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Jatinga Country Lodge
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in White River
Reviewed February 8, 2009

We got this hotel from the Greenwood Guide. However, we found out when we arrived that it had been bought out by a hotel chain. I think it has lost some of its individuality as a result, but it is still a nice place to stay. The hotel has added some new rooms which are large and very comfortable, but maybe lacking the atmosphere of the original rooms. The restaurant was good but not great. The wine list was disappointingly short. The main building is lovely, with a large veranda, comfy chairs etc. The hotel owners need to make sure they don't destroy the original charm as hey update and refresh things.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 2, 2008

Me and my wife we booked in Jatinga mainly because we found no places in lodges inside Kruger National Park. We were lucky not to find place inside KNP!!!! It was a place we'll never forget and I strongly suggest it to everyone. Wish I could go back tomorrow.

The place is beautiful, with wonderful cottages and garden.

Staff is friendly and helpful.

Food is delicious and not too expensive (breakfast is fantastic!!!).


It's a great stop for 2-4 days when visiting NKP and Mpumalanga.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

A romantic inn with lovely cottages(with showers inside and out).
A great stop-off for 2 days to take a panoramic tour of the sights in the area- Blyde Canyon,Pilgrim's Rest,etc. But the Lodge needs managerial improvement: the water pressure and temperature controls in both showers were inadequate, the heating element in the hot water pot was corroded and a number of the wines on the list were not available( even though there was a wine cellar). Food was very good and not pricey.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2008

This Lodge was recommended by our travel agent as an overnight stop before we went to Sabi Sands. What a delightful experience. Greeted with real lemonade in crystal glasses on our arrival. The rooms are set in a duplex-type design in lovely lawns and gardens. A huge, and I mean huge bathroom, and lovely French country designed room. We were pleasantly surprised by the delivery to our room of sherry and croquettes about 5:30pm after a wonderful afternoon tea at 3:30 pm. (The best scones I have ever tasted.) This lodge has a wonderful ambience and I could have spent a couple of days just mellowing out there. You will not be disappointed if you choose to stay at Jatinga.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2008

We stayed for 1 night as we wanted to be close to Mpumalanga airport for our flight the next day.
Lovely colonial type hotel but very quiet when we were there as only 2 rooms occupied. Room smallish but very comfortable and bathroom very big. Very clean.
Dinner ok but not great food. Breakfast very good. Dinning room very cold as no heating. Fires burnt in the lounge/bar area
Lovely grounds.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

We had reservations at Cybele, close by, but the wild fires had knocked out its power. Cybele had booked us into Jatinga but not been able to contact us before our arrival. So we were very disappointed to have to go to some unknown lodge not even of our own choice. Not to worry. We were greeted very warmly by the Jatijnga staff and things just got better. The accommodations were terrific (after we turned off the humming minibar), with a huge bathroom and outdoor shower. Early every evening canapes were brought to our room. The public rooms are charming, with little areas tucked away where guests can sit undisturbed or in a larger room with fireplace. Food was excellent and service very elegant. We spent hours by the pool in the lovely gardens. We hiked on the White River, part of the grounds. Not much of a river by US standards, but with interesting rock formations and little waterfalls. The path could have been better marked and parts are quite steep. But we enjoyed the mini-adventure. We were not going into Kruger from Jatinga (having just been there), but lots of guests used it as a base for day trips. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled solo
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Address: Jatinga Road, Plaston Nr., White River, 1240 | Plaston, White River 1240, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in White River
Price Range: $92 - $340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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