Last weekend (29th September to 2 October 2012) 12 of us Australians (6 adults and 6 kids ranging from 6 months old to 8 years old) who are all currently living in Botswana decided to go to the Ranch for Botswana Weekend. We had all booked Golf Chalets and upon arrival found out we were not all next to each other as requested (two families were, but ours wasn't). However the receptionist was kind enough to give us the chalet next to them which was available. The Chalets were beautiful, spacious and very comfortable, with 3 large flat screen TVs (one in each bedroom and one in the lounge room) as well as a DVD player in the lounge room. The only negative thing about it was that we did not have our welcome note and complimentary wine which the other two families got. The resort itself is lovely, very child friendly and the staff well spoken and helpful. The game drive we did on day one was amazing, the encounter with the small lion cubs were a lot of fun too. The 3 Aussie girls then had dinner at Basil's which was delicious, we sent our men and the kids to the Buttery for their dinner. Next morning three of us did the Walk with the Lions which as far as I'm concerned is a must for anyone staying at the ranch, the interaction with them, and walking with them was amazing, I will never forget it and we got a complimentary Ranch T-Shirt too. We then did the short drive Polokwane for a few hours of shopping (we are from Francistown after all) and we were back at the Ranch at 2pm just in time to throw the kids in the pool for some fun. For dinner we all got together, bought some meat and had a BBQ at one of the Chalets (all Chalets have their own BBQ on the verandah). Next day our family decided to have a relaxed morning after a delicious breakfast at the Club House. In the afternoon a few of us had selected to do the Horse Ridding Safari but unfortunately for us, the horses were sick and on medication which was a bit disappointing but no one's fault. I wanted to visit the spa but was told it was outsourced and in town which was disappointing, so I spent a few hours by the pool with the kiddies before we all met up at the Buttery for our final meal. We checked out very easily the next morning after a lovely relaxed weekend. The Ranch is very family friendly, there's lots to keep the kids entertained with the pool, sheep and game drives and overall a great place to have a short break where everyone can find something fun and interesting to do. Only negative things were the internet connection, although it was free it was very bad, I only managed to access it once for about 10 minutes during the 4 days which was frustrating and the fact that the Spa is not on site. Regardless it's a place we will visit again with our family and friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Ranch Resort established in 1960, is the leading conference, leisure and sports resort in Limpopo. The hotel is situated within a 1000ha nature conservancy and offers 150 hotel bedrooms and self-catering chalets which boasts all modern conveniences. Our Preseidential and Executive suites feature their own private courtyard and spa pool. The 20 luxury two bedroom self-catering golf chalets can accommodate upto 4 adults and two children. Our superior culinary TEAM offers unequaled quality, creativity in local and international cuisines. Take the pleasure of experiencing the ambiance of Basil's fine dining restaurant, or enjoy all meals in the Buttery family restaurant or at our day time clubhouse restaurant. Awaken to the sound of roaring lions and experience these majestic animals on a game drive. Make sure that you meet the cheetahs which have been hand raised and get your camera ready to spot over 200 bird species and 25 antelope species, including Sable antelope, Golden wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras and Buffalo. Our Facilities and services include, horseback safaris, 4 sparkling pools (2 heated), landing strip, tennis court, fitness centre, steam room, games room, the NEW Kolobe tented camp and TEAM building activities. Our state of the art sports academy offers a magnificent 12-hole par 3 golf course and has launched 2 multi purpose sports pitches which is ideal for professional sports teams to carry out their training camps. 12-well appointed and air-conditioned conference venues seat upto 1200 delegates, with adequate WIFI access through out the property as well as a back-up generator to ensure the hotel is self reliant. We are the ideal wedding destination venue - featuring bush weddings, contemporary weddings, intimate weddings and garden weddings. "COME EXPERIENCE OUR PRIDE, WHERE HOSPITALITY IS A LONG TRADITION" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel By Marriott Ranch Resort Polokwane, Limpopo