Testimonials Archive

Jonathan Hutchinson

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I had a lovely time.The lodge is beautiful and the staff are all amazing.
Special thanks to Wilfred for organizing the trip to the Sandbank and for excellent snorkelling! He’s a real star.
All the best.

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Alejandra De La Peunte & Maximilian Kirchner

Dearest Ibo Team
What a mind blowing, much and heart warning experience. Thank you for your warmly, smiles and hospitality.
Cosmo, Kissinger, Wilfred and all the staff team, this holiday wouldn’t have been the same without you.
You’re literally legends and do hope to come back to your magical island again. Much love.

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The Rutherfoord Group

To the fabulous team at Ibo Lodge.
Every 5 years the Knights, Rutherfoords and Chapmens get together to celebrate family birthdays anniversaries and immerse in each others company. This year discovered Ibo lodge and it has provided the perfect place to do so.
Everything from the food, massages, bird watching,down, sand bank, dolphins swim … was experienced and enjoyed …
Your care and attention was much appreciated and you here made our time here one that will be hard to beat, so beautiful memorable and a little bit of our hearts ♥ will remain here in Ibo. Thank you to all.

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Robert & Alison McLaren

To all our friends at Ibo Lodge.  It was all magic.
Everyone helpful friendly and made us part of your unique family. We cannot thank you enough for refreshing our very souls. From the best plentiful to being treated by Wilfred. Nito, Richard, Lily and Iassine like Royalty on our Dhow Safari. Thank you especially to Felicity for the wonderful massage and David and John for their amazing skills and making us feel so welcome. You have a very special piece of this wonderful earth.
Take care, Many Blessing.

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Ryan Dunn & Lauren Corke

Lauren and I cannot begin to thank the Ibo Lodge team for an amazing last stop on our honeymoon! The room, the gardens, the staff….beyond our expectations. We were both utterly entranced by the island. It’s truly a special place. We hope to be back soon. Ryan and Lauren

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Tanja & Phillip Spittal

What an amazing place, I felt like we were at the edge of the world! Loved all the fresh fish and flowers on the plates. Loved the sandbank breakfast, felt like a king and queen! Thank you, will recommend Ibo to everyone.

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The Milliken Family

Fantastic few days at Ibo after 4 days sailing the islands. Ibo lodge is an amazing story and sets the platform to re-ignite a community. Our family loved the time here, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, and learning more about Ibo. The service, staff and food make it a through enjoyable stay.

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Alan Fowler and Wendela Crane

In Ibo Island we had found a worthy match with Lamu (Kenya) where we used to go in years past. The lodge is simply wonderful with its comfort and charm and excellent hospitality. The Lodge Manager and staff have been lovely hosts; everyone going out of their way to create a memorable 70th birthday experience. Definitely hope to be back.

A quality of personnel that matches the ambience of the space. A rare and valuable achievement.

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Anre Uys and Friends

Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience. We had a lovely time and enjoyed staying in your beautiful lodge with excellent food and very friendly staff.

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Peter and Lindsay van Ryneveld

Hi Fiona and Kevin

We returned on Saturday from our wonderful week at the Lodge. We will give some formal feedback and we have posted something on Tripadvisor but I just wanted to thank you personally for ensuring that our wedding anniversary celebration was such a memorable occasion. The special touches of some champagne and cake in addition to the other great meals were much appreciated and your well-trained staff all went out of their way to take good care of us all of the time. It was exactly the experience we were hoping to have.

We also want to commend you on what you have done for the island in general. I trust that it is appreciated and that you are given appropriate recognition for the difference you have made to people’s lives there; but even if it is not always fully acknowledged, I hope that it gives you a lot of satisfaction after the immense effort you must have put in to turn the Lodge into what it is today.

 

Congratulations and best wishes

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Katie and Marcel South Africa

Dear Ibo Island Team

We are so sad to be leaving. You’ve developed such a fantastic spot. We’ve been privileged to spend the past 7 days with you here on the island and at Quirimizi and Mogundula. Cosmo was a superb guide, and the team made us feel so welcome, comfortable and well fed. We’ve been loved every second. The lodge is perfect. Somehow it’s even better than it was 5 years ago. We’ll back as soon as we’ve lost the extra kgs we’ve picked up during the trip!!!. Ibo will be dreaming about you from Jozi. Muito Obrigado. Nichikuro Pakulu and many Thanks.

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Stern Hansen Oslo, Norway

The rooms are outstanding, well done! Kindness stands for culture in Ibo, The beauty of its architecture spoils the soul. I have been impressed after being 79 times around this planet! I leave fulfilled with HAPPINESS. We have had a wonderful and very relaxed stay. The food was amazing, the service exceptional, the adventures well thought through and were excellent highlights of our stay. A special thanks for the fantastic Christmas lunch! Good luck for the future and we hope to be back to visit here and at your Mogundula Island again.

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The Stewart family England

Truly a bit of paradise! ‘Beguiling’ is a word I don’t recall using before, but for me describes Ibo perfectly. A very enjoyable stay, excellent food (best prawns I ever had) and thanks to our hosts and their courteous staff. Don’t lose the magic with the inevitable expansion.”

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Pat Chetty – UK

Dear Ibo Island Lodge team – Thank you so much. This was the most perfect destination for our honeymoon. Absolute paradise! It was a great stay on such a beautiful island ( loved the sandbank, snorkelling, mangroves, sunsets on the deck etc) that has such a history. Thanks to Harris for organising all our activities and sharing his knowledge of the natural surrounds. Your staff are brilliant! Always smiling and enquiring how our days activities went. And the food – delish! We really could go on forever! Thanks again hopefully we will come back to Ibo soon.”
(PS: Remember us when you are looking for people to take over your jobs!)

You have made my short stay at Ibo most memorable. Your extra ordinary warmth and hospitality made this trip so worthwhile. You spared no effort to make my room comfortable. The staff were always obliging. Your chefs are to be commended for the scrumptious meals! Yes this was worth it!

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Pauol and Simona Italy

Picturesque views, unique architecture, balmy sunsets, a blue moon; excellent company coupled with several g and t’s – the perfect combination for an ideal getaway. Thank you kindly to the team for looking after us so well, we are already planning our return trip! May the local community development flourish in the near future. Keep up the excellent work. P.S. Ibo the ridgeback dog adds the finishing touch!

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Lucy and Franciso Italy

Ibo Island is a truly special place – very lucky to have spent a week exploring here! A big thanks to all the friendly staff at the lodge for the delicious food, welcoming and gracious atmosphere. Thank you.(The next bit is from Francisco….! ) I have no words to describe the beauty of Ibo Island. But to say that I have loved my stay and enjoyed a lot. The dinner, the weather, the water, the people, the nature and the sea it’s all different and beautiful. To the friendly staff of the lodge my BIG THANKS for the lovely and relaxing atmosphere that you guys transmitted to me. For sure that I’ll be back to repeat that nice experience again. Thank you.

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Joanna & Werner Boysen

We were searching for a peaceful place of beauty in a part of Africa that we have never explored before, somewhere that would give us the physical and environmental space to prepare for our marriage after three manic weeks running up to our wedding and what we have found at the lodge is just so much more…a spoil of luxury surrounded by an intriguing historical and cultural context, precious to all who stay, visit and work at the lodge. Thanks for the professionalism at the lodge, the tasty food, the beautiful sunsets, the memorable trip on the water. We wish you all the best. And hope to visit in years to come.

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Gemma Croft & Tristan Leech

We have been extremely impressed both with Ibo Island & surrounds and with the quality and hospitality of Ibo Island Lodge. In only a too short visit we have been really treated with atmospheric guided walks around town, incredible snorkelling at the wreck, sighting a sea turtle from our dhow and truly gourmet food. Thanks Rob & his team. – true luxuries and hotel service. We could not have been more delighted with our stay, thanks to all the staff and congratulations to the management for the focus on environmental sustainability and community development.

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Brendan, Tamsin & Theo

This is the first holiday my wife and I have had with just our family since our honeymoon 17 years ago. Wow what a fitting and special way to spend our treasured week together. Thank-you for making us feel so welcome and for the excellent manner in which you waited upon us. We are humbled and inspired by your work here on Ibo. Thanks for going out of your way to accommodate our son Theo, hope you enjoy his letter he has left you. God Bless you all.

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The Boundy Family – England

As always a wonderful experience on Ibo. Birds were great too, lots of good waders on the low tide flats. Caught and ringed crab plover, whimbrel, Gtr Sand plover, Culew Sandpiper, Teak Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper. Lodge staff are always SO helpful with everything and accommodating. Great food! Malcolm Wilson.

A marvelous project. What has been made here at Ibo Island lodge is exceptional. We just beginning to understand the projects and how audacious it is. We looking forward to sending friends here and hearing about the progress you make. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We felt that we were really at home. Thank-You to you all!

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