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“Food needs work” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nungubane Game Lodge
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Johannesburg
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3 reviews
“Food needs work”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Group of 10 (exclusive use of the lodge for 4 days) supplied our dietary requirements as requested - 2 Pesco-Vegetarians, the rest a mix of low carb and low salt.

Vegetarian options were boring, except for one amazing aubergine starter. It was so good that I requested more of that for my evening meal. The fish option for the Pesco-Vegetarians, was terrible, overcooked inedible piece of kingklip. Although we had requested low carb, one meal was a huge bowl of spaghetti (with minimal sauce)! To be fair one of our group rated the spaghetti 7/10 - so it was not bad for people not minding high carb.

On the positive side, the cook, "Livingston", was most obliging and when we sent back the spaghetti and requested green salad and smoked salmon - he obliged!

Other meals that were rated high, was the 1st night in the boma where a variety of braaied/roasted meats were provided, was a hit - mainly because of the variety which included ox-tail.

But food was not why we spent 4 days at Nungubani - it was to see the big 5! Our game ranger, "FJ" was enthusiastic and determined in making sure we saw the best of the Welgevonden private game reserve. He was particularly keen on cats and we saw plenty lion and cheaters. We also experienced a really scary up close encounter of an elephant bull.

Our rooms at the lodge were spacious and well separated to have a feeling of privacy and each has a balcony that can see for ever (over the trees below) to the horizon.

Overall the our Nungubane 4 day stay was enjoyable - just food needs a bit of work.

Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Perfect visit to Nungubane. Very professionally managed. Luxurious rooms and a beautiful lodge, excellent staff and delicious cuisine. Wonderful game drives, including an up-close with a stunning male lion after a very recent kill. Stunning setting. Easily accessible from Jo'burg. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Absolute best place to take a break !! Great park and game, kindest staff ever, excellent food and perfect terrace/pool for sundowners, not to forget the in-camp hide by the waterhole to spot animals during breaks. Highly recommended to anyone

Room Tip: all rooms are the same and fantastic
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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Front being met at the lodge by all the staff and their friendly attitude right throughout the trip it was just a joy!
Jacque the guide was incredible as well as entertaining. Highly recommend! Enjoy the company of both the staff and the guests and just escape from the world.

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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our stay at Nungubane couldn't have been more perfect. Staff were warm and welcoming. rooms were lovely, and the food delicious (the chef even went above and beyond for a vegan member of our party!). And our guide Josphat was amazing. Full of fun facts and knowledge of the bush, a genuine passion for the subject and a joy to be with.

  • Stayed October 2016, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Nungubane Game Lodge
Address: Welgevonden Game Reserve, Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Welgevonden Game Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Welgevonden Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nungubane Game Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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