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Old Joe's Kaia

TravelocityUS$108*
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

A country retreat in the Low veld surrounded by Tropical trees. (65 species to be exact). A stopover for people on the way to the Kruger National Park or city dwellers that want a weekend away from it all. Food is Vegan, delicious and generous portions - cooked by the owner Marian herself. It was raining and we were able...

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Salt Rock, KZN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful place, authentic and so comfortable. Marian and Paul are great hosts, warm and hospitable and nothing is too much trouble. We are not vegan but like to eat healthily and Marian's vegan dishes are outstanding, clever, delicious and moreish. She is very clever with her inventive cooking, and each course gets better and better. If I had any...

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KaiaOfJoe, Owner at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this lovely review and for making the effort to write it - much appreciated! Look forward to hosting you soon again! Kind regards Marian

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I originally booked, I was not aware that the food offering was vegan. If I had, perhaps I would've reconsidered. After the few days, I was glad I didn't. The welcoming was friendly. The room was extremely comfortable and the staff were superb. They could not be more helpful - even plugging in the mosquito device during the turn...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Old Joe's Kaia for a vegan cooking course and were so disappointed. The kitchen staff did not wash their hands or the vegetables, the food was cooked using canned and commercial products. Although vegan, it was extremely unhealthy. The room was very dusty, the wifi didn't work properly and the bed was springy and uncomfortable. It was...

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KaiaOfJoe, Owner at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

WOW… you could have knocked me over, I did not see this one coming. Your smiles, pleasant disposition and a truly convincing reason for having to leave early (you missed almost half the workshop!) now make me question why it took you SIX weeks before you wrote this review? Fanaticism and purism have never served us well, so with the...

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a vegetarian, I hardly get to try the whole menu, so what a treat that I could order everything for breakfast! The 3 meat eaters and I, asked for a platter with everything to taste! Oh my hat we couldn't even tell what our favourite dish was! They all were AMAZING!!! Beautiful setting, lovely owners & staff. My only...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We visited to see the gorgeous natural labyrinth but got so much more. Outstanding vegan meals , excellent service and tranquil setting . Massages an extra option to book. Thank you Paul ,Marianne and staff. We will be back!

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming to stay. We are thrilled you came to discover the Labyrinth and found a whole lot more to enjoy! We look forward to your return visit...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I have travelled past this landmark guest house for the past 35 years and finally decided to stay over for once. This place has a rustic, tranquil charm with its cluster of rondawels, some 60 years old, (also wooden cabins) in an indigenous forest near the Crocodile River. But it also has all the modern facilities you would require. What...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

We're delighted that you decided to stop-off and discover, both Old Joe's Kaia and The Seedling tasty treats. We try to appeal to a wide variety of people and tastes and generally manage to get it right. We do however understand that not everybody will appreciate what we are creating but that is OK too. Thank you for spending the...

Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This is a tranquil retreat not too far from 'civilization'. The accommodation is basic but adequate and clean. The food, however, is a sensory experience that leaves one without any cravings. We had preconceived ideas about it being a vegan retreat, but were pleasantly surprised by the excellent food. The wine list also provided a wide selection of good wines....

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us Karin. We're glad we were able to successfully allay your fears regarding our vegan meal offerings and helped you to rest and relax a little before returning to civilisation. We hope to see you again soon.

St. Petersburg, Florida
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I have been lucky enough to stay at Old Joe's several times over the years, and visited again for the first time in about 4 years recently. I was delighted to find it is as wonderful as ever, maybe even better if that's possible! Mariaan and Paul are superb hosts and they have created a special haven on the side...

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review. It fills us with joy and warms our hearts when we get such great feedback, this from 'meat eaters' to boot! May you keep coming back to us on you travels and bring all your friends with.

Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

My sister & I stayed here as we participated in a weekend long cooking workshop, 'Vegan Kitchen Adventure' (which was incredible by the way!!). From the moment you walk down to the reception you can tell it is going to be a special place. And it is. The hospitality from all the staff is amazing - warm, friendly & helpful....

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KaiaOfJoe, Manager at Old Joe's Kaia, responded to this review

What a lovely review and we're so glad that you appreciated all of the little touches, details, nooks and crannies and that you enjoyed the Vegan Kitchen Adventure so much. It was great to meet you both and share ideas and chat about so many different subjects relating to a better, healthier, cruelty free world. We hope to see you...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
OLD JOE'S KAIA is a unique and small family owned and managed vegan guesthouse situated in the magnificent malaria-free Schoemanskloof Valley. This is a little oasis full of surprises. Expect fresh and unpolluted mountain air, fabulous scenery, prolific birdsong, and a wonderful relaxing, homely atmosphere. Known for its excellent vegan cuisine and fabulous wines, this is the perfect stopover en route to The Kruger National Park, Mozambique, Swaziland, The Panorama or the Lowveld. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Old Joe's Kaia

Address: N4 Schoemanskloof Road | Btw. Machadodorp and Nelspruit, Schoemanskloof, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Schoemanskloof
Price Range: £77 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Joe's Kaia 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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