We spent a week here in March 2013 as a timeshare exchange. We were very pleased. The quaint three-bedroom unit was nice enough. It was multilevel and had everything we needed really. Two queen-sized and two twin beds, full kitchen, dining, new tv with cable, outdoor bbque area on the patio. The only negatives were no screens on the windows or sliding doors and no air-conditioning except in master bedroom, uncomfortable pillows, wi-fi only available in the lobby and game room area, musty smell under the sink and mold in the shower. However, the staff was very accommodating and kind. When I mentioned the mold they had the shower cleaned AND painted that day while we were gone.
The grounds were beautiful with the lovely lake view. The pool wasn't quite up to my standards but there was a tennis court, miniature golf, row boats, pool table and ping pong (all for a small fee). The gym was small but empty. It was very safe with two gated entries and a full-time guard at the entrance. You do have to go over a very bumpy stretch to reach the resort, but it only adds to the adventure.
The energy fee only added up to a few dollars for the entire week, so that isn't a big deal.
It was a great location for exploring the area. Kruger's Numbi Gate is only a half hour away. We left before dawn and returned after dark a few days and the undivided roads can be a bit stressful at night. The panoramic drive is right there with waterfalls and canyons that were breathtaking. Nelspruit is close; flying into the Kruger/Nelspruit airport would be an easy way to get there. (We rented a car and drove from Johannesburg which took 4 plus hours, but was pleasant during the day on good freeway toll roads.)
Grocery stores and restaurants are close by in White River. Oliver's situated on the golf course just down the lane was excellent and gourmet. Gumtreez, just past the round-about in the lovely Caster Bridge Centre was delicious as well.
In general South Africa was a wonderful country and felt very European. The week went by much too quickly and I would gladly return to this peaceful resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation offers comfortable and private, self-contained chalets that have been tastefully decorated and furnished. These cosy chalets are each equipped with a kitchen, spacious living area with television, private patio and braai area with a fireplace to ward off winter chills.Nestled in the mountains of Mpumalanga and along the banks of Lake Longmere, lies the calm and serene Pine Lake Resort. The wonderful location allows for daily excursions to all the local sightseeing spots, superb golf courses and quality restaurants. Guests can also enjoy a unique shopping experience at the Caster Bridge Farm which lies in close proximity to the resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pine Lake Lifestyle Hotel White River
- Pine Lake Inn
- Pine Lake Resort White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga