You won't find a "directions" map on the Buhala web site, probably because it's only 2km from the busy N4 and a frequently used railway line. The associated noise pollution completely nullifies the bush veld ambiance we were hoping for. If you managed to sleep through this, you had better hope there are no guests in the room next door to you. We could follow our neighbors cell phone conversation word for word through the dry wall partition separating the bedrooms.
The worst part of our Buhala experience however was the antiquated king size bed we had for 1st night. After my wife and I switched mattresses with an unoccupied room, the irate owner gave us a dressing down more familiar in a high school classroom than the treatment one would expect as a guest in 4 star establishment!
On the positive side... The view over the Crocodile River is great, providing opportunity to view Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo and crocs. The staff are friendly and provide excellent service. The food is also excellent , with a wonderful old style farm kitchen touch. That's unfortunately where it ends!
Maybe as a foreign visitor, new to SA, the experience would be memorable. As South Africans however, having experienced many other of our wonderful four and five star lodges, Buhala can only be described as a great disappointment!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Buhala Lodge is an enchanted five star lodge situated on the Southern banks of the Crocodile River with sweeping views over the Kruger National Park. Along with the unique opportunity to play golf at the exclusive LEOPARD CREEK GOLF COURSE, Buhala Lodge also offers fine cuisine, an exceptional wine list, and friendly, happy service. ... more less
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