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Tamodi Guest Lodge and Stables

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- Well located in the Plettenberg Bay area
- Stunning valley views
- Rooms are well appointed and spacious
- Good number and range of activities available

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Tamodi Lodge is a welcoming, family-run lodge a short drive from Plettenberg Bay. It’s made up of several well presented accommodation buildings, as well as a main reception building and some stables that are home to a number of horses. Designed to be a comfortable home away from home, the lodge was inspired by the striking natural beauty of the coast, which is within easy reach. The owners, Lynne and Owen Johnson, along with Owen’s daughter Chelsea and her husband Scott, are delighted to give everyone who stays here the warmest of welcomes. Their aim is to ensure all guests have a memorable time, whether they’re after a more relaxing break, or they’re keen to stay active and pack lots of activities in. The lodge is well placed along the Garden Route for those looking to explore the South Africa coast.

The lodge’s main building has two standard suites, as well as a suite specially designed for honeymooners. There are additional honeymoon suites in separate buildings on-site that offer more privacy. All of the rooms here have generous amounts of space thanks to their high ceilings; with exposed beams and lots of wooden furnishings throughout, they have a sort of natural feel to them. Each room comes with its own private deck area so that guests can relax in the open air and take in the broad, sweeping views of the valley below. Some of the other amenities available in all suites here include a large stone bath, a TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar. Both air conditioning and underfloor heating are provided. The honeymoon suites have a wider range of amenities, such as a walk-in wardrobe and outdoor showers.

Staff are always happy to make recommendations for things to do. There’s a wide variety of activities available in the Plettenberg Bay area. Some of the many options include Monkeyland, a sanctuary with free-roaming primates; Newstead, a family-run wine farm; Birds of Eden, which is the world’s largest aviary with free-flight birds; and AfriCanyon, an adrenaline-fuelled kloofing experience that takes adventurous participants down into the river gorge. Relaxing beach trips and challenging mountain hikes are popular with many guests. The lodge itself has plenty of worthwhile activities available. These range from guided valley hikes and leisurely birdwatching walks, to thrilling mountain biking expeditions and informal wine tasting sessions. Only breakfast is provided here. Staff can recommend local restaurants for lunch and dinner.

The lodge does welcome children, though there don’t appear to be any special amenities or facilities for younger ones.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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