your own vehicle would be best, but we managed without one. A Taxi ride from the lodges to downtown was $10.00 US. We were picked up by Black Rhino Safaris to do a tour of Matabos National Park from the lodges, as well.
      BEDS: The master bedroom had a very firm bed for our first night's stay and with a problematic back, that was not at all good for me. Gail and Lemic went out of their way to have me test out the mattresses in the other lodges (they were all empty on our 2nd day there) and choose the softest/best one for my back. Felt just like Goldilocks : ) With great care, the bed and pillows were made much more comfortable for the rest of our stay (they very thankfully traded around the mattresses from a different lodge for us). Thank You!!!
      KITCHEN: We stayed 7 nights so we made full use of the kitchen and it could use a few more utensils. A little bit of a problem with tiny ants on the cupboards, but this is Africa, so we just made very sure to clean everything up very carefully to help keep them away.
      BATHROOM: Clean. Hot Water, good pressure. All a person needs. Very Basic toiletries provided.
      AREA: Very Pretty, Residential. Mostly quiet, except for occasional barking dogs.
      BEDROOMS: Main bedroom on main floor with twin beds made into King and then a loft area with two twin beds which was perfect for our adult daughter. Stayed in "Family Lodge".
      Definitely would recommend staying here if you need accommodations at the south end of Bulawayo.

      Date of stay: March 2015
      • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Reviewed October 29, 2014

      We stumbled across Granite Park when our eldest son started boarding school near Bulawayo five years ago and we needed accommodation for the "floating" weekends we could spend when visiting. Granite Park has a beautiful tranquility about it, Clive and Gail Moore (the owners) leave their personal touch in every way and the natural surroundings and clever design of each of the lodges really add to the experience. The children have loved the pool set into its natural granite setting and the space around us give a wonderful sense of being out in the bush. I would rate it best value for money and best quality in Bulawayo, we have stayed at other lodges but nothing ticks the box like this.

      Room tip: Lodge number 2 has the best location
      Date of stay: October 2014
      • Trip type: Travelled with family
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      Reviewed August 7, 2014

      This was quite simply the best B&B / Guest house I have ever visited, no if's, no buts.

      The setting is wonderful, the furnishings way beyond what is required, the staff and owners wonderful, and the finished product ...... truly amazing.

      This time we happened to be passing through Bulawayo so stayed there, next time in Zim we will work our trip around a few nights here.

      If it weren't for Zim's troubles there would be a very long waiting list to stay at a place like this, with a price tag to match.

      Date of stay: July 2014
      • Trip type: Travelled with family
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