Testimonials Archive

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 son 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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Andreas and Candice Germany

Wow, what an amazing, out of this world experience! Everything was world class. A big thank you to all the staff that made our stay an absolute pleasure. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience this gem of nature! P.S. A special thank you to Harris, Rob, Jordan, Pemba and Kissinger for making us feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. This is something we will never forget. Thank you to all.

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Sally Birrel

Sitting overlooking this view one cannot imagine or prepare oneself for such a beautiful Island . I have trodden here humbly, the dawn and dusk both mystical the pace of life here reinstalls belief in human nature. The sand bank is a world apart, magnifying the beauty of the ocean in one small and shifting fragile place. Such beauty is what happens here in Ibo. Never lose what is here now ! Never let the magic at Ibo escape from the bottle I know when I boarded the air link flight at Johannesburg . The magic was beginning but arriving at Ibo and all that I have seen smelt , touched heard here has have been beyond a dream . I have visited many beautiful places and only a few have stolen my heart. Ibo Island lodge and its people, history and culture did. It is truly spectacular.

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Jodi and David from Australia

As a start to our honeymoon, we could not Have asked for a more beautiful place. The staff (especially Kissinger) were fabulous and special notes to the chef!! The sand bank island breakfast will always be a special memory.

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Lesley –Ann Steer

I just got off the phone with Gideon, a colleague of mine.  He called to tell me that he and his fiancé, Mariaan, had tied the knot in July.  When I asked him where the ceremony took place he said that they had got married on Ibo Island.  What a surprise!   He said that the Lodge organized everything perfectly and that the chapel was lit up with hundreds of candles – they were over the moon with it all.  Just wanted to let you know that you’ve won yet another very happy client…Lesley –Ann Steer

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Sarah Rogers, Melissa Borgo, Anna Hildebrand, Kathy Millet, Dianne Doust and Leanne Wild from Australia

Dear Rob, Glynn and The Team @ Ibo!

What a wonderful stay and dhow safari we have had!! An amazing island and a gorgeous lodge. The experience has truly been fantastic! From arriving by dhow to finishing with our private beach diner, it has all been magical!! Hope to get back one day!

What a wonderful experience! I have enjoyed every minute and learnt so much about Ibo Island culture. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and hope to return one day. I wish you every success.

Thank you for an amazing experience! I will take memories and photos and new friends away with me. Harris is an amazing guide and really comfortable to be around and his knowledge is outstanding. The Dhow safari was a great way to travel and I felt truly relaxed. Rob and Glynn and Ibo you have been really hospitable and I feel like you are instant friends. Thank you again.

The opportunity to share your special part of the world has been fantastic. Thank you for all your hospitality, personal touches & obvious passion for the island of Ibo. We leave with happy memories, many photos and the pleasure of sharing those with you & the islanders. Thank you for the fabulous birthday celebrations – so so special.

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Marion Gibson and family

Our too brief stay at your lodge was magical and an experience that will remain with us. Not only was the service excellent, but also you made us feel as if we were a member of your Ibo Island family. We are most impressed by the positive contribution you have made to the local communities, and the preservation of the local culture. We return home with treasured memories and look forward to returning to this magical place.

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Maurice Gardner from England

Very interesting to visit Ibo and your initiative to encourage development on the Island. Beautiful scenery combined with culture, history and good insight into the local life has made my stay here so rewarding and relaxing. A wonderfully unique experience – everyone so helpful – interesting history everywhere! I wish the lodge and Ibo Island great success. Oh and that beach……….!.

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Leon and Corlia, South Africa

We are Speechless…. ! exceeding all our expectations. The lodge holds true to “IBO” meaning well organised. Beautiful… everything is absolutely fantastic. Amazing food. And very professional staff and service, we will be back.. Good luck with your future plans. We have had an AMAZING week here..

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Nick and Nic

To Kevin and the Ibo Team

Coming here with no expectations, Ibo and the lodge were a famous revelation. Thank you so much for the warm reception and a genuine original experience!

Ibo Lodge is a heaven of tranquillity. Wonderful gats as the sun set at the veranda bar!! Loved our 6 am Dhow Trip to the sand bank for a full English!!! Sailing back was memorable!

Lovely “lateral” few days!

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