South Africa

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg

Radisson Blu Guatrain, SandtonAfter a long day’s drive, we arrived in Johannesburg to check into the lovely Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel.

Reception is located on the 3rd floor, accessible by lift from either the underground car park or the street level entrance (which is where the Concierge Desk is located).

On check in, the type of room (a double room) we had booked was not available so we were kindly upgraded to a Business Class Room – Room 402 – a spacious room and bathroom on the 4th floor.

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By |2019-06-03T16:19:27+11:00September 13th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Johannesburg|Tags: |0 Comments

41 on Market, Vryburg, South Africa

Room 1, 41 on Market

Room 1

On a recent road trip in South Africa, we had intended to stay at Mokala Game Reserve near Kimberly however taking a wrong turn meant having to change plans and look for accommodation in Vryburg late in the afternoon on a Wednesday evening in September. Who would have thought that the B&Bs we phoned would all be full? There was a car rally in town on the weekend and guests had arrived early in the week and it seemed the whole town was fully booked.

But then we tried 41 on Market – success. We were able to book a double room.

41 on Market has only been opened about 12 months so everything is clean and new. It occupies a renovated older-style building with large rooms, high ceilings and big windows in the main street of Vryburg.

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By |2019-06-03T16:34:45+11:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Vryburg|Tags: |0 Comments

Augrabies Falls National Park Accommodation, South Africa

Augrabies Falls National Park Rest Camp

Augrabies Falls

Augrabies Falls

The rest camp at Augrabies Falls National Park is just 3 kms from the main gate.

We drove to the Reception building for a quick and easy check-in. This building also houses the Quiver Tree Restaurant and the Curio & Retail Shop. There are also numerous information boards showing photographs of the Falls in flood, and interesting points about the Park.

We booked into Chalet 25 – very conveniently located close to the main building. 

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By |2019-06-03T16:15:56+11:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Augrabies Falls National|0 Comments

Kliprand Guesthouse, Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa

Kliprand Guesthouse

Kliprand Guesthouse

Seeing the wildflowers in the Northern Cape had been on our ‘to do’ list for years, and we finally had the opportunity to make the trip in August 2015. While in Springbok, we chose to stay at the Kliprand Guesthouse.

On arrival we received a warm welcome and were shown to our room – Room 4 at the side of the house – a good-sized bedroom with a very large bathroom.

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By |2019-06-03T16:28:20+11:00September 7th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Springbok|Tags: , |0 Comments

Melkboomsdrift Guest Lodge, Vredendal, Western Cape, South Africa

Melkboomsdrift Guest Lodge

Melkboomsdrift Guest Lodge

We received a warm welcome on arrival at Melkboomsdrift Guest Lodge and were pleasantly surprised when booking into this charming guesthouse located on the banks of the Olifant’s River, surrounded by vineyards with beautiful views of the countryside.

The homestead and outbuildings, which date back to 1820, have been painstakingly restored to provide very comfortable and charming accommodation. Reception is located in the original homestead while most of the accommodation is provided in the restored outbuildings with the names of each suite indicating their use in times gone by – they were once stables, milling rooms, a cowshed, milking room, wine cellar, harness room and as the local school. We stayed in “Die Skooltjie” (little schoolhouse).

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By |2019-06-03T16:31:08+11:00September 6th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Vredendal|Tags: , |0 Comments

City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg

The City Lodge Hotel OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg is very convenient, comfortable and affordable accommodation at OR Tambo Airport.DSCN2112_1000

On arrival at Johannesburg we cleared Immigration and Customs, walked into the Arrivals area and caught a lift to the 2nd floor of the terminal to make our way to Hotel City Lodge.

The hotel is a little hard to find – it’s located on top of a car park and you will see it through the large windows on your right as you walk and follow the signs to Parking Level 2 and the hotel. We wheeled our trolleys with luggage, reached the hotel lift and made our way up to Reception. No transfers, no taxis, no waiting. After a 12.5-hour flight from Sydney, it’s just a few minutes walk off the plane, across to the hotel, without leaving the terminal building.

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By |2019-06-03T15:15:19+11:00April 27th, 2015|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Johannesburg|0 Comments