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“Planters' Bush Camp”

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Hluhluwe River Lodge
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Durban
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“Planters' Bush Camp”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

I stayed at the Planters' Bush Camp with my family, including two young children. Unfortunately I did not feel that the website description accurately described the accommodation. The website says that "this accommodation offers three bedrooms each with two single beds and and en suite shower". However it fails to mention that the bedrooms are in two separate buildings, and all three have separate outside entrances with no internal passages connecting the rooms. This made it very difficult with young children, as they were frightened not to be sleeping cose to their parents. In the end, we put one adult in each room with one of the children, which means that we all had to go to bed at the children's bed-time. Had we known that this was the sleeping arrangement, we would have booked elsewhere. I should mention, however, that this would suit three couples wanting to stay together but maintain their own privacy. It just should be more accurately described on the website.

The other annoyance was that there are no anti-mosquito provisions at all - no gauze on the windows, and no mosquito nets. The camp is in a forest near a river and therefore there are planty of mosquitoes around. When we arrived the windows had been left open and I spent at least half an hour killing mosquitoes in the bedrooms. I counted over 20 in my room alone! Despite sleeping with copious quantities of mosquito repellant, we all had many mosquito bites the next morning, which is not cool in an area that has some malaria risk.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Vleuten, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

This place is fantastic. The service, the quality and authenticity are unique. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Gavin and tummie are very nice people and dedicated. Would love to come back soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

We stayed for 2 nights whilst travelling around South Africa. We had a really amazing time. Rooms lovely, food excellent, location great. Gavin, Tammy and staff went out of their way to make us welcome and comfortable. Would thoroughly recommend. Beautiful views, it was lovely to wake up to Impala grazing in front of our room. False Bay lake worth a visit.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

A group of friends and I stayed here in July 2012. The views from the lodge itself were wonderful esp that of False Bay. The place was secluded and private enough...you definitely felt like you were in the bush. The rooms were nice...Rustic but clean. The drive to the game park is about 30 mins away. The food was delicious and specially prepared as we asked for vegetarian. Also, the place is not over priced...so good value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 February 2013 via mobile

Beautiful view!! The guest rooms could use a little updating. The over all stay was nice and didn't break the bank. Very friendly and helpful staff. We enjoyed the safari even though it took about 30 min.To get to the park once you leave the lodge. Wish there would of been a way to not have been so crowded in the vehicle so we could have moved around better to view sightings. But like I said the cost didn't break the bank. Staying at a more expensive lodge would be a better idea if you want a closer drive, newer accommodation , and more comfortable ride.
We did have a fun stay with our friends!!!
And saw great sightings of Rhino!!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Hluhluwe River Lodge was a perfect get away from our manic travel schedule.
Set in the dense woodland, overlooking False Bay, it has everything that a nature lover wants. The Hluhluwe & Imfolozi game reserves are a c20 minute jeep drive away through traditional villages set up in the hillside. If you dont want to do the 4:30/5am wake up call for the drive, nature is literally on the lodge's door step, from Kudu, Impala to monkeys and pretty large spiders, there is so much to see from the log cabins and the balconies that overlook False Bay.
Any questions you may have from the small wild cat that nestles in a nearby roof, to the crazy frogs at night, the team are on standby for all kinds of ridiculous (in my case) questions.
This is a definite, the food is also pretty good, gives some of our professional chefs at home a run for their money.....!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mtunzini, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

The Hluhluwe River lodge bordering on the False Bay park and the Hluhluwe river, is perfectly situated to allow exploration of the surrounding area although once settled in to one of the lodges hidden away in the bush this is a difficult place to leave. The restuarant and bar, situated at the central lodge with its wide farmhouse style verandas surrounding a boma where guests relax around the fire, serves an exceptionally high quality menu of traditional South Africa foods and game meats. Gavin, Bridget and the staff are the perfect hosts with their warm hospitality. The lodge has to be on the top of any list and is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hluhluwe River Lodge

Property: Hluhluwe River Lodge
Address: D540-Hluhluwe (District Road 540), Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hluhluwe River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hluhluwe River Lodge is an intimate forest lodge situated far from the hustle and bustle, offering a tranquil environment and relaxed atmosphere. The lodge is ideal for self drive visitors looking for a fully catered restaurant facility and spacious living area. The main lodge has a lounge, expansive terrace and Wifi facilities. Ideal for a family getaway or a couples retreat, our attention to detail and personal touch will make your stay memorable. Upon request, we offer guided walks into False Bay Park which includes forest and lake shore experiences where the focus is on the little details and magic of our greatest asset, the Sand Forest. ... more   less 
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