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“Outstanding Hospitality” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hlosi Game Lodge

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Hlosi Game Lodge
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding Hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2012

We went on a day's outing to Hlosi with business friends. The welcome we received and the enthusiasm of the staff was exemplary - nothing was too much trouble. Although the weather was not ideal, it did not detract in any respect from the pleasure of the game drive, which was followed by a boat trip with wonderful birdlife along the river banks. This was followed by an outdoor meal in a boma with excellent food and a superb array of local wines - and once again the service of the staff was outstanding. A memorable occasion which bears testimony to the dedication of the staff to provide guests with a top drawer bush experience.

Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Thanks for being with us, and thanks for such a lovely review. It's so good for the whole team to hear when we get it right, and we really appreciate your feedback. Experiences and feedback like yours are what we get up every day for, and we hope we can welcome you back sometime soon. Best wishes from all of us at Hlosi.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Knysna
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

We just visited Hlosi for the first time after meeting one of the owners who is heavily involved in wildlife conservation. We enjoyed the hospitality, the service, food and game drives. And we met some incredibly interesting people who also value our wildlife - particularly those threatened by poachers. Our friends from Canada left with a warm feeling about S Africa and how exciting game reserves can be. We'll go back for sure.

Room Tip: Bungalow #6 is at the last and furthest away from the lodge so it's quiet and the views are pano...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Thanks for visiting us and for your support for the reserve and its conservation work. It's always great to share our special place with like-minded people. Glad your friends had a great experience too: word of mouth is our best advertising. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Hlosi team.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

This was our second visit to Amakhala, but to a different lodge.

The game drives were fantastic, food excellent, staff brilliant.

The only dissappointment was bees nest near outside shower, which was resolved before our departure. The other was broken jacuzzi.

A shame the maintenance was not to the same standard as everything else.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dave B
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Thanks for staying with us, for taking the trouble to post a review, and for your kind compliments. I'm sorry those pesky bees were a nuisance. We try to work with humane and eco-friendly deterrents rather than any harsher stuff, and I think the bees take advantage of our policy. Thanks for letting us know about the jacuzzi. They're temperamental beasts and we'll get on to this. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Hlosi team.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012

We had a lovely 2 night stay at Hlosi. Staff were so incredibly friendly and accommodating. Game viewing was great with Werner, our guide, and we spotted elephant, cheetah, rhino and much more. Food was great, the tea in the afternoon was awesome and the hot drinks after a cold drive was spot-on. Great wine list.
We didn't have a working fire-place and although only 2 of the 5 rooms were occupied, the choice of moving to a room with a working fireplace wasn't offered. No working spa-bath as well. Although massages are advertised we were told that a masseur was not available. But those were the only hick-ups.

Not completely sold that the price for Hlosi is justified. We felt it was overpriced for what you get.

Nonetheless we had a great stay, made splendid memories, had amazing service and a really enjoyed our time there.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
Thanks for staying with us, and for taking the trouble to give us some good feedback as well as letting us know about some dropped balls with the fire and the spa bath. I'm sorry you weren't offered a move to another room - you're right, you should have been. Both offending items have been fixed, and I'm glad that the food, wine, wildlife and (I loved your phrase) splendid memories at Hlosi made for a great holiday. Best regards from the Hlosi team and the Baileys.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

We loved to stay at Hlosi Game Lodge. We had a warm welcome and the whole stay was excellent. We felt at home and the service was perfect. Our kids loved the experience to see all the wild animals and the Hlosi Team made the stay perfect for us and the kids. They cared of all issues and everything we needed for an excellent stay. We surely will come back in future and we will warmly recommend Hlosi Game Lodge to all families and also to all other travellers which are planning a perfect stay at a game lodge. We also had very good game viewings at every game drive we had.

Room Tip: Family Suite - lovely and spaceful, perfect for a family!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
What a great review - thank you! It always warms our hearts to know that other families are making good memories at Hlosi. Glad you enjoyed the family suite: we love staying there too. Hope to see you again sometime. Until then, best wishes from the Hlosi Team and the Bailey family.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

We could not fault the experience we had, from the minute we arrived, the hospitality, accommodation, food, our ranger Werner, the game and Veronique and her team.
A most memorable experience and highly recommended.

Room Tip: Stayed at Hlosi in a family room which was excellent. We don't think that they have a fitness c...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Polly201205
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 26 July 2012
Thanks for choosing Hlosi and for your great review. We're very glad to hear that Veronique and Werner looked after you so well - they are stars. Your note about the gym made me smile: we probably should get one to help us all deal with all the willpower-challenging food at Hlosi. I always say I'll resist, but never do. So we'll look into that, for our own sakes as much as for our guests! Best regards from the Hlosi team and the Bailey family.
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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012

Wow what a wonderful spot to get away from it all. Loved the little lodges we each got to stay in and the room was so cozy! Wish I could have tried the outside shower but it was too chilly that early in the morning but what fun to sleep under the net in the night. Reminded me when I first went on safari as a little girl! The main lodge was very inviting after our game ride and the dinner was wonderful with the roaring fire. If you asked me would I recommend this spot for sure, very friendly, clean and away from it all.

Room Tip: I would go earlier in the year so you can enjoy the outside and pool area and stay for more than one...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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100roaringlions, Owner at Hlosi Game Lodge, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Thanks for staying with us and for posting such a lovely review. It's great to have such good feedback, especially from such a seasoned Safari-ist (I liked the memory of your girlhood safaris under mosquito nets). We hope we get to welcome you back in the summer sometime, so that you can enjoy those outside showers. Best regards from the Hlosi team and the Bailey family.
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Property: Hlosi Game Lodge
Address: R342 Landman Road | Off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hlosi Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hlosi Game Lodge Offers 4-Star Family-Friendly Safari Trips In The 7 500 ha Malaria-Free Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape South Africa. Hlosi Game Lodge is a small 6-room game lodge in Addo, near the city of Port Elizabeth offering rich wild life game-viewing and luxurious game lodge accommodation for the whole family. Our six suites lie along a gentle curve of hill above a river plain, and offer wide-open views from your private deck. The main lodge includes elegant lounge and dining areas, and a hard-to-leave bar overlooking the swimming pool and waterhole. With only six suites, Hlosi offers a unique, intimate safari trip with personal game viewing experiences. We're privileged to be able to share our love for conservation, food and life with you. Our four double suites and two 2-roomed family suites may also be booked exclusively as an intimate venue for small team-building events, conferences and weddings. ... more   less 
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