I chose this lodge as it was in the Blyde River Canyon area and showed 4 star rating on their website. I also chose this lodge because of the favourable feedback from tripadvisor. I was disappointed. This not a 4 star establishment. I would grade it as a 3 star. The double room leading onto the patio had a pleasant view over the lawns and trees. However the bedroom was small with an equally small shower and toilet en suite. At the height of summer with temperatures souring to well over 35 C, there was no bar fridge to house cold drinks or milk. There was an old TV in the corner with three channels and only a cable channel if requested. The bed was comfortable and there is a tea and coffee facility. The dinner ( I was the only guest that night) was an uninteresting three course meal with no choices and the food was very poor and tasteless. The breakfasts were substantial with a good selection of tasty foods and fruits as well as a hot selection. I did have another dinner there but again found it to be substandard. If you require a meal at lunchtime( I arrived tired and hungry that day) you can only get a tasteless cheese or ham and cheese toasted sandwich. There were no other choices. The property is somewhat neglected. During my exploration I alighted upon a wooden deck over the small stream that ran at the end of the garden which would have been a delightful area to have a sundowner or laze with a book. However the furniture was dusty and full of spider webs and the structure rundown. There was also a stagnant pool nearby which could only exasperate the mosquito problems in the area. I did enjoy, however, walking along the many paths that lead away from the lodge and into the nature reserve that surrounds it with beautiful mountains as a backdrop, although it is pretty built up with many private homes dotting the area.
What impressed me however about the lodge was the friendliness and warmth of the staff, particularly the manager, Portia. ( (I never saw the owner). She was so accommodating and organised to put a small bar fridge ( the only one they had) in the room for me. She also organised a private qualified guide to accompany me on a full day Panorama tour which was the highlight of my stay in that area. His name was Bedneck and he was a wonderful companion and very informative guide. The wild zebras that visited the lodge were an unexpected and welcome surprise although the troop of resident baboons were interesting but less welcome visitors!
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- Also Known As:
- Blyde River Canyon Hotel Limpopo Province