Donkieskraal Guest Lodge & Private Game Reserve
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Donkieskraal Guest Lodge & Private Game Reserve

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#1 of 1 lodge in Leipoldtville
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Romantic
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Free parking

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Sandberg Farm, Leipoldtville 8121 South Africa
Getting there
Cape Town Intl Airport
186.4 km
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Erika M wrote a review Apr 2024
Cape Town, South Africa40 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Husband and I went to Donkieskraal for the Easter Holiday weekend and stayed in Geko Cave. We absolutely loved our unique cave room with the most romantic bathtub situated right in front of the bed. The farm is situated in a gorgeous remote location, with access to lovely trails and bush man paintings. We absolutely loved walking up to the mast in the evening in order to watch the sunset over the sea which is approx 35km away. During our stay we enjoyed not only the trails and bathtub, but the natural rock pool for dips and our braii where we could star gaze in the evening. The hosts, Annemi and Mareline were abosolutely lovely ladies who assisted us with any questions during our stay and did the most to ensure we were comfortable throughout. We will definitely be back for another stay in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ann wrote a review Sept 2022
Cape Town, South Africa18 contributions1 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Neat, clean, spacious and friendly. Would have loved to see the rockpaintings but no guide was available. Spectacular views and an easy drive from Cape Town. Midweek breakfast special brought to us was an added bonus. I would definitely revisit this beautiful place.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take mosquito repellent in summer.
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maruis wrote a review Nov 2020
Kuilsriver27 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you consider a visit to Donkieskraal and you don't do it, you are losing out big time.
I have visited Donkieskraal a few years ago and again a month ago with a tour group. What a pleasant surprise. It is one of the most characterful places and makes a visit to the Sandveld much more than an experience. The surrounding is unbelievable, the accommodation a combination between luxury and rustic..and the view! But the hospitality from Annemi & Jacky & the incredible Sandveld and other stories from Pieter made it more that a 5-star experience. Marius du Plooy.
marius@fundipro.co.za
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Pioneer22923175832 wrote a review Feb 2024
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The chalets are not worth the money. R1500 per night, but it does not include a quick room clean. My husband and I made breakfast in our room, where there are no cleaning facilities (zink, etc). I asked the lady if someone is going to clean, and her response was I must clean it myself. Just a quick clean, made of beds and clean cutlery would’ve changed my opinion already.
The room also needs a dust off as there are spiderwebs in the room.

We also couldn’t go on the game drive as the driver had urgent private matters and there was no back up driver to take us.

This place has the potential to be amazing, but certain things need attention.
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Date of stay: February 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip:  Take a flashlight with you, the place is in nature, we got two rain spiders in our room and a...
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EuricaS wrote a review Dec 2021
Suider Paarl, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Donkieskraal not for weddings! Guests had to do decor, tables, flowers and more at last minute as there was no back up for events manager that fell sick. Food was nice but rooms and tents leaks a lot when raining. Lots of potential and great hiking areas with bushman paintings in caves.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jackie V wrote a review Nov 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What a disappointment of a service at Donkieskraal. The place looked gross and they make promises to all guests and never deliver. It's dangerous for children to go there because there are snakes and scorpions everywhere. They don't even regret the houses. The service is a huge disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Annette wrote a review Dec 2020
Brackenfell, South Africa64 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible! Visited twice and still find it amazing. Ancient cave drawings, hiking trials, bird watching, game drives and the raw nature scenery around you. The managers are super nice. Affordable and they even offer pensioner's discount.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Angelique B wrote a review Jun 2022
Yzerfontein, South Africa5 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay was the best ever. Host were great assisting us ,making sure we were comfortable. If you need to get away from it all go there.Spotless clean and very well eauiped. We even did a skinny dip although it was freezing cold. This is what that place does to you. Nature at its best.Cannot wait to return. Thank you for a awesome stay at your beautiful Donkieskraal.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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212joanne wrote a review Apr 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
the Cave we stayed in was absolutely amazing.

There could be a revamp on the area under the lapa where we ate in a group, very dingy and dark. Not very welcoming. Also the pool area a little bit grubby and very small for a large group. maybe consider putting up a deck.
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Date of stay: February 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TrevorJHB wrote a review Jan 2016
JHB3 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
How disappointing. The honeymoon room (and others for that matter) was clean and tidy and looked quite unique but that's as far as it went. The rest of the place was looking very shabby and neglected. So much so that after merely walking around the facilities we decided not to stay for even one of our 3 nights that we had paid for. Very disappointing!!!!
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Donkieskraal Guest Lodge & Private Game Reserve
Is parking available at Donkieskraal Guest Lodge & Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Donkieskraal Guest Lodge & Private Game Reserve have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.