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“Great place and great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa

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Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa
Borgomanero, Italy
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2010

Very beautiful lodge and room, with an incredible XXL bathroom.
For us, it has the best cuisine we've ever tasted in all our previous "safari" Camps and Lodges, Excellent indeed.
Games quite short (for us, but probably most of the people loves to spend some time in the SPA), but
ve've got a very knowledgeable ranger.
We didn't see much wildlife, but obviously that's not their fault, nature is nature after all !

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank marimonf
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2010

Before I comment on the lodge, I would like to say that my review is based purely on the hotel only and not on the game drives, as although the game drives were excellent and we were lucky enough to see all of the big 5 plus wild dogs and much more during our 5 night stay, it is unfair to judge the place on what we saw as it is on an unfenced game reserve, so there is no guarantee of seeing anything.
We stayed for 5 night immediately after the world cup final, and can not express enough how amazed we were by this place. We are a young couple, and this is by far the most expensive place we have ever stayed (it was around £600 a night, which very nearly put us off), but in hindsight, it absolutely made our holiday.
We were greeted by the manager, our tracker and driver, the chef and several other hotel staff, and taken to our lodge. The lodge was huge and immaculate. The double bed was huge and beautifully draped with mosquito netting. 2 sides of the room were glass, with a sitting area outside. On our arrival there was a herd of elephants right outside our room, and on our last 2 nights there was a small hippo eating just outside our outside shower. The bathroom was huge, with a double shower (leading to the outside shower), and a hot tub, again with big windows to watch the bush from.
Food was first class; 3 course meals twice a day of the highest standard, and a wide variety of choice catering for those who were willing to sample local delicacies such as ostrich and impala, or lamb, chicken and pork stews and more familiar dishes for those less adventurous.
On our final night, we were treated to dinner alone in the wine cellar, and on return to our room we discovered that the hotel staff (who went into the room twice a day; to make the bed in the morning, open curtains etc, and in the evening to prepare the bed for night by removing throws and setting the mosquito nets, and leaving a traditional african story on the pillow to read before sleep) had not only done as they normally do, but they had lit candles all over the lodge, and laid a patch of Rose petals leading to a bubbling jacuzzi with a bottle of champagne on ice.
The lodge itself was worth every penny that this part of our trip cost, but the service, food, and the luck we had on our drives has made those 5 days truely unforgettable and the new benchmark by which every other holiday will be measured.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Mattedgar
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

Our group originally picked Jackelberry Lodge but was "upgraded" to Royal Legend due to Jackelberry being overbooked. We weren't happy at first b/c the previous Royal Legend reviews were less than flattering. We were pleasantly surprised and loved, loved, loved the Royal Legend! It is a small lodge, allowing for 20 guests, and the service is amazing. We went during the dry season and saw 4 of the big 5 except for the Leopard. The leopard was close b/c our porters pointed out leopard tracks in our lodge but he evaded us. We saw giraffes, zebras, warthogs, elephants, lions, rhino, hippo, impala, among others. During lunch at the lodge, girraffes, warthogs, kudus, and elephants were drinking from the pond. Our guide and tracker were knowledgeable and personable. The food was abundant and delicious. The rooms were large and comfortable. The only downside was no fitness equipment, ( i missed my treadmill), the spa didn't offer products to purchase, (though the massage was fabulous) and sparse gift shop. We ran out of batteries for our camera and though the gift shop didn't have them the manager drove to a store and purchased them for us...what service!!! We loved the Royal Legend. Hope you enjoy your trip!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank kokanee97
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Brit
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2010

This was our second visit to Timbavati on safari and our first stay (at Akeru, now Kumbaku) several years ago was truly exceptional and we therefore had high expectations. We were not disappointed! We were warmly welcomed on arrival at Royal Legend and shown to large and well appointed rooms with a real 'wow' factor. The bathrooms are huge and look out over the open bush as do the beautifully designed and decorated bedrooms. There's even an additional outdoor shower off the main bathroom if you want to shower 'al fresco'. All of the rooms have outward facing verandas giving you the chance of seeing wildlife from your own room. Whilst we were there an elephant wandered through the lodge and a hippo took up residence in a pool beside one of the chalets so you really are in the middle of the bush. The staff were very professional and friendly, made every effort to make us feel welcome and looked after our every need. The quality of the food was first rate and it was delightful to be able to eat overlooking the waterhole where wildlife regularly come to drink. On our final evening the staff prepared a braia for us and entertained us with local songs and dancing. Not something hired in for the tourists, just the staff wanting to entertain and please us. It was really nice. The ranger and tracker worked hard to give us a memorable game-viewing experience and in the 2 days we were there we managed to see 4 of the Big 5 (the leopard evaded us again!) as well as learning a lot about the bush and wildlife in general. There is very little about Royal Legend not to recommend.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank anderson1959
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Oslo
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56 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

We stayed for 4 days, 3 days as the only guests and did we get a good service.

The individual lodge is very spacious with a big bedroom and sitting area and a huge bathroom, all (even the toilet) with windows facing the (dried) out river.

We had the Landcruiser to ourselves for 3 days and were taken on 2 fantastic safaris every day. We saw 4 of the 5 big, missing the leopard.

The major problem we had during our stay was Max and his staff making too much good food. We were stuffed! One of the breakfasts was prepared and served in the bush (full breakfast) with the staff performing local dances as a dessert. The last dinner was prepared and services at their tent camp.

We were given royal treatment and enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank K_K_travellers
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South Florida
Level Contributor
154 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

We took our first trip to South Africa for our anniversary and wanted to see all of the wonderful animals. Fortunately, we spent our first two nights at Jackalberry Lodge in Thornybush Preserve and saw the Big Five and more. When we transferred to Royal Legend, we were stunned by the difference. Although the room was larger, the phones didn't work and apparently had been out ( in some of the rooms) for weeks. Our safe was also missing. The literature given to us at check-in stated that we had to call the office to be escorted from our room at night, so without a phone, we felt trapped. Our room was a good distance from the main office, so we also didn't want to use the safe there. At Jackalberry, everything was perfectly maintained. Not here.
We went on our first game drive that evening and our jeep got a flat tire. Then, it kept stalling and we were all concerned that we wouldn't get back to the lodge.
Our ranger had no communication with other rangers (which they did at Jackalberry) and seemed to drive around aimlessly looking for game. On the four drives at this lodge,
we spent many hours looking at nothing but impala. On our thrid game drive, we were jammed into a jeep with new guests and had to listen to the same stories all over again.
In summary- if you want to see the Big Five, avoid this lodge and perhaps Timbavati.
The management of this lodge does not compare to some of the other safari lodges and if you are making a once-in-a-lifetime trip, do yourself a favor and make sure that there are favorable ranger reports so that you see all of the wonderful animals. Jackalberry Lodge at Thornybush is in a totally different class and If we go back to South Africa, we will go back to Jackberry Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank dhs13
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toronto
Level Contributor
116 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2008

This hotel gave you the sense of being in the wilderness but with extreme luxury. the rooms were wonderful and the staff extremely helpful. the open area of the hotel allowed animals to roam freely ( which at night was disconcerting but the staff handles it perfectly). We traveled with two adults and two teenage children. It would have been better if they had two bedroom cabins but they made a point to ensure our family felt safe. it was very clean and the food great. the guides really went out of there way and it seemed that they were as excited to look for the game as much as we were. A wonderful stay.

we also stayed at the Kampa main lodge and would recommend this lodge ove the other one ( which was good but did not have the same feel or friendleness)

  • Liked — the staff and the rooms
  • Disliked — internet access was weak
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank jonToronto
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Property: Royal Legend Safari Lodge & Spa
Address: Argyle Road Past HDS Airport, Kruger National Park 6191, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 14
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