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Karula Hotel

Old Plaston Rd or R538, White River 1240, South Africa
Karula Hotel
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vereeniging SA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have been going to the Karula, on our way to the Kruger National Park, twice a year, for quite a couple of years now! It is a family owned country hotel where you feel welcome the moment you arrive . Owners and staff very friendly! No frill rooms, but a nice comfortable bed, coffee and tea. What more do... More 

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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We have had the pleasure to stay at Karula lodge on several occassions. Karula is athird generation family owned/managed hotel, D/B/B& weekend packages are available at good rates, for all that you get. Karula is about 40 minutes from the Numbi Gate (Kruger Park). The owners, Tom & Chandy are a really great 'hands-on' team, ensuring all's well. clean and... More 

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Gauteng, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Again on a biking trip, as normally is the case these days, we stayed over at the Karula Hotel for two nights. The grounds are green and lush and the pool was very welcome in the heat of the day. The rooms were nice and big (and clean) and the beds very comfortable. This is a family run hotel and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I last stayed here in 1970 or 1971… It was pleasant then and just as pleasant now. Much has been done to the place and it has expanded considerably. A lovely setting, many bird species, beautiful trees and generally a lovely place to relax and spend time. Just being in White River is special in that part of the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I stayed at the Karula back in 2011. It truly was an awesome stay. I went with a group of 50+ on a mission trip to this rural part of Africa. The Karula's staff treated us like royalty and did their best to accomodate any need we had. Take a good look at the AC on the first night if... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is 3/4 star property run by Chandy & Tom Richardson. You have DBB for a very reasonable rate. Well kept gardens,secure parking,Small swimming pool surrounded by a green lawn and benches and Thatched shades.The food is home cooked and their menu changes every day. I can highly recommend it. Its near the Kruger Park and they will pack a... More 

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Boksburg, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Had a very relaxing break at this hotel and my visitors from the U.K. had a wonderful time. From arrival to departure we were spoilt and well fed. The bar atmosphere makes for a great start to the evening and the restaurant follows in the same vein. Comfortable, reasonably priced rooms and adequate car parking space close by add to... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Karula Hotel run by Tom and Shandy is an absolute must "stop over" if you are visiting the Kruger Park or surrounding area. We find this delightful family run hotel, which we visit regularly the start to a great holiday. Expect a warm, friendly welcome on arrival. We feel like family when we arrive as we are always personally... More 

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Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Karula Hotel is situated on the outskirts of White River, about 20km from the closest gate to the Kruger National Park. This is a well appointed "old style" country hotel with all the charms and benefits of such. Family owned and run for many years it is well renowned for it's comfortable accomodation, reasonable prices, friendly service, delightful surroundings and... More 

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Vereeniging SA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We would just like to thank the owners of the Karula for keeping this country hotel so special! We have stayed there on our way to the Krugerpark for years. They even keep our frozen stuff in their deep freezer overnight. The staff are very friendly, the service is excellent and the food is exceptional. You still eat a four... More 

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