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Amanzingwe Lodge review

Amanzingwe Lodge is the best place we've stayed at near the Hartbeespoort. We stayed at Thuli Village in the Amanzingwe Lodge. According to the locals the word "Thuli" means "quiet" or "peaceful", and it lives up to its name. If you're looking for peace and serenity, with staff close by who want to cater to your every whim, then Amanzingwe Lodge is a good choice. The Lodge is well situated for a weekend of fun - take in hot air ballooning with Bill Harrop or balloon over the Hartbeespoort, enjoy the incredibly fun Ama Zwing Zwing zip line (the 2nd longest in the southern hemisphere) and visit the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary on the far side of the Hartbeespoort.

lodges at Amanzingwe


Amanzingwe has wonderful wedding facilities, with both an outdoor and indoor chapel and a spacious wedding hall.

Amanzingwe's outdoor wedding venue

The indoor Chapel at Amanzingwe

Chapel and wedding hall at Amanzingwe

the indoor Chapel at Amanzingwe

wedding venue at Amanzingwe

Welcome area for wedding at Amanzingwe

Theresa's Garden Chapel at Amanzingwe

meet and greet area at Amanzingwe

Theresa's Garden Chapel at Amanzingwe

Wedding carriage at Amanzingwe

Wedding hall, would normally be filled with tables and the podium on the left.

wedding carriage

wedding hall at Amanzingwe

Bar area of the wedding hall

Happily married couple with beautiful background

bar area of the wedding hall

wedding photo

African-themed rooms

The decor had a touch of Africa in it, with dark woody cupboards, and elephant sculptures above the beds. I liked the prompt service after requesting a remote control for the TV, in the space of 10 minutes they replaced the entire TV!

Amanzingwe Lodge

Bikers paradise

At breakfast on Sunday there were dozens of motorbikes parked at the lodge, including the Pretoria Chapter of Harley Davidson. The hotel has a specific room set aside for bikers to leave their helmets, so clearly this is a strong focus.

Harley Davidson motorbikes at Amanzingwe

We spent some time relaxing in the Zebra Bar Lounge.

Zebra Bar Lounge at Amanzingwe Lodge

Lost & found

I lost the pouch for my Blackberry, which costs quite a bit, and was delighted when one of the staff members returned it to me (I didn't even have to ask for it, he'd remembered where I sat).

reception at Amanzingwe


Food was delicious. I especially liked their potato skins with cheese sauce (they left out the bacon bits for me).

telephonic reservations



012 205 8600 (ph)

012 205 8700 (fax)

Plot 339
Pelindaba?Road (R512)
North West Province
South Africa

pools at Amanzingwe Lodge

Ama Zwing Zwing

It was so easy to arrange a trip on the Ama Zwing Zwing, just asked at the Amanzingwe reception, and they organised a vehicle to drive me to the 500m or so there. Ama Zwing Zwing market themselves as being the longest zip line in southern Africa - what I can confirm is that it is a hell of a lot of fun.

Ama Zwing Zwing

Monkey Sanctuary

We did a day trip out to the Bush Baby Monkey Sanctuary, on the other side of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Was much enjoyed by the entire family, just watch out for Apie - the guy's a kleptomaniac!

Apie at the Monkey Sanctuary

Hot air ballooning

You're spoilt for choice with the hot air ballooning. You can either go ballooning at the Hartbeespoort, or go to the Magalies River Valley for Bill Harrop's hot air ballooning.

hot air ballooning over the Hartbeespoort Dam

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