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“Amazing Nedile Lodge!!”
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Nedile Lodge
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Amazing Nedile Lodge!!”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Have just returned from a brief one night stay at the Nedile lodge. Everything about this place is briliant. The staff are all so friendly and welcoming, the location and views are stunning, the game drives and how they are carried out are well organised and safe, the food is lovely with options for guests with allergies or special requests no trouble. The little touches really make a difference (won't write spoilers!) to the exclusive feel of the lodge. Nedile is an unfenced property within the reserve which adds to the beauty of it. I was so sad to leave and cannot wait to return, 5 star! Thanks.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Nedile for three nights over valentines day this year. It was a truly great experience.The lodge itself is stunning with its bush feel and amazing views. There are special touches from getting woken up with a smile and a tray with tea/coffee before morning drive to the warm facecloths when you arrive back. The staff were all amazing you can see that they love what they do which makes a huge difference. For us the highlights were the game drives, our guide was very knowledgeable and we got to see so many amazing things. In between drives one is forced to relax which in today's busy lifestyle is great.The food was of very high standard and we enjoyed every minute of our stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We only left on Thursday but as we loved it so much we thought we would write a revew now. This was a perfect holiday, which included delicious food every day, beautiful surroundings, personal service and a great guide. This was the start to our honeymoon and our guide Barend made it really special for us and we even had two drives just to ourselves whilst it was quiet. Barend was very knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants and he even got the telescope out so we could do some star gazing. We managed to see 4 of the big 5 close up and were pleased to see how all the guides respected the rule of no more than 4 jeeps at any animal viewing.

We felt really safe at our lodge and didn't worry about locking things away. It was nice to have a small group of staff as we felt like we got to know everyone and felt sad to say goodbye to everyone, especially Barend.

If you are packing for this holiday don't worry about having lots of khaki clothes, barely anyone had these. Do however bring lots of layers as it gets very cold on the game drives, though the hot water bottles and ponchos provided really helped!

I can't recommend Nedile Lodge enough, we completely fell in love with it and just hope that one day we will be able to go back.

Thank you to the fantastic staff, we miss you already!

Sarah and Ian xxx

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

I booked this trip for my boyfriends birthday and he absolutely loved it! As did I. The lodge is situated on a hilltop with beautiful views. The staff are friendly and warm and make you feel very welcome. I didn't see any of the other rooms but were staying in room 1 and it was such a treat. There was an outdoor shower as well as a bath with a view :) the food is delicious, the rooms comfortable, the ranger Barend went out of his way to make sure we saw as much game as possible.. And we were incredibly lucky! Met some amazing people and can say with absolute certainty that we will be going back. It is also very good value for money! Highly recommend this lodge!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Wow!! What a wonderful lodge with wonderful staff and wonderful food! We had an amazing couple of days and were treated like gold by everybody. We have been to a few safari lodges and this ranks among the best for us, and is certainly value for money.

The lodge is small and intimate, but in a good way. It is in a good location and has awesome views. The rooms were absolutely wonderful and the outside shower was just a treat! The view from our room was magnificent and so tranquil. It was very tastefully decorated and we felt like we were sleeping in luxury in the middle of the bush. The main common area was very comfortable inside and outside, even on cold winter nights. I loved how the staff minded us, but were considerate enough to also give us space. There was never a time when we were thirsty or hungry.

The game drives were lots of fun and we saw 3 of the big 5, but lots of other animals too. Barend (our ranger) was sure to educate us with facts about birds, trees and survival techniques in the bush. The animals look healthy and the Welgevonden reserve is very well looked after. If I could have had it my way, we would have spent the WHOLE day in the thick of the bush tracking animals.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Durbanville, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

The best place to switch off and concentrate on nothing else other than animals and all vast expanse of nature all around you. The rest is done for you.
Early morning game drives are worth braving the cold for with hot water bottles and poncho's provided, to look for and find game. We saw cheetahs and managed to catch a glimpse of a kill. Late afternoons proved fruitful too, with more cheetah sightings, elephants and leopard to end off perfectly.
The staff are great and friendly and very efficient. You lack for nothing. I have food intolerances and allergies and I was accommodated all the way with seemingly no effort (which I know is not the case). I was very impressed and the food was lovely.
The rooms are clean, perfect for what you need with a view of note.
The friendly, knowledgeable ranger, Barend made our game drives very pleasant and comfortable. His passion for nature certainly shines through.
Definitely worth a two or three night stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

The best thing about this lodge is that it is small and intimate and really makes one feel like you are part of a "big" family. My family and I have just returned from two wonderful days at Nedile. The staff (each and every one of them) are friendly, professional and I was particularly impressed with the way Michael interacted with my children. The rooms (firelplaces and hot water bottles which were very welcome) and the views from the room are wonderful and the food is outstanding - well done to the chef. We thoroughly enjoyed our game drives and the close and awesome sighting of Lion, Rhino and Buffalo to name just a few. Of course the highlight of our visit was when three Elephants came to drink from the swimming pool less than five feet away from us (and the lion that kept us awake as they were so close to our room). My daughter has rated this lodge as one of the best holidays she has ever had - of course we think her secret infatuation with Michael had something to do with that...... We will definitely be returning to Nedile. Thanks guys for an awesome few days!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Nedile Lodge
Address: Welgevonden Game Reserve, Welgevonden Game Reserve 0530, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Nedile Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nedile Lodge is situated in the Malaria free, Welgevonden Game Reserve 3 hours drive from Pretoria. Welgevonden Game Reserve is a declared Heritage Site of 36000 hectares (more than 80000 acres) bordering the Marekele National Park and part of the Waterberg Biosphere. This true bushveld environment is home to some of Africa’s most sought after game species, including one of the largest collections of white rhino on private land. Other species housed within this reserve include elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland and many other varieties of antelope. There may even be the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the aardvark, brown hyena or rarely seen honey badger ... more   less 
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