Garden Route Game Lodge


Nov 17th, 2003, 11:10 AM
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Garden Route Game Lodge

Garden Route Game Lodge -- anyone stayed there before we're booked in for 2nts in March

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Nov 17th, 2003, 12:34 PM
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Hi Glentoran,

Garden Route Game Lodge is a lodge to give a very wide berth too. It is an absolute waste of time. When I visited the lodge as a professional tour operator I asked the highly inexperienced game ranger whether this was a game lodge or Noah's ark in that when it came to seeing the big species of animals we only found 2 of each, that is if we found them because we never saw the elephant, leopard or buffalo that the management claimed they had on the farm. The lions were fenced into a lion camp. Yuch! Not only did I find the rangers to be inexperienced I also found them to be gung ho. The proof of the pudding is in the eating when I have to mention that in the evening 22 people went on the night game drive and we were all offered the opportunity to go on the morning game drive the next morning. Well 2 people out of 22 turned up for the morning drive. Enough said about the game drives.

The food and accommodation at the Lodge was pretty average and certainly not on the top 50 list of game farms.

All in all when it comes to game viewing on the Garden Route your best bet is to go to Botlierskop near Mossel Bay. Great game drives and definitely the best in the area. The tented accommodation at Botliers, which has only recently opened, is also very good.

In summary, as a professional tourguide /operator who travels the Garden Route regularly, all I can say is give the Garden Route Game Lodge a miss and go to Botlierskop as it is a much better place to enjoy game.

Hope this all helps.

Selwyn Davidowitz
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