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“Magic Maninghi”
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Enjoy a sunset drink on our lawns while watching elephants come down and drink,
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Enjoy a sunset drink on our lawns while watching elephants come down and drink,
Open starlight boma overlooking the Olifants River View of the lodge and our 2 sycomore treeswhich attract alot of birds
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Enjoy a sunset drink on our lawns while watching elephants come down and drink,
Open starlight boma overlooking the Olifants River
View of the lodge and our 2 sycomore treeswhich attract alot of birds
View of the river from the splash pool
View of the Lapa from the Splash pool
Enjoy a fire in he boma while under the stars
In our Lapa area enjoy views of the river while braaing (BBQ) with views of the river
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province

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Rebecca G
Sydney, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Magic Maninghi”
Reviewed 17 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Words are not adequate to describe the magic you find at Maninghi

We were greeted by the lodge managers Paul and Francois; both are warmly welcoming and genuinely nice guys, they made our stay the best expereince one could ask for.

When staying at the lodge every day is an experience, we dined every night with the most beautiful array of wildlife; from elephants; hippo; crocodiles; giraffe and baboon.. You never knew who would turn up for dinner.

The game drives were superb; Paul and Francois' knowledge is extensive and impressive, to say the least.

The accomodation is inviting and rustic; the bedrooms beautifully laid out: If you want a true South African experience you cannot go past Maninghi Lodge. I will definitely return and highly recommend this expereince to everyone.

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Liked best: Afternoons by the river at the lodge
Travelling group: Friends
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Emilie L
Verviers, Belgium
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14 reviews
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“Hidden Gem! Amazing!”
Reviewed 17 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

What an experience! You don't often find such a private spot where you can have a real experience! We shared our backyard with hippos and elephants every evening! Our hosts/rangers, Paul and Francois, made our experience perfect on every level! They organised a traditional braai for us and took us on game drive in the beautiful Big 5 reserve. We felt very spoilt! We will definitely come back!

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Liked best: The river view
Travelling group: Friends
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Jackie-Do...
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic!!!”
Reviewed 2 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Maninghi Lodge is situated right next to Olifants River, where you can sit most afternoons and watch the animal and bird life in and around the river. Paul and Francois were fantastic hosts with extensive knowledge of the bush and it's inhabitants. We thoroughly enjoyed our game drives and walks and also visited Blyde river canyon area. We self catered but full catering is also available. I would recommend Maninghi as an excellent place to stay if you want to experience real African bush.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
11 Aug 2016
Dearest Jackie-Dom S,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!
It was a great pleasure having you all share our Bush Experiences.
I do hope we get to see you again in the not too distant future :)

Warmest Regards,
Maninghi Lodge
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Jackie-Do...
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!!”
Reviewed 2 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Maninghi Lodge is situated right next to Olifants River, where you can sit most afternoons and watch the animal and bird life in and around the river. Paul and Francois were fantastic hosts with extensive knowledge of the bush and it's inhabitants. We thoroughly enjoyed our game drives and walks and also visited Blyde river canyon area. We self catered but full catering is also available. I would recommend Maninghi as an excellent place to stay if you want to experience real African bush.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
Dear Jackie-Dom S

Thank you very much for your kind review.

We are so happy that we could make your stay a memorable one!

We hope to see you again in the near future.

Paul & Francois
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Nicolelis...
Oslo, Norway
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lodge in a perfect location”
Reviewed 21 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Myself and my family just spent an incredible 5 nights at Maninghi Lodge. The lodge itself is beautiful both inside and out, and is cleaned spotless everyday, including the dishes! We had a brilliant view of a large part of Olifants river, and everyday we saw elephants, Kudu, water buck, monkeys, giraffes, warthog, many birds - and some of the animals were on the front lawn too! Both Paul and Francois are extremely knowledgeable and we had some great game drives and game walks with them, we learnt so much and saw so many animals! Overall it was a fantastic holiday in the bush, made even better by Maninghi Lodge! Highly recommend!

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Management Response
11 Aug 2016
Dearest Nicolelisa_SA,

Thank you very much for the great review!
It was a great 5 days spent with yourself and your family.
We are so glad you had a memorable holiday!

Warmest Regards,
Maninghi Lodge
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Nicolelis...
Oslo, Norway
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful lodge in a perfect location ”
Reviewed 21 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
3
people found this review helpful

Myself and my family just spent an incredible 5 nights at Maninghi Lodge. The lodge itself is beautiful both inside and out, and is cleaned spotless everyday, including the dishes! We had a brilliant view of a large part of Olifants river, and everyday we saw elephants, Kudu, water buck, monkeys, giraffes, warthog, many birds - and some of the animals were on the front lawn too! Both Paul and Francois are extremely knowledgeable and we had some great game drives and game walks with them, we learnt so much and saw so many animals! Overall it was a fantastic holiday in the bush, made even better by Maninghi Lodge! Highly recommend!

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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
Dear Nicolelisa_SA,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property.

We are very pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay and experiences shared with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future!

Paul & Francois
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DapsyIldi
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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Management Response
9 May 2018
Dearest Dapsylldi,

A big thank you for your wonderful review!

We are so thrilled you had a great experience with us!

We look forward to seeing you again soon :)

Warmest,
Maninghi Lodge
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