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“Wonderful stay”
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Kwalala Lodge
Ranked #1 of 15 Pongola B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Wonderful stay”
Reviewed 29 October 2012

We spent one night at Kwa Lala on our way to St Lucia and what a wonderful place, room lovely and comfortable. Dinner was a pure joy, what delicious food prepared by Susan, so nice to just relax after your drive and wander down to the dining area for dinner. Breakfast as well was a lovely feast and as for that homemade bread............. Susan and Leon were amazing hosts, so helpful and friendly and having just got back from a 2 week holiday around KZN Kwa Lala was by far the best accommodation we had on the whole trip. Thank you Susan and if we are ever in that neck of the woods again we will definitely stay with you again.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Kwalala is an extremely pleasant run by to extremely hospitable hosts, namely Leon and Susan. The food is fantastic, best steak this side of Kwa Zulu Natal, a chocolate brownie that is so addictive it may be considered a schedule 7 drug and the only place you will find Sushi within a 700Km radius....Being a long term guest Susan made our meals interesting by varying it and went as far as taking requests, also catered for our colleague that could only eat vegetarian food and all with tasty surprises.... So good 5 stars for the food.... Rooms were decently sized, comfortable and inviting and with a large array of television channels you should never be bored.... This is my preferable destination when in Pongola and it really should be yours....

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We spent one night here on our way from Johannesburg to Mozambique. It is run by Susan and Leon van Aardt. (He is still practising as the local doctor.) The main road where you come in to Pongola it chaotic and unlovely, but when you turn into the gates of Kwa Lala you enter a haven of tranquillity. The rooms were tastefully appointed and very comfortable and the owners were the epitome of hospitality. Unfortunately we hadn't booked supper in advance, so we had to make do with the limited choices in the town. However, I believe they are planning to open a restaurant there as well. The breakfast was excellent and the staff is helpful and charming. If you need to break your journey, this is the place to do it. Anthony & André Akerman.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Howick, South Africa
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I had the pleaseure of staying with Susan and Leon for 1 night recently for the first time at Kwa Lala and was very impressed with the establishment, service and catering.

The welcome was warm and inviting so to the hospitality and a lovely pub to wet ones throat after a long day on the road.

A retrun visit is a must Thanks Susan, Leon and Staff.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

Kwa-lala logde is an excellent place to stay. Good quality bedrooms, very friendly people, high standaard of hospitaliteit and top quality dinner faciliteit.
Thijs place far excuses our expectations and is à must do wen you're in the area.
Anne & Frank
The Netherlands

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

We traveled from Australia and needed to stay in Pongola for a few days, Susan had place for us At Kwa LaLa and little did we know that it was the start of ten days of absolute endulgence. Susan the most wonderful host made our stay the best we could ever have expected!! The rooms were very comfortable with everything you need. The service is outstanding. Well what to say about the most wonderful dining experience you will ever have, with the team of Susan and Leon for dinner it was an absolute treat. Breakfast was another experience out of this world. Kwa LaLa would be the best B&B I have ever stayed at.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

On our way from Kruger to St Lucia, we stopped in Pongola. This B&B is the ideal place to stay after a long trip on the road. Rooms are clean, nicely decorated. Owners are very friendly.
They also serve dinner, so after a nice shower you don't have to leave the property anymore. And what a dinner it was, real restaurant-quality! For every course, you can choose between 2 dishes. Also breakfast was a real feast. A nice hidden gem.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kwalala Lodge

Property: Kwalala Lodge
Address: 15 Jan Mielie Street | Kwazulu Natal, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Kwalala Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only Four Star Rated Bed and Breakfast in Pongola. Bookings necessary as the establishment is popular and regularly fully booked. Restaurant open from Mondays to Fridays, for breakfast lunch and dinner on reservation. Dial 0027825583840 to book your table. Closed on public holidays. The restaurant can be used on weekends for special occasions or dinner if booked in advance. Service at its best and Staff and Management are hands on to make sure your stay is exactly what you expected. ... more   less 
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