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Ku De Ta B & B
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   11 Jacaranda Road, White River 1240, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #8 of 29 White River B&B and Inns
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“Can't recommend this highly enough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2008

One of the nicest things about travelling through South Africa is staying at affordable B&Bs that offer a level of luxury Europeans can only dream of.

Ku De Ta is just that kind of B&B. It was recommended to us by a local. (Thanks Jan!) Our idea was to find a place to stay on the way from Jo'burg to Kruger. But we liked it so much, we ended up staying for four days.

What we didn't realise is that area around White River (Witrivier) is itself a really great area to explore. We soon realised what we had stumbled upon. Waterfalls, white water rafting, caves, gorgeous scenery, local produce - it has it all. White River itself is a fascinating town to discover for yourself what the new South Africa is all about. All this, and on the doorstep of Kruger.

Johan is not just someone who has opened his home to strangers. First ot all, this is no ordinary house. He has created a serene oasis that has the feel of a 5-star hotel. The rooms open out onto a patio that has a fish-filled pond and several modern fountains. In our room the feeling of privacy and space was wonderful. We especially liked the huge rustic bathrooms.

Secondly, Johan is a great host. He clearly knows what he is doing. He and his staff obviously work hard to make sure their guests have a great stay.

Johan, we can't tell you enough how much we enjoyed staying at your place. It helped to make our vacation what it was.

  • Liked — the room; the friendliness of the host; the breakfasts
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2007

A room at a place like this would probably cost 200 euros in Sweden. We paid 25% of that, R480, which is a couple of hundreds too cheap even with South African standards. The rooms are modern and big. The very friendly and service-minded host Johan has brought a little bit of south-east Asian design to South Africa. Even if there is no swimmingpool there (yet!), there is still plenty of water. For example in the small canal that flows around the house. It cuts through your private patio, and since the wall between the bathroom and the patio is made of glass you can even watch the koi fish swimming by when you are brushing your teeth or when you are taking a shower!
The water bowls on the main terrace are also very beautiful and gives you a sense of tranquility. The link --- has a lot of photos, that will give you a good feeling what this b&b is about.

This place is a must if you are into hotel design. And if you are not, it’s still very good value for money!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 11 Jacaranda Road, White River 1240, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in White River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ku De Ta B & B 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to KU DE TA, a B&B/Guesthouse in the heart of the South African sub tropical lowveld.We have 7 en suite rooms, all with own outside entrances, most with private, outside courtyards, some with additional outside showers and some with large farm style verandas ideally suited to the Lowveld climate. All bedrooms are individually decorated with solid, bold, Indonesian Teak furniture along minimalist lines to add to the feeling of peace, serenity and tranquility. The koi pond meanders all around the house, in and out of the courtyards, reflects a feeling of calm delight.The spacious lounge with its oversized daybeds is ideal for lazy, relaxing afternoons. We serve a full South African breakfast in the dining room, where all the windows and doors can be stacked away to open the entire space to the front garden. Dinner on request, please book a day before.The lush subtropical garden with it’s rolling lawn, majestic Royal palms, large dappled shade trees, orchids, epiphytic ferns, colourful shrubs and rare plant collectors plants is a cool escape.We're in the country town of White River, amongst all the splendours of the lowveld. Blyde River Canyon, Kruger Park, Historical Barberton and Pilgrims Rest. The Crocodile Gorge or en route to Maputo, or one of the many private Game lodges. Interesting craft shopping at Casterbridge, and dining at some of the finest restaurants. ... more   less 
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