Idwala Game Lodge

15 Guest Reviews
15 Customer Reviews
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  • Sweeping views
  • Dining area
  • Splash pool
  • Dining room
  • The bar area
  • Homemade food
  • Private room
  • Elephants
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife © Philip du Toit
  • Brown-hooded kingfisher
  • Description
  • Facilities
Surrender to the call of the wild, experience the enchanting African bush veld at Idwala, a family run lodge in the malaria free Eastern Cape. Perched on a dramatic ridge overlooking a lush green valley, Idwala is sanctuary to a multitude of free-roaming game species and prolific birdlife. It’s also adjacent to a renowned Big Five Game Reserve with no fences between the properties and full traversing rights over the entire 6500ha, so you can experience nature’s breath-taking sights and sounds during your stay with us.

With courteous, personalized service and refined comfort, Idwala offers discerning guests an unforgettable African bush experience which will touch your soul. Idwala can accommodate up to eight people in four free-standing chalets. Each individually decorated, secluded room has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda offering sweeping views the rooms have been named after the Big Five, and the décor combines slate, natural wood and local natural materials, to give an authentic African setting for the perfect, tranquil holiday.

It’s an ideal and intimate venue for groups, friends and honeymooners. From the moment you first arrive in your room you’ll realize that everything possible has been done to make your stay as special and spectacular as possible. Your African adventure waits. Regretfully no children under 12 years.

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Safari Lodge
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 15
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

15 Reviews on Idwala Game Lodge

The staff of Idwala are very friendly and approachable! The food is very good and feshly prepared! The lodge is built in a valley and had stunning views! The decor is non-pretenscious yet luxurious. We went on for game drives and saw lions three times, cheetah once, white rhino once and elephant twice; not even to talk about all the beautiful buck and many birds!! We celebrated our wedding anniversarry on the 2nd night and the lodge arranged a private dinner for us and when we arrived at our room it was romantically decorated with flowers and sparkling wine! They also gave me a bunch of proteas as gift (which they farm themselves) :-)

30 March 2013

We came from France and we heard about Idwala being a nice lodge. We were not deceived. The site is great, the service was perfect, the staff had a great sense of hospitality and professionalism! Worth the voyage!

13 August 2011

Perfect end to our first visit to South Africa. From the moment you arrive you are throughly spoilt, the setting is awe inspiring. The staff are so friendly and the food amazing. I would definitely go back. The rangers were brilliant and so knowledgeable. Worth every penny.

29 November 2010

Absolutely the highlight of our travels to SA. We were the only guests there for the evening and got very Spoiled by the staff- who could not have done anything more to have made our stay any more amazing! Just wish we could have stayed longer. Our Ranger and Game drives were out of this world, seeing the ellusive teeny lion cubs was a huuuuge plus. Loved it! The Chef is super! Delicious fresh home made food with a lot of attention to detail.

31 March 2009

Everything, from the time that we arrived, until the time that we left was amazing! Really, the staff especially our ranger [Darryl] were fantastic, and went out of their way to make sure that we were happy. The intimacy of the lodge [and the fact that it only accommodates 8] makes it a really personal, enjoyable stay. If you are in doubt, take this review and just do it - book right now - you will not be sorry.

01 September 2008
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Room information

Buffalo x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

The Buffalo room was designed by the owners in muted purple tones to the reflect the unique colour on the inside of the Buffalo's ears. The room has a private deck and an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Elephant x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

The owner has individually decorated each room with a fresh, contemporary African style. The room has a private en-suite bathroom with a shower. The elephant room has a unique view of the waterhole.

Lion x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Inspired by the mane of the male lion, the owner has used burnt orange tones combined with wood and slate, to create a real African feel. The Lion room has a prviate en-suite bathroom and a private verandah

Rhino x 1

Includes: All Meals and Activities

Hidden away, the Rhino room offers maximum privacy and a real feeling that you are in Africa. The Rhino room has a private en-suite bathroom with shower and a deck overlooking the bush.

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Special Offer

Winter Breather

Pay for two nights and get the third night free! All meals, wine and beer included, as well as two game drives per day.
Come spend a few days at Idwala Game Lodge and enjoy the mild SPRING climate. Snuggle up to the fire, enjoy the aloes in bloom and see our new lion cubs.
Relax in our beautiful surooundings befor the rush to the end of the year. Winter rates of R2150 per person per night apply.
Terms and conditions apply.

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