As a group of 7 heading to S.A. for World Cup, we wanted to first go to Kruger for some gaming drives. After exhaustive research, we decided on Abangane Lodge. When finally reached it (after 2 days of flights from Los Angeles. and the 4 hr drive from JoBurg), our jaws dropped. What an OASIS! The grounds are absolutely GORGEOUS! We met 4 other friends there and had the 11 of us were the only occupants. The 4 dogs are gorgeous as well (being from the States, I had never seen a "Ridgeback" before...BEAUTIFUL!) We were there during the Winter, so the pool didn't get much use, but I would imagine that during the summer it would be lovely!
The first night there, Klaus took us to the side fence of the property with a flashlight to show us the Zebras that had congregated on the other side! He said that they also frequently get impalas, a giraffe, and even hippos! When the dogs start barking, that's the time to go see who has stopped by to say hello!
The rooms are IMPECCABLE from top to bottom....BEAUTIFULLY decorated and very comfortable.
The food is TO DIE FOR! Prepared by Klaus and Ridwaan (the owners!), you will not eat better in South Africa during your stay. Unfortunately, this was our first stop, so our this set our standards impossibly high.
Klaus and Ridwaan were incredible hosts. Very friendly, and HILARIOUS! When my husband and I explained to Klaus that the other woman staying in our room was my sister-n-law (my husband's twin), the punchlines rolled in. And you want to talk about going the extra mile? When we went on our morning game drive, they unexpectedly packed us several large coolers with breakfast/lunch items for us to take! They exceeded all expectations.
Since it was World Cup and there were matches to be watched, Klaus would schedule dinner so as not to interfer with the night match. He would then turn on the big screen, and to lead up to the start of the game, he played a special CD with all of the great World-Cup songs. It was wonderful.
Anyone planning a trip to Kruger need not look further than Abangane Lodge. You will not find a better stay or experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The very prestigious Abangane Guest Lodge is located on a 22 hectare portion of the original “Farm de Rust” situated on the Sabie Road in Hazyview. Since opening, Abangane Guest Lodge continues to maintain its exclusive 4 star environment. The Lodge is highly regarded for its peaceful, tranquil surroundings and its ability to provide the highest quality of service. Guests marvel at the sheer expanse of the luscious surrounding bushveld, picturesque gardens, panoramic views across the valley, the majestic mountains in the distance and the promise of a glorious sunset. Abangane is an exceptional and exclusive lodge. At sunrise and sunset Zebras, Impalas, Giraffes and many more can be seen grazing on the neighboring private game farm. The sparkling blue infinity pool with its breathtaking view over the valley adds to the serene ambiance. Nighttime is magical with lanterns that invite you for a walk through the lush gardens while you take in the sounds of the evening. Most evenings you will be blessed with the haunting cry of the Fish Eagle heard high above the hilltops. Abangane Guest Lodge is the ideal gateway to the famous Kruger National Park. Three access gates are located nearby, the closest being the Phabeni Gate reachable within a leisurely 15 minute drive. The Blyde River Canyon with the famous God’s Window and other spectacular attractions are easily accessible from Abangane Lodge. All just a day trip away. Some of the best restaurants in the area are a short drive from the Lodge as well as a comprehensive, well equipped shopping centre a mere 2 km away. Discerning travelers will find quick access to most amenities and resources they may require. A wholesome continental or full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the Lodge dining room or on the open veranda. The abundant birdlife welcomes in the day as you plan your activities over freshly brewed coffee or tea. After a day of adventure and wonderment you are welcome to relax and enjoy a sundowner poolside, or relax under the gazebo in our tranquil surroundings. Should you not feel like dining out a delicious candlelight dinner could be prepared for you. This would be by prior arrangement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abangane Guest Lodge Hazyview, South Africa - Mpumalanga