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A diamond in the rough!

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 Aug 2023
We stayed at Kubu for 3 nights and very much enjoyed our time there! The lodge has a few rough spots (in need of some updating and TLC) but I am sure Karein and her team will have the lodge in tip top shape in no time. Very friendly staff and great food. Only breakfast could do with a glow up…..a bit too basic and toast takes for ever.
Wishing the team all the best and we would definitely come back!
Date of stay: August 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

If you’re looking for a small and intimate African Resort with a European flair, great food and excellent service, look no further than Kubu Safari Lodge.

Owner Manfred and his staff are warm, friendly and very entertaining. The suites are very clean and well appointed. Huge bathrooms!

We really enjoyed the swimming pool and the fact that wildlife abound on this 20 acre property. No negatives here and great guides, you’ll
Love it!

Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

This was one of our favorite lodges. Friendly staff which were doing their utmost to make our stay as good as possible. Would go there anytime again and advise you to do the same. A plus: while sitting on your porch you can see small game within reaching distance and at night hear the lions roar (though the are safely behind fences)

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Roger H
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Kubulodge, Owner at Kubu Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2019

Thank you Roger.
You are right, we are in the middle of Bush but it is abolutely safe. Our Nyalas are used to humans but remain wild animals. Beautiful to watch them interacting.
I trust you took a lot of nice memories home.
Warm regards
The Kubu Team

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Reviewed 5 September 2019

We ve spent a night here, the owner wasnt present so i guess he doesnt care that much about the place. Dust everywhere in the room, the brown sheets were covered with some blonde hair, probably from a previous guest. Towels dirty and old. There s nothing else around, so we ordered dinner. Impossible to eat, though. We didnt touch the food at all, but charged 500 rand for it. Bussi, the manager of the place told us we are the only quests so a safari drive in the morning it was impossible. The staff were sitting at the tables on the terrace, acting like quests and i had the feeling they were making fun of us. Horrible experience!

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Mara B
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Kubu_Safari_Lodge, Owner at Kubu Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2019

Dear Mrs Banica, dear Mr Serban

I find it very sad that you are making fun of our very capable and reliable staff, especially our manageress Busi.
You stayed in room 19 and experienced even an upgrade to Superior level. All our Superior rooms are spacious, air-conditioned with beautiful en-suite bathrooms with double basin and walk in showers. I hope you don't deny this. To up set our staff claiming that you are looking to purchase the lodge is simply redicilous and taking advantage of the fact that we were on vacation during the off season. Unfortunately this kind of irresponsible acting has very negative consequences.
However I trust that all our esteemed guests and reviewers will judge your review against all the wonderful opinions expressed throughout the year and even on the very same travelling date.

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Reviewed 29 May 2019

My previous experience here had not been to good, but with the owners in attendance, the service was a lot better. The room was spacious and clean and the food well prepared and presented. The lodge is however an hours drive from the Kruger national Park.

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank Klaus G
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Reviewed 31 December 2018

We spent six wonderful days at Kubu Safari Lodge. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome from the owners, management and staff. Accommodation is excellent, bathrooms amazing. Breakfast and dinners are very good. Being off the beaten track, it is very tranquil, just what is needed for a restful holiday. With Kruger and many other places of interest close by it is very convenient to either drive yourself or are well organised for you. The only minuses are that there isn't WiFi in the rooms and no TV for visitors, but this is also very cathartic.I would definitely recommend Kubu Safari Lodge and would love to go back, I miss it already.Thank you so much Nicole, Manfred, Vanessa and the rest of the wonderful staff. Want to go back already.

Room tip: Any room, they all have a view of the surrounding bush.
Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Stuart P
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