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Kedar Heritage Lodge, Conference Center & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Rustenburg
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

After reading mixed reviews of this lodge near Pilanesburg National Park, we didn't have high expectations. BUT we found the place to be decorated rustically (which we liked), clean, spacious, comfortable,convenient to the park and Sun City,and reasonably priced with a super happy and helpful staff. We ate at the bar on arrival, as suggested by others, and found the food to be tasty. The breakfast buffet was generous, but bland. The lodge's game drive turned out to be a private tour with a driver that was willing to move up inches and turn off the engine while I took photographs--an amazing opportunity for me!!!! The front desk arranged a park tour and a GENEROUS take away breakfast for us the next morning. So generous--it was all we ate for the entire day. We were very happy with the lodge and recommended it to our friends in Pretoria and now you.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Kedar Country Hotel is situated about two hours drive from Johannesburg and an ideal location for a long weekend breakaway. The service is very good and the rooms well appointed to make your stay a pleasurable experience. A very tasty breakfast was included in the rate, but the pricing for the buffet dinner was a bit on the high side. We rather opted to have dinner at the bar which was well worth it...both from a value and service perspective (many thanks to Cyril for the great service). The hotel is about 40min drive from the Pilanesberg National Park which is well worth a visit (the tourist centre has been repaired, but the general maintenance of the roads are unfortunately lacking). Remember to book for the tour of Paul Kruger's homestead which provides insights of this remarkable individual - best of all it's guided and free of charge (many thanks to Edward for making it a very interesting experience)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This is a late review but a place that deserves one. This was a wedding event and it exceeded all expectations. The staff was excellent and food delicious.

How good does it get when you can have cocktails and experience animals roaming the property,

It is a short drive from Sun City but not worth the drive unless you go for a photo safari, which was spectacular and setup by the Staff.

Room Tip: Do not remember the room but how great to have a shower outside in your own courtyard, would have be...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Great place, great service and lots of wildlife make Kedar a great place for a long weekend breakaway. The museum tour of Paul Kruger's artefacts and houses was extremely interesting and by the way - it was free.



Room Tip: rustic - but in a great way
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed at the Kedar Country Hotel as a base for attending the Kings of Chaos gig at the Sun City Superbowl. Check in was friendly and efficient and our room was (largely) ready when we got there. Housekeeping needed to top up the tea and coffee facilities, but it only took a matter of minutes. The setting is lovely. Authentic historical décor littered with wonderful artefacts of South Africa’s history, albeit Boer-dominated. Our room (202), located along a winding path amongst trees and water fountains, was rustically finished and had all the necessary amenities. It was of a decent size and had a fan and (thankfully) a heater. The bathroom was quite roomy with a bath and a shower and, hallelujah, the water remained at a constant pressure and at the temperature at which I set it. The bed was quite hard and we slept rather uncomfortably. Also, there was a function on the go when we arrived back at the hotel and the music was playing so loud that it could be heard in the room. That being said, the guy manning the front desk said that the music would stop at midnight, which it duly did. Which is ok if you are only getting back at 23h45, but not so if you wanted to turn in early. The breakfast buffet included in the room rate was a bit limited and pretty much average, although wife commented that the mushrooms and chicken livers were excellent. Being about half an hour away from Sun City (assuming you travel at the speed limit), this is a very sensible option if you are not prepared to pay the over-priced rates at Sun City itself. In the event that there are future concerts at Sun City, Kedar will certainly be an option that I would consider again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

So I booked a 'relaxing' weekend at Kedar County hotel in Rustenburg.Located close to Sun City you would think you cant go wrong?Upon check-in I was given the wrong paperwork to sign and realised that I was being overcharged by R1200 for a package which included a number of Spa treatments. Highly embarrassed in front of my guest as I now had to challenge the staff for the right paperwork. Check-in process took forever and eventually had the matter sorted. Reaching the Spa, we were given the wrong treatments and the lady in charge of the SPA was extremely unhelpful and has a very bad attitude, giving us one excuse after the other.We did not get our hot stone massage as per our booking.The two ladies who performed the treatments were excellent though. The so-called spa lunch was nowehere to be seen and was advised to rather have a buffet lunch at the restaurant? ( Not reccomended) The buffet dinner was very poor, and when I saw I am paying a R180 per person for tasteless food, I was furious! Once again highly embarrassed in front of my guest as a number of the food options were not edible. Could not even rest properly that night as there was a staff party close by and we had to endure hysterical shouting and loud music until 4am!!I spent approx R4000 for the night at Kedar and was EXTREMELY disappointed!! No A la Carte menu at a 4* hotel and then being forced to eat from the tasteless buffet is unaceptable

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We've just spent a glorious weekend at Kedar Country Lodge. The food, accommodation and service were excellent. What impressed me immensely however was the conservation ethic of this lodge. Besides recycling programmes, water saving measures, carbon offsets, and the conservation of indigenous animals, it was very pleasing to hear about and see the projects to eradicate alien vegetation, plant indigenous trees and shrubs, and rehabilitate wetlands. The Kedar management and staff are commended for their contributions to the conservation of South Africa's natural heritage. As a bird conservationist, I enjoyed listening to and watching the wide variety of birds at Kedar (many attracted to the indigenous plants which have been planted in the hotel grounds). Mark Anderson, CEO, BirdLife South Africa

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Boekenhoutfontein, R565/ Sun City Road, Rustenburg 0301, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Rustenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Rustenburg
Price Range: $87 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kedar Heritage Lodge, Conference Center & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 5km away from the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, one of the stadiums that hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Kedar Heritage Lodge, Conference Centre & Spa offers 60 elegantly finished rooms, 3 Executive Rooms, 1 Royal Suite and 1 Presidential Suite. 7 conference rooms, an open air Boma with a stage and a Chapel for an elegant bushveld wedding. Some 20 years ago, Recreation Africa purchased a portion of Boekenhoutfontein, the historic farm of President Paul Kruger. Over the years, adjoining land has been acquired, culminating in the consolidation of an area of some 700 acres, which has been game fenced and populated with a wide variety of game, including eland, blesbok, impala, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, zebra, blue wildebeest and giraffe. Invaluable environmental work has been done to remove alien vegetation and restore the wetlands which attract prolific birdlife. With a Spa in an idyllic setting, jutting out over a natural wetland lake teaming with fish and birdlife, it is sure to enhance the spiritual and physical relaxation you expect from a Spa in the country. The Heroes bar allows guests to partake of sundowners whilst watching the sunset over the natural bush. Other facilities include a large swimming pool, game drives, Paul Kruger Country House Museum Tour, Team building area, and open air conference areas. All this, just one and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and only 15 minutes from Sun City and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve - home of the “Big Five”. ... more   less 
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