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Katekani Tented Lodge

Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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On a secluded piece of prime bushveld, bordering with the Big Five Kapama Game Reserve, KATEKANI TENTED LODGE is open to the upmarket Wildside Africa development. It comprises of four beautifully appointed tented chalets. Each chalet has a thatched roof and is elevated so as to allow for spectacular views of the bushveld.
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Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
Katekani Tented Lodge
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Neha V wrote a review Feb 2024
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LOVED staying here. My luxury tent was amid the forest where I could enjoy the sounds of birds and relax in my personal pool. The room is extremely spacious and has a homey rustic feel. The staff is amazing and so kind and the food they cook is amazing.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 15 Feb 2024
Hi Neha Thanks for a perfect addition to our reviews on Katekani Lodge. We are pleased that you LOVED your suite, immersed in the bush, that allowed you to relax amid the sounds of nature. It is pleasing to know that you appreciated your personal pool, spacious suite , amazing and kind staff and great food. Be well
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Hanna-Kaisa wrote a review Jan 2024
Vantaa, Finland4 contributions2 helpful votes
I had a wonderful stay at Katekani lodge! I stayed for 4 nights as part of a 6 day Viva Safaris experience and I am super-happy with my choice of accommodation. The "tents" are huge and I really appreciated the air con as it was really hot. Also, the private pool was great for cooling after long safari drives. However, the best of the best are the staff, especially Margaret with her hospitality, care and cooking. Food was excellent!!! I was also lucky with animal sightings and saw the big five by day two. I actually ended up seeing the leopard three times!!! This was my fourth longer safari trip (having been to Kenia, Tanzania and to other parts of South Africa before), and these were my first ever leopard sightings. The drivers / rangers on the drives and walks were knowledgable and great fun. Big thumbs up to Viva Safaris!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 12 Jan 2024
Hi Hanna-Kaisa Thank you for a WONDERFUL review! We are thrilled that you are" super-happy" with Katekani Lodge. Thanks for acknowledging the efforts of our staff, especially Margrett. She certainly is an excellent chef. Well done on your game viewing - to have seen the Big Five by day 2 is great ! We are thrilled that VIva Safaris provided your first ever sighting of a leopard - despite your having visited Kenya, Tanzania and other game reserves. Not one sighting of leopard but THREE - wow !!!! Thanks for the big thumbs-up !!! Be well.
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Wendy Woo M wrote a review Nov 2023
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"Wow!" I believe that we really lucked out with our choice of lodge. Our stay at Katekani was incredible. The organisation behind the scenes was impeccable providing us with a relaxing and yet exciting stay. The safari drivers, namely Viktor, Rocky and King George were friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the area, animals and plants. They engaged with us, telling stories of their own (sometimes terrifying) experiences in the Bush. Our chef Margaret was heaven sent as without her we'd have starved. She catered for our group, three vegans and a carnivore with kindness and care. We met some wonderful people and made life long friends. Just wonderful.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 19 Dec 2023
WOW Wendy !!! This review will certainly encourage guests to stay at Katekani !! It is a major statement you are making - we are honoured to read that Katekani provided "one of the best stays" of your life. Thanks so much for your appreciation of our " impeccable" organisation, "professional and knowledgeable" rangers and "heaven sent" chef. Indeed your review is "just wonderful". Be well
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Melinda B wrote a review Nov 2023
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The whole experience was amazing! The organization was seamless. Every day was filled to the max with a variety of adventures! The guides were amazing! Rocky, George, Viktor all were dedicated to finding us The Big Five and were so informative and knew so much about the animals and plants and it was so educational! Katekani Lodge was very comfortable and the rooms were huge with a walk-in shower and individual plunge pools! The highlight was the chef Margaret who made a special delicious meal for us every time we ate with her! Also all the people we met on Safari were so lovely! We never met such awesome people!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 20 Nov 2023
Hi Melinda Thanks for an exceptionally good review. We appreciate your description of the experience as "amazing" and the organization as " seamless". Thanks for your appreciation of your rangers, who you so fondly mention by name, who managed to show you the Big Five. We love your description of the accommodation at Katekani Lodge and are thrilled to know that Margrett took such good care of you. We do have lovely people on safari who really enjoy themselves. Be well
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Marco wrote a review Oct 2023
Switzerland3 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing animal 🦓 !! Very good experience.. thank you for your smile and welcome hospitality.. i really appreciate everything ………… …… … south africa is a great place …. Thanks thanks thanks sorry minimum characters
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 19 Nov 2023
Ciao Marco Thanks for a great review despite your "minimum" English . We are pleased that you had amazing animal sightings and that you so appreciated everything including the smiling and hospitable staff. Viva Safaris is proud to know that our efforts allow you to state that South Africa is a great place !!! Grazie infinite Be well
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Relax66285968747 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Mama T and her kitchen crew were terrific, very friendly and helpful! She even cooked me another egg when I indicated I didn’t want peppers and onions in the omelette. The tents were huge and really decked out, with a great view of the forest from the small sitting pool outside. Only concern is the floor of the indoor shower is extremely slippery when wet and the slope to the drain makes it difficult to stand. Please consider a bath mat or treads under the shower head.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 19 Nov 2023
Hi there Thanks for an equally TERRIFIC review ! We are pleased that Mama T was able to serve you great food and that you enjoyed the bush setting of the "huge" suites. I have advised camp manager, Charl ,about the slippery shower floors and he advises it has been attended to. Be well
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Franziska A wrote a review Oct 2023
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We had a wonderfull time! Everything is well organized, the staff is very friendly. The Food is delicious and authentic! The Rooms are big and clean. The summer planning was very good and well implemented. It is also possible to cancel individual tours.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 19 Nov 2023
Hi Franziska Thank you for a short and sweet review. We are pleased that you had a wonderful time with Viva Safaris and that you appreciated the great organization, the friendly staff, the delicious and authentic food and the large suites. It was great to read that you enjoyed your Summer safari and that the program was flexible and and satisfied your needs. Be well
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naz123864 wrote a review Aug 2023
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
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The Katekani tented room was very spacious with 4baths for a couple. The outdoor pool was facing the jungle & so a bit daunting. The double king size bed mattress was just right '& comfortable. 2 wash basins & aesthetics were taken care of as was the clean linen, supplied daily. The hosts Lady Margaret was a true lady very dignified & honest to her word. The chef Madam Tambini made us an excellent Lemon butter cake for our anniversary & a bottle of Rose wine was provided with no charge whatsoever by the Manager D ' Charles of the establishment on 15Aug2023 at the Tree House as our newly made friends of day1 were staying there. Everything was arranged by the Viva Safari Team with barely a days notice! The wholesetup was fantastic & so memorable. I am eternally grateful to Nadine for conveying all my WA messages lastminute even though she was off, that particular day, Treune & Lukas ( may have got some names incorrectly spelt, please excuse the mistake) for organising all last minute in the office & to the Manager Mr D Charles for giving the green signal to allow us to celebrate our anniversary with our new friends made on Viva Safari Day1. They also took good care of all our needs & dietary requirements. This includes the chefs Madam Delina, Caroline, Madam Pauline & Audrey. All the guides were excellent & showed us as many of the big 5 as possible & more every time, stopping at regular intervals so we cud take pictures & videos. The outdoor barbeque dinner in the forest was a unique culinary experience & even the Aussie couple commented they had never had such tasty sausages brukhurst ever. The 2 Bush walks we did with Quintin & Raymond were eye openers. Never knew that trees cud communicate so well...and the knowledge we gained regarding termites, insects, the small 5 , birds, animal footprints, different stones & their uses & trees for their medical qualities was exceptional. All in all an unforgettable & truly memorable experience. The fact that WiFi only worked some places, got us off our phones & marvelling at the wonders of nature on this idyllic 3 jungle resorts, all thanks to Viva Safari Team. Thank you guys & gaals, so much with all our ❤️ heart. Will highly recommend Viva SaFari to all our friends on this side of the planet. We stayed from 13-17Aug2023 for 5D/4N. We also were given the Rehabilitation tour at Moholoholo, which was an eye opener & an unforgettable experience. Moses guided us every step of the way & was more than forth coming in answering all our questions & allowing us to take photos & videos of all the rehabitated animals & birds up close as possible. I was infact very moved by this whole experience, as it gives a great experience to the tourist for the behind the scenes care of physically or mentally injured or abused wildlife. I wish them all success in their endeavors. A great job well done. Thanks once again for allowing us to take this tour as promised by the Durban agent but not actually on our tour. We loved it. 😍 Affectionatelly, Sandeep & Nazneen Shirodkar, from Singapore. PS I think this was better than the 10D/9N we did in Kenya & Tanzania in 2018 as we saw more of the big & small 5animals in a shorter timeframe & the personal touch of all staff was outstanding. Never had a better holiday in my 60years. ❤️
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 18 Nov 2023
Hi Nazneen and Sandeep What an equally exceptional, memorable and personal review ! You have gone to a lot of trouble to write such a comprehensive account of your experience at Katekani Lodge with Viva Safaris. Thanks for an elaborate description of your luxury suite and for your copious praise of Margrett and Thembi. Charl was pleased to offer you a complimentary bottle of wine on the occasion of your anniversary. We are thrilled that you mention so many staff by name - they certainly all did their bit to elicit such bountiful praise from you. We are very pleased to read that you learnt so much from Raymond and Quinton on your walks. It is so good to see the finer parts of our African fauna and flora on foot. I am especially happy that you enjoyed the experience at Moholoholo Rehab Centre. You left the best compliment till last - to say that your 5 day tour with Viva Safaris was BETTER than the 10 day safari in Kenya and Tanzania is STAGGERING !!!!!! We are so happy that Viva Safaris provided you with the best holiday of your 60 years is MIND-BOGGLING !!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Sandeep S wrote a review Aug 2023
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We stayed in Katekani lodge for 4 days and loved it. First the people who run the place are amazing, the guides, cooks and helpers are all super friendly and always helpful. Charl and his team Nadine, Quinton, and all the guides do a great job. They went out of their way to organise an anniversary dinner cake and party with our friends who were at other resorts close by. The bush walks and game drives were insightful and well managed. The lodging at Katekani is quite a surprise, it’s more likely to find these in a city and at Kruger. Hot water, enough space for seating inside and outside on the deck, plunge pool and outdoor shower! The rooms were cleaned daily, the bed and mattresses were comfortable and spotless, towels, coffee and tea was all available. The quality of food was excellent, the bar was well stocked and pricing of alcohol reasonable. Even with 2 hours power cuts across the country, there were some back up lights and we could manage. Improvement: Electrical Adaptors should be kept as the international adaptors don’t fit the SA standard. Keep some candles in the room for power cuts. The team does an excellent job and makes your stay memorable. Worth the expense !
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Nov 2023
Hi Sandeep We extend our sincere thanks for such an equally EXCELLENT review. It is very edifying to know that you appreciate so very much the efforts made by our staff to look after you and even arrange an anniversary dinner party. Thanks for so accurately expressing your appreciation of the upmarket facilities in each suite at Katekani. It is certainly our jewel. Thanks for your suggestions for improvements. Nyarai at Tremisana has ordered more adaptors. We are pleased that you found your safari package worth the expense. Be well
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Maria Jose R wrote a review May 2023
San Jose, Costa Rica2 contributions
ROOMS: Lovely and espacious rooms. Very clean. Had a private little pool, bath tub and two showers (one indoor, one outdoor) FOOD: Top quality food. Margaret is an amazing chef. We enyojed every single meal. Bravo! STAFF: Nice and kind staff. Very hard working and attentive. Great price/quality
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 May 2023
Hi Maria Thank you for a "Just great" review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the luxury touches such as private splash pool, bath tub and indoor and outdoor showers. Thanks for your praise of Margrett - she is a great chef ! We are pleased that you found the staff hardworking and attentive and that you felt that the Katekani option is great value for money. Be well.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Katekani Tented Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Katekani Tented Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (3.3 km) and Nyani Cultural Village (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Katekani Tented Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Katekani Tented Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Katekani Tented Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.