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  • Tranquil setting bordering the Nelspruit Nature Reserve, but still close to town
  • Great views from the guesthouse and a bushveld ambiance
  • Opulently luxurious interiors

La Roca Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mbombela

 

-25.4879, 30.9846

About

The owners at La Roca offer highly personalised service, making a point to remember every guest by their first name. These high service standards make the weary traveller feel right at home, creating the ideal environment for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Set alongside the Nelspruit Nature Reserve in a quiet suburb of the town, the lodge’s garden is a subtropical paradise of boulders, trees and flowers, and is frequented by an array of birds, bush-babies, mongoose and monkeys. There are many secluded spots here where guests can enjoy the tranquillity or watch the antics of the animals through a pair of binoculars.

The décor in the rooms is a warm and tastefully matched blend of colours, textures and furniture inspired by travels through Africa and Asia. Each room has been given its own unique feel, ranging from Zen-like tranquillity to oriental opulence, clean-cut sophistication and African vibrancy. Percale linen, air-conditioning, DStv, wireless internet, hair dryers, hot-water bottles and mini-bars are standard in all the rooms.

Standard rooms have plenty of space to move around in, with Queen-size beds providing a comfortable resting place. They come with either a balcony or patio, and all have showers en-suite. Featuring an open-plan bedroom and lounge, the superior rooms are slightly larger and have a full en-suite bathroom, along with a large patio to relax on during any part of the warm Lowveld day.

In addition to the King-size bed, one or two extra single beds can be set up in the luxury family room and honeymoon suite, both of which also have full en-suite bathrooms and private patios.

For a truly exclusive stay, guests should look no further than La Roca’s Executive Suite. Occupying most of a large house separated from the main lodge, this huge suite has a modern design and a magnificent view of the nature reserve, with the added bonus of an outdoor bath and shower.

The downstairs bedroom can either be booked individually or as an extension to the suite. An open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen area make the Executive Suite fully equipped for a high-class self-catering stay, but it is well worth going to the main lodge for one of their unique breakfasts, as this is included in the rates.

In addition to an extensive cold buffet, the guesthouse serves one of eight different freshly cooked specials every day to entice the taste buds. This feast is usually enjoyed under the open-air thatched lapa on the pool terrace, surrounded by palm trees and granite boulders. Pre-booked suppers are also served in the lapa, while the lodge has an enchanting area for log fires and group braais.

The lodge is conveniently situated close to Mbombela’s shopping centres and attractions, including the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and is a good base for those wanting to explore the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route.

Rates & Summary


5 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Private balcony or patio

5 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King or Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Open-plan lounge area
Large patio

2 Superior Family Rooms

Sleeps 2 adults and up to 2 children
Each has King or Twin beds
One includes single bunk beds in same room 
One has separate bedroom for the children
Cannot guarantee a particular room
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio

Luxury Family Room

Freestanding thatched cottage
Sleeps 2 adults and up to 2 small children
En-suite bath and shower
Large patio overlooking nature reserve
View of distant mountains

Executive Suite

200m2 suite
Main bedroom with King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Small second room with bunk beds
Open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room
Outside bath and shower
Large patio overlooking nature reserve

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfasts included
Dinner available
Executive suite is fully-equipped for self-catering

Kids

Children of all ages welcome in executive and family rooms.

Why Stay Here?

La Roca Guesthouse is a luxury modern-African themed establishment on the fringes of the Nelspruit Nature Reserve in Mbombela. The guesthouse has uninterrupted views of the natural surrounds while being a short drive from the conveniences of the city. The subtropical garden is full of indigenous trees, huge granite rocks and a multitude of birds and small animals. Impeccable service standards and characterful luxury accommodation add to La Roca’s distinct appeal.

Summary

  • Tranquil setting bordering the Nelspruit Nature Reserve, but still close to town
  • Great views from the guesthouse and a bushveld ambiance
  • Opulently luxurious interiors

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Huge sub-tropical garden
  • Nature reserve

Nearby: golf course, water park, botanical gardens, Kruger National Park, elephant back riding, reptile park, mountain biking, Sudwala Caves and dinosaur park, Panorama Route, historical tours, farm stalls, shopping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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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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