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“Not a "B & B"--very disappointed”
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MoAfrika Lodge
Ranked #8 of 36 Benoni B&B and Inns
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Not a "B & B"--very disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Stayed here our last night in Africa before flying out from Jo'burg. If you're looking for a really cheap night with a hostel/backpacker feel, then this is probably fine. We were looking for a B & B, and this is not that. Started out with the driver picking us up--not very friendly; had to stop for gas right at the airport, then swung by to pick a worker up at another place. We were wondering what was going on. As we pulled into the neighborhood, I was sure there had been a mistake. Questionable, unattractive area in the middle of nowhere. Place is in state of disrepair. Not gated, though everything else in the area is. Nobody there to check us in, never got a key. No soap in the room. Got queen without a/c as opposed to king with a/c that we booked. Owner nowhere to be found until later that night. Since nothing is close by, they serve dinner there. TERRIBLE! "Braii" (BBQ): chicken was raw inside, rump steak was cooked to texture of hockey puck and inedible, took over an hour to get food, all for $15 U.S. pp. (R1500.) Half the lightbulbs in the communal area were out. Room was dark and cold. We seriously considered calling a cab and going elsewhere even though we had no idea where to go. Instead we opted to leave for a tour first thing in the morning and then go directly to the airport so we could get the heck out of there. It nearly ruined what had been a wonderful 2-week stay in South Africa. The crowning glory was the owner's two (of four in the property) rottweilers having sex right in front of the entry. Nice. Perfect metaphor for our stay. The photos on the website and on tripadvisor make it look way nicer than it really is.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Moafrica was the start point of our trip in South Africa. The place is absolutely awesome, the staff is very helpful and will do their best to accomodate any request. They also arrange Kruger Safari and accommodation and many other tours such as Soweto and Sun city. I highly recommend

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

This place is like living in the countryside in South Africa. The rooms are big and decor is very well chosen. There is also a swimming pool and a pool table. The staff is extremely friendly. This place had a hostel feel which we loved where we could meet travellers from other countries. The place had usual safety features like electronic alarms, secure gate and dogs so that was fine. It is 15 min drive from the airport so was a great stopover hotel for us.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

Very good service (a lot of thanks to Andrew and the rest of the "team"). The atmosphere was good, relaxed, yet quiet to enable a good night sleep. Rooms are spacious and nice. We stayed a night before returning home next evening, were allowed to postpone checking out and to use the facilities (taking shower, changing clothes). Overall, the place exceeded our expectations. Only 10 to 15 mins from the airport. Due to the location you can not easily able to travel to Joburg on your own. Apart from that, we can warmly recommend MoAfrika.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We stayed here one night before we went in to Kruger. Its an ok place to stay for a night or two. The rooms were big, and the staff friendly, but the location is a bit off. It was nice that the pickup from the airport was included, and that they took us on a Soweto tour when all the other companies we contacted couldnt because of our arrival time.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

We were on our way to Kruger and stopped in Joberg for a day. This is a good place to stay near the airport. Rooms are big and comfortable. Location is a bit off track but good if u are in transit. Hosts are friendly. We took a guided Soweto tour with them which was good. Food was avg.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Washington D.C.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

Wanted to try a local lodge, off the beaten path and the reviews of this place seemed positive. The rooms were quite nice but the staff was virtually non-existant and the location seemed overly rough and dirty.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Property: MoAfrika Lodge
Address: 120 Sandham Road | Norton Home Estate, Benoni 1619, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to MoAfrika Lodge. MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an African theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Why book yourself into a Hotel or Guest Houses when you can stay here at MoAfrika Lodge? MoAfrika Lodge has evolved from Anthony's place which has been operating since 2006. MoAfrika Lodge offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Our rooms are spacious and are tastefully decorated in a truly African style. A large dining room and lounge flow unobtrusively into the cosy bar area. Guests may unwind around our sparkling swimming pool and enclosed wooden deck. MoAfrika Lodge is very conveniently situated less than 10km from Johannesburg Airport, O.R Tambo. ... more   less 
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MoAfrika Lodge Benoni, Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

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