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Khaya Umdani Guest Houses
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Our family, parents, 3 adult children with spouses, visited Khaya Umdani for 10 nights in June /July 2014. It was a perfect home base for us. Louise was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed and more! Before we arrived, she booked all our tours and stocked the kitchen. She prepared several meals for us, which were all excellent! We changed our itinerary a couple of times and it was no problem at all. If you are fortunate enough to stay in this house, make sure you walk down to the Crocodile River, just a ten minute walk from the house. Along the river walk, you will see many animals! This is a wonderful place and I hope to visit again!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

It’s hard to put into words what an amazing trip we had in February and how much Louise and Danie at Khaya Umdani Guest Houses made our trip so special. We visited the Kaya Umdani at the start of a two week trip around South Africa. What was so special about this part of the trip was that I proposed to my fiancé while we were staying in Louise and Danie’s 5 star lodge for 4 nights. If it wasn’t for Louise and Danie’s perfect planning, attention to detail and thoughtful ideas, the engagement wouldn’t have been half as special as it was.

Louise was great to deal with before our trip and was so helpful when we were making the booking as I was making secret arrangements with her for the engagement evening. When we arrived in Kruger at the Guest House we were greeted with the most breath-taking lodge I have seen. Stunning inside, all rooms 5 star finish, with a pool on the balcony we could sip champagne and wine in while listening to the animals in the background.

Danie is an amazing cook and every night he’d prepare the most incredible meal for us which we enjoyed in the lodge. Each meal was amazing and used authentic local ingredients.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great for a few days we were there with some heavy rain fall. Louise and Danie went out of their way to make sure we still had a great trip, bringing us plenty of supplies and wine while the rain fell! Normally we’d be so upset at that much rain on holiday, but the setting of the lodge meant it hardly made a difference on our enjoyment and relaxation. Luckily the rain let up enough for us to make our day safari in Kruger which was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, seeing the big five. We also went for a morning bush walk in Kruger which was brilliant too, being taken around the park on foot with two armed guards. It was such an experience.

Finally, when it came to the evening I was going to propose, Danie took us both out for a drive around the local area in Marloth Park to see some more wildlife while Louise was back at the lodge decorating a secret room with flours, candles and amazing food. We also had a hot tub with Champagne waiting for us when we got back. They simply made this very special moment possible and even more special with all their great hospitality.

We didn’t want to leave and we will be back again soon hopefully in the dry season! Louise and Danie are so friendly but also leave you to enjoy your trip in peace. They are the perfect hosts. The lodge we had to ourselves was incredible and all the food was 5 star. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Room Tip: All rooms were 5 star and you have your own lodge to yourselves. We had a 5 bedroom lodge to ourselves as a couple!
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Griffwell
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Louise's home was fantastic for our family of 5! The kids loved the pool, and it was conveniently situated so that we could get to Kruger quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. Louise took care of everything from booking excursions, to cooking us a homemade meal one night, to stocking the fridge with groceries before we arrived. What a perfect stay!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We loved every minute of our stay at this beautiful house. The it has every amenity you need to make your stay perfect. Louise and Danie the most friendliest of hosts, will definitely come back to Khaya Umdani.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Warren R
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

As always an absolute pleasure to return to this little piece of paradise in the bush!!
Khaya Romantica is without doubt one of the most relaxing and romantic getaways that will rejuvenate your soul and help you get back that loving feeling :) The King size bed was oh so comfortable and luxurious along with the bath and the amenities provided.
The highlight was sitting on the veranda upstairs watching the lightening storms over the Kruger with only the sounds of the animals and the bush drinking in the serenity with a cold glass of wine while waiting for the braii! Oh how hard it was to leave........
Louise and Danie Thiart are the most hospitable and welcoming couples that you will find who will only be too happy to help in anyway they can with anything you may need on your holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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