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Valley Bushveld Country Lodge & Safari Tours
Reviewed 27 July 2014

I stayed at the lodge from July 4-15, 2014. I cannot say anything bad about Kerneels and Vanessa and the whole experience. The lodging and food was great. We ate wild meat almost every night and it was amazing. Grace is an excellent cook. Nico is a gracious manager and a good tour guide. I took all five recommended tours to include Addo Elephant Park, David Cheetah preserve, the lion preserve, the tree top experience, and Addo elephant ride. All were worthwhile and enjoyable. The rooms were nice, the lodge beautiful, and the service good. It is a very good value for the money. I highly recommend them.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We spent three wonderful days at the lodge and are still thrilled by this magnificent setting! Immersed in nature and surrounded by zebras, antelopes and other wild animals. It was the perfect introduction to our African adventure! A real highlight was the food: Grace is the best cook we could ever know. Kerneel promised us that we would get no better dinner on our entire trip - and he was right! We still dream of the fantastic Pumkin Pie and the tender kudu meat. We also booked a day tour through the nearby Addo Park. It was perfectly organized: Vanessa's brother Eugene led us personally through the park and showed us the magnificent diversity of African wildlife. We were thrilled! For lunch, he organized a real African barbecue, which also was an unque experience. We will definitely come again and recommend the Lodge to anyone who loves an extraordinary experience, terrific food and real wildlife! Thank you Vanessa, Kerneel, Eugene and Grace! (Claudia + Ferdinand)

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

When our daughter had a gymnastics competition scheduled for August in Uitenhage, we decided to make a family holiday of it. After some research, we decided to stay at Valley Bushveld Country Lodge. The entire experience, from booking to staying, was incredible. Kerneels and Vanessa, our hosts, bent over backwards to accommodate our family. With four children 10 and under, we weren't their usual visitors, but they none-the-less made us feel at home. So much so, the kids couldn't wait to greet Vanessa and Kerneels in the morning and evening at meal times. The meals were amazing: delicious and plenty! We enjoyed the "suiwer Afrikaner" dishes prepared from game Kerneels himself hunted. Dinnertimes were filled with great conversation and we found ourselves learning a lot! Kerneels and Vanessa didn't mind our hundreds of questions about animals, hunting, conservation and more. Our rooms were comfortable and overlooked the valley. Picturesque for sure! We enjoyed walks in the bush and I even got to see giraffes on an early morning run to the main gates. We left feeling like we had been visiting the home of good friends and will definitely return if we head to the Eastern Cape again. I wrote a blog post about our stay, available here: http://bit.ly/valleybushveldlodge

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

This was our second stay and like the first time, we had the most wonderful time! Everything was exceptional: the tranquility; the view; close up wild animals; the comfortable bed and warm bedding, but the food... It was certainly the best we had on our whole holiday.! It brought along much discussion among all the guests in the atmospheric lounge/dining room. Everyone agreed on the devine variety of full flavoured, well planned and carefully prepared meals.
We can definately reccomened anyone to use this as a base to plan a true African-experience holiday, for you are surrounded by everything that you can imagine about Africa. We will be back!

Room Tip: All the room doors open onto a fantastic view, but I prefer the higher rooms for a better view.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Thanks for the most amazing stay and for sharing a little bit of "heaven" with us. Everything at Valley Bushveld Lodge add value to one's holiday. The accommodation is clean and very cosy with an awesome view from each room. The patio in front of each room is so cool with the little 2 seater where you can enjoy the visiting wild, the breathtaking sunsets followed by the brightest starry splendour ..... Kerneels and Vanessa 's hospitality touches one's heart and you haven't taste good food until you've experienced Vanessa's dinners...absolute divine! We will definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

What a fantastic lodge. Beautiful location, fantastic hosts and food the best ever. Many thanks to Kerneels for showing us the wonderful wildlife and to Vanessa for a wonderful stay, the highlight of our holiday.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Kerneels and Vanessa made us feel right at home from the beginning. The evening meals were outstanding and a great experience to try bushveld cuisine. We really enjoyed our walks throught the bush and the game viewing along the way. We could have listened to Kerneels' stories about his experiences in the bush and about the animals for hours - he made us feel like old friends. Too bad he had work to do in running this excellent establishment. We will be back for sure, but we will stay longer next time.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Kerneels S, Owner at Valley Bushveld Country Lodge & Safari Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2013

Thank you guys. It is always nice to meet new people and to share and laugh about our experiences. Thanks for your stay with us. Kind Regards, Kerneels

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Additional Information about Valley Bushveld Country Lodge & Safari Tours

Address: Farm PrenticeKraal, Cockscomb Road | Addo, 6231, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Greater Addo
Price Range: £49 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Valley Bushveld Country Lodge & Safari Tours 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VALLEY BUSHVELD COUNTRY LODGE is an owner managed, successful, upmarket four star, safari-style Guest Lodge and bed and breakfast close to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The Eastern Cape is called "Naturally South Africa's Best", with a million hectare of malaria-free, big 5 game viewing, fantastic beauty and endless beaches. The Lodge is built on the banks of the Coegas River and is situated on a private game reserve which boasts over 17 species of wild game animals and antelope. The reserve is just 200 metres of the main R75 on route to Addo. Our beautiful lodge overlooks the valley and promises you of an exquisite, once in a lifetime scenery and sunsets with wild antelope feeding around the lodge. In the distance if you should want to explore the valley, you will discover a little river, natural rock face and a natural unharmed environment with its own wildlife. Spoil yourself in the Jacuzzi while sipping on South African champagne and fine wines. The view from the Jacuzzi is out of this world and you have the chance to spot wild antelope from your seat in the Jacuzzi. You can not beat this experience.Around the lodge you will spot an abundance of wildlife, some 17 species of South African antelope, such as Giraffe, Black Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Blesbuck, Impala, Nyala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Duiker, Grysbuck, Warthog, Bushpig, Mongoose, Fox, Porcupine, Jackal, Meerkat, Lynx and primates such as baboon and vervet monkey. A large variety of birds, including bird of prey such as the majestic black eagle and the magnificent flora resembling a natural succulent garden with aloe, euphorbia, spekboom, as well as the protected Cycad and indigenous Strelitzia plants can be found. ... more   less 
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