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Serondella Game Lodge
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful time”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

My wife and I stay at the Serondella lodge for 4 nights this May 2014 and did not what to leave Mich and Charl could not have made us more welcome if we had been they mum and dad. The food was excellent and as my wife is a coeliac ,she did not know what to eat first with bread and cakes plus all meals gluten free.The game drives where fantastic and diferent each time and the animals where so close you could nearly touch them.The lodge was large clean and comfortable with a bathroom overlooking the water hole Thank you for a great time and a enjoyable experience

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

My husband and I (early 50's Australian couple - first safari experience) just returned from fabulous time in South Africa. Our first stay was at Serondella and WOW - we were just blown away by this lodge. Charl and Mich we cannot thank you enough you made our stay so much more than we expected. Huge thank you to both of you and of course your fabulous team at Serondella all of whom were absolutely delightful and so friendly and great at all their roles.
Our room was absolutely lovely, very comfortable bed, great bathroom - showering whilst watching the baboons at the water hole was a highlight - being able to sit right outside our own very private room and overlook the waterhole that was teeming with activity at all hours of the day was so special. The food cooked by your team was fabulous - we experienced some foods we have never had before and this was a highlight also. Only thing is there is just too much food!! I returned much heavier than I left Australia!
The game drives were great fun - Charl is has wide ranging knowledge of huge range of animals and has great stories also! Tracking animals off road whenever the need arose and getting up so close to the animals - being hit of the head with the top leaves of a branch being eaten by the elephant next to our vehicle was surreal - they were that close I did not have much need for my zoom lens! The jeeps were very comfortable - when we stayed we only had 4 persons in our jeep plus Charls and Jeffrey the tracker who was excellent. Being met by Mich at the return of every drive with a drink and hot towel was very welcome. She was always genuinely interested and keen to know what we had seen!
In fact Mich spent a lot of time with us on the deck overlooking the water hole in the main lodge explaining and enjoying watching the animals also - it was as much fun for her it seemed as it was for us!
Serondella is made more special not only for its size, its small and quite apart from any other lodges but also for the special couple that manage this lodge - they are great fun, have heaps of local knowledge and made our stay really enjoyable. We cannot recommend Serondella highly enough - it was perfect for our stay - we loved it. There are absolutely no negatives to report.

Room Tip: There are 2 private rooms both overlooking the water hole - these are what I would request!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Stayed here for three nights with family. Five of us had the family suite to ourselves and shared the lodge with one other couple. Game drives were fantastic. Saw everything, most multiple times w a variety of behaviors. Nyala and/or vervet monkeys on the grounds every day. We saw warthog, baboons, impala, and nyala from the deck of the lodge.

Accommodations compared favorably to Waterside, where we spent our first night. Food and staff great at both places, but Serondella is much smaller and was a great fit for us. One notable difference is that bath/shower/pool water are clear at Serondella and murky at Waterside. Waterside does have the edge in terms of room finishes and furnishings.

There is no spa, but services are available at the Thornybush Game Lodge, which is about a 15 minute drive away.

I went thinking it would be a one time trip, but am now wondering how we are going to get back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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montreal, canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Wonderful true safari experience. But the ranger Charyl, and his girlfriend who run the place are the main feature. They are both wonderful people and made it the great experience it was. Lovely facilities, great food, and very personable and helpful people. We saw everything and then more. Wonderful experience. The only drawback is no opportunity for exercise, a situation in all these reserves as you are living with the animals, and it is not safe to roam around. A small exercise area would be a nice asset and could easily be done on the deck towards the shop which is a little used area. But I would highly recommend this place, especially Charyl.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We just left the Sarondella Lodge after 4 nights with my daughter. Small lodge with just the 4 rooms/cabins, which provides an excellent, very personal atmosphere. Mich and Schole are excellent hosts, and definitely what makes this lodge as good as it is! The weather was great. Not too hot, and just a one morning in light rain showers. And, the animals cooperated quite well, seeing Lions, Leopards, Zebras, Rhinos, Kudu, Impala, Baboons, Giraffe, and so on.

Rooms are roomy, clean, and beds/linens are good. Maybe the only complaint of sorts, is the fact the shower and tub face out some big windows, which someone could watch in. Not likely given the location. But, certainly not impossible and if dark outside (and light inside), one could never tell.

Food was excellent! There is a very large staff for so few guests. Hence, service at any level is not an issue.

Truly a great South African experience, highly recommended.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We stayed at Serondella Lodge for 5 days and had a wonderful time. The staff could not do enough for us, and went out of their way to make the experience as pleasant and memorable as they could. Charl, Mich and the rest of the staff are great, the food was lovely and the game drives amazing. Can not recommend them highly enough.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

What an amazing few days we had with our Scottish family. Although it was a bit wet Charl and Mish and the staff are more than "5" star and cant do enough for you. The accomodation is the best we have stayed in of all the lodges and the food was delicious. Definitely a hidden jewel and should not be missed.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Serondella Game Lodge
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Thornybush Private Game Reserve
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Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Serondella Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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Serondella Game Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, is a four star superior lodge set in the heart of the African bushveld. Offering fantastic big 5 game viewing, exquisite African cuisine and personalized service. ... more   less 
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