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Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

The experience was 5 star! Charity and her staff were friendly, helpful and very professional. The accommodation is luxurious and chef Salamina's food - simply brilliant! Basil was a treat on the game drives and John made sure that we were satisfied with everything at all times. They really do try and make your stay as memorable as possible with little nuances in between.

The variety of game is good and with the lions being introduced now this a must destination if you want to spoil yourself. Being only 2hours from the City makes it even more worth wile.

Thank you Zwahili!

Room Tip: One of the Safari suits is great value for money and if you can afford it - The Royal African suite...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ZwahiliGameLodge, Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hi Jacus,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we could spoil you a bit with Zwahili hospitality.
We fully agree with you, to have a true bushveld experience so close to the city is definitely a bonus. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Warm bushveld regards
Amanda

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

My eldest son and I were looking for accommodation near Jubaweni, where my youngest son was participating in a rugby tournament. During my search for accommodation I came across Zwahilli Private Game Lodge. Zwahilli is perfectly situated for anyone who is looking for accommodation near Jubaweni! We had a fabulous time in between the rugby matches!! The service, food, accommodation and beautiful surroundings were outstanding. A bit pricy for our purposes, but for a romantic weekend get-away for couples, it would be worth every penny!! Ideal place to celebrate a wedding anniversary or special occasion!! You won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: The tented suites are gorgeous!!!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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ZwahiliGameLodge, Front Office Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Dear Elize

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us.

Yes, Zwahili is a great destination for a romantic getaway but also perfect for parents who have kids playing sport next door.

We hope you will return soon for your own romantic getaway, we would love to welcome you back!

Warm Bushveld Regards
Liane

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Situated just over 2 hours from Johannesburg Zwahili Lodge was ideal for a short break from the stresses of city living. It was quiet and peaceful and the bushveld sounds were just what we needed. The staff were efficient and friendly and made sure our stay was something we would remember. The tented suites have stunning views and are well appointed. Well done to Charity and her staff on a job well done. Forget about diets and eating plans - the food was amazing. Although they do not have big game, the game drives (which are included) are worth going on. Basil, our guide, was informative and entertaining. We left the Lodge after 2 nights feeling well rested and a couple of kilos heavier. Thank you.

Room Tip: It is worthwhile spending a little extra and getting one of the suites situated away from the Main L...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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ZwahiliGameLodge, Front Office Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Dear Wendy

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a lovely review!

I'm very happy to hear that you had a great time at the lodge and that despite us not having the big 5 you still enjoyed the game drives and the knowledge that Basil has to share.

Diets can always be resumed on a Monday although we do strive to cater to your needs accordingly.

We hope to welcome you back soon!

Warm Bushveld Regards
Liane

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We were a group of 12 people (2/room) and they were definitely not geared for group staying there. We stayed for 3 days and 3 nights and not once was one of us asked to sign for the drinks ordered. Therefore on the morning of departure, sorting out your bill was a nightmare. The drinks bill was extremely high and most people complained that they had liquor on their bills that they hadn't ordered. Our bill we were charged for 15 Zwahili caps and I actually just bought 1. We had to call back and ask for a refund!!! Food was good but would have preferred choices for lunch, as you only had 1 choice and if you didn't want that then you had to just wait for dinner at 19h30. There was no price list for the in-room snacks and bar facility and boy did we get a huge shock when we were given our bill!!! Be carefull of that and make sure you sign for every drink that you order from the bar at the main area's.
No TV or Airconditioner in your bedroom. No Internet of WiFi. ???? Surely not in a 5 star lodge. Dinner and breakfast was very nice. Very friendly and helpful staff. On the Saturday evening we were actually asked to go and sit outside the bar area, we told to order last round of drinks, and the manager actually closed all the stacking doors behind us to close up. This is unacceptable to me. Not sure that I will recommend this to my friends.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ZwahiliGameLodge, Front Office Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2014

Dear Debbie

As we are a small game lodge, only sleeping a maximum of 20 people, we've never seen a need to print receipts for guests to sign after every drink ordered. This is mainly done in large hotels where staff cannot give personal attention to guests or remember guests and which room they are in.

With regards to the caps on your bill, that was an invoicing error which was fixed before your card was processed for your bar bill. We recently re-evaluated all our drinks prices and found them to be in accordance with the majority of other establishments. We also provide a list of drinks at the bar with prices. The minibar list is also in the cupboard next to the minibar in the room. Clearly stating all prices.

We have taken note on providing options for lunch which will be implemented as soon as possible. In the mean time we publish the menu at the bar in the morning, had you not been satisfied with what was on offer we would have gladly prepared something else for you. In future we'll ensure that staff carry this message across to our guests.

The weather and lightning strikes have been very frequent this year which unfortunately damaged our internet and WiFi more than once. This is a troublesome problem for us as we can only use a satellite to provide the lodge with an internet connection. We always try to resolve this as soon as possible.

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa does not require TV's or AC's for a 5 star grading for a game lodge.

It is unfortunate that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Our staff do their utmost to ensure that all guests have an amazing time at the lodge. We have taken your comments to heart and will investigate alternative options with some of the issues you mentioned.

Warm Bushveld Regards
Liane

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We don't have words for our experience at Zwahili Lodge! It was the most amazing getaway of our lives. The lodge is stunning, the staff is excellent and went more than the extra mile putting in so much effort making everything perfect. The food was fantastic and we were blessed with perfect weather. Thank you so much to Zwahili Game lodge and all the staff for an incredible experience!

Room Tip: The Royal African room is worth every cent!!! It is breathtaking!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RikusRossouw
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ZwahiliGameLodge, Front Office Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Dear Rikus

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us!

I'm very glad to hear that you had a fantastic time at the lodge.

I hope we can welcome you back again soon for some more R&R.

Warm Bushveld Regards
Liane

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Me and Wife were bitten by bed bucks ( bed luise ) and therefor not happy,we had to go to the Docters room for treatment on Sunday 16/03/2014
We thought it were spider bite marks but i myself have14 bite marks and wife 10
I have notice the sheets were not changed at all during our stay nor the pillow cases
No vacuum cleaner at all during our stay




  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Willie B
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ZwahiliGameLodge, General Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

Dear Mr/s Brits,

I apologise for the fact that you were bitten but I must disagree with your claim that it is a 'bedbug'. Have you considered that the bites might have been from pepper ticks which are very prevalent in the veldt currently?
With regards to changing the linen on your bed, this is done after the second night, unless you request a daily change of linen. Purely as a consideration to our Eco footprint on the environment. We do state this in the in room guest information folder.
A vacuum cleaner would be necessary in a fully carpeted room, in this case though we try and keep the noise levels to a minimum and sweeping a wooden floor should be sufficient.

Yours Faithfully

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We spent 3 days and 2 glorious nights at Zwahili - the staff, service, accomodations were all superb - definitely didn't want to leave.

The lack of the big five means that the game on the drives were less shy and we saw some amazing creatures really close to

Can't wait to return - Thank you everyone at Zwahili

Room Tip: we stayed in the main hotel but I suspect the individual lodges are possibly even nicer
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank vivien s
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EGAST, General Manager at Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2014

Thank you for your kind & honest review, much appreciated.
Hope to see you in the very near future !

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Address: 597 Mooifontein, Modimolle (Nylstroom) 0510, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Modimolle (Nylstroom)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Modimolle (Nylstroom)
Price Range: £233 - £547 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embrace a true African experience; 3 luxurious main lodge rooms, 4 elegant Safari suites, 2 Executive suites and a Presidential suite await you. Immerse yourself in the tranquil sounds of nature with breathtaking views of the African Bush. Game viewing & guided walking safaris are conducted by experienced guides. Revive your body, mind and soul at the African Spa. Enjoy Masterful cuisine, personal exclusive experience. Superb attention to detail. 200 Kms North of Johannesburg in a malaria free area. ... more   less 
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