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African Rock Lodge
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Dubai
2 reviews
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“My home away from home!”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Nestled in the wild beauty of the greater Kruger, it is very rare to come across a jewel like this lodge. it is the most beautiful, wonderful place to stay and yet you feel like you're at home because of the lodge owners, Yvonne and Gerard. They are the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure to include in my life and each day is a blessing because of them. They run this beautiful place by themselves, of course with a lot of help from their little phoebe! You have beautiful tastefully done rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a shower, twin sinks and yet when you sit out on your own personal balcony, you see the beautiful african bush right at your doorstep. Gerard and Yvonne will also fix up big 5 game drives at your convenience and even go with you if you need company and expert advise! I have personally been back 4 times and will continue to do so as long as i live. i cant tell you what an experience it is, you just have to go there and see for yourself :)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Yvonne and Gerard were perfect hosts. The atmosphere and location were perfect. We were able to take a wonderful walk within the Sanctuary and saw terrific wildlife. The warthogs were omnipresent. Our accommodations were lovely and the pool area was ideal.

We had a delicious breakfast and it was served beautifully.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We arrived in Hoedspruit extremely tired from travelling from Los Angeles and Gerard was waiting for us at the airport:) He took us to the lodge and gave us a great explanation of the area on the way and pointed out many animals. Yvonne met us with hot towels which was a great touch. We had a great room which was very comfortable and quiet. There were 3 couples staying at the lodge that evening and we all sat and had dinner together on the patio next to a wonderful fire. Yvonne cooked the dinner which was absolutely delicious. We had a wonderful sleep in the comfortable bed. The next morning they had an absolutely delicious breakfast waiting for us. We were only there for one night as we were going to a game park in the area but could easily have stayed longer. We would definitely recommend this lodge. It is right in the bush with many animals moving about and the perfect place to stay especially if you are planning to do self drive game drives in the area.
Yvonne and Gerard were wonderful hosts.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Luxury Room in a very nice Guesthouse in a beautiful Environment. The owners were excellent Hosts and additionally to a perfect breakfast, they cooked a perfect dinner. One of the nicest Guesthouses we have been on our 3 weeks vacation.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights in April for a relaxing break in SA with some game viewing. Both Yvonne and Gerard are the perfect hosts and went out their way to take us to a restaurant on our first night, arrange game drives and make us fabulous home cooked meals.
Our room was incredibly comfortable and cosy and had every detail thought of including stocked mini bar, fresh towels and linen every day, toiletries and even mosquito repellent provided. The breakfast included continental and cooked breakfast and was plenty to fill us up for most of the day. The lodge is located in a beautiful private reserve and so driving out of the lodge you often faced with warthog, impala, zebra etc. wish we could of stayed longer. Will be recommending to all and hope to come back soon. Thanks again Yvonne and Gerard.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

My wife and I were stayed at the African Rock Lodge for two nights in March and loved it. It is nice, comfortable, quiet and just a great place to be. It was really nice being able to walk around the neighborhood looking at birds and critters. Yvonne and Gerard were great hosts.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

We were three couples there for a short stay of two nights ,,,,,the rooms are well equipped , bathroom also ....what we missed was THE VIEW....there is a small garden and during our stay there were some works for creating a new room..and thus some noise ..the owners are very helpful and show a lot of attention .....nevertheless we had a pleasant stay !

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about African Rock Lodge

Property: African Rock Lodge
Address: 594 C/O Ghwarrie & Kanniedood Streets | Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 102 Speciality Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — African Rock Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
African Rock Lodge offers luxury thatched-roof accommodation with a private patio. It features an heated outdoor pool with sun terrace, a rustic bar, a guest lounge with flat screen TV, and a large braai (bbq) area. All of our four air-conditioned rooms include a seating area and king-sized bed, tea & coffee facilities, mini-bar, Wi-Fi internet and mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms have double washbasins, a double shower (normal & rain shower), a bath, toilet and free toiletries. Our accommodation is catered (breakfast). Taking that well-earned break will NEVER be the same without the real "finishing touches" of your hosts (and owners) Sander & Juliet. The Estate has great wildlife populations that roam freely around the lodge. Giraffe, waterbuck, warthog, impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, zebra and nyala are commonly seen. There are no predators on the Estate, which is perfect for walking, driving and mountain biking among the game. There are two elevated thatched hides overlooking water holes on a perennial stream that runs from the main gate in the west.At night the nocturnal wildlife is just as plentiful. The calls of the hyena and the black backed jackal are as loud as the millions of stars in the sky are bright.If you sit outside at the fireside with the lodge lights dimmed you can expect regular visits from porcupines and warthogs while locating the bark of the male impalas in the dark in the rutting season.We offer Bed & Breakfast and/or Dinner Bed & Breakfast. ... more   less 
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