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Leopard Walk Lodge
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

My wife and I, together with two friends spent 4 nights at this property at the end of a great holiday in South Africa.
We had a great time. For people to say there is nothing to do in my view misses the point. The point is that you can relax in a peaceful and undisturbed environment, that gives you a feel of Africa. The stroll along a sandy path, through the woods to our chalet was delightful, and it would be ruined if the paths were paved, because you would not be able to see the footprints of the animals that had passed that way before!
The staff were fantastic and ever helpful, even providing a packed breakfast for us when we went early one day to go on safari, without us even asking for one. The food was plentiful and well cooked, and served in the delightful surroundings of the dining area that was open on three sides. some evenings the zebras come up to visit you and watch from the other side of the rail!!! The added cost of eating there in the evenings ( which I would recommend as the lodge is a fair distance from the town) was very reasonable indeed.
Thoroughly recommended if you wish a peaceful stay with a feel of Africa, with great food and fabulous service with a smile and happiness

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

We arrived at the leopard walk on the 12th of January and we were greeted by Zandile, one of the amazing friendly staff of Rob, they carried our things to the honeymoon suite and in no time our host Rob Cuthberson walked to our suite carrying my beers and welcming us to the lodge, fr me it was wow as it was the first time in the forest for me, he then had our outdoor jaccuzi cleaned and we were treated to champagne, the room's decor contributes to a very intimate atmoshere, which made our time together very special. Rob enjoys chatting to his guests making sure everything was to our satisfaction.

we requested chicken, lamb and fish, for religious purposes which was freshly prepared to our desire, so basically eveything he said he will do he did and his staff was perfect. On the 14th of jan which was my birthday we had a breakdown as my alternator belt snapped on my car in hluhluwe, we foned to rob top ask were can we go, he then met us in town and assisted us in looking for a belt which no spare shop had. rob then drove us toa workshop in the area where he waited with us and then we told him we would be fine until the belt that we managed to get was the wrong size and then rob returned to pick us up and take us back to the villa but first taking us to the bottle store.

he then checked up us on us the whole evening and gave us the room for 2 xta hous in the morning, he thn drove us back to the workshop and furthe checked up on us untill the vehicle was repaired till the point i got home.

and the big thng is that we an inter racial couple and we were not victimised at all.

the leopard walk is a fantastic getaway with mindblowing service and an angel for a host. for 6 star treatment in the forest this is the place to be, it is worth every cent for a stunning holiday. god bless the leopard walk. one of south africas true must visits

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank shivar m
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Staff were friendly, rooms were located in the bush which was nice however the dirt path to carry luggage and walk through needs to be tarred or gravelled,breakfast was very basic and repeatitive,not very "african" and sort of lazily done, there is nothing to do at the lodge so travelling needs to be done on a 10k dirt road to do any activities. This was difficult in the rain as the road was muddy and skidding etc was dangerous ,,no pool etc within the lodge and jacuzzi had no cover so could not be used as it was full of insects as its in the bush.nice animals can be viewed at entrance and exit of the lodge. Rooms were neat,however the blinds serve no purpose as you can see right through from the inside which made sleeping tough when the sun came up, the glass windows are nice but also made the room as hot as an oven when the electricity went out with the storm and sleeping without fan or a.c was horrible.overall a neat place but could do with a little upgrading as it has a lot of potential,for the price it was not bad but then again other lodges in the area are priced similarly that are more modern and value for money.sindy and rob friendly and accommodating and could definitely do very well on a larger scale with some facilities and activities to draw guests

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Shaaira M
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

My daughter & I chose to stay at this venue as a stop over on our way home from Kruger Park. We loved the setting which we classified as luxury in the bush. We had booked on a B & B basis so were very happy to find out that dinner had been arranged for us. The staff were very efficient and helped us to our room under a canopy of coastal sand forest. The rooms have wonderful privacy and it was exciting to see animal tracks all around, and later we met some of the resident zebras when they came calling. We were lucky to meet the owners and they regaled us with stories of the resident wildlife. The room we stayed in was gorgeous and very comfortable with unique decor. Unfortunately we did not stay long enough to make use of the jacuzzi or the local sights, as we were just passing through. A hearty breakfast was served the next morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our night there and could continue our journey refreshed and rested.

Room Tip: Our room was called "Spirit of the Forest" and was lovely, with an outside jacuzzi bath.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Margot S
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

We drove for 3 hours from Durban to the venue, looked at it and drove straight back to Durban!!
We received a gift from my daughter of a night's accommodation in Lepard Walk Lodge's 'honeymoon suite' and after checking out the web site were thrilled. We asked my wife's parents to join us and booked one of the cheaper rooms (R740 pn!) for them. We drove from Durban to Hluhluwe (a 3 hour drive) and took a trip around the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi game reserve on our way. On arrival at the very remote 'lodge' we parked and walked through the sand forest to the 'lodge' building (a covered verandah that is also the restaurant), reception (a desk in a niche) and the bar (in a corner of the verandah). A lady appeared out of the forest, introduced herself and said she would show us to our rooms. We went to my in-laws room first - a long walk through the forest paths especially for 80 year olds and carrying luggage. The room was like a backpackers room, tiny and smelly and with nowhere to sit outside - no airconditioner, no TV. In one corner of the clearing was a defunct swimming pool. Our 'honeymoon' room was entirely in the other direction and even further through the forest. It was better (at double the price) but cheaply put together. We asked the lady to call the owner while we waited in the room. Alittle while later we were summoned to the lodge building (who is the customer?) as the owner had appeared and could see us. We explained we were dissatisfied and drove back to Durban - could not stay there !!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Gordon C
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Leopard_Admin, Owner at Leopard Walk Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2012

We are disappointed about this review by Gordon Collins.


Hayley Collins made a reservation for her parents (A gift.) Subsequently her mother made an additional reservation for an extra room at a lower price. The difference in accommodation types was explained.

On arrival Mr. Collins became very upset because his Secrets of the Forest A+Suite was "in the bush" and had no TV in his suite, (We have Television at the main Lodge as our Ethos is “Peace and tranquility in the Bush” - thus no TV in the Suites).His parents Room was not to the same standard as his. The difference in accommodation was clearly explained to the guest when booking the additional room. Mr. Collins demanded a full refund for the entire booking, suggesting that he would give a bad review if we did not refund him in full. Mr. Collins was extremely agitated and would not entertain any reasonable discussion.

The lodge was full for that night, and should we have had a spare Room would have gladly upgraded the cheaper accommodation at no extra charge. We have had numerous guests enjoy both Buffalo Thorn and Secrets of the Forest suites, even over that weekend.

I explained to Mr. Collins that same day cancellations were not refundable according to our policy and we had declined other bookings for the two rooms that they had booked.


We requested that Mr. Collins to email so that we could settle on a solution. We had also been prepared to offer a double night voucher in Secrets of the Forest, as a re conciliatory gesture.

We are extremely disappointed with the outcome. We feel that this review is more about the guests failed attempt to solicit a refund.


Leopard Walk Lodge has always striven for excellence, and guest satisfaction has been our priority at all times.

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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We had booked into the cheaper rooms and on arrival were upgraded to the more expensive rooms as they werent occupied. We were very impressed by the rooms - very comfortable beds, soft sheets, clean and cosy! We had an out door jacoozi (spa bath) and it was so quiet and peaceful. This would have all been very nice if we were a honey moon couple wanting to do nothing but stay in bed however we wanted some nature walks or game drives but were told that we had to go to a game park to do any of these things which meant getting in the car and driving to hluhluwe imfolozi or false bay. Then we went for dinner, which we were told was a buffet however there was only one choice of food and the cook dishing up didnt pay attention when we tried to tell her how much to dish up so we both ended up with a pile of food on our plate. Unfortunately it was rather disappointing. The meat - steak, boerewors and lamb - was very over cooked, the pap (which not many are used to) was very dry and the beans were from a tin. The breakfast was much better however there is no point in the cook asking how you like your eggs done if she only knows how to do them hard !
We did see some zebras, impalas and inyalas very close. We even had a zebra come stick her head right into the car window!
I can highly recommend this place if you are looking for a relaxing, quiet place to spend the night but be careful if you stay in the cheaper rooms as they are a big step down from the fancy more expensive rooms.

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms/lodges are definately worth the extra money. The cheaper rooms are dark, gl...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kristina K
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

W arrived at Leopard Walk Lodge greeted by a staff member, she gave us our keys and we had to take our own luggage to the room, down a dirt path, then we found that there was no elecricity.
The buffet consisted on a Chicken a la king and bobotie, did not look at all appetising, so we braaied our own meat. The owner took our money (paid up front ) and went on holiday with his wife. The place was deserted apart from four tame zebra. It took 24 hrs to get the lights on. The Lodge is 30 klms from game park, oh and also to get to the lodge you have to drive on a dirt road.
I would definetly NOT RECOMEND this place.
FLIGHTCENTRE recomended this place.
Not 4 star

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
6  Thank Marge B
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Address: D 405 False Bay, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range: £39 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Leopard Walk Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your safari to Leopard Walk Lodge – a safe, romantic and friendly destination with excellent rates. Ideal for honeymoons, special occassions and eco-tourists – will bring you to South Africa’s world famous Elephant Coast, a spectacular natural wildlife area. Rejoice in your luxuarious accommodation with glass wrapped rooms set in a unique sand forest and relax in your own private outdoor Jaucuzzi. Set in a private wildlife reserve with over 350 bird species and abundant wildlife. ... more   less 
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