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Nibela Lake Lodge
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Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
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“Luxury and tranquility in the bush @ Nibela Lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2010

Nibela surpassed all our expectations! All chalets are totally private, accessed by means of wooden boardwalks, feels like walking through a tropical forest. Our unit was beautifully appointed with a private deck giving stunning views of Lake St Lucia, which has water now and although not 100% full, is still a sight to behold. We enjoyed an informative guided walk, will definitely do the quad bike trail next time! The meals were excellent and a really nice touch was being able to order home-baked goods from the kitchen, so we were able to take home a 'slice' of Nibela. Mini bar prices very reasonable as were the curios. This very special and tranquil resort should be enjoyed by all seeking a breakaway in the African bush, but still wanting to enjoy the luxury of a beautiful and comfortable unit. Excellent value for money!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2006

Nibela Lake Lodge is situated in the Lake St Lucia Heritage site on is on the edge of the Lake. It is in a beautifull setting - the only problem is that there is absolutely no water in the lake at the moment due to a drought which have caused the lake to dry and numerous animals (like crocodiles and hippos) have since died or moved to other areas. Although the drought plays a major role in the dryness of the Lake, it should never have happened. Humans are blamed for this by the local people - calling it a curse " the revenge of the fish". Always taking from nature, but never putting anything back.

The accomodation is lovely with Semi Attached glass and wood chalets, each with an excellent view of the Lake and interlinked with wooden walkways linking each one and the main reception, restuarant and lounge. There is a pool and a bar with a televsion for those who cannot do without one - an item whcich we could have done without - with sports being turned on loudly or MTV that the kids were listening to. In my opion this is not a place for children as there is not much to do if you do not like to go for walks (which are all guided)and kids get bored very easily.

Prices at this stage is very reasonable due to the situation with the dry lake, but I know that the prices increase when the lake is full.

I would love to go back when the lake has water in and lets hope that it will be soon as this is a very sad sight indeed.

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Property: Nibela Lake Lodge
Address: Nibela Peninsula, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Nibela Lake Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exclusive location in the unique conservation area of the iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia), Wetlands Park, situated in one of Africa's World Heritage Sites. A wetland of international significance and national pride. Nibela Lake Lodge blends almost magically into the forest surrounds. Eleven luxurious thatched chalets are situated high up in the ...Cool forest beneath a magnificent canopy of trees, where guests can enjoy the solitude and tranquility of Africa at its best. Enjoy breakfast and lunch to the song of indigenous birds or dinner under a sky of scattered stars with only the multitude of bird species breaking the silence of the tranquil sanctuary. Kiddies meals and vegetarian options are also available on request. Offering ultimate comfort, the units include en-suite bathrooms, mini-bar, dressing-room and private viewing deck where sundowners can be enjoyed in a serene and secluded setting with spectacular views. TV's with DSTV in rooms. The prestigious complex seat 30 people and focuses on personalized service and excellent cuisine. A lounge area with TV and DSTV channels, housing a variety of wildlife books and board games leads out onto a wraparound wooden viewing deck. The lodge also boasts a bar with TV and DSTV channels, entertainment centre, curio shop and two swimming pools to cool off in the magical Zululand climate. Swimming towels and umbrellas are available at reception on request. The lodge also has a giant chess set in the garden, a jungle gym and trampolines. Boma dinners with Zulu dancing every Tuesday and Saturday evening (weather permits) Viewing deck on the Hell's Gate side of the property. We are very focused on birding, as we are situated in on of the top 10 best birding spots for rare birds in South - Africa. We offer guided walking trails and our guide Lucky is extremely experienced. We have a boat for scenic and fishing trips on the famous Lake St. Lucia. This is very popular activities and a lifetime experience. ... more   less 
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