Sondela Nature Reserve
Classified as one of the BAD facilities according to Volunteers in Africa Beware, so rather stay away!
Sondela Nature Reserve is situated in Limpopo. They offer holiday accommodation from self-catering chalets, a caravan park & tent camp. Visitors complain about run down accomodation, dirty pools, money making fees not announced during booking procedure. Sondela offers volunteering and breeds Lions and probably also Cheetahs to attract volunteers, there is little information about where the Lions / Cheetahs end after they can’t be handled any more.
Sondela Nature Reserve breeds not only lion cubs to attract volunteers, but also breeds rare game. The breeding of rare game such as sable and rare coloured game species such as golden wildebeest and black impalahas become big business. The selective breeding of such game is however often frowned upon, as it is seemingly only done to make money, with little or no conservation value.
Sondela Nature Reserve’s CLASSIFICATION:
Visitors mostly complain about Sondela’s quality. Sondela claims to have 5-star accommodation. However, they don’t look after their facility. On that note, they manage their accommodation, their main source of income, terribly then it makes us wonder, how do they manage their animals? Visitors claim their support staff are rude and disrespectful.
Quotes from visitors:
Terrible experience. Leaf blowers are working by your tent before 6am. Staff under qualified. Was tortured at the spa when I went for a wax. Premier lapa activities all locked up so unavailable to use. Pool table faulty.
Walking into the room there were mosquitos and fly’s everywhere, room did not look like advertised at all, cracks in the wall for a 5 star place. I immediately reported the insects and was given a can of doom and tabard
Sondela does not care about the management of their own accommodations or lodge. To point out, they treat their accommodation terribly and that makes us question how they treat their animals. In addition to that, they are rude to their visitors, as reported by their visitors. In conclusion, exercise caution when visiting this facility, it may not be as advertised. We will post updates on the status of their wildlife when we receive more information.