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87, bd. de l'Ocean Manapany les Bains, Saint-Joseph 97480 Reunion Island
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Hi, my name is Gandalf, I am a Belgium Shepard (Malinois, friends call us affectionately "Malli"). I was born on June 26th, 2006. My home is close to St. Joseph, a city in the green and wild south of the Reunion Island. "Ile de de la Reunion" is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 800 km east of Madagascar and 180 km SW of its better known and elder sister Mauritius. On the picture, you spot me in Cilaos in the mountains of the island, in frond of the Col de Taibit, the pass towards Mafate. Actually, I am living at the coast, at the foot of an active Vulcan "Piton de la Fournaise" in Manapany les Bains, 200 m away of a protected bay for swimming, I am room mating with Christina, Claus and Eowyn. And of course with guests and friends who are spending their vacation with us. We are living in a guesthouse of Creole style, with 5 individually decorated rooms, porch, tropical garden and lots of smaller and bigger items to make their vacations on this remote island to an unforgettable adventure. Together with us at the GANDALF SAFARI CAMP, a small private Guesthouse on Reunion Island.
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lmaingard wrote a review Apr 2017
Bristol, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
forgot to say that in a previous review Claus and Christina present your breakfast beautifully - I took photographs - Claus went to the effort of getting local mangoes for us to try and bake delicious German bread.They say it's the best breakfast along that coast and certainly we didn't have anything quite like it anywhere else in Reunion. Christina has made an amazing mosaic garden which is well worth seeing- she is very artistic. They have some special trees growing. We loved the fact that Gandalfs is close to the Manapany pool which is fabulous for an early morning or evening swim which is great to cool off by in the hot and humid climate of the Reunion coast. As I said before Claus is a mind of information and will help you discover this island which is varied and very beautiful.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Response from Gandalf-Safari-Camp, Inhaber at Gandalf Safari Camp
Responded 13 Apr 2017
Thank you very much, we hope to see you again soon on this fantastic Island Christina & Claus
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Cillex wrote a review Apr 2017
Annecy, France119 contributions31 helpful votes
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It is not a hotel but a house or the owner (German) to turn rooms into a kind of guest house not super nice. The reception is at a minimum, comfort is just needed, you even have to pay extra for air conditioning, it's clean but without much interest.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Response from Gandalf-Safari-Camp, Inhaber at Gandalf Safari Camp
Responded 10 Apr 2017
We are headding for french two stars label for a hotel without restaurant. Two stars means, that we do not offer any luxury services and accomodation, but everything you need.
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unicornfish wrote a review Mar 2017
Bristol, United Kingdom50 contributions53 helpful votes
Claus and Christina are wonderful hosts who will try to help you with your travel olans as much as possible. They wervery kind and accommodwting. Their rooms are themed and we stayed in the 'madafascar room'. We were able eto cook our own food in the evenings and enjoyed their beautiful garden. The. breakfast was more than adequate with fruit and home made German bread. We bought Christina's home made table mats which she makes from the local Vacaos palm. We felt the place was like a 'home from home' and w ould definitely stay there again. We can highly recommend this place and .laus will provide you with knowledge avout the island which you will find very usedul. Thank you Claus and. Christina. from louise and dave from Bristol UK.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: veautiful rooms... ack gaden view rooms could e quieter
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Kerriden wrote a review Jan 2015
Durban, South Africa2 contributions6 helpful votes
Reunion is a very real slice of France in the Indian Ocean so if your french is a bit rusty best to read this and get yourself familiar with Claus and Cristina at Gandalfs Safari Camp! Claus and Cristina (originally from Germany so speak German, French and English) are absolutely wonderful hosts with a true and honest approach to hospitality. Their B&B is located on the South West side of the island in Manapany Les Bains about 5 minutes walk to the beach (with a natural 'grannies' pool where you can swim without fear of sharks). The rooms are compact but nicely decorated. I loved the fact each room had a theme; we stayed in the Arabian room overlooking the garden. All of the rooms are upstairs. Please note the toilet and shower are INSIDE the room with almost no privacy so unless you are a couple or very close friends you may find it a bit uncomfortable. The house has a self catering kitchen downstairs (outdoors) and this is also where the full continental breakfast is served (endless fresh fruit, bread, cereal and a dozen spreads. Coffee, tea and juice – delicious!). There is a small book exchange library and free DVDs for those lazy evenings after hiking and exploring. The truly special thing about Gandalf's is Claus's advice and wealth of knowledge of the island (in a language we could understand!). It added immense value to our trip. We originally emailed Claus in September (3 months before our trip) regarding accommodation availability which he confirmed in a timely manner. He then assisted us with answers and options to A LOT of questions that we had about the island, hiking routes, organising gites, booking car hire and transfers. He was a pleasure to deal with and we were glad to have honest, helpful assistance in English prior to booking the trip. On arrival Claus collected us from the airport and transferred us to the accommodation (2 hours along a good highway). Cristina organised a homely dinner for us on as it was New Years Day and nothing else was open so we were very grateful. Each day they provided us with options of sights and excursions suitable for the weather forecast (please note the weather on the island is very unpredictable), even lending us his maps to use as the information centre shop was closed over the weekend. Claus booked our rafting trip for us in Saint Benoit and gave us advice about a rainforest walk to do while driving across the island to the East coast. He also pre-booked our gites (mountains huts) for us during our cirques hike at no extra charge and confirmed everything on arrival with vouchers which we had no issues using while in the remote villages. He transferred us to the start of our hike in Cilaos (up a thousand turns and twists) and collected us from the top of Maido at the end with our 1 suitcase we left with him while hiking (this was one of the problems we couldn’t seem to solve while trying to figure out an itinerary on the island that could include exploration, hiking and beach days with luggage). He organised our car hire (through a company in Saint Joseph) for the first 5 days of exploration and quickly solved the problem when the boot didn’t lock correctly. We had an amazing time in Reunion and traveled seamlessly around the island with the help of Claus and Cristina. Thanks so much. Should it possibly help someone I have included our 10 day itinerary. We visited in January 2015, the weather was hot (32 degrees) with high humidity (85%) along the coast but in the cirques it was a pleasant 25 degrees. We spent 5 nights at Gandalfs exploring the southern part of the island (Piton de Fournaise day hike, Cascades de la Grande Ravine on River Langevin, Anse de Cascades near Ste Rose, drove around southern beach route and saw the volcano lava where it meets the sea, rafting in Saint Benoit, Foret de Bebour short walk, Makes viewpoint of the cirques and Saint Pierre for a nice meal). We then hiked for 4 days starting at Cilaos. Day 1: Day trip to La Chappelle river spot and back to Cilaos (4 hours). Day 2: Cilaos to Marla via Col De Taibit (6 hours, incline for 3 hours). Day 3: Marla to Roche Plate via Trois Roches (the best part of the hike if the weather is sunny : 5 hours mainly flat), Day 4: Roche Plate up 900m to the top of Maido Mountain (3 hours steep ascent but very do-able!). Claus collected us from Maido and we then spent 2 days on the northern beaches at Hotel de Recif at I'Hermitage. We went on a helicopter ride with Heliagon (Excellent! – saw Trou de Fer) and visited the lagoon and ate well! De très bonnes vacances!! We stayed at the following gites: Cilaos: Gite de la roche merveilleuse, beautiful wooden mountain hut, spacious rooms and great facilities. Highly recommend. Didn’t eat there. On the outer edge of town (about 7 minute walk into the central road). Good for starting the hike to Col De Taibit as route starts from up the hill. Marla: Gite de Trois Roches, on the outer part of the village with breathtaking views down the ravines. We had a double room with a bathroom (cold shower) but clean and comfortable. More expensive dinner (24 euros). Breakfast was the standard bread stick and jam affairs and coffee/tea for 7 euros. Roche plate: Ti Kaz Bleu (Axel). We stayed in the brand new double bed cottage which is lovely and had nice views and a beautiful outdoor deck. The dorms are further up the hill and not so great, low ceiling and rather stuffy. Dinner was excellent, Axel doesn’t live onsite and brings the dinner (and breakfast) down to the gites at about 7:30pm. You therefore need to ring him on your arrival to confirm where you are sleeping. Breakfast was standard bread and jam with coffee available in the rooms. The dorms and cottage had self catering kitchens.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Arabian room overlooks the garden.
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Response from Gandalf-Safari-Camp, Owner at Gandalf Safari Camp
Responded 28 Feb 2015
Hi Kerriden and Trevor, we have to say a big THANK YOU for your detailed review, that we appreciated a lot. You are just the kind of visitors, that our small Island looks for. Hope to meet you again. Christina & Claus, Gandalf & Eowyn
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Petra_Krystof wrote a review Jul 2014
Hradec Kralove Region, Czech Republic3 contributions3 helpful votes
We were so satisfied here, it was paradise for us. Kristina and Klaus are very nice people, helpful and kind to us, everything we need they do for us, good advices, recommendetion what to do in Reunion, so we are very happy to be there. Breakfast unusually rich (not only baguet and jam, but much more), you can also cook for yourself there. Very good place for little children. We recommend without doubt!
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Marcodal55 wrote a review Nov 2013
Merano, Italy1 contribution2 helpful votes
We stumbled upon Gandalf Safari while we were looking for other rooms. We were greeted warmly and immediately felt at home with Christina and Claus. The location is excellent and the rooms are very nice and clean, though basic. Breakfast was always abundant and delicious. Christina and Claus were very helpful with advice and infos about the Island and the surroundings. We enjoyed our stay there very much. It was certainly the best accommodation we found on La Réunion.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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RusandTraceMeyer wrote a review Oct 2012
Port Elizabeth, South Africa6 contributions4 helpful votes
Having travelled extensively worldwide and stayed in all sorts of accommodation from tents to 5star+ Royal Caribbean cruise liners, Gandalf Safari is undoubtedly the best hospitality I have ever experienced. Klaus (owner) has worked in hospitality all over the world and it certainly showed in his "what more can I do to make my guests time in Reunion unforgettable" attitude. The rooms at Gandalf are more than we needed, with AC(if needed), shower, Wi-fi in room, TV and more than enough to retire to after a day out. The outdoor camp style sheltered breakfast area downstairs has been hand crafted from mosaic tiles and leads onto long garden with the sea in the yonder. It's hard to believe you in town and tranquil setting and chirping of birds in the garden is certainly something you'd expect in an African Safari Camp. Klaus has a good understanding of the Islands attractions, mountains and history, which was a tremedous help for us, especially as we were in Reunion for Grand Raid, 170km trail run.... Nothing was too much of an effort, Klaus suggested things to make our stay easier, very thoughtful, knowledgeable and extremely meticulous - to be expected from a German, hehe Should you go to Gandalf Safari? DEFINITELY!
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing window onto the Garden
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zavodmiru wrote a review Jul 2012
australia30 contributions3 helpful votes
Cosy bed and breakfast based in the South not far from St Pierre airport. We stayed for over a week , firstly it was cost effective but the knowledge from the owners was invaluable and something that we found lacking at hotels on previous trips. Claus the owner was even up at 630 to check on the weather at the volcano to see if the trip up was worth it. Breakfast includes a full basket of local tropical fruit every morning. Although we didnt use the facility they have two hardcore 4wd on hand and were available for guided daytrips to the nearby mountain sites or just for dropping of hikers near to the trails. As this was our second trip to the island we found the southern location with a hire car best for most locations. NB if you want sandy beaches you really should be on Mauritius but the local rock pool at Manapany was great for fish watching but do take footwear against anenomes ..the neighbouring Grande Anse does have a sandy beach there but not swimming but its rock pool is very popular with the kids. Finally as i mentioned before if you are not a confident French speaker the owners speak very good English and German and the clientel varied from Swiss, German ,Czech ,Slovak and French while we were there.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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Rolfbusk wrote a review Mar 2012
London74 contributions74 helpful votes
My partner and I had planned to go and see the volcano in Reunion but were unable to do so because of bad weather. Therefore we decided to go down to the coast and booked Gandalf Safari Camp in February 2012 for one night. All the rooms are individually themed and we got the Arabic room, which was uniquely decorated and very charming and had a sheesha pipe as part of the décor! You pay extra for A/C but the room had a good fan so we did not feel a need for A/C at all. The room was spotless clean and had a sea view. The Gandalf Safari Park is run as an English B&B and the German owners Claus and Christina are the perfect hosts and speak fluent English. They also do tours of the island and Claus is very knowledgably about the island. Breakfast is served in the downstairs terrace overlooking the beautiful garden with lots of fresh local fruits! As we were only staying for one night we did not have much time to explore the area. However we did go have a swim in the “lagoon” down the road which was a unique experience and very nice. We had a dinner in the restaurant next door to Gandalf Safari Camp which was one of the best and cheapest meals we had in Reunion.
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Date of stay: February 2012
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rsm45 wrote a review Apr 2011
London, United Kingdom13 contributions8 helpful votes
I've stayed at Gandalf Safari Camp twice (in Sept 2007 and April 2011) and the hotel is an absolute gem. The five rooms are wonderfully themed, vividly colourful and perfectly comfortable. Each room captures the exotic and diverse nature of la reunion brilliantly. The breakfast is fantastic and consists of bread, fruit, cereals, and exotic jams served outside in the beautiful garden. The owners are lovely - very friendly and welcoming. They also speak good English (this seems quite rare in la reunion) and are full of ideas for interesting places to visit, and things to see and do on the island (they also do guided excursions if your prefer). The hotel is well-situated for exploring the wild south of la reunion and we used it as a base for driving around the whole island. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there's a rocky beach (5-10 mins walk) with a safe area for swimming and snorkelling (with a good range of fish to look at). There's also a nice bar/cafe (chez Jo's) for a dodo beer or two. In the other direction there's a coastal path that links Manapany les Bains to St Joseph (20-30 mins walk). This is perfect for the evening (but take a torch!) for watching the waves while the sun sets.
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Date of stay: April 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the creole room has a great sea-view.
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$67 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Reunion IslandArrondissement of Saint-PierreSaint-Joseph
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gandalf Safari Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Gandalf Safari Camp?
Nearby attractions include Cascade de Grand Galet (3.5 km), Le Cap Jaune (7.8 km), and Manapany-Les-Bains (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gandalf Safari Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gandalf Safari Camp?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Gandalf Safari Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gandalf Safari Camp?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gandalf Safari Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chez Tifred, L'Instant Present, and Chez Jo.
Does Gandalf Safari Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gandalf Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Gandalf Safari Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Gandalf Safari Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Gandalf Safari Camp?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gandalf Safari Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Gandalf Safari Camp?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Le Domaine de Manapany (1.7 km).