Zebra River Lodge

Reviews of Zebra River Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 87 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 87 of our travellers who have visited Zebra River Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S - York
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

When we first arrived I was a little disappointed with the feel of the place - it needs a bit of TLC as it feels unloved.

If we had stayed just one night we would have left feeling that it was a bit disappointing. However by the second night the place had started to grow on us as had the company. Elka is planning to do a spring clean/spruce up which should help.

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Miss A & Miss L - Dundee
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge

Although appearing slightly disorganised due to the new owners only taking over 3 weeks prior to our arrival, our stay at Zebra River Lodge was still very enjoyable.

The area provided ample opportunities to walk safely in a lovely environment.

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Mr. & Mrs. L - Swanley
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful location.

Unfortunately the new owners had only been there for 10 days so things were not running as they will be in a month or two's toime.

Again the roads to this location require a 4x4.

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Mr & Mrs P - Belgium
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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amazing walk in nature

Recently change of owner. May be a opportunity to renovate the room we had (n° 3). All together : excellent.

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Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

A very 'mixed' experience - the previous owners of some years were leaving the next day, and so it was a bit hectic. The setting was unforgetable as was the drive to the lodge. Our room was perfectly adequate and the bathing facilities made of stone and charming.

However, it was cold and the windows wouldn't shut and, for the first time, no AC that could be used as a heater. The fire in the dining room was very welcome but was not lit in the morning which was also cold.

We walked into the canyon, having been driven the first 6 ks - the drive was amazing and I learnt what a 4x4 can really do - driving across river beds full of boulders, up impossibly steep slopes and at one point up what could only be described as steps! The walk to the spring was challenging but very worthwhile.

On our departure, the new owners, in recognition of our disruptive experience, did not charge us for our activity, which we thought was most generous of them. However, the accommodation has been neglected and is now quite run down. The food was good and the staff expressed their sorrow, through song, at the departure of the previous owners. It is going to take a lot of hard work on everyone's behalf to achieve the level of excellence that we came to expect from the accommodation.

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Prof. S & Mrs M - Cumbria
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

A beautiful place - a surpising oasis in a stunning, rather arid, plateau and valley landscape. Marianne was a great host and we liked the way guests ate together in the evening, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere being helped along by the host.

The ownership was in the process of changing while we were there, hope the new owners don't change things too much.

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

The location of our room on the hillside was fantastic. However was in need of curtains and cleaning of windows.
We had a cute resident dormouse who visited the room each evening!

The new management stated he would address the overall standard of all of the rooms.
Food and conversation was some of the best on the holiday.

Great walk along the canyon.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zebra River Lodge overnight stay

A very nice thing about the place is that you can do several walks on your own, or with a good guide of the camp (if available). With a local guide you usually learn and see a lot more even in a short time.

The night of our stay Marianne had to spend some time helping another guest who had broken her wrist. Because of that she felt she hadn't been a good host for the other people and as an apology she offered our wine for free, a gesture she didn't need to do but was of course very nice.

We heard Rob and Marianne are selling the place so there will be new management in the near future.

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Mr. A & Ms. B - St. Albans
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

Zebra River Lodge was one of our favourite lodges on the trip. The view across the valley from our room was fantastic.

All the staff at the lodge were very helpful and created a very welcoming atmosphere.

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Mr D & Mrs G - St Albans
Arrived on: 23-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zebra River Lodge review

This was a lovely homely lodge. Our room was lovely and had everything we needed. The hosts (Merke & Tom) were lovely and really made us feel welcome.

Dinner was lovely sitting with the hosts and other guests, and the food was all beautiful, probably the best food we had on the entire trip. The location was superb, we did the canyon walk (4-5 hours) and the views were amazing. We also did a sundowner drive and the guide was very knowledgable on the geology, animals etc of the area.

It was quite a difficult drive from the main road to the lodge (around 5km) in a normal 2x2 car. We managed it, but had to go very slowly and we could hear the car scraping on the broken up road/stones etc.

All in all, a wonderful lodge, I would definitely recommend it.

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