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Hopewell Lodge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Hopewell for 4 nights in December 2014, we couldn't have been looked after better from the moment we arrived until the sad time of our departure, the hospitality was very special, the food delicious and the Accomodation luxurious. The morning and evening safaris were amazing and we saw all kinds of amazing animals in their natural habitat. 5 stars indeed, a beautiful place.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

I never leave reviews whether good bad or indifferent but could not leave Hopewell without writing about it as the service was exceptional.

Wow what a fantastic stay Hopewell Lodge is truly unique. Having stayed in many other luxury hotels and lodges there really is something that sets Hopewell apart and that is the attitude and the fantastic team there, in a nutshell it really is a home from home albeit with Giraffe, Cheetah and many other animals wandering around in your rather large garden.

The Staff are really fantastic and looked after our every need making our stay a truly memorable one. Thank you Anthony, Karin(hope I spelt this correctly), John, Monica, Mary and Paulie. Not forgetting everyone else! Thank you.

The rooms are amazing and the relaxed attitude due to the lack of some of the more aggressive animals (lion, leopard, baboon) etc made it even more of a pleasure as you did not have to be chaperoned (apart from the Children) and meeting Tabu the Cheetah was also truly magical and the reason we needed to keep an eye on the kids.

The set up an amazing NYE party in the Boma for us although 50% of the party were ill due to a bug from previous travels (nothing to do with Hopewell).

On our return our transfer failed to turn up and we were quite close to missing our flight from Port Elizabeth but Anthony and Paulie managed to get us to the Airport in time for our flight, no easy task as there were eight of us and luggage, so a massive thank you to Anthony and Paulie for going beyond the call of duty there.



Hopefully we will be back again we will certainly be recommending you to all.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We spent a few days at Hopewell Lodge recently and had the most wonderful time! The lodge and the suites are beautiful and luxurious, with great views over a watering hole and the surrounding bush. Anthony and the rest of the team were wonderful and did everything they could to make our stay as memorable as possible, and the meals John prepared were delicious. We particularly liked having the whole place to ourselves so could really enjoy the peace and quiet, and could tailor the days to suit our preferences. We saw a lot of different animals during our stay thanks to Paulie's excellent tracking skills, and we particularly enjoyed our encounters with the cheetahs. We hope to be back!!
Carol and Paul

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We stayed at the reserve for two nights. We decided to celebrate our honeymoon there and that was the best decision we made the whole trip.
The "motto" of the reserve is not to have more than one group at a time so that's how we found ourselves alone just the two of us with the team at the reserve.
From the moment we arrived till the moment we sadly left the team and Antony the manager were doing everything they could in order to make this experience not less than perfect!!!
The food, the suite (we stayed at buffalo suite), the animals and the game reserve, the service, the attitude, the room itself and the breathtaking view from it was just perfect!!!
We will certainly come back!
The best thing we did - without a doubt!!!!

Room Tip: I would recommend one of the suites. It worth the money, one time experience !!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We have visited twice,and would recommend it as the best experience ever ,to be repeated as many times as possible,as it is such a magical and exciting vacation. It offers everything you could possibly wish for on a cosseted holiday. Wonderful food attentive staff, quiet solitude complete relaxation,fantastic luxurious accommodation and the final attraction of animals in their natural environment, it's not possible to ask for better.The animals are amazing and very beautiful ,it's difficult to say which I enjoyed most,we went on two Safari drives a day and every time had a new experience,encountering different animals.I loved the elephants with their babies ,giraffes zebras and cheetahs ,but must admit to loving and being so impressed with the Rhinos we encountered late in the day ,who offered much entertainment.These drives involve stops to enjoy the action of the animals and a little drink while observing the excitement of the wilderness. Later we enjoyed beautifully presented food. All meals from breakfast until the end of the day are of the highest quality, and accompanied by fine wines if required .We shall have to make a return visit sometime as extra accommodation has been added,each with their own swimming pools,Also the added attraction of Buffalo. You can be assured of an excellent welcome ,from happy experienced staff.Give it a try,you will certainly not be disappointed. We continued our holidays at the lovely coastal town of Kenton on Sea ,which offers beautiful sandy beaches , a lovely way to finish off the holiday of a lifetime.We visited in 2007 and 2008

Room Tip: All Rooms are fantastic
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Purmerend, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

We loved every minute at Hopewell! We stayed here for 2 nights during our 3 week SA holiday and it definitely was one of the highlights.
Niall (the manager) and Roger (our ranger) gave us a warm welcome and since they were working on the new private suites we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite (currently called Nguni suite on their website). An absolutely stunning accommodation with a gorgeous view of the valley.
The staff is great, every single one of them tried their best to make our stay as memorable as possible and they definitely succeeded! John's cooking is fenomenal and Paulie is the best tracker!! Meeting with Thabo, the house cheetah was something that we will never forget!
Our stay became even more memorable since we got engaged here, and we will definitely try to be back here soon!!!!

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

We rented the reserve for a few days and enjoyed every minute.
There is one vehicle with great rangers, we saw loads of animals and as it has not been commercialised it is a true Africa experience!
Food was fab- go for outside dining one evening
My suite was stunning. Kettle, UK and SA plugs, lots of space, outdoor showers and private sun bathing deck
Totally memorable...

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Hopewell Lodge
Address: R72, Colchester 6175, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Colchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Colchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hopewell Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hopewell Lodge is an exclusive luxury hideaway on a private African game reserve in South Africa's beautiful Eastern Cape. The luxurious lodge nestled in the hillside hosts up to 12 guests and overlooks the wildlife reserve, a reclaimed Eden in a once remote wilderness. ... more   less 
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