Farm 534, Vaalwal KQ, Road D1000, Mabula District, Bela Bela 480, South Africa
Airport Transportation, Bar/Lounge, Beverage Selection, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Kids Activities, Kitchenette, Restaurant, Shuttle Bus Service, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access
There are two accommodation offerings within the Zebula Golf Estate, with Waterberg being the five-star option. Rooms are quite a...
There are two accommodation offerings within the Zebula Golf Estate, with Waterberg being the five-star option. Rooms are quite a delight to look at, with five-star décor – think smart rustic, with all natural fabrics including animal skin, wood and wicker. Bathrooms come with large shower cubicles and enormous earthenware-look baths, though after a long, dry winter, it seemed irresponsible to fill the huge tub so I settled for a shower.
Rooms each have an awesome balcony or terrace from where you can sit and watch small game like zebra, wildebeest, warthog and impala. It’s a shame the outdoor furniture was overlooked, but the views make up for the uncomfortable conference room-style chairs. There’s a small waterhole which makes for great early morning sightings, though it attracts swarms of mosquitoes so bring repellent (it’s a malaria-free zone). The rooms also have TV with basic cable, king-size beds and the usual fixtures (kettle, hairdryer) but no fridges and some of the little touches you’d expect at a five-star lodge are lacking, like a welcome drink, any basic information on the lodge or a turn-down service. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby only.
When we visited, the lodge was being manned by trainees, and the service was friendly but lacking an air of professionalism – and a lot of basic knowledge! Management were keeping a low profile while poorly trained staff tried to keep things ticking over. The chef was particularly friendly though, and the food was both good value (there’s a nightly set menu) and delicious.
The small lodge – just 16 rooms – has a pool and outdoor Jacuzzi as well as a small bar and lounge area plus meeting rooms. Nearby, the clubhouse has further conferencing facilities and a larger bar and restaurant (there’s also another hotel here with better service). Within the grounds there’s a spa and of course the 18-hole golf course. Wildlife-watching activities can also be arranged, but you’ll likely get equally good sightings from your room or just driving around the grounds.
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