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“Truly exceptional place in beautiful surroundings with very friendly staff and exquisite food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Joe's Kaia

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Old Joe's Kaia
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Pretoria
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“Truly exceptional place in beautiful surroundings with very friendly staff and exquisite food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2011

We have been to Old Joe's Kaia in the past and specifically went back there for several reasons. Firstly it is a beautiful, peaceful place in awesome surroundings. Secondly, the food is truly exceptional and without a doubt the best you will find anywhere in the area. Thirdly, the management and staff are friendly, personable and pay attention to the finest detail. It is a wholesome and pleasant experience from start to finish and we will definitely go back again. It has become one of our top destinations in the low veld.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2011

Old Joe's creates a" home from home" atmosphere. The staff are wonderful and friendly and always willing to make great suggestions of things to do in the area. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The cosy evenings in the dining/ lounge area or eating on the wooden deck overlooking an indigenous garden teeming with birdlife are not to be missed. The library and attention to detail by providing all the things one forgets - mosquito mats , umbrellas, torches cosy quilts and to my husbands delight, filter coffee make this a very special place to visit. Last but not least is Marian's indigenous labyrinth which provided a place for reflection for all of us.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2011

Old Joe’s Kaia has a perfect driving position halfway from Johannesburg to Kruger Park.
We stopped in this wonderful country house the night before our visit at Kruger and, we loved so much, to come back a second time.
The hospitality is friendly and intimate at the same time. Paul and Marian take care of every detail to make you feel at home.
The wooden cabins are so lovely.
We also recommend the Marian’s cuisine. The food is delicious and presented with the utmost care.
Have dinner in Old Joe’s Kaia is really romantic!
We want to say thank to Paul and Marian for the beautiful memories of days spent at Old Joe’s Kaia.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2010

Stay here for the food if nothing else! Dinner was great -- four excellent courses using fresh produce and very reasonably priced too. But if you're hungry you might get a bit impatient -- food is slow cooked and service leisurely. Of course trout features widely on the menu. Breakfast was also a treat -- menu was wide and delicious.

I have a few gripes -- the first is not the fault of Old Joe's -- it can be noisy because Old Joe's is situated on the Scholemanskloof Road which can get busy, even at night. The rooms and bathrooms are also tired and need of refurbishment. Pool looked a bit murky.

If you go, be sure to go on the recommended walk across the fields adjacent to Old Joe's. It runs along a very attractive section of river.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2010

Spent the week-end here with my two children. We had a wonderful time, made all the more enjoyable by excellent hosting, wonderful food, and calm atmospere. Birdlife was fantastic and the y have a wonderful Labyrinth.
The central facilities are so comfortable and relaxed and the hosts could not do more to make our stay more comfortable.

I will go back.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2010

After a long flight, this place was very relaxing. It made our holiday start at the first day!
The food (breakfast and dinner) was delicious! Staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2010

We stayed the last night of our honeymoon in one of the luxury rooms (log cabin no.5) and wished we would have been able to stay another. The rooms and the premises (including a large and beautiful garden) are very cozy and beautifully decorated. No TV but beautiful bathtub, extremely comfortable bed, aircon and a lot of small amenities, like an umbrella, magazines, etc. in the rooms. Possibility to have dinner - superadvisable. Cooked deliciously by Marianne who runs the place together with her husband Paul (who is fluent in German, by the way). Both were really friendly and have a lot good tips for excursions and things to see in the area.
About 3 hours from the airport of Johannesburg and about 1 hour from Kruger, this is the perfect place to spend your first or last days of a south africa trip - book 2 nights, you won't regret it. Of all the places we have been to, one of the best value for money ratios.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Old Joe's Kaia
Address: N4 Schoemanskloof Road | Btw. Machadodorp and Nelspruit, Schoemanskloof, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Schoemanskloof
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Schoemanskloof
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Joe's Kaia 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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