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  • Beautiful subtropical garden setting on the banks of the Sabie River
  • Elegant, spacious rooms will make you feel at home
  • Your hosts also own a tour company, and will gladly assist your explorations

Laughing Waters Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

6km from Hazyview

 

-25.0284, 31.0785

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Laughing Waters Guest House is situated in a lush green garden with views over subtropical orchards. There are many tall trees which attract an abundance of birds for the bird lover. Private short walking trails meander along the Sabie River running through the farm, rich in birdlife, with occasional sighting of hippos and crocodiles, and fish eagles can be heard calling - the true call of Africa.

A hearty farm breakfast is served on the large verandah. Dinners or light lunches may be provided on request, as well as early morning breakfast baskets for those starting out early, or picnic lunches for those who will be out all day. There is an honesty bar where guests can have access to drinks whilst relaxing beside the swimming pool or sitting on the verandah.

The comfortable, country style lounge inside the house offers DSTV and a generous selection of books and magazines, from fiction to reference, for guests’ enjoyment. In winter months the open fire creates a warm ambience on cooler evenings. Wi-Fi is available throughout the guest house.

The beautiful gardens provide a pleasing environment to enjoy the sun or to take some respite under one of the many tall trees. Laughing Waters Guest House is affiliated with BirdLife SA, and whether a novice or an expert, this is an interesting birding area. The large swimming pool is an ideal place to cool off after a day exploring the various attractions that are readily available in the vicinity of the guest house.  

Hosts Gavin and Carol, also own Gap Tours and Transfers, so are able to assist with all excursion, tour and activity planning and arrangements. On a tour to the Kruger National Park, their highly experienced field guides are passionate about the bush, and will share their knowledge of the 147 species of mammals, more than 500 species of birds, and 336 species of trees which make this 2 million hectare space their home.

Rates & Summary


6 Spacious En-Suite Rooms

King or 2 three quarter beds
Some have extra day bed
Some have a balcony
Views over the lush gardens and pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Breakfast is included.
Three course set menu dinner on request: R200 pp

Kids

Laughing Waters welcomes children.
Max 3 guests in total per room.

 

Why Stay Here?

Laughing Waters Guest House is tucked away in the heart of the Sabie Valley on the banks of the Sabie River. The riverine forest, and the occasional sighting of hippos, makes Laughing Waters feel slightly 'wild', but still very civilised! Set in a beautiful sub-tropical garden, and surrounded by tall trees and an abundance of birds, Laughing Waters Guest House is a quiet haven with high archways and a Tuscan ambience. It is imbued with a familiarity and comfort that makes you feel right at home.

Summary

  • Beautiful subtropical garden setting on the banks of the Sabie River
  • Elegant, spacious rooms will make you feel at home
  • Your hosts also own a tour company, and will gladly assist your explorations

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, mountain bike, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The 2km unpaved road from the gate to the guest house is well maintained.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Birding
  • Panorama Route
  • Kruger Park - 17km

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • 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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