We stayed with our entire family for 8 days at Umsisi House over the Easter period this year and cannot rave enough about how wonderful it is. There were 8 of us in total so we stayed in both the main house and the cottage.
All of the rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated in contemporary African chic style. Amanda and Paddy who bought and renovated the property have created a stylish and comfortable home away from home where you feel welcome and truly spoilt.
Nothing is too much trouble and before we had even arrived all our activities had been carefully planned and organised so there wasn’t a thing to worry about or a decision to make once we were there.
A major part of the experience when staying at Umsisi is the food. Prepared with a flair and dedication that true foodies will appreciate. Amanda sent us a list of choices a few weeks before we arrived and the selection offered would tempt any palate. As it was my parents' first time to Africa we went for the full experience and ordered a range of game options from Kudu to Impala to Mozambique Prawns to Crocodile. Everything was wonderful but even so we were asked to rate each dish on departure so that they could continue to improve on what they were offering – you don’t tend to get this kind of attention to detail often these days.
Amanda organised a number of days in the Kruger Park with a guide and open game vehicle which collected us in the morning and drove us into the park. We also spent a day visiting a historical gold mining town and played golf at one of the many courses to choose from. There are lots of things to do and we could have easily spent another week there. My husband and sons went mountain biking from the house and there is hiking up into the hills above the house where there are stunning views of the Kruger Park disappearing into the distance beyond what you can see. But Umsisi house is so beautiful and welcoming that you don't need to go anywhere - it is a such a pleasure just to relax on the terrace with a chilled gin and tonic and admire the view. Amanda and Paddy are a charming and amusing couple who are the consummate hosts and given their adventurous travels in Africa over the years, will keep you entertained for days with their stories.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Umsisi house to anyone looking for a unique, stylish, delicious and welcoming experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, umSisi House is strategically located in the Peebles Valley between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the southern Kruger Park (15 minutes away). We offer a personal service that only a very small, privately owned and managed, five-star, luxury country house villa and gourmet getaway can provide. umSisi House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region, the Panorama Route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area. The house only caters for private groups (between 4 and 10 people) on either (a) a dinner, bed and breakfast basis,(b) a full board (all inclusive) basis or a self-catering basis (maximum 6 guests). It is particularly suitable for those looking for luxury accommodation near the Kruger Park. A booking service for local activities (including bespoke Kruger safaris in open game-viewers) is also provided. All meals are planned with guests in advance to ensure that the dining experience is a daily highlight. TGCSA 5-Star Country House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- UmSisi House White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga