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“Hotel with beautiful Rondavels near Orpen Gate”

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Timbavati Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Hotel with beautiful Rondavels near Orpen Gate”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I just love those Rondavels (Chalets), very beautiful from the outside, basic but appropriate at the inside. They are in a beautiful garden where game are regular visitors (wildebeest, impala, duiker) as well as monkeys and beautiful birds.
The staff are very friendly, starting with a very warm welcome from Kylie and Rob, ending at the Bar chatting to John and Luke.
The only thing which I wouldn't recommend is the food.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Gabri359
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Gabi,
Thank you for reviewing your stay with us in May. Glad you enjoyed your accommodation and friendly staff. Its unfortunate you did not enjoy the food and we will work on improving this. We look forward to your next visit.
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Usa River
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53 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We arrived to a warm welcome from the staff with drinks and cool towel. Throughout the stay they were always checking to see if we needed anything. The rondavels were clean and comfortable with everything you needed in terms of towels, toiletries and comfortable beds. Although the nights were cool, we were very snug inside and there are extra blankets if needed. The food is plentiful and breakfasts were very filling. A great atmosphere around the lodge with large fires at night and local wildlife nearby in the mornings. We had warthogs, guinea fowl, monkeys and mongeese just outside the door. Kruger is nearby as is Manyaleti Reserve and other places to see. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Usa,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us. It is great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at the lodge. It also sounds like you really did get to experience the full package. We hope to see you again soon !!
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We stayed two nights at Timbavati and had a great stay. The cottages are simple but nice, clean and spacious. The beds have musquito nets. The staf is friendly and dinner is great! It is also a good place to relax: there is a large pool.
In timbavati you have a good chance to spot wildlife; we saw wardhock, wildebeast and dwarf mongoose. It is situated near Kruger Park (25 minutes by car), Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Hi Marco,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. The team are glad you enjoyed your stay and its great to here you had a visit from the 'Locals' :) Thank you for loading some great photos and we do hope you will visit again.
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Wow!! Pleasantly suprised. With first impression upon entrance we thought 3 star here we come. But from reception up to the bar we got excellent service!! Well done on the staff.

Atmosphere fantastic. Boma fire and everyone comes together as a family!!!

Will come again!!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Hi Annemarie,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. The team are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and felt so welcomed at the lodge. We pride ourselves in having the family atmosphere and we are glad you were able to experience this. Cant wait for your next visit !!
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Harderwijk
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We enjoyed our stay in Timbavati. Especially because we stayed in a nice big house at the border of the lodgegarden. Nice views. Good for our imagination. Game? We saw a big turtle and deer (bokje) and interesting birds.
Other people of our tourgroup were not that lucky. Their houses were smaller, dark and wet, because of the rain.

Room Tip: Ask for a rondavel far away from the entrance and restaurant.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Hi Ella,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will visit again.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2014

This lodge was a great stop on our study abroad trip. The staff was so helpful and friendly! It was truly an experience months later I still treasure! The food, drinks, and bed accommodations were amazing. The staff makes you feel right at home, and safe for inexperienced travelers, like myself. The close proximity to Kruger National Park is definitely a huge perk. Our group was fortunate enough to see things in the park that day that people don't see in years and years (like lions taking down zebras!) I would highly, highly, recommend this stop on anyones trip through South Africa. Wish I could go back! Thanks again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Lindsey A
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Hi Lindsey,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Timbavati Safari Lodge. It is great to hear months after your visit you are still remembering your enjoyable stay with us. We often talk about how lucky you guys were with that Lion Kill. We do hope you are able to return and have another great stay with us.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

We were so spoiled when we went to see you in October and I really hope that we will be able to come back soon! Wonderful food, drinks, beds, smiles and atmosphere! The service was great and we really felt so welcome there! I loved how you can buy your Amarula products there - I am alsomst out of the jam, and have to come back for more shampoo, soap etc - I love it!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ryan M, General Manager at Timbavati Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi Frida,

Thank you for your review on your recent stay with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and managed to head home with some great African Souvenirs. We look forward to seeing you back to restock soon.
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Property: Timbavati Safari Lodge
Address: (R 531) Orpen Road | Klaserie, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Timbavati Safari Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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