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  • Charming pastoral location on a working macadamia nut farm
  • Elegant and comfortable accommodation, and a pool to wash off the summer heat
  • Great location for exploring the surrounding region and the Kruger

Country Lane Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from White River

 

-25.3274, 31.056

About

Centrally situated on a 15 hectare macadamia farm, Country Lane Lodge is a tranquil retreat where guests can completely unwind while enjoying owner-managed hospitality, luxury accommodation and hearty country food. An oasis of reed-fringed ponds, lawns and enchanting nooks and crannies, the large garden is the lodge’s prettiest feature, and provides a fitting setting for the endearing country-style rooms and cottages.

Individually decorated, the accommodation varies greatly in terms of feel and design, but standard comforts include fridges, tea/coffee facilities, ceiling fans and satellite televisions with DVD players. Hibiscus, Little Palm and Azalea have Queen-size beds with en-suite showers, with Azalea featuring a patio. Hibiscus and Little Palm are both good choices for guests who want the convenience of being very close to the main lodge’s facilities. More spacious and equipped with full en-suite bathrooms, the Garden and Clivia also have Queen-size beds, and guests can enjoy views of the garden from their verandah or patio. Clivia has a lounge with a sleeper couch, making it ideal for couples with one child. Tucked away in the garden, Lavender Cottage has the same amenities, but an extra sleeper couch can accommodate a second child. 

Situated upstairs in the main house, the Palm Suite has a cushy King-size bed and spacious shower, and a single bed can be added if need be. Guests who prefer to sleep separately can choose between the Mango and Bauhenia twin rooms, both of which have showers and patios. Housing a King-size bed and shower, along with a patio where sundowners can be savoured, Cycas Cottage is particularly romantic and private.

Heading out into the gardens, guests will find koi and swans finning in the ponds, and can recline on benches while looking out for the myriad of bird life. For complete tranquillity, take a stroll across the bridge over the koi pond, where a secret garden lies in wait.

On hot days, guests can cool off in the large swimming pool or sip on a cold drink in the outside lapa, watching a sporting event on the big screen television. Inside the main lodge, a hearty breakfast is served in the sunny dining room, while the guest lounge offers plenty of peace and quiet for reading and relaxing. A well-stocked honesty bar is available around the clock. 

Owners Di and George Muller are perfect hosts who are happy to assist with planning excursions to the surrounding areas. The lodge is optimally positioned for trips into the Kruger National Park and along the Panorama Route, while a wealth of adventure activities can be found in nearby Hazyview.

Just down the hill, the beautiful Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit is well worth a visit, and there are numerous restaurants and shopping centres in and around the town. Dinners and traditional South African braais at the lodge can be arranged, capping off a memorable day in the Lowveld.

Rates & Summary


3 Queen Rooms with shower

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
One with patio
Garden views

2 Queen Rooms with bath and shower

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Clivia Suite has lounge with sleeper couch for child
Patio with garden views

2 Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views

Palm Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Additional single beds can be added
En-suite shower

Cycas Cottage

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with garden views

Lavender Cottage

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge with two sleeper couches for children
Patio with garden views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Packed breakfasts on request
Dinners and braais on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on a macadamia farm outside White River, Country Lane Lodge is a peaceful countryside retreat with 10 individually-decorated guest rooms and cottages, and is within touching distance of Mpumalanga’s best attractions. The lodge offers relaxed farm living and is set in beautiful gardens filled with trees, lawns, ponds and colourful flowers. Guests can enjoy braais and dips in the swimming pool, while being a short drive from the Kruger National Park.

Summary

  • Charming pastoral location on a working macadamia nut farm
  • Elegant and comfortable accommodation, and a pool to wash off the summer heat
  • Great location for exploring the surrounding region and the Kruger

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Large garden with koi pond
  • Nearby: ziplining, quad biking, river rafting, geckoing, hot air ballooning, cultural village tour, reptile park, horse riding, elephant back riding, chimp sanctuary, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Panorama & Lowveld

Mpumalanga

About

The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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