Simply put, the most amazing accommodations that our family has enjoyed in over 35 countries and countless vacations. Our six person family met up with a couple of friends to base our African adventure out of this lovely cottage in the Blyde River Canyon nature reserve. The pictures online were enticing, but they did no justice to the breathtaking view, beautiful wildlife, and amazing features that this property had to offer for our family and friends. The 8 of us thoroughly enjoyed a comfortable and vast living space, well-cared for by Erna, and her lovely maid Tandy (who visits each morning to do dishes and tidy up the cottage). Erna met us upon arrival, kindly provided us a tour of the property and its features, gave some advice on sites nearby and then would call to check on us periodically throughout our stay to ensure that we were comfortable and had all that we needed.
I cannot say enough about this amazingly beautiful property. Waking up every morning to the view of the sun bouncing off of the Drakensburg mountain range, feeding the zebras as they pass through each morning, and then venturing out to see the AMAZING nature, people and food that North Eastern South Africa have to offer. Truly a house, and a vacation that our family will not soon forget. 5 minutes from Swadini resort, the Waterfall at Swadini, the Moholoholo Endangered Species rehabilitation center, Jessica the Hippo (amazing by the way), 2hrs from Paul Kruger Gate at Kruger National Park (once inside the park, take route H1 from Skukuza down to Lower Sabie late in the day….you won’t be disappointed), and 20 minutes from central Hoedspruit, where you can buy groceries, souvenirs, go to great restaurants and meet some amazing people. We also visited Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels viewing point, Sabi, Lone Creek Waterfall, and a host of other sites conveniently located within 2 hours of this AMAZING property.
Thank you, Erna, for providing us time in your lovely home. The beauty of your property and the care and attention you provided will remain central to my family’s new found love for South Africa, and will always hold a special place in our hearts!!