I discovered Kedar because I was looking for a good breakfast - and boy, did I find one!
I was staying in a guest house nearby which was a little inadequate, and the owner was quite disparaging about Kedar - which made me think (perversely, but, it turned out, correctly) that Kedar was probably a fine place.
In the end I had breakfast there on three consecutive mornings and enjoyed each one more than the last. The guest house in which I was staying had no chairs or tables in the rooms, so I took the liberty of setting up my laptop in Kedar's restaurant (it's called The Armory) - and the staff were quite cool with that.
The hotel has a number of conference rooms, as well as a spa, and on my third morning visit I was taken to check this out. I was impressed: each of the treatment rooms has two beds as well as a shower and spa bath, and sliding doors which open out onto the view of a beautifully tranquil dam. The spa has all the usual treatments, and, on the flat roof of one of the buildings, a nude sunbathing deck.
The Amory Restaurant is decorated with memorabilia and weapons from the South African War (the Anglo Boer War), and the lovely bushveld gardens are decorated with brass sculptures of famous people from South Africa's past.
The hotel shares grounds with the Paul Kruger Country House Museum - but unfortunately I didn't make time to visit that, which I now regret. But that's alright: because the next time I go to Rustenburg, I'll definitely make a point of staying.
Even if the hotel wasn't lovely (and it is) - I'll stay because the staff are that friendly.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kedar Country Hotel, Hotel Rustenburg
- Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Center And Spa