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Palala River Cottages

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Scattered over the reserve in this wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty, the three self-catering Palala River cottages are all different and can accommodate couples looking for a romantic getaway to families after adventure and fun or groups of friends. All will enjoy the peace, beauty, wildlife, and opportunity to relax in comfortable, well-appointed lodges and excellent personal service.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Muisvogelkraal 654LR, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
Getting there
Polokwane Airport101 mi
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There are things to like about Kingfisher Cottage. For our family, it was great to have a house and two rondavels to ourselves. The birding was good and it was fun watching the hippos from the hide. The kitchen had more-or-less everything we needed (too few wine glasses, only
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Response from Jembisa, Owner at Palala River Cottages
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Mr Wick, Thank you for your very detailed review, we are so sorry that our Kingfisher cottage did not live up to all of your expectations. We are delighted that you enjoyed having the farmhouse and rondavels to yourselves, enjoyed the birding, walking in the game reserve and watching the hippos from the hide in front of the cottage however your ‘poor’ rating shows that you were far from happy overall. This is very disappointing as we pride ourselves in our customer service which is usually one of the key factors mentioned by guests who stay in our self-catering cottages. I hope that we did respond to your requests sufficiently during your 6 day stay in that we cleaned the pool 3 times following rain storms which upset the water balance and visited the cottage each time you had a request. We do offer cleaning services at Kingfisher, if booked in advance and available but this was not requested. The cottage was cleaned ahead of your arrival, including swept and polished floors. We do provide a plastic salad bowl rather than glass as many of our guests like to eat at the table outside under the trees and prefer carrying plastic bowls. We have double checked our kitchen inventory and we apologise for the missing wine glasses, we would have replaced anything immediately if we had known. We have checked the state of the coffee cups as a result of your comments and can only apologise that there is indeed a chip in a coffee cups which have now been replaced. You are absolutely right that the lawn was not looking at it’s best due to the drought. But with the rain that we had during your stay – the aftermath of one storm is shown in your photo, and the subsequent rain – the lawn is now looking verdant. We do sometimes have the odd bare patch however as warthogs visit the lawn and rootle around a bit when there are no guests in residence. We are sorry that one of the rondavel doors wasn’t working properly on 2 occasions, even though we tried to repair them during your stay we have opted to replace the doorhandles. The gutters and paint work will be fixed up and we shall check all taps for drips. The bedding is a cotton and polyster mix and generally considered good quality hospitality bedding. We shall address all the items that you felt unhappy about and we can hope that your enjoyment of the location of the cottage, the privacy and your experience of the freedom to roam and the wildlife you encountered will be your main memory rather than some of the details at the cottage that didn’t meet your expectations. Kind regards, the Jembisa team.
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I went here for a wedding not knowing what to expect , from the moment I arrived I got treated like a king , The staff were ridiculously helpful and nothing was too much trouble . The way they made things happen was truly unbelievable . Having stayed at many places around the
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Our First visit was at the Palala River Cottage and for our Second visit we stayed at the Podica Cottages. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Not only is the Accommodation absolutely stunning, but I am in awe that there is still such amazing people out there, willing to be so helpful. The
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Response from Jembisa, Guest Relations Manager at Palala River Cottages
Responded May 24, 2018
Thank you Vicky and Andrea, we loved welcoming you to our Palala River Cottages and to hear that your experience was ‘ABSOLUTELY AMAZING’ has totally made our day! We strive to ensure that our guests have a memorable experience with us, so hearing that you love it so much is truly special. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review and we would love to welcome you back time and again to make more magical memories.
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We visit the Waterberg frequently and were delighted to discover the Palala River Cottage. It was the perfect location to unwind and spend a Birthday with nothing but nature all around. The walks are great and varied and the hospitality of the owners was terrific. We quickly
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Response from Jembisa, Guest Relations Manager at Palala River Cottages
Responded May 24, 2018
Thank you for such a wonderful review and we are so happy that you discovered us. The peace and quiet definitely makes this the best place to unwind and celebrate nature and its surrounds. The diverse walking trails we have here ensure a very interesting and exciting outdoor experience and we are so glad you found them so enjoyable. We cannot wait to have you stay here again and are delighted that you have already booked your next stay.
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We visited Palala River Cottages as our first family trip after the birth of our daughter. We had a great time relaxing in the bush. The cottage is furnished with everything you can need. We will definitely be back.
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Response from Jembisa, Guest Relations Manager at Palala River Cottages
Responded May 24, 2018
Congratulations from all of us on the birth of your baby daughter and we are delighted to have been part of your first family trip together. Nothing beats relaxing in the bush and we are very happy that you found the cottage had everything that you needed for the break away. We look forward to being a part of the next family trip.
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"If want input from management and pool choose eg river cottage"
"This self-catering house is blessed with a dish-washer, so bring dishwasher tablets!"
"Don't expect luxury, but do expect peace and quiet. NO cell signal Rondawel 3 is the best for outside shower."
"Podica rooms similar to river cottage, but suit small groups as there are 3 of them near enough to eachother. Podica totally private."
"Individual cottage for a romantic getaway. No neighbours..."
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergVaalwater
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