Advantages Beautiful spot, great accommodation and fantastic food
Disadvantages The roads!!
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Crane’s Nest Mountain Lodge, Near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South AfricaWe booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This is an excellent site and covers all of South Africa for accommodation with pictures and details of what is available at each place.
This guest house was booked as we wanted somewhere rather nice to stay on our last night with the boys in South Africa and not too far from Blyde River canyon where we were going to visit that day.
Then to top this off we drove round Lydenburg several times trying to work out the stupid map we had off the internet and eventually I went in to another guest house to ask them where it was. We headed off in the direction she said but after about 20 km my husband thought we must be on the wrong road so we turned around. After some discussion in the car we were debating whether to just give up and go to another guest house and forfeit out £150 deposit or whether to persevere as it was getting dark and it was not a great road to be driving on as there were huge pot holes every now and then that were hard to see in the dusk. My husband went into another place on this road and discovered that the guest house was not in Lydenburg town but in the district and that we were a good 50km away still. More discussion and we thought we would give it a try!
However we got to a turn off with ‘Crane’s Nest’ 6km so onwards we went once again and then turned down the farm 6 turn off and onto the property so we thought we were there finally. However the road was awful, far worse than any field I’ve driven over taking the boys to music festivals in the UK. There were huge canyons and craters and cattle grids with logs to get over. It was so bad that even at 5mph the boys and I got out and walked up the drive which was about 1km. So needless to say we were not in the best of humour when we arrived.
Each room or small house was designed that you had a lovely view of both the countryside and mountains in the distance or the pool and garden but none were overlooked by any other one. They all had verandas with table and chairs and a fridge and a sink so you could do a braai or BBQ if you wanted. It was we discovered in the morning, a really beautiful setting and so tastefully designed and decorated. There were little touches like a tray with tea and coffee with rusks, a plate with a couple of apples and a small bowl with sweets as well in each of our rooms.
We were invited to go and join others sitting out relaxing and chatting after the meal but as we were all so exhausted we decided to call it a day and retire. My husband was already panicking about driving back along the road as another puncture on the drive back to Johannesburg would have been a big problem especially if we were in the middle of nowhere so he did not sleep very well but the room was very comfortable as was the bed .It is just a shame that we were not there longer and had we known about the miles of poor dirt roads we might have rethought booking this place.
Rosemarie then told us what we were having for our meal. We started with a homemade French onion soup with homemade bread which was delicious. The next course was a breast of chicken rolled around some stuffing, fresh vegetables all from their farm followed by Rosemarie’s own Malva tart and custard. The Malva tart is a South African speciality and was extremely tasty and once I am home I shall look up a recipe and try to make it again.
The next day we felt much better and returned to the main reception area for our breakfast. Once again Rosemarie greeted us and invited us in to the buffet table where there was juice, cereals, muffins and some very unusual grilled fruit with cinnamon, cardamom and star anise flavour. I’d never tried it before but it was quite yummy, apples and bananas mainly which we had with yogurt, it was beautifully laid out on a table against the wall. After we had enjoyed that we were once again invited in to select from boerewors sausages in gravy, a huge omelette/ soufflé with bacon and some corn fritters which I did try and they were very tasty. There were such huge portions it even over- faced the boys who have very hearty appetites.
Before we left I was able to use the internet to check the boys in for their flight on Rosemarie’s computer and she refused any payment which was very kind. We had to pay the balance of our account and were able to pay by card and the bill was ready with an official receipt too.
Unfortunately I seem to have lost the photos we took here so if you want to see photo then take a look at the website as there are great photos there.
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