Accommodation outside of Kruger

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:13 pm

On our recent trip to Kruger we were held up in Skukuza so by the time we exited at Malelane gate, we had no time to drive anywhere or look for suitable accommodation during daylight.

Luck was on our side however, and after a couple of "sorry, we are fully booked" we stumbled upon a guest house in Malelane which had only just opened. It was so new that the owners were a bit apologetic that the gardens were still being worked on, despite the fact that we could not see them in the dark!

We were shown to our rooms and they were fabulous! Not only that, but they welcomed children - most places close to Kruger don't seem to cater for families.

Within an hour of arrival, we were unpacked, showered and ready to eat. The food was fabulous - traditional home cooked South African fare (RP will be interested to know that we had chicken & potatoes!).

After a really comfortable night's sleep, I woke early and sat outside on my own little stoep with a cup of coffee and watched various species of birds going about their early morning activities.

Scarlet-chested Sunbirds were displaying and I later found their nest in the front garden. Black-headed Orioles sang from the tree next to my stoep and a Sombre Greenbul called from the perimiter shrubs. Southern Black Flycatchers hawked for insects and a Brown-hooded Kingfisher was also on the lookout for food.

Within an hour, I had noted 24 species just in the garden alone!

The breakfast was excellent, with more than enough to keep us full for the remainder of the day and ensured that our drive down to Swaziland was a relaxed affair following a good nights sleep and good food.

If anyone is looking for somewhere to stay just outside the park, I can thoroughly reccomend Barnstormers Rest. You will be guaranteed a very warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and wonderful food.

Link to their Facebook page.....

https://www.facebook.com/barnstormersrest

Link to their website....

http://barnstormersrest.co.za/

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:17 pm

Sounds good Dewi! \O

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:18 pm

O:V O:V O:V

Any [O] of birds, food and house?

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:25 pm

I did not take any photos Toko, more's the pity.

There are lots on their website and facebook page though.

I was in room 8 - Black Cats. O/\ Friends were in the Family Unit - room 3. O\/

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:07 pm

Looks good \O

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:48 am

indeed seems to be a very nice place \O

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:13 pm

Thanks for the hint, Dewi,

it looks more than lovely X#X

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks Dewi,

Looks like a good stop for us to leave on a Friday. What is the parking area like for a car and trailer?

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:53 pm

Loads of room. \O

You could get 3 or 4 in at a push if the parking area is empty.

Re: Accommodation outside of Kruger

Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:00 pm

the owners were a bit apologetic that the gardens were still being worked on

Saffies are raised to be paranoidly apologetic regarding their accommodation for guests, especially us Afrikaners! Not unique in the world, by any means...just a normal "hello"... :-0