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Protea Simunye Zulu Lodge
Reviewed 15 January 2009

We stayed for 2 very long nights at Simunya as part of a 3 week trip round South Africa. Brits out there, listen up! It was the single most uncomfortable and unpleasant part of our whole trip and only bit I would have happily cancelled. Beautiful setting in a deep valley, stunning Zulu village and interesting roundels to stay in BUT; indifferent staff, arrogant Afrikans owner, nothing Protea about it save marketing, food served in foil and ran out every meal, bugs and insects like you wouldn't believe, no fans or AC which is part of the experience but combined with little light at night, weak running water in the showers, no hand basins or running water at all in rooms (you brush your teeth with a pitcher of water) uncomfortable hard beds, no way to leave as it takes 30 mins to get down there and you leave your car at the top of the hill - and NOTHING to do all day. ONe hour's morning with the zulus, and one hour's evening dancing show and then a long long long boring day in between in a tiny space. Boring boring boring - only thing on offer was horseriding off the valley by yourself. Nothing for kids to do, no pool, no use of the zulu village in the day, no spear making/pottery as advertised - don't go. If you want a zulu experience take a day trip to Shakaland. This might be all very real but it's hot, scratchy, uncomfortable and dull. NEVER AGAIN

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Reviewed 13 August 2014
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Address: 18 km from Melmoth on the D256, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand
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Ranked #51 of 70 Speciality Lodging in Zululand
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Simunye Zulu Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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