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Khaya Ndlovu Manor House
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Chennai (Madras), India
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70 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

The property is just outstanding and was easily the best place we stayed in during our 10 day trip to SA. We stayed in the cottage since we were travelling with another couple. It was extremely large and comfortable with a very well stocked up and huge bathroom. We were surprised by a small deer a few minutes after we came into the cottage. The pool is lovely overlooking the waterhole where there are a number of animals through the day. Everyone at the manor house is extremely friendly and helpful. The dinner was really amazing and in spite of us being vegetarians we were served an out of the world meal, could not have asked for better. The breakfast was also amazing - hats off to Cindy for managing the kitchen fabulously. The only point we would change if we stay here again is going for a safari to thorny bush instead of the park around the lodge since the cats are limited in this park. We saw a lot of giraffes and zebras but no cats. All in all a great stay, just wish it was longer.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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MikeLawrie, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Dear Natarajan
Apologies for the belated reply. Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It really motivates our team to continue to lift the bar and ensure we provide the best experience for our valuable guests.

We look forward to meeting up with you again
Our very best regards

The Khaya Team
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

The stay at khaya ndvolu was the highlight of our trip....beautiful rooms....amazing hospitality....we are vegetarians and the chef cooked for us one of the most amazing meals...the wonderful candle light dinner setting along the tasty food made this an experience to remember...

Would surely recommend the place to all

Ps for people staying at khaya ndvolu I would recommend that you book an evening game drive in thorny bush

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pavitra_177
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Mike_KNMH123, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
Dear Pavitra_177, thank you for your wonderful review, it is always so good to know that we are achieving our purpose of providing our guests with the best Safari experience. When guests show their appreciation as you have, it motivates us greatly. We look forward to meeting you again in the future. All the best - The Khaya Team
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australia
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35 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2012

Hi,
We have just returned from South Africa after spending just over a month, travelling the coutryside.
We were fortunate to stay in a number of Lodges , and would count Khaya Ndlovu, as one ot the best we encountered.
From early emails, offering travellers advice, to a very warm farewell by all the staff as they walked us to our car, and waved us goodbye.!! What a beautiful thought.
We were considered part of the large family that come and go from this lodge, and this made us feel special.
Upon our arrival, we were not given the room we had booked, and were a little dissapointed. It was a small room, and in the main building. It did not have a fridge, or outdoor furniture, and after requesting these items, our room was soon to our liking. The staff could not do enough for us. They were very friendly, chatty unlike many of the South Africans, we had met on our travels.
Meals were of the highest standard, and we were given the choice, to sit on a long table and meet other guests, or sit by ourselves, at a seperate table. We chose the sit with others, and had a great time.
The building and grounds were beautiful, and soon after our arrival, we new we had made the right decision to stay here, and not in Kruger National Park.The African decor mad it all so special.
Our first night there, was my 60th Birthday, and staff all got together, to sing happy birthday to me. A bottle of champagne was produced by management, and it was a wonderful closure to a wonderful 60th ,in Africa. All that I had hoped for.
We did take the afternoon game drive to Thornbush, and had a great time.It was very reasonably priced (at least half the price of other game drives, we had been on)
We also visited Kapama Cheetah project and also went on a morning Blyde Canyon cruise, which we highly recommend. The Canyon is the 3rd largest in the world, and worth at least a half day visit. We sighted monkeys, hippos and of course viewed the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall
Shops and restaurants are all very handy to the Lodge, as town is less than 10 minutes away. There is a short drive on a dirt road,to get to the lodge . It is kept in good condition, unlike many dirt roads we had encountered.
We would have loved to stay there longer, but as we were on a budget, we only allocated a 2 night stay.We did class this as one of our splurge stays, and are so glad we did.Prices are not cheap, but not over the top either.Good value for money
We thank the Owner,Management and Staff for allowing us to stay at this beautiful Lodge. We would certainly return to Khaya Ndlovu if we were ever to return to South Africa.
Regards to all. RSA

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank rsa
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MikeLawrie, Owner at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 7 January 2013
Hello Russel

Thank you so much for the wonderful review it is greatly appreciated. We truly do see you as family and would love to see you again. Thank you for being so gracious about the issue with the room and we are so relieved that it worked out. It was so good to be able to share your memorable birthday with you.

Once again thank you so much for the wonderfully candid review I am sure it will assist future guests in deciding on their African experience

All the Best
The team @ Khaya
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Luxembourg
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

+ wonderful building and location

+ staff is very open, uncomplicated, welcoming, chatty and just adorable

+ guests are considered as part of the family, dinners are taken all together mixing guests, part of the staff, the owner, friends and neighbors etc, resulting in funny and enjoyable moments

+ excellent food, great wines

+ the right location for spending a good time, with friends and family you didn't even know before your arrival !

+ game drives can be organized on demand both on site as well as in nearby Thornybush. Here again in a very relaxed and uncomplicated manner. CJ and Mike took all the time it needed, gave valuable explanations and were in no hurry with the aim of giving us the best possible experience - thanks guys !


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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Claude H
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MikeLawrie, Owner at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 7 January 2013
Hi Claude
Thank you for the wonderful review. We really enjoyed your wife and yourself so much and we all had a lot of fun. We especialy enjoyed your sense of humor. We look forward to seeing you again soon,,,
All the Best

The Team at Khaya
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

I have a 2 year old who is very busy and a demanding 10 year old "Miss"; so to go to a place where my kids were so happy, so at home was spectacular to say the least. We arrived Friday night and my husband and I just wanted to sleep through the entire Saturday. The team at KNMH made sure we were comfortable and they cooked lunch for us oh they asked me what we wanted to eat. The chefs made exactly that and we enjoyed a lovely pasta.

For me I left thinking for Ronel and Mike this is a passion and a calling. They are the most loving people. Their patience is remarkable. I will go back, the weekend was rainy so my little girl suggested we go back there when it is hot.

The place looks better than any pictures. It is just amazing. The food too.

Sleep - they have the best pillows .

Room Tip: We are very private people so we booked the cottage and we will book the same again but the whole pl...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BeskyN
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MikeLawrie, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 8 November 2012
Dear BeskyN - thank you so much for your wonderful review. The fact that you enjoyed your stay so much makes us so happy as that is our main purpose in life. Your kids were awesome and we really enjoyed them. We look very forward to your next visit. Our Best Regards, The Khaya Team.
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

Our Khaya Ndlovu Manor House experience was more than we even dared to dream of: A stately and comfortable Manor. A breathtaking view over pool and african bush to the Little Drakensberg. Good food, good drinks. Perfect Service. Attentive and heartful staff. An open-minded, compentent, generous and humorous management by Ronel and Mike Laurie. On top: a tamed bushbock. We feel deepest gratitude for the opportunity of our unforgettable stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Christian K
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MikeLawrie, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 8 November 2012
Dear Christian thank you for your wonderful review, we really enjoyed meeting you and look very forward to seeing you again for a longer stay. please send our best to Kikki and family. Our Very Best Regards, The Khaya Team
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cape town
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

Magnificent scenery and tranquility, and the hosts Ronel and Mike are knowledgable and so caring, open, and really make you feel at home. It truly feels like you are immersed in the African bush, (watch the watering hole from the pool with antelope, giraffe and elephant) but with all luxuries. The staff is always available but unobtrusive and incredibly sweet and helpful.
The house is situated in a lush garden with the most spectacular wildlife : look/listen out for the adorable Golden Oriole! If you are lucky you might see bats drinking from the pool in flight at dusk. It is hilarious to watch the gardener try to reason with the warthogs!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank HeddaCapeTown
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MikeLawrie, General Manager at Khaya Ndlovu Manor House, responded to this review, 6 November 2012
Thank you for your awesome review - we are so glad you experienced the tranquility we try to encourage among our staff. Summer is here in all its glory bringing with it some awesome bird and animal sightings we really hope to see you again soon
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Property: Khaya Ndlovu Manor House
Address: R40, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 99 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Khaya Ndlovu Manor House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scanning the majestic Northern Drakensberg mountain range, the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House wooden decked terrace offers a sweeping panoramic view, which will leave you breathless! Khaya Ndlovu is situated in the northern corner of the big game Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stone's throw from the Kruger National Park. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House - more than just a "game lodge experience". Luxury is elegantly under stated offering an external and a stylish internal dining area, two lounges with DSTV. Free uncapped Wi-Fi is also available. Five comfortable colonial style bedrooms offer a choice of single or king size beds, all elegantly draped with spacious mosquito nets. Each room overlooks the landscaped garden, which provides a playground for the resident monkeys, abundant squirrels, tortoises and a host of chattering bird species. Whilst the sun sets on a dreamy day, sip on a sundowner chosen from our well stocked bar, before enjoying the four course dinner offered every night. As South Africa is home to a host of different cultures, our trained chefs provide a tempting sampler of the rich assortment of culinary traditions. Special requirements are catered for. Retreat to an intimate haven of relaxation and indulge in one of the many treatments offered by our mini spa. Listen to the sounds of the African bush whilst our trained therapist spoils you rotten! ... more   less 
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