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“A PLACE YOU HAVE TO VISIT IF YOU ARE WILD ABOUT INTERACTING WITH A WILD ANIMAL”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Akwaaba Lodge

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Akwaaba Lodge
Ranked #4 of 52 Rustenburg B&B and Inns
Gauteng
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9 reviews
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“A PLACE YOU HAVE TO VISIT IF YOU ARE WILD ABOUT INTERACTING WITH A WILD ANIMAL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

We were on our way to Gaberone, Botswana and whilst driving on the Phokeng Border Road, we noticed two sign posts (for Lodges in the vicinity) on one of the side little dirt roads. We quickly stopped the car because we were looking for a place to stay at on our way back from Botswana on the Friday afternoon - somewhere sort of half way to home. We love the "bush" so have stayed at various other game farms/lodges and B&B's in and around the Madikwe, Nietverdiend, Swartruggens and Pilanesburg areas. The one place we saw advertised on the board was for a lodge that had animals in the wild and rescued/hand reared animals in captivity that one could interact with.

Jonathan phoned the number on the board and spoke to a helpful and really friendly chap - we did not know at the time that he is the owner. We told him why we wanted to stay over - a1 nite stop over on our way back from Gabs in a game environment. Anyway, he told us that he had another place that he took over 1 year ago and he had made a lot of changes and done major renovations to it and there were more wild exotic animals that we could interact with if we wanted to. I was sold - it was on the way back to JHB and I was looking forward to a night in the "country" having a braai and listening to the roars of the lions and the calling of the hyaena's amongst other noises.

So, we arrived at about 4.30pm on the Friday and were welcomed by Nazeer Cajee, the owner. He showed us to our room which was "private" but surrounded by all the amenities. The King size bed was incredibly comfortable, the room was big enough, with a TV (for those who have to be in touch at all times!!), coffee/tea and kettle, desk - and the bathroom was gorgeous. We also had our own private little patio outside. I think there are 8-9 double rooms -they all looked stunning. We put our things down and were delighted to hear that a couple were renewing their vows and Leila the Cheetah was carrying the rings tied with a ribbon to her collar. So, we stood around the corner watching the whole procedure - oh my word, it was absolutely awesome - the Cheetah "carrying" their eternity rings, then sitting on the red carpet while the couple were renewing their vows and then the groom untying the rings and the couple having photo's with the Cheetah - all of this taking place in one of the most beautiful surroundings and gardens. Mmmmmmm, this gave me ideas!!

We asked Nazeer if they could prepare a braai for us in the evening as we didn't bring any food with us. He said no problem, we will do everything for you - supply you with meat, salads and pap and I have two guys who will be your waiters and braai masters for the evening - they will look after you. So, Jonathan and I got to the Boma and the fire was going and our table for 2 was set. It was stunning - the boma has been built with stone on the outside and wooden "sticks/poles" inside so it keeps the warmth in the area when the fire is going. I always love a log fire but there was something extra special about this one - it is the most amazing wide iron holder/grid for the actual fire with a small concrete wall around the base. We sat next to the fire in the camping chairs, looking at the stars, enjoying the warmth and the sound of the liions roaring in the background. And, Nazeer was not joking, our braai masters were amazing - the chops, sausage, chicken and steak were cooked to perfection, there was enough food to feed a party of 10 - not just the two of us. There were also 3 different salads, garlic bread, pap with the most divine sauce and if there was anything else I cannot remember because I ate too much anyway.

The next morning, we wanted to do one of the activities - interacting with the animals, however, as luck would have it, it was a really cold day (from 28 degrees the Friday) - about 16 degrees and the wind was blowing. I managed to cuddle and kiss a little white lion cub for about 15 minutes - they kindly brought him wrapped in a blanket into the boma area (it was warm because the sun was at least shining in the boma) and I was in my element - and in love.

So, maybe it was a good thing I didn't get to see the Tigers; Hyaena's; White Lions and Cubs, Lions and Cubs; Wolf; Wild Dog; Serval; Black Leopard; Lynx and Jaguars and play with any of them - it gives me a really good reason to go back again .... and again ... and again.

If you are a wild animal lover and understand the importance of these "sanctuaries" that rescue, rear and care for wild animals that would not normally survive in the wild, then you have to visit Akwaaba Lodge - either for a day with the family (braai and pool facilities are available) or for a weekend with your loved one (and the family) or even for a conference. The place is really beautiful and welcoming and the animals are all very well looked after (very healthy indeed), loved and cared for by the most amazing guy, their living environments are perfect and overall, this is a place that deserves support.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

We had a foreign guest with us and the Lodge was happy to accommodate us even though it was over the weekend, for just the Saturday night. Breakfast price is steep, with very little choice being offered. our guest required vegetarian meals, and the staff were happy to prepare this, at whatever time we asked for. Rooms were excellent -clean, spacious - exactly what you need for just a night. A small bar fridge would be a good addition to the room, there is space for one. They allowed us to keep our refreshments in their own cold store.
What the staff did NOT tell us before we arrived, was that they have zero alcoholic beverages on site - new ownership's principles. So if you DO want a beer or a glass of wine with dinner, you have to bring your own.
We did one of their Predator Park tours, and their wild cats (tigers, lions, cheetah, lynx, jaguar)are truly amazing, well looked after. the guide knew his subjects very well. the area was well maintained - clean and organised. this is a small place, but i would definitely stay there again - perhaps in summer, when we would be able to use the pool

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

My mother and son stayed at A. in room 2 from 14-17 June.the receptionist didn't want us to turn on the aircon.The room was never serviced. No beds made, no cups washed, no extra coffee.The sign please make up the room was even put outside the room. They complained on the last day and the staff said they had to hand in their key for the room to be done. Isn't that absurd!! The grounds are immaculate.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

We had a great time.
The following could be improved, but overall the place is great and the people are wonderful:

•Breakfast: price is a bit steep considering the limited choice of food served.
•Fridge: A small bar fridge would be nice to have in the room, especially for extended stay at the lodge


  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Akwaaba Lodge

Property: Akwaaba Lodge
Address: R52 Rustenburg Koster Road, Rustenburg 0300, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Rustenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rustenburg
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akwaaba Lodge & Predator Park View a wide variety of predators. Siberian tigers Cheetah's Lions Cubs White lions Leopards Black leopards Jaguar Caracals Servals Madiba our Strawberry Leopard ,only one world wide in captivity Interaction packages available with: Lions, Cheetah, Wolf,Malaika our striped Hyena and cubs. 4 star Accommodation Spa Pool Boma Conference/Wedding Venue Restaurant Day Centre/Day Visitors Kiddies Parties Team Building No Hunting. Situated on the R52 Koster road, approximately 20km from Rustenburg and 40km from Sun City. ... more   less 

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