Based on our Guest Book, this is what our Guests had to say in 2018.



 G & J: We had a pleasant stay at the lodge with friendly owners. It was like a home away from home. Nice surroundings. It was breathtaking to see animals walking around us. Thank you very much for your hospiltality. Much appreciated.

  F & P: We really had a great stay. It was like a holiday with a touch of home. Vivien and Colin are lovely people. Thank you for the great conversations. You made us feel very welcome. We wish you all the best for 2018. Thank you!

 PK & Fam: Thank you for a lovely stay, albeit brief. The rooms are truly lovely and breakfast was great. We’d love to come stay again.

 N & MT: Nice stay with friendly owners. Very relaxing.

 D & GN: Thank you for the hospitality.  We have enjoyed staying here with you. If it was not because of time, we should still have been here. Hope to come back sometime soon. Breakfast was superb.

 BK: Thanks guys. A real oasis you have here. I enjoyed my visit here and intend to do so again. (Will pray for some rain.)

 Y & ZJ: Thank you for this first night in the bush and all your advice given. You have a beautiful garden and original bushes. Kind regards.

 B & MB: Spent two lovely days – our hosts are simply the best. We will definitely be here again in 2019 – hopefully before then. Thank you.

 LvE & Fam: Pleasant stay at Woodpecker Lodge. Very friendly owners and a nice room with a lovely view. Definitely will recommend the lodge to others.

 G & TL: Lovely stay in a beautiful place. Attentive hosts, great breakfast. Sorry we didn’t do two nights here. Thank you!

 RW: This is a wonderful place. Thanks for the good times and it was so nice to meet you.

 R & JK: Thank you for a superb first night in South Africa. After a long drive here, Viv and Colin were so welcoming. Thank you for the great advice on animal spotting and for a delicious breakfast. We wish we were staying longer than one night. It was lovely to meet you!

 T & L: Thank you very much for your hospitality, all the good tips and hints on what to do and see. Many interesting discussions in the evenings. We enjoyed our stay very much and will recommend Woodpecker Lodge [& Bar]!

 R & SA: Just one night but a real pleasure. Viv and Colin are lovely hosts. The rooms are spotlessy clean and the outside environment is great. As for breakfast – don’t miss Viv’v cheese bombs (muffins)! Thank you Viv & Colin.

  I, H, M & T: Thank you guys! We spent a lovely day at Woodpecker Lodge – it was really great to be here!

 WJ: A beautiful setting. Extremely quiet and peaceful. Comfortable and the best place to get some exercise. Thank you for having me, see you soon.

 FvZ: From the longest staying guest thus far (11 nights) – thank you very much for your hospitality, sharing your wonderful home and of course the great breakfasts. I really enjoyed the stay here, hopefully I will see you again!

 OB: My son and I stayed for one night only and we had a wonderful time. We appreciated your hospitality and sharing a wonderful conversation. Thanks for helping with planning our rest of the journey and for the wonderful breakfast. It seems you are enjoying what you are doing and it shows.

 S & RO: Thanks a lot Vivien and Colin. It was a great stay and we are grateful for all the support and advice you gave for our journey.

 DP: A Woodpecker himself woke me up this morning! This charming lodge is so much more than people might expect. Huge rooms, huge baths, lovely grounds. The owners, Vivien and Colin are warm and gracious in every way. I will be telling my readers on Trip Advisor – if they come to Hoedspruit, this is where they should stay!

 J & V: Thanks very much for the nice stay. It’s a nice place in the bush and we enjoyed the pool very much during the hot days. We saw warthogs, bush-babies and duiker from the the pool. Great breakfasts, we will definitely come back.

 LC: Thank you for a great “Birthday Weekend” and the Birthday Card. Peaceful and quiet, room was clean. You were forever friendly and I take to heart that RA that was spoken about. Dankie!

 R & SK: Thank you very much for your kind hospitality. Our time here was restful and we felt at home. You have a beautiful lodge and property. Thank you for sharing your part of your world with us. Thank you also for accommodating us so late.

 VC: Thank you for everything. The stay was fantastic and the breakfast delicious.

 M & VC: We only stay one night, but was amazing. Thank you so much for everything. The place is beautiful.

 JT: It was the start of a two week tour and a great one. So relaxing after a long flight. With nice hosts and surrounded by impalas, bush babies and warthogs. Really nice. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

 R&LC: Thank you so much to Colin & Viv for their hospitality and kindness. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and wish them ony the best in their new venture.

 S&AK: One of our favourite places so far! Loved everything about Woodpecker Lodge including our phenominal hosts Colin & Viv. Delicious breakfast, stunning view from our room and not to mention the personal touches. Can’t wait until our next visit! Thank you for the adventure – Afrika is nie ‘n plek vir Sissies nie!

 MJ: I wish you all the best on this new journey in life. You two are an inspiration on what to build towards for retirement. I think it is wonderful what you have created and believe it will bring a lot of joy as well as great stories. The breakfast was also really good. Fresh and well cooked. Thank you so much!

 M & B: Very nice place to live and very kind house owner. Will come again!

 J & ES: It’s a very quiet and nice place. The owners of the lodge were very nice and welcomed us warmly. We will definitely come back.

  CM & EB: Our first time visiting Kruger Park and Woodpecker Lodge was a great start to our trip. Thanks for all the travel tips and hospitality. Hope to be back some day!

 J&B: Everything was perfect. Thank you Vivien and Colin. We recommend the Woodpecker Lodge.

 AR & MT: Beautiful setting in the bush! We had a wonderful stay with Colin & Vivien and a fantastic day out in ther Kruger Park with sightings of lion, cheetah, hyena, elephants and buffalo. Hope to be back soon!

 C & VM: It was a short but delightful stay. Thank you so much Colin & Viv for your hospitality and kindness. We would love to return someday!

 PdP: A delightful setting! It was a very short stay but I enjoyed every minute. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality. I will definitely recommend Woodpecker Lodge to my friends.

 S: I’ve had a wonderful time here – thank you! Peaceful, kind and cheerful – it was the perfect place to land after leading a group for 9 days. Thank you for your care for my safety and for helping me to find my way around. Blessings of prosperity and happiness!

 I & VT & Family: Thank you so much for a lovely stay. It was so nice. Vivien and Colin are outstanding hosts and made our stay absolutely devine. The breakfasts are delicious and so very nice to wake up to an impala walking next to your window. Will definitely be back!! Thank you!

  P & M: Thank you for your hospitality, nice place and absolutely polite hosts. We had a good time in the beautiful Wildlife Estate.

 L & R: Thank you for a wonderful stay! Room was immaculate and the lodge beautiful, but your warm hospitality made the experience special. We will definitely be back! Thank you.

 MM: Thanks for all the kindness, the lovely tourist suggestions and support. Lovely talks in in the evening – you’re running an amazing place!

 E & V: Thank you for an amazing stay! Nice room and views, delicious breakfast! Beautiful place to stay! Thanks!

 D & V: Thank you – we enjoyed staying in Hoedspruit – will come back again soon.

 NN & Fam: Thank you so much for the lovely time we spent at the Woodpecker Lodge. We enjoyed the nature that surrounds the lodge, the excellent breakfast and especially your kindness.

 CC & Family: WOW! A little slice of heaven. What an amazing place. Only stayed for one night but what hosts Colin & Viv are. Nothing was too much. Would totally recommend Woodpecker Lodge to anyone plus Michael our guide. I am sitting here coffee in hand looking at the bush and feeling tranquil and at peace. You have a lovely home here Colin & Viv - Thank you so much for making me and my family so welcome.

 JC: Lovely people and lovely rooms. 10 out of 10 for everything! P.S. The freshly made muffins were soooo good!

 SC: Amazing relaxed atmosphere, rooms extremely clean, great hospitality. Highly recommend for business visits as well. Thank you – look forward to next time.

 M & S: Lovely zone, really perfect atmosphere. The rooms are so good and the owners were so lovely with us. We don’t have any doubt to recommend this place. Thank you for all.

 ML & B: Thank you so uch for making us feel at home and relaxed. We had a wonderful time and hope to come stay again next year. With much appreciation.

 K & VM: Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and making us so welcome. Will definitely recommend you to our friends.

 M & TR: The atmosphere of this lodge really made us two (on honeymoon in SA) really feel at home. Thank you Vivien and super funny husband. Cheers from Italy.

 C: Thank you for sharing your lovely place with me. It was great to relax for a few days before my next project. I look forward to returning to Woodpecker Lodge.

 A, N & W: Exceptional hospitality, stunning setting – we felt transported to a different reality. Thank you so much for making our stay memorable. We will be back and we will be spreading the news far and wide. Everyone needs to visit Woodpecker Lodge.

 C & CM: We had a wonderful stay! Woodpecker Lodge is a great and tranquil place to spend holidays! All the best for you!

 AV & DV: We had a fabulous stay with Colin & Vivien.Woodpecker Lodge is the  perfect “stay”in lovely bush surroundings with game parading past the lodge. Thanks for your hospitality. Best wishes.

 J, E, T & J: Vivien and Colin … what an amazing stay! You made feel like we were at home. Thank you for the chat, the advice and your hospitaility. Thank you most of all for your cheese bombs! We look forward to booking our next stay with you.

 N & E: Quick but wonderful stay! You are very nice and helpful. Thank you!

 G & MvA: We had a lovely stay here. Everything was clean & neat. Breakfast delicious. Friendly hosts, relaxing after a busy city life.

 J & B: What a wonderful stay at Woodpecker Lodge. Vivien and Colin are helpful people and the nature is very nice. Thanks.

 H & A: Wonderful stay and would definitely come again. We love it! Thank you for everything.

 J, C, A & M: Beautiful and peaceful. Place nice and clean. Enjoyed the breakfast. Thank you.

 G & V: Thank you! Lovely comfortable accommodation, relaxed and and enjoyable hosting. Loved the game drive and delicious breakfast! We’ll be back for sundowners at the dam.

 SS: Very nice breakfasts. Thanks for all the help with charging the car battery.

 P & MH: Accueil sympathique dans une magnifique propriètè au calme. (Friendly welcome in a beautiful quiet property). Perfect breakfast with singing birds around. Very nice accommdation in a quiet and lovely place.

 J & KB: Location very quiet and very pleasant. Cleanliness impeccable. Hosts very pleasant very helpful. Recommended. Very well decorated. Thank you for everything.

 C & Co: Great stay at a wonderful place. Fantastic breakfast. Great refreshing pool. Very, very nice hosts. Would love to come back! Thanks a lot!

 AD: Amazing lodge. Charming with a great garden. Vivien and Colin were terrific hosts and the breakfast was the cherry on top! The estate itself is amazing and with walking and cycling trails available!

 GG: A “Bakgat” stay in Hoedpsruit! Viv & Colin – my “family” in South Africa I’ll never forget!

 J & O: Wonderful stay! Amazing place and very good breakfast. Thanks a lot for everything! Will definitely recommend your place to everyone. Lots of love.

 J & CZ: A beautiful place with nice people. We enjoyed our stay – thanks a lot.

 R & R: We had a lovely stay, thank you very much!

 JvR: You gave us a good time, nice place, an oasis here. People with great hospitality. Thank you!

 M & HvG: Thank you Vivien and Colin for the lovely stay. We were very lazy the last 18 hours and the room was perfect for re-charging our batteries.

 SV: Thanks a lot for a great stay. You have a beautiful place to relax and doing a great job! Thank you very much.

 J&J: Thank you so much Viv and Colin for a perfect stay. Glorious surroundings, great food, comfortable room with everything we could need. Hope you go from strength to strength!

 A&S: Thanks for everything. We had a very nice stay. Too bad it was only one night. All the best.


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