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“Lovely cabin overlooking the canyon”

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Swadini A Forever Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Reviewed 20 January 2013

This resort is unbelievable actually. First off, it's VERY well organized and laid out with a combination of tenting areas and cottages/cabins of various sizes and conveniences. We stayed in a one bedroom cottage high up the road towards the lookout point. It was VERY comfortable and felt like we were at home. We had a kitchen, living room, separate bedroom with a wall of windows overlooking the canyon, and a lovely bathroom with all of the fittings.

There is a restaurant and bar which offer great service and food.

Be SURE to hike to the lookout point for sunrise. You will be enchanted.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank GlendonJ
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

I love this resort, its a true gen.

Its one of the special places that always grounds me.

The camping sites are great but the cabins are even better

The location is just perfect and there is ample for the kids to do in the area

Room Tip: if you go for a cabin try ask for one close to the river as you feel like your in a thick river bush
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

I have recently been to Swadwini for the boat trip, and after that we decided to have lunch at Forever Resort Swadini. The waiter was smoking next to the entrance of the rest. and when we ordered our drinks the waiter told us that the bar was closed. They managed to get the bartender after we have received our food. The only time we say a waiter was when we were paying, by a different waiter.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank ruhanlourens
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Forever_Swadini, General Manager at Swadini A Forever Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2016

Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We view your comments in a very serious light and will ensure that all aspects mentioned are improved for future stays. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

Myself and my family visited the resort after a stunning boat trip on the Blyde Dam. The response from the security officer at the main gate was shocking. We are new to the area and needed some information. He ignored us and continued with his discussion with another staff member. After eventually finding the reception area, no receptionist was on duty. It was explained to us by a member of the restaurant staff that the receptionist is on the phone in the back office and are unable to help us.

We got to the restaurant area where we were friendly greeted by a waiter. We were then told that the bar was closed and the bar manager was resting. This was at 13:30 in the afternoon. We had a lovely light lunch and still no drinks. After waiting about 15 min the drinks finely arrived.

It is my understanding that a bar is supposed to close late night. Not during operating hours. However, the restaurant was very clean and stylish.

The resort as a whole is very nice and I would like to spend a night or two on the resort. The standard of service needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Without good quality service there will be no resort.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank FrancoisHazyview
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Forever_Swadini, General Manager at Swadini A Forever Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2016

Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We view your comments in a very serious light and will ensure that all aspects mentioned are improved for future stays. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Was very shocked by this resort. I had been travelling with a group for 2 weeks and this was by far the better appearing accomidation we stayed in, but after further investigation, it was far from paradise. The veiw is by far the best option this resort has going for them, their service on the other hand was nothing to be proud of.
While the food was great, their servers were very cold and did not seem to be impressed by our presence. I always felt them lurking around me, and keeping track of how much food I was eating from the buffet. I did not appreciate how unfriendly the atmosphere was. Never once did I see a smile from any of the staff who worked there. I honestly felt very unwelcomed.
To top off the terrible service at meal time, we had a very bad experiance with the maid service. There was several hundred US dollars stolen from several members of my trip. The money was in a combination of Rand and US dollars, and happened in one day. It was quite noticable that they had tried to snoop around our bags, and when a DO NOT DISTURB sign would be posted on the door, they still walked right into the unit and acted like they never seen the sign, even when that sign was still in their hands. When this matter was brought to the managements attention, their response was that the travellers should have kept their valuables in a safe, at reception. While this utilizing their safe would be highly inconvenient, this option was not even explained to us upon checking in.
So while the view is impeccable, and the units are well put together, LOCK UP your valuables!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank rydrkidd
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Forever_Swadini, General Manager at Swadini A Forever Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2016

Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We view your comments in a very serious light and will ensure that all aspects mentioned are improved for future stays. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Reviewed 3 July 2012

It was a Sunday and although we had booked the night in another lodge (self-catering) we were looking for a place to have dinner, but all restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets in the surroundings were closed and we weren't in the mood to drive another 30min to go to Hoeadspruit to dine and then back to the lodge so we asked around and the only place that had a restaurant was Swadini Resort near the dam, so we decided to go there.

We asked the price for the night and after some negotiation we got an even better price than the one we had booked before for that night so we decided to give it a go. Also, as we wanted to see the Dam in the morning, it was a plus being so close. Anyway, we had no expectations, and were imagining some small self-catering shacks which would be ok. When getting to "room" 71, we saw a chalet, with garage, a big porch and everything. Getting inside was a surprise as it was a full equipped house, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, one nice living area and a fully equipped kitchnet, with a view of a barbecue outside and a large porch. It's not anyway fancy, and although a bit old, it's a nice option for 2 couples or a family to get together for a nice cheap weekend in a beautiful area. As for the restaurant, it was nice, food is ok, clean and well organized. Great value for money.

Oh, and when you wake up and go outside, you see yourself surrounded by the immensely hight rock cliffs of the Blyde Canyon, truly a spectacular view.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank NunoCaldeiraOliveira
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Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Reviewed 21 December 2011

My second visit in 10 years and I found it very disappointing! Reception was very disorganised, no blue permits issued for both the vehicles in our group. Unit 45 is not up to scratch. Dirty dusty carpets, walk-in cupboard not cleared after the Dept of Health visit end Nov/ beginning Dec. and insects that bite in the night when you sleep. The comforters on the beds have not seen a washing machine for a while. Main bedroom comforter not a comfort at all, stayed in the cupboard during our week long stay. Buffelspoort and Gariep are far better choices in the Forever resorts places to stay.The warm water pool overcrowded, and this was out of season! Fortunately the scenery made up for everything. Such a beautiful setting!!

Room Tip: Stay far away from the youth hostel, very noisy!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hanici M
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Forever_Swadini, General Manager at Swadini A Forever Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2016

Dear valued guest, many thanks for commenting on your recent stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We view your comments in a very serious light and will ensure that all aspects mentioned are improved for future stays. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to Swadini, a Forever Resort. Have a pleasant day, Team Swadini

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Additional Information about Swadini A Forever Resort

Address: R531 Blyde River Nature Reserve Route, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa (Formerly Aventura Resorts Swadini)
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Hotel Class:3 star — Swadini A Forever Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Also Known As:
Forever Resorts Swadini Hotel Hoedspruit
Forever Hotel Hoedspruit
Swadini A Forever Resort South Africa/Hoedspruit

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