Although a little more expensive than other accommodation we had booked during this trip to RSA and Swaziland, it was still very good value (particularly for European visitors) and the self-catering Cottage 3 met our needs - a very private, quiet and tranquil setting with awe-inspiring views and none of the adjacent accommodation visible from our own deck. Although the accommodation was well-used it was individually designed, with a fully equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom (with w.c., sink and shower), a good bed, hanging space, clean, functional and with a real African feel to it - not just another anonymous hotel room. Perhaps the paintings on the wall did not do it justice.
We did not use the cooking facilities because the a la carte restaurant provided a very reasonably priced menu with sufficient variety and quality for our stay. Having to place our dinner order before 5.00 p.m. initially seemed strange but we did not then have to wait at all to be served at our pre-arranged dinner time. Taking breakfast each morning on the terrace by the pool looking at the beautiful mountain scenery was breath-taking.
The self-guided trails in the nature reserve are well marked and of various grades of difficulty and length to suit most reasonably fit walkers and the views are quite spectacular. Although we did not partake of them ourselves, the lodge offers a number of activities, guided trails, 4x4 drives etc., that are also reasonably priced.
The hosts and staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful during our stay and the courtesy car wash before leaving was a very nice gesture. The management culture at the lodge is clearly aimed at being friendly, professional and a very high level of service delivery to make visitors feel welcome. The tranquil and peaceful setting adds to the ambience and I would highly recommend this to anybody seeking a relaxing holiday.