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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

A must on one's wishlist if you want to experience Nature's magic. Breathtaking scenaries are plentiful and unique. Never a dull moment with Nature's enchantment. Management and staff must be commended for keeping hospitality at its highest. We will definitely return

Thank Mogni_naidu
Cape Town
Reviewed 1 week ago

In general, all the houses and cottages at this venue are very good. The views, the facilities, the kitchen equipment-- everything shows attention to detail and good management. Maybe the newer "Morning Mist" cottages are a bit close together until more bushes grow up, but on the other hand if there is a group of e.g. 3 couples travelling, these...

Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Brian Thank you for the review, it sounds like you have done this before as you basically covered all aspects of our lodge. We do try to concentrate on attention to detail so thank you for noticing. When I see things like "service immaculate" it really does motivate me and my staff to achieve. Yes we have had a...

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at a lakeside lodge at Sani Valley lodge. We looked out onto such a variety of birds and liked the quiet location. Walks around the area were great and we also took a trip up Sani Pass which was definitely worthwhile. The staff were really friendly and the home cooked food we had at breakfast...

Thank Sheila W
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sheila Thank you for the wonderful review, I will be sure to tell my staff, always nice to get some positive feedback in this regard. Regards Gareth

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Just the most perfect setting for fresh mountain air, walking, swimming, riding and more - or for doing absolutely nothing. Can't think of a better place for a family and friends get-together. Think it would be really special in winter, too. Can't wait to go again.

Thank Count-v0n-Count
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Count-von-Count :) What a great review, sounds like you have summed us up in 3 lines, thank you. Regards Gareth

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We arrived at Sani Valley Nature Lodges late at night, only to be greeted by the most friendly staff who took care of us right away despite our late arrival. We were fortunate enough to have three gorgeous days at the lodge, however we would have stayed longer if there would have been a vacancy! It was so hard to...

Thank Janine S
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Wow Janine thank you so much for the wonderful review, I wish we had been able to accommodate you for longer, but it may be a good thing for me as it will bring you back here again some time. Regards Gareth

Lund, Sweden
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We were very happy with this place! Our group of 9 had the rainbow and sunset lodges. We had full catering for 3 nights which was very good. All meals served in our larger lodge. Beautiful surroundings, very tranquil. Birders spent all free time on the large decks. A bit of a surprise to find that beer was not availble!...

Thank Egior
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Egior Thank you for your wonderful review. Thank you for complimenting u son our dinner served in your lodge, I will be sure to pass it on to our chef. Also complimenting us on our 'nice and competent' staff all round, which is something I strive to achieve with my staff. It can be a birders paradise I agree,...

Centurion, South Africa
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We stayed at this lodge during Dec 2016/Jan2017. Its a beautiful lodge with stunning views. It has an outdoor jacuzzi so you can sit and relax with a view of the lake. We stayed at Lakeside Cottage 3. Zinhle from Housekeeping looked after us during our 4 night stay. She was an absolute Angel, taking care of our very request....

Thank CosmosFields
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Dear CosmosFields Thank you for the lovely review and I am glad Zinhle and the Spa ladies were friendly and helpful. We are constantly doing maintenance, pros and cons of living in such a beautiful place with such extreme weather conditions, especially working with a living product such as wood. Thank you again for the review and hopefully we can...

Reviewed 10 January 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in one of the lakeside lodges. The views are breathtaking and our lodge was comfortable and met all our needs. This venue is a must for nature lovers or people seeking rejuvenation of body and soul. We opted for the fully catered option and found the meals to be substantial.

Thank Preeya D
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Preeya Thank you for the wonderful review, hopefully we will meet again. Regards Gareth

Reviewed 27 December 2016

Stayed at the Lakeside lodge (no 3). It’s the most private - though they all are. It’s a 4 Km drive from the main road though a manned gate. There are only 3 lakeside lodges – large dinning cum living room overlooking the lake, Jacuzzi outside which is kept warm and ready for you – just the perfect place to...

1Thank rina-menon
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Wow rina-menon The only problem I have with this review is that it may look like I told you what to write :) Thank you so much for the detailed review and for the kind words. Next time hopefully you do stay for longer. regards Gareth

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 15 December 2016

We stayed at Sani Valley Lodge for two nights in a Lake Side Suite. We enjoyed it a lot - it is a very peaceful, calm place and just perfect to relax and be close to nature. Food is delivered in the evening, also everything else is cared for if requested. Also a perfect starting point for driving the Sani...

Thank André K
Gareth M, General Manager at Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Andre Thank you for the review and the great recommendation, hope we see you again some time soon. Regards Gareth

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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Microwave
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  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel is a private nature reserve only 2 hours from Durban. It sits within the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, borders the World Heritage Site and is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous Sani Pass. The reserve accommodates couples, families and small groups, all with the choice of full & self catering. Within the valley sits one of the largest privately owned lakes in South Africa, which is surrounded by a variety of antelope, zebra, baboons and other wildlife. It is one of the very few animal reserves in the Drakensberg, further enhanced by the vast lake which attracts unparalleled birdlife. The fishing is well renowned with regional records being attributed to the size of the lake. This is the prefect place to relax and have fun. One can indulge in a massage, be taught how to fly fish, go otter spotting by canoe, lounge in the Jacuzzi, be taken game viewing on horse back, drive a 4X4 up the famous Sani Pass, hike to the Bushmen paintings and more. Come visit. It's an experience you'll never forget! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel

Address: Sani Pass | Sani Pass Road, Himeville 3256, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Himeville
Price Range: €114 - €254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sani Valley Lodge and Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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“The rooms are self-catering however breakfast and dinner are provided. Would recommend the Lake View chalets.”
 of 5 bubbles 407janines, 28 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Both rainbow and sunset were great!”
 of 5 bubbles Egior, 20 Jan 2017 | Read review
“stay in lakeside No 3, very private (they all are)”
 of 5 bubbles rina-menon, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Lakeside lodges are private, well equipped and have stunning views.”
 of 5 bubbles nyusuf786, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Lakeview chalets are the best location to enjoy the view.”
 of 5 bubbles goodwine_16, 19 Aug 2016 | Read review
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