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Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

After a long, long drive from Swaziland with my group of 20 Chinese clients we arrived a DumaZulu where we enjoyed a traditional buffet lunch, it was mouth watering and the staff was very friendly too. After our delicious lunch we enjoyed a 3 hour afternoon game drive and our guides were very informative.
Highly recommended whether for accommodation, lunch, game drives or reptile park.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

My cottage was huge but everything inside a little old. Dusty old couch, tv didn't work, kitchen light was broken (however, there was a full kitchen which was comfortable but nothing in there to clean the dishes and a package of mouldy bread on one of the shelves). Shower and bed were nice.
It was quite a walk to the restaurant area. Buffet was nice, as well as the breakfast but service needs a little improvement to speed up breakfast for groups larger dan just one family. Wifi around the restaurant area, not exactly clear what the costs for wifi were (different with any staffmember asked, from etxremely expensive to free) but most of the time didn't work in the morning.
The resort itself looks nice, very green and with a nice pool.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

We were on a tour and visited only the village which is not original, but made to look authentic. We learned some of the language and culture, saw some of the stuctures and housing. An older man dressed as a zulu greeted us and was funny and charming, as was Issac who seemed to be the coordinator of the project. A zulu woman was our guide around the village explaining the different sites--pottery, weapons, cooking, etc. At each site, there were some young men and women,demonstrating different tasks (a turn off was when some of them where disinterested and bored). They later gathered to show some Zulu dancing (which went on a little too long). The tour ended with a small buffet lunch (the most interesting item was cooked pumpkin as a vegetable). The zulus have a long and proud history--this gives you a small inkling of that--it is probably a good idea to read more about them to get in depth information.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

We arrive at a bad moment when the heavens opened up and it was pouring with rain. The site looked amazing and I wish we had experanced this place on a sunny day. It was a shame because we got a lack luster performance, disinterested guide, and dancers who were staring off into the rain with sad looking faces. We were soaked and so where the troope. The guide did not want to show us the village site because of the rain and rushed us though not even coming into the hut with us. Lucky my partner could tell the other couple with us and myself about the inside. We were encourage to do a bit of shopping in the curio shop.
This was a disappointing visit here for us as it was a recommend place to visit, perhaps it would have been different if the sun was out.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed at the Dumazulu Village/Lodge for 3 days. The site seems to be far from civilization but in fact there are a few other lodges in the area. The nearest town Hluhluwe is a 15 minute drive away albeit through the bush on a dirt track. The staff has to be highly commended for politeness, friendliness and respectfulness. The food was freshly cooked, dinner was buffet style with a large selection of salads, meat and side dishes. Breakfast was freshly cooked to order with a selection of cereals, cold meats and fruit. The room was huge, with a separate fully equipped kitchen. The bed was comfortable and clean. The beer was always cold....

We thoroughly enjoyed the Zulu Village experience, being South African I knew a bit of the Zulu culture but my partner had no idea what to expect. He enjoyed all the stories Isaac, the tour guide, had to tell about his people. The Zulu dancing was good. The highlight was the 2 little boys dancing in the background, copying the adult dancers - 'dancers in training'! The crocodile and snake park is worth a visit. Unfortunately the pool was out of use as they were busy digging near the pool area.

However on the negative side.......
I ordered a Bloody Mary and the drink I received was so strong that it took my breath away. It was made up of 1 tot vodka, 1 tot tomato juice and 1 tot spiced rum, served in a small brandy glass, needless to say I left it and was still charged for it. The waiters have no clue how to mix cocktails of any sort. Make sure you take extra milk, a tea towel, dishwashing liquid etc for the kitchen. The kitchen units when opened had a musty smell. Even though we were booked in for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, the cleaning lady neglected to wash our morning coffee cups and forgot to replenish the coffee, tea, sugar and milk we had used. Perhaps it was because we returned to our room whilst she was still busy cleaning. The shower cubicle is huge but again it needed a good scrubbing down as there was slimy soap left in the corners from previous visitors. The shower curtain needs washing or replacing and the small shower gel and hand cream freebies were left over's from the previous visitors. The pillows were quite disgraceful, it was stained yellow and brown and had no protector cover on it. We needed to use the wall socket behind the bed so when we pulled the bed away from the wall, it looked like the floor had never seen a broom it was so dirty with dead bugs and dust etc. There was dirt encased around the wash hand basin taps as well. This was a bit to secluded for me, the walk from the room to the dining area in the dark was scary. Don't forget to take lotion with for mosquitos as there are plenty about.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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