Ndedema Lodge

Reviews of Ndedema Lodge

Good(89%) From 21 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 21 of our travellers who have visited Ndedema Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs Judd - London
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Welcoming, comfortable place to stay

Large comfortable room, with very welcoming hosts.

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Mr S & Ms R - Surrey
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Stimulating stop-over at Ndedema

The lodge gave us an excellent overnight stay. It was quiet, conveniently located and securely operated. We arrived at dusk, having journeyed circuitously from Cape Town, via the West Coast National Park and the river-estuary at Velddrif (here on the North bank, by the way, there is a public, roomy, but apparently scarce-frequented bird-hide, built on its own 30-metre pier into the waterway - it provided wonderful close-up viewings of flamingo and other water-life).

The owner, Wilma, had thoughtfully booked us a table at Emil's Place, a restaurant some 10 minutes walk back into Clanwilliam (fortunate for us, as we found the premises full and the dining excellent). We proceeded to have a good night's sleep in fine surroundings with all necessary facilities - followed by a hearty breakfast.

We had curtailed our stay at Clanwilliam to one night, in order to help fit in extra nights elsewhere. This worked well for us. On Wilma's recommendation the following morning, we briefly visited the Rooibos tea factory shop (which, strangely, had scarcely any of its products on sale - there was a better selection at the local SuperSpar).

She also recommended a brief side-trip into the Cedarberg Mountains, which was much more rewarding. We drove up the Pakhuis Pass and visited the poet, Leipoldt 's grave, with its overhang of bushmen's painting. Here we also encountered a large bunch of ageing Hell's Angel-style bike riders. With them and the backdrop of the monumental and eroded rock formations of the Cedarberg, we felt we had been transported to Arizona. We traveled a little further to take a look over the other side of the Pass, before - feeling fulfilled with what was on view - we retraced our steps.

We were back in Clanwilliam by 11.30am, only to find the Hog-riders hogging the town's sole petrol station. Nevertheless, we were well placed for the next stage of our journey towards Springbok, which we reached by around 3pm.

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Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A great place to stay

We had a lovely room at the front of the main building, with an amazing bathroom which was bigger that the bedroom. The welcome and information available was excellent, and the breakfast with fruits fresh from the garden was wonderful.

There wasn't much open in Clanwilliam on the Sunday we arrived, and our host booking the only available restaurant for us was a nice touch.

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6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wonderful hospitality at Ndedema Lodge

Clanwilliam is an easy drive from Cape Town, we travelled the coastal route. As a stopover en route to Namibia it was great, would have liked an extra night to explore the surrounding area. Ndedema Lodge is just lovely. We were welcomed by Johan and Wilma into their gorgeous old Victorian home. The rooms were all beautifully decorated and nice comfortable beds.

Special touches included sherry in the rooms, and a complimentary bottle of champagne for our 25th wedding anniversary. Wilma also arranged a special dinner reservation in town for our celebration. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool and the lovely garden area, chatting with Johan over a few beers & wines, listening to his stories, and appreciated his advice on our pending adventure through Namibia. Wilma served a great breakfast for our early start the next morning.

The security is excellent behind locked gates, plenty of room for vehicles. Would highly recommend this lovely place.

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Mr & Mrs W - Chipstead
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ndedema Lodge review

It's a bit difficult to evaluate this place without knowing how much we paid for our room, which was dark, badly lit and furnished with heavy dreary furniture (certainly not antiques as I recall the brochure suggests).

There is a garden of sorts, but not one you'd want to spend much time in.

However, the owners went out of their way to suggest to suggest things we might do in the locality and created a warm and cheerful atmosphere.

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Expert Africa comments

Ndedema is a small, friendly, owner-run bed and breakfast that offers very economicall accommodation. Although they do have a number of antiques around the property, not all furniture is antique.

Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndedema Lodge review

The house was stunning - our room was lovely - a four poster bed, the most enormous bathroom and such hospitable people - we saw them around a lot as well as at breakfast and nothing was too much trouble. On arrival we were brought tea by the pool, they were able to recommend a visit to the Rock Art the following day - and book us in to a restaurant that night.

At breakfast, there were four of us, the array was dazzling and included scones, jam and cream, as well as the usual cereals, cold meats and cheese, rolls, jams and toast. Then there was a choice of eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes, followed by a 'knickerboker glory' of yoghurt and stewed fruit laced with honey - the follwoing day we had grapefruit laced with passion fruit, all picked from their trees.

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Mr & Mrs B, from Portugal
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndedema Lodge review

Wilma certainly knows how to make you welcome. She was out when we arrived but her lady who showed us around was superb, very well trained.

Best local restaurants were both unavailable first night so Wilma and her ladies served an excellent dinner themselves in the courtyard.

She is very knowledgeable about the area and offered many suggestions of places to visit. A great stop.

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Mr and Mrs B - London
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Clanwilliam bliss

We really enjoyed the location, We were unfortunate with our experience in Cederberg mountains - Plans, tried twice, for planned walks fell through, however this venue, friendliness and helpfulness [hosts were great] made that disappointment not so important.

The breakfasts in the garden were a joy.
Particularly liked The Bath!

Plus close proximity to Lamberts Bay , the Gannet colony and restaurant recommendation a bonus.

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Mr & Mrs Pel's fishing owl - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great wildflower viewing in the Cedarberg.

Our stay here was excellent in all respects with fine weather and beautiful flower viewing in the Cedarberg mountains.

Our hosts could not have been kinder or more helpful and it was they who made our stay with their recommendation of a wonderful wildflower drive. On the way back we walked the Sevilla trail - a stroll through the wild flowers to see ancient rock art - a superb end to the day.

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Yellow Canaries from Reading
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ndedema Lodge review

Ndema is at the end of one of the main streets in Clanwilliam, in a pleasant area but somewhat shut-in. Car parking is behind an automatic security gate. We were made very welcome - we were greeted like personal guests and cake and coffee was offered us when we arrived.

Wilma was most helpful – because she had expected the town to be very full because of a flower festival she had booked a table for us for both nights at a very good restaurant, the Reinhold., and she gave us excellent and much appreciated help in suggsting to us how we should best to use our time in the area. Her helpfulness extended to lending my wife a warm jacket for when we drove off into the Cederberg - the (I believe) unseasonal cold weather had caught us unprepared. Again, hot water bottles were provided. We were given a very ample breakfast.

Our room was very comfortable and characterful, the one criticism being that it was very gloomy. Some brighter electic light bulbs would have transformed it..

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