We were at the start of a 3 week holiday in SA and Casart was a great "aperitif"!! We arrived quite late but were greeted by Sonia and Jan most warmly and soon installed in a very well appointed luxury rondavel, Mufasa by name. A lovely novelty were the towels made in the shape of small elephants. It was not until the following morning that we were able to fully appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. Our veranda overlooked a small watering hole and through bleary eyes we saw some real Mufasas-right on cue! Breakfast was served on the veranda at no extra cost. After a great shower we made our way to the public areas- comfortable lounge and dining areas and a decked infinity pool area overlooking the waterhole. That afternoon we were able to watch a giraffe drinking whilst we drank in the pool! Quite decadent!
Casart is an oasis in the Bush - you feel very close to the real, natural Africa from well-appointed first world accommodation. It's a great place to unwind and the hosts are never too busy to take care of your needs. The food is based on traditional SA favourites,is well presented and very tasty. If you want game viewing or close to nature experiences then these can be arranged. We were about to spend 12 days in the adjacent Kruger so did not sample. However there was good bird watching from no further away than the pool area!
This is definitely somewhere to return to with absolute confidence of comfortable informality, friendly people, a lovely natural setting and good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casart Game Lodge is situated in the unspoilt bush area of the breathtakingly beautiful nature reserve, Grietjie. This private park, 3000 ha in size, is fully integrated in the magnificent Balule Nature Reserve, which – with its 35000 ha – borders and has an open connection with the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Oliphants river meanders its way through Balule and brings water to the parks the whole year round. At the river banks you’ll find hippos, crocodiles, etc. ... more less
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