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“Wonderful food, eclectic menu, beautiful presentation and a great value”
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Outlook Lodge
Ranked #1 of 36 Benoni B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Eugene, Or
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167 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, eclectic menu, beautiful presentation and a great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We arrived at the lodge with a broken foot, sprained ankle and wrist from a fall earlier in our vacation in South Africa. We stayed at the lodge the last two days before heading back to the states. Francois and his staff took such marvelous care of us - providing meals day and night, ice, information, rides to doctors and airport etc. Couldn't have been better. The lodge is comfortable, in a beautiful setting in a suburb of Johannesburg - next to a golf course. Thanks so much Francois!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

At the end of our five week vacation in South Africa, we arrived at our home away from home - Outlook Lodge, Benoni and their outstanding manager, Francois. We spent 4 days here prior to our safari, then another day on our return from the safari and then again on our return following our trip to Victoria Falls prior to flying home. Francois, manager, was there to meet us and made us feel so welcome. He organized our transportation to and from the airport, advised on using the metro system (actually very easy)offered advice for our 4 days in Johannesburg and made sure we were ready for our trip to Arathusa Game Reserve. Francois really makes the stay welcoming. He is the receptionist, cook, bartender and advisor. The rooms at the lodge were large, clean and affordable. We would certainly recommend this lodge for people staying in and around Johannesburg on their to the game reserves and, as we did, was a place to unwind following the safari and before and after our trip to Victoria Falls. It was an amazing experience.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

My wife and I loved it. Very cozy, safe and the most friendly and helpful staff ever.
We stayed for one night on our way to a Safari trip and what can I say, we booked for a second night on the way back.
The rooms are huge, clean and well equipped.
The location is very safe and near the airport, the lodge offers a shuttle service against a very affordable rate. I recommend to make use of this service in order to avoid the regular hassle with cab drivers.
Then to the staff, the manager called Francoise, he made the difference for us. He is not only the manager, but also the cook, the receptionist, the bar tender and all other forms of person needed. He is truly a born service provider and the most helpful person ever.
We can really recommend this place, you feel like home, true value for the money and truly memorable and amazing experience.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We were picked up from airport and had a short 15min drive to the Outlook Lodge in Benoni. We were greeted by Francois upon arrival and shown to our rooms. The room was beautiful with large en suite bathroom. Francois cooked a great dinner and breakfast the following morning. After breakfast we were transported to Kruger National Park by comfortable mini bus with aircon. The drive was about 6hours although the final 2hours was spent driving through the National Park so it felt like our Safari had already begun and the time flew as we spotted animals along the way. We spent 4 days in Kruger, trips into the bush were fantastic and our guide Debbie was great. Debbie was more than happy to answer all our questions and did her best to ensure we spotted the 'big 5' and more! Outlook provided three mains a day plus snacks in between in the package we booked and all the wine you can drink with your evening meal. We stayed in a double, en-suite chalet which also has a small kitchen area with fridge and basic cooking utensils, the chalet was cleaned daily with fresh towels and always hot water in the shower. The park also has a large combined gift shop/convenience store which is surprisingly well stocked with all the essentials you may have forgotten plus a full liquor store/ off-licence if you fancy a glass of wine or beer in the evening. On our last day we returned to Francois at the lodge, we had a great night with plenty of delicious food and drink. We had a good group and sat up with Francois in the lounge with a glass of wine and chatting into the early hours. The next morning we enjoyed a light breakfast before being transported back to the airport to continue our trip!

Overall I would highly recommend Outlook Lodge and Safari for a fantastic time in South Africa, everything is extremely well organised, food is great and all the staff, drivers and guides were exceptional.

Enjoy!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I've booked the Outlook Lodge for a stay the 2 nights before and 2 nights after my tour thru the Kruger National Park. But stayed for a week after my tour. It is a very nice lodge. When I arrived I was welcomed by Francois and it was a very nice and warm welcom. The room was wonderful and so was the bed and shower (the 2 most important things for me). The breakfast was lovely and the dinners were absolutely wonderful.
It's a very nice lodge with a very homey feeling and with very friendly staff. Also the garden is a very beautyful place to look at, it realy made it a 'home away from home'. And I'm sure that I will go back there.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Hohenschaeftlarn, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stayed at the Outlook Lodge at the beginning and end of our trip to Kruger Park. We were very happy with the Hotel. The Location is very calm and peaceful, with a beautiful garden. We were able to walk to the nearby Shopping mall and Restaurants. The Service was warm and friendly, and the Food was delicious and always freshly prepared.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

I selected this B&B from these pages and we weren't disappointed. It's not far from OR Tambo so it allows you to get out of J'berg without travelling far after a long flight. The three of us had a very spacious two bedroom suite and an equally large bathroom. Tastefully furnished, very clean and comfortable. Communal areas are pleasant and set you in the mood for your African travels. The area feels safe and the B&B is set behind an electric gate like most homes in this area. It's near a bird sanctuary which is pleasant to walk around in the morning. Francois cooked us a meal which was reasonably priced for its quality and the little dog befriended us hoping to get some scraps. He was unlucky. We stayed one night on our way to Kruger. Unfortunately, I left my binoculars cover there so I'm going to have to return to collect it some day.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Outlook Lodge
Address: 1 Ambleside Avenue | Lakefield, Benoni 1501, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Outlook Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Outlook Lodge offers great value for money with home from home comforts in a tranquil gated community. We cater for discerning travelers, professionals, avid safari enthusiasts and families alike.Originally established as an overnight stop for guests embarking on safari with us, it now boasts a 4 star grading and confidently claims to surpass international standards, maintaining the highest possible levels of professionalism, hygiene and comfort.The rooms are tastefully furnished to celebrate South Africa's wonderful diversity of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Breakfast is a scrumptious affair, while lunch and dinner is served on request at minimal extra charge. Special dietary requirements are catered for.Being right next to a golf course and within 5 minutes' walk from a gym and the Korsman Bird Sanctuary offers our guests activity on our doorstep. Day excursions to explore all that Gauteng has to offer can be booked through the lodge.We have been operating safaris to the Kruger National Park since 1998 and specialize in this region of South Africa. All safaris are conducted by professional safari guides employed by ourselves. You will deal with us personally and safaris generally leave from the Outlook Lodge. Options vary from budget camping to luxury lodge safaris.We are situated about 15 minutes' drive from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport and offer transfers to and from the airport by prior arrangement at a minimal charge.We look forward to meeting you!. ... more   less 
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