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Jatinga Country Lodge
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in White River
Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
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“"Lovely elegant lodge and heartfelt service"”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

My family recently arrived in White River only to find that the hotel we'd booked was nowhere close to the standard they had suggested online. So imagine the panic with having 3 hours to try and find alternative accommodation for 4 adults and 3 children - over the busy festive season?!

We were put in touch with Jatinga - but at this late stage they had no family rooms left. However no longer than 10mins after our inquiry we were called back to say that they had been able to make a plan by shifting around existing bookings to help accommodate us.

While we were quite prepared at this stage to forego some comfort and have the kids sleep on a mattress on the floor - Jatinga on their own volition however, brought in 3 proper single beds with mattresses for them - which we really didn't expect, and which really made the stay comfortable for the youngsters also. I must add that we were also only charged the standard rate for the double rooms.

The rooms were large and really tasteful. Huge bathrooms and an outside shower that was a real treat. Our 'stoeps' looked out onto really magnificent gardens, which were a pleasure to walk through. There is a river that runs through the property which we enjoyed walking along in the mornings.

The service was really warm. The small staff compliment were exceptionally attentive and sincere in their interest in our 'big fat greek family' and our daily going ons. We were made to feel really welcome and special. Even being unexpectedly treated to a complimentary round of our preferred drinks brought to our door one evening. We'd ordered these a few days in a row - when these simply arrived unasked for one evening!

Breakfast was plentiful, offered good variety and was served in a lovely dining room. The staff did struggle a bit with efficiency when more than 2 tables of guests arrived at the same time - but as we were on holiday this was really not a big issue for us.

We did not have dinner in the restaurant as its fine dining style wasn't really suited to our kids. But when we 'cheekily' asked for olive oil one night having brought take-aways into the hotel to feed the family...we received a full set of condiments to our door (again - more than we had asked for).

All in all - a truly lovely, relaxing and elegant lodge with extremely sincere warmth of service.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed at Jatinga Lodge for a week and were pleasantly surprised. The lodge is conveniently situated near the Kruger Park but also well situated for us to explore the beautiful areas around the park. There was not enough time to see everything! The lodge is set in the most spectacular gardens, the rooms comfortable and clean and the food extremely good. The staff were very friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel at home. We stayed an extra night and will definitely go back. Old colonial charm at its best!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Best kept secret near Kruger . Small boutique lodge with about 15 bungalows ( each one holding 2 rooms) dispersed in magnificient gardens . Rooms are spacious , extra clean , very nicely decorated with king size bed . Main building where dining room , bar , lobby and library are located , all offer a superb view on the gardens and the pool . This place is unbeleivably peaceful , making it an Ideal location for a break between 2 safaris . Staff is absolutely charming , always ready to help with a great big smile . Food was simply gorgeous , dinner as well as breakfast . Very efficient Wi Fi in lobby .

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

we stayed here in august for our good friends wedding and it couldn't have been better.
genuine hospitality and friendliness and we felt as if we had left friends when we checked out.

very, very highly recommended and just first class - the staff were impressive.

great wine cellar and sparkling white under $15 a bottle!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

I stayed here for a wedding with my family. Fantastic rooms and service, amazing wedding reception, venue and over all package. The food was lovely, both dinner at the reception and the next morning breakfast was superb. Staff work so hard! They were there when we left at 3am and there when we wanted breakfast at 9am! Very hard workers. Would happily come here again to stay next time I am in South Africa.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Booked in for one night only which was our mistake as Jatinga is a place you should spend some time.
The rooms are fantastic.
The gardens just amazing
The dinning room and food is top quality
The staff extremely helpful
Highly recommended

  • Stayed May 2013
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Jatinga Country Lodge, Nelspruit

Nelspruit offers an exciting range of characterful accommodation, especially with the taste of the Kruger National Park in the air. Jatinga Country Lodge is in the neighbouring village of White River, up a high hill overlooking Nelspruit, and even closer to the gateway to the Park. Famed for its gardens, historic buildings and fine cuisine, Jatinga offers the best of country hospitality. One feels welcomed and known by each member of the staff who seem to make every effort to make one’s stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Colonial, English and French country themed suites offer features like outdoor showers, wide baths, and indoor fireplaces. The rooms are spacious, with double doors leading out onto private patios. Paved walkways between the rooms wend amongst gentle fountains, wide lawns and spreading trees.

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I was doing another week of intense psychological work in Nelspruit, weary and in need of a soothing haven to keep the circling existential despair at bay. This is what I found at Jatinga Country Lodge – with the kindest of staff, ivy-clad buildings, green trees, and calm decor. I wanted to hug my softly lit room at the end of each day, so glad I was for its friendly welcome. Taking a drink out onto my private patio, I let the sounds of bushveld birds and the sight of the fever trees call me back to the present. Staying outside until darkness set in, I would then enjoy a hot outdoor shower under cool starlit skies. At night the duvet felt snug and heavy and when I woke I was fully refreshed to start the next day.

In his poem “A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted,” Father O’Donahue writes:

You have travelled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of colour
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Jatinga offered a taste of this healing process which natural light, stone and the small miracles of nature can offer.

Review by characterstay.blogspot.com

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Jatinga Country Lodge
Address: Jatinga Road, Plaston Nr., White River, 1240 | Plaston, White River 1240, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in White River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Jatinga Country Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only 38 km from the Kruger Park, Jatinga is within easy driving distance of the scenic Panorama route and several excellent golf courses. Six new rooms opened in September '05, known as the Orchard and Forest rooms. In true Colonial style, tea and fresh scones are served each afternoon with our compliments. Complimentary sparkling wine and canapes served at sundown each day in the privacy of your room, a mere taste of things to come! ... more   less 
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