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Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven
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“Home away from home.”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

If you want to be treated like you are the only person in the lodge, then this is the place for you. Each individual is special to Norma, even my 8 year old. The food is just like mom used to make it. The atmosphere is absolutely homely and cosy. I don't think I'll make it through this year without another visit.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

We booked this place as we were travelling from J'berg through to Makalali game reserve, so figured this a good half way stop over. It is ideal at approx 2 - 3 hours drive from J'berg airport. You are greeted like family so very friendly and we spent the afternoon relaxing on the terrace with the fantastic views. Norma had kindly offered to do a dinner for us, and it was great, tasty and good portions and again made to feel very comfortable and relaxed. Next morning a huge breakfast, nothing overlooked, every detail covered!! Norma very kindly offered to show us the waterfall nearby and accompanied us which was such a nice gesture and appreciated. Good comfortable atmosphere here,clean spacious room with TV and ideal for en route stop over if going further north into the parks.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Butzbach Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We discovered Acra Retreat on our way to the Kruger Park last time we were in South Africa, and loved it ! So, we decided to book there again, in January this year.
It is amazing how much love has been put into the place ! It is better than ever !
When we arrived in Johannesburg, we were very tired after the long flight. It took longer to get our rental car than we thought it would, and by the time we were on the highway we were SO glad that we had booked into Acra Retreat - and did not have to drive all the way to the Kruger Park.
We were greeted by the Manager personally, and he gave us the “Secret” room, which was very private and has a great view, and we slept for a few hours. The peace was unbelievable! Almost unreal !
After a swim and a few cocktails on the deck, we were served a fantastic Curry and Rice dish, with all sorts of side dishes.It was top class. Afterwards we enjoyed drinks with the other guests in the cosy bar.
The rooms are luxurious, clean, and quiet - with loads of fresh-smelling towels and good reading lamps. The garden is well kept, and the scenery is really as beautiful as the photos on Trip Advisor. The staff are helpful and polite, the Manager is a charming host AND the price is right. They have good security , so we felt very safe. The breakfast buffet was fantastic.
We can highly recommend Acra Retreat.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

I have NO idea how this place gets so many good reviews as it was basically just an ugly old house with a pool and housekeepers running the place.

We wanted to go there for a romantic getaway and booked the most expensive room. The photographs and reviews online seemed amazing. As soon as we arrived I just burst out in tears due to how awful the place is.

If you want to stay in a room for the same price of staying in a nice lodge - in other words if you like getting less for you money (much less) then sure go for this place.

Thank you, Acra, for almost ruining our weekend away. At least we managed to find a decent place to stay at last minute notice.

Besides the fact that they oversell, there was no water when we arrived and my fiance had organized for a romantic turndown on the bed with a bottle of champagne. This was discussed numerous times with the manager and when we arrived nothing was set up and they pretended to be completely oblivious to the fact that we made this arrangement.

Also, don't expect any privacy, it's just a house where everyone stays together. They could have at least told us over the phone that their "lodge" (cannot see how it classifies as a lodge) is definitely NOT ideal for any type of romantic getaway.

I see other reviewers mention the dogs - I however think the dogs are an awful add on to the already awful living arrangement.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Randburg, South Africa
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

We were looking for a stay over on our way back to Johannesburg and phoned Holger at 4pm on Saturday requesting to check in. The view of the lodge is great and the we really enjoyed the view from the deck outside our room and the lovely ambience in the lodge. Breakfast was great. We recommend this lodge - lots of outdoor activities in Boven as well!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We stayed at Acra Retreat for one night in mid-August. As we arrived on a Sunday, we were the only guests with our 6 year old daughter and Norma made us feel like coming home. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the huge African style decor in our room and all the pets Norma has (dogs, bird, horse Lucy!). We totally relaxed on our first night in South Africa and had a fabulous dinner followed by yummy drinks afterwards. During the night, the rain came with heavy thunderstorms (after a dry period of over 6 months), so everyone was happy that we brought it with us from Europe :-)
It was sad to have to leave already the next day, and we can definitely recommend this place! However, you might wanna go during a warmer season when you can enjoy a drink on the verandah, make use of the pool and admire the lush vegetation. Although we have seen many places during our 4 weeks stay in South Africa, this truly remains special - we'd love to come back!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

We visited Waterval Boven to learn more about the "Stone Circles" & based ourselves at this Retreat. We had a truly wonderful stay. Norma went out of her way to welcome us, provide a convivial atmosphere & feed us with perfect food. We really enjoyed the view from the deck & the quirky bar!
She organised a tour for us to view the stone circles & the museum which was truly amazing & well worth the visit.
Definitely the best place to stay in Waterval Boven!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven
Address: Farm 88 Doornhoek Street | P.O.Box 91, Waterval Boven 1195, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Waterval Boven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Waterval Boven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Acra Retreat **Mountain View Lodge** is THE PERFECT STOPOVER POINT BETWEEN JOHANNESBURG AND THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, after a long flight or for a relaxed & stress free return back home. Positioned on the edge of a cliff, Acra-Retreat is situated on the border of the Elands Krans Nature Reserve which gives you a soothing and most amazing Mountain Panorama. We feature an outdoor pool & children's pool and a Hot-Tub, a trampoline, a basic fitness section, sheltered barbecue facilities and a beautifully manicured garden. We also have a small sheltered, outdoor fitness section, for the basic exercises. Massages and Beauty treatments are possible in the room, at the pool or on the deck. We also have a tranquil massage room. All individually decorated rooms offer a 'private' entrance to the decks / gardens with Mountain Views. Each room is fitted with a TV and satellite/DStv channels. Tea/coffee facilities, heater, safe, hairdryer and (ceiling-) fan(s) are standard. Toiletries, towels and additional pool towels are provided. Of course we also supply the linen, bedding, additional blankets and everything else necessary for a relaxing good night sleep. The rooms are serviced daily! Acra-Retreat Mountain View Lodge has a fully licensed and very well stocked pub. Sundowners & cocktails can be enjoyed on the deck or at the pool. Relax and enjoy in the peace and tranquillity that Acra Retreat offers. A beautiful, scrumptious Three-Course Dinner is served every evening if requested. We will send you our menu after the reservation is confirmed. But we can always also just make you a quick toasted sandwich and side salad for the smaller appetite. And surely you can also use one of our braai (BBQ) facilities. We will support the cutlery, condiments, wood, charcoal or briquettes, firestarters,... Scrumptious dinners are served in the evening but you can also use one of our braai (BBQ) facilities. We will provide the cutlery, condiments, wood, charcoal,.... • Amazing Mountain Panorama • Outdoor pool, children's pool & trampoline, small fitness area • Beautiful sheltered braai area (BBQ area) • Wi-Fi available (surcharge) • *NEW*: Guided Quad-Bike Trails! Enjoy one of our breathtaking routes for beginners and experienced drivers. • Koi pond • Own borehole with regularly tested, clean water • Safe Parking on the property (free) • Malaria Free • English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans spoken • German / South African Management • "Nature Drives" in an open SUV around Waterval Boven with amazing views, historic sites, picnic break,.... Horse riding, mountain climbing, abseiling and spa treatments and more can be arranged. We can send you a list or link with the close by activities and attractions. The hotel is located on the way to the Kruger Park, 2.5 hour's drive from Johannesburg and approximately 2,15 hours from Malelane Gate. ... more   less 
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