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“Stunning accomodation, perfect hosts”
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Blue Jay Lodge
Ranked #1 of 20 Hazyview B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Stunning accomodation, perfect hosts”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

The Blue Jay Lodge far exceeded our expectations and we truly think the online photos do not do this property justice. The gardens were immaculate and beautifully designed. The room was spacious, clean, well decorated and elegantly furnished. We stayed here for one night to visit nearby Blythe Canyon, God's WIndow etc and left wishing we had stayed longer. The hosts Phil and Margi were very accomodating and Phil was very helpful in helping us plan our day and recommending excellent lunch and dinner restaurants. The breakfast was one of the best we had on a two week holiday. We were not there long enough to enjoy the mini bar etc but did notice how reasonable the prices were - no big mark up like other lodges/hotels. I would certainly go back and stay at Blue Jay Lodge but next time we will allow more time!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

I can't really add anything to any of the other reviews, except to say that they're all true! Great hosts - friendly and helpful, giving good advice on where to go, what to do, where to eat - and the accommodation is fabulous - comfortable, spacious, relaxing and wonderfully cool in the heat. The breakfasts shouldn't be missed, with a huge selection of hot and cold to choose from, cooked to perfection by Phil! The birdlife is very varied and lovely to listen to; we were treated to an incredible dawn chorus on the first morning, partly due to the presence for a couple of days of 2 beautiful owls who had taken up residence in a tree right outside our sons' balcony! (see photo). The location is very convenient for a great range of activities as well as the Kruger and Sabi Sands, not forgetting the stunning canyon drives. If you like wildlife you should also visit the golf course at Sabi River Sun hotel, where there are a large number of hippos that can be seen in the lake, as well as crocodiles and an unbelievable number of nesting birds. Would definitely recommend Blue Jay Lodge for couples as well as families.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Whilst the accommodation provided matched exactly as it appeared in brochure (believe me when I say that ads are glossier than reality) - game lodge style, awesome decor, tranquil, exceptionally clean and comfortable with a turndown service, what touched me most during my stay at Bluejay was the hospitality that we received from Phil and Margi. It was like we were visiting an old acquaintance. The personal touch differentiates Bluejays from all other places we have ever been at. It was awesome.
It gets full points for its location - 10 Kms away from Kruger and in close vicinity of the panoramic route - including blyde river canyon, berlin falls, gods window etc.
Highly recommended
And thanks Phil and Margi for making us feel so much at home :)

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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La Colle sur Loup, France
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Phil & Margi were the perfect hosts; the room was large, beautifully designed, scrupulously clean, well-equipped and extremely comfortable. The location - just minutes from the Kruger National Park and a short drive from the Blyde River Canyon - was perfect for our needs. Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to combine wildlife watching in the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve with local sightseeing - so much better, more comfortable and luxurious, than staying within the Kruger Park. Also, I suspect, fewer mosquitos - although we were here at what was supposed to be peak mosquito time, we weren't bothered by them at all at Blue Jay Lodge.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

We started our 3 week long trip in South Africa with 3 nights at Blue Jay Lodge. We were greeted by Phil and Margi when we arrived and offered drinks and great advice on our itinerary in the Hazyview area. I didn't realize how important this was until we arrived at other guest lodges in South Africa and were not greeted by the owners who could tell us where to go for dinner and make suggestions on things to do in the area.
The rooms are fantastic. We booked the self catering suite (but still had breakfast with Phil and Margi each morning). The room was huge and very nicely decorated. The bed was extremely comfortable - and hard to get out of in the morning.
There is a lot to do in the area with a Kruger park entrance only 10Km away, Elephant Whispers (highly recommended) and Blyde River Canyon viewpoints and hikes 30Km away.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I stayed here two nights and my stay was too short. Phil and Margi are great hosts, welcoming us with drinks on their patio. They have plenty of stories to share, and also provide great tips on things to do in the area. Their home and rooms are amazing - beautifully built and incredibly comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

We stayed here for two nights before going on to Kruger park and loved it - the lodge is in a beautiful leafy setting which feels hidden away. The owners couldn't have been friendlier, sitting with us for welcome drinks on their deck and giving us lots of recommendations and useful tips for the rest of our trip. We had 4 friends arrive the following night and Phil and Margi were happy for us to take the place over! The rooms were just gorgeous, with traditional high thatched roofs, four poster beds, beautiful netting and open bathrooms - very romantic. The pool is perhaps a little small but good for cooling off after a hot day on safari. Phil arranged our last-minute trip to the elephant sanctuary with no problem and continued to help us even when we moved to another hotel. The breakfasts were yummy too. We'd definitely recommend staying here and just wish ours had been for longer.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Blue Jay Lodge
Address: 645-647 Bluejay Street | P.O. Box 822, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Hazyview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Blue Jay Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Game Lodge Style Accommodation in Hazyview - 4 Star Graded B&B and Self Catering - 10kms from Kruger National Park entering through Phabeni Gate - 40kms from God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Sabie & Pilgrims Rest. ... more   less 
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