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About Idwala Game Lodge

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.

Safari: At Idwala Game Lodge you African adventure awaits. Wake up to a chorus of birds, track the big 5 in their natural habitat and fall asleep to the night owls. Share in the African folk lore of the night sky and enjoy a gastronomic safari at every meal.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Safari
  • Includes: All Meals and Activities
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 15 Reviews
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Spring Special

Join us at Idwala Game Lodge during Spring 2015. Stay 2 nights at R6300 for 2 adults sharing. Normal rate R2250 pppn = R9000. This rate inludes all meals and local beverages and two game drives per day.

From Wed, 22 Jul 2015
To Wed, 30 Sep 2015


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi

Languages Spoken

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

Important Information

Children under 8 are not permitted on game drives.

Babysitting is available at an additional charge

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                  Reviews for Idwala Game Lodge

                  15 guest reviews Reviews of

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                  Marita Langenhoven, South Africa
                  30 March 2013

                  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 protea... see more

                  prengere thierry, France
                  13 August 2011

                  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!

                  Sarah Roberts, United Kingdom
                  29 November 2010

                  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.

                  Linzi Kirkham, South Africa
                  31 March 2009

                  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.

                  Grant Ring, South Africa
                  01 September 2008

                  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.

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                  Idwala Game Lodge Map

                  Idwala Game Lodge is 53.7km from the centre of Addo , the nearest airport 85.8km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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