The lodge is situated on top of a mountain, with spectacular views from each room. The rooms are beautifully fitted out with an external shower. They are however not very private, view wise they are but as they are directly adjacent to the neighbouring room, everything is heard! The pool is really awkward to enter and is on top of the diningroom, so no privacy at all whilst suntanning. The lodge is small and only caters for ten people which makes it nicer than the bigger commercial lodges and the service from staff is excellent, paying full attention to their guests.
Breakfast is adequate, eaten rather late so the light lunch is fine, but dinner is really disappointing. I have to say though I am a fussy eater and to be given no choice at all made it very difficult for me, with not being able to eat the main course on two of the four nights. Starters were also a problem and desserts not anything memorable. They do enquire as to food allergies / intolerances, which should rather be worded as food preferences as it never occurred to me that there would be no choice. I am able to navigate around a menu successfully if there is a choice. I was happy though to try new dishes, but found the kudu steak dry and tough and the steamed fish bland and unappertising..
The game is scarce compared to the Marakele Park nearby, but we had spectacular sightings of leopard, which was such a privilege and unlike anything we have ever seen in 45 years of game viewing! The rhino, lion and elephant sightings were great as well as the birdlife.
The lodge unfortunately has only one vehicle, new and very comfortable but we were not prepared to share the vehicle with ten people, including a family who were in the bush for the first time, jabbering and laughing as we went! It totally spoilt the experience.
So unsure if we would do this again...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Nedile Lodge South Africa/Welgevonden Game Reserve