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“Safe one stop shop on your way to Kruger”
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Daan's Place
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Safe one stop shop on your way to Kruger”
Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Very nice, clean quality self catering unit with quality beds and linens. Secure property with electric gate and wall, next to police station. Great internet cafe equipped with play stations, computers, big screen tv, comfy couches and a variety of beverage choices- including a full bar. Great wifi in rooms and throughout the property. DS tv in all rooms with digital movie and tv catalogue to keep you entertained. Restaurant on site as well. Great place to relax before heading to the Kruger.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great place for stopover on way to northern and central Kruger via the Panoramic Route, or for exploring this area itself, which is really pretty and worth the time. (We drove here without a problem from Joburg after overnight flight from UK.) Daan was very welcoming and extremely enthusiastic about the beauty of his area. Room was excellent--large with full kitchen facilities, including pots, pans, dishes and cutlery. (Town also has some good restaurants, even though at first sight it seems very small.) A highlight was the very high quality bed linen, unusual for a budget accommodation. Well-cooked and nicely served full English breakfast for only 30 Rand. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dominican Republic
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Comfy place to stay in Graskop. The owner is very friendly and helpful if you ask about places to visit. The rooms are comfortable, No A/C though, the pillows are very comfortable. The have wifi and a good selection of movies and series to watch.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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daanspl, Owner at Daan's Place, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
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As, Belgium
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

It's a nice and safe place to stay. All luxury needed was in the room. Very clean and comfy room.
The owner is very helpful and takes his time for a personal touch.
Best cappuccino of South Africa :-)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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daanspl, Owner at Daan's Place, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you, hope we see you again soon
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Let me start by saying Graskop is not large. It is a one supermarket one gas station town. No traffic lights. And despite that, Daan's Place is not easy to find though only a block off the main road. At first you might think the neighbourhood looks a little sketchy so google map before you go. No worries though, Daan's is an oasis.

Fully secured, walled and gated with sheltered from the sun parking for each of the present five rooms, the suites are really mini-apartments complete with stove, fridge, sink, microwave, full kitchen utensils, heater, wall mounted LED TV with unbelievable on-demand selection (literally hundreds of choices), a bathroom with sink, toilet, shower, lots of hot water, and hotel sized bedroom with comfortable beds, new linens, towels, blankets, in short, everything you need except the groceries you buy and the clothing you wear.

Your host is very helpful and eagre to please. He really goes out of his way for you and that can make all the difference. He has some ambitious expansion plans as well and hopes to grow his business. And he should; he is doing everything right.

Breakfast is offered but extra, and he has an internet cafe, as well as games area, pool and bar of sorts.

Graskop is conveniently located at the start of the panorama route which start to finish is about a sprightly two hour drive without stops (and obviously it takes much longer if you hit all the vistas).

We arrived without a reservation and the owner could not have been more accommodating knocking down the usual cost of a double room by R100 (US$10.) without our asking just because, I think, he sensed we had a long day and needed a break. And that really is the reason for coming here. The owner clearly wants your business and deserves to have it.

And, of course, he is perfectly located, a gas (petrol) station at the end of the street, and a full supermarket next door to that. Another 300 m and you have the main street with a selection of some nice stores and eateries including more pancake houses per capita than probably anywhere on the continent.

The town of Sabie is a mere twenty minutes away, and anything you might not find in Graskop you will find there.

Very good value and key location at the start of the panorama route makes this a notable place to stay. That said, this is not an upscale town nor upscale accommodation - luxury or pampered is not the key word here. But it is well priced, quiet, secure, very well outfitted, and the owner clearly works to make this a welcoming destination where you needs are fully met and that says a lot.

One further note -- because of the relatively high elevation you may find the weather unpredictable. Fog, the real heavy thick can't see your hand in front of your face kind, does roll in and we got socked when we were there so no panorama for us this time. If you get a clear day, and there is a good chance you will, take full advantage of it.

Not a long review but then, Graskop is not that big a place. If you found this helpful, I always appreciate a quite click of that button.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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daanspl, Owner at Daan's Place, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Wow, thank you very much for the detailed review, pity you did not get to see panorama views
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New York
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33 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

The owner is incredibly helpful in planning your visit in the area. He mapped out the best places to visit on the Panorama Route and even showed us on Google Earth so we wouldn't miss any turns. We were very impressed that he called all the area gas stations for us when the place in town was out of unleaded and offered to come help us if we ran out of gas before we got to one. Great host, great place. They have a really cool on demand video system with a great selection and an intro to the area. Breakfast is extra, but it is very reasonably priced.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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daanspl, Owner at Daan's Place, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
Thank you for your review, glad you do not run out of fuel.
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Kent
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed December 22, 2013

A great 2 night stay for a road trip. The rooms were modern, large, well decorated, the beds comfy, the water hot and an unbelievable tv / movie library. The host recommended many sights to see, cooked a delicious braai and trusted us Brits with an honesty bar!! A fantastic place to stay. Would defo recommend and hope to revisit.

  • Stayed December 2013
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daanspl, Owner at Daan's Place, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Such a pleasure having you guy's, I really enjoyed your visit. Still remember one of the girls having 2 servings of pap ;-)

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Property: Daan's Place
Address: 27 Monument Street | and Bloedrivier Street, Graskop 1270, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Graskop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Graskop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Daan's place is located in the village of Graskop,South Africa, Central to all the attractions in Mpumalanga ( formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal ) and is an ideal base for your travels along the Panorama route as well as the Kruger National Park.Daan's Place Catered and Self Catering Accommodation. Comfortable Rooms with either Double or 2 three quarter beds, kitchenette with utensils, fridge, Room Safe and Shower or bathroom.Hav-a-Java Fully Licenced Coffee shop, Eatery and Internet Cafe, PS3 Gaming and entertainment centre with Skype Interconnectivity. Splash pool and pool service for food and beverage. Wi-Fi available and Business Service.Rags - Automated Laundrette for washing and drying of clothes. Washing Service offered. ... more   less 
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