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Welkom, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything just great! Views breathtaking from dining and bar area. Nice bonfire. Real african experience. Rooms everything you need with nice balcony and view. Very friendly staff. we arrived late because of car trouble. Our supper were waiting for us. They assisted us in finding help with our car.

1 Thank _rinettevdw
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41 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely restaurant, lounge and bar area. Although the rooms have FANTASTIC views of river below, they are basic and the bathroom in ours was seriously in need of a complete refurbishment. The meals were very good and served around an open log fire. Took a trip on the river with our guide Bongo....who knew his stuff....great guy ! Saw Rhino,... More 

Thank Geordielad6580
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed three nights with friends and we had the most amazing time! The staff are very helpful and extremely kind. Their passion for their reserve is clear to see. The rooms were perfect! With a view of the river we could see wildlife from the moment we woke up right the way through to dusk. The activities were well... More 

1 Thank Freddykoopmans
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 11 August 2016

What a view!! Dining / lounge area and bedrooms have exceptional views over the river and flood plain. Birds a plenty. Very welcoming staff and exceptional service to ensure you relax from the start. Great food and access to some amazing self drive game drives at Pongolo Nature Reserve or guided drives on site. Well worth a stay of a... More 

Thank cliffb33
Durban, South Africa
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

A romantic getaway for us. What a spectacular place. Phenominal views of the Pongola River in a breathtaking reserve. Wildlife everywhere, we had a close up with Rhino each day, giraffe, buck, crocodiles, hippos and so much more. Food is divine, staf are exceptional and the most relaxing Spa with the works. Game Drives and Fishing Trips for Tiger.... Nothing... More 

1 Thank Melissa V
Boksburg, South Africa
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141 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great staff, pleasant, helpful and informative. Chalet (No 8) far enough away to be all alone as we like. Meals excellent and plentiful. I could go on and on about this place as we enjoyed the relaxation and home away from home feeling. Really sad about the drought and river being almost nonexistent but still saw elephant come down to... More 

1 Thank jbb88
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

We stayed here with our friends Peter and Sandy, having travelled from Cambridge, U.K. We have visited several game parks in the past but this was our first time here and we will definitely be back. Sandy's review cannot be bettered, we agree with everything she has written. All we would add is that the food was excellent, we were... More 

2 Thank Tim C
Hillcrest, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

This was our second visit and we enjoyed it as much as the first. From check in to departure Mvubu Lodge is professional establishment. The rooms are spotless and well positioned for a lovely view over the river - we had chalets 5 and 6 - and spent many lovely moments checking the game at the river - this time... More 

2 Thank sandysharland
Marloth Park
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73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Living at a lodge in the bush myself I was not sure what to expect. I am happy to say my expectations were exceeded. From our arrival Catherine took great care of us! The accommodation was clean, practical and tastefully decorated. The service was good and the food was nice. Very good value for money. Free WiFi would have been... More 

2 Thank DenisGoff
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

Avoid this place if you are not a hunter. The place advertise all kind of activities that do not really exist. You will be treated ( even if you pay good money ) as a third rate visitor if you are not a man with a gun... Exclusives zones reserved for hunters that you will not access ( e.g. Black... More 

4 Thank platonov909

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Additional Information about Mvubu River Lodge

Address: Pongola Game Reserve, Pongola, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Price Range: $108 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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“Room 2 - Very good view”
 of 5 bubbles cliffb33, 10 Aug 2016 | Read review
“No. 8 is the furthest away.”
  • Our Chalet 8
 of 5 bubbles jbb88, 29 Jun 2016 | Read review
“A room with a river view is the best”
 of 5 bubbles sandysharland, 30 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are great. They have a selection of couples accommodation or group accommodation. The all looked good.”
 of 5 bubbles DenisGoff, 25 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Each Lodge is unique and each has a different outlook over the river below.”
 of 5 bubbles kazziegriff, 23 May 2015 | Read review
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