Upon arrival, there is something of the 1970s about the small, demi-walled reception and higgledy piggledy rack of leaflets and handouts. First impressions however belie the outstanding comfort and quality of this wonderful retreat. I was welcomed and checked in with friendly efficiency and taken to my room by the gentlemanly Alex who offered to return and accompany me back to the restaurant later (it is a noticeable walk in the dark and would be difficult for someone with mobility problems).
Each lodge is exquisite; an open-look cozy fire, a beautiful bathroom with rainshowers, a large bath and plenty of space for potions and lotions. The wide, comfortable bed has high quality pillows and bedding, there is a large TV which can be set to the local Classic FM or used to play DVDs if like me you don't watch a lot of TV. All tea, coffees, toiletries, water are generously supplied (a welcome relief from the 'rationing' in some establishments) and a chocolate appears each evening.
My lodge was right next to the lake; the tranquility with only the sound of the ducks, birds and other wildlife was soothing and the stresses of the working week lifted quickly. I could have sat on my spacious balcony all day long in the sun (but didn't). There are mapped walks around the park of varying degrees of difficulty and you will see many birds, butterflies and animals. The lady at reception said everything was harmless although one of the large male monkey-like creatures I encountered was a little alarming.
During my first night, I was kept awake for several hours by the most Chaucerian and energetic marital disagreement I have ever heard (I have been married 26 years so have heard one or two). The protagonists had thankfully left by my second night (after a lengthy second round the next morning). The hotel cannot be blamed for the 'anger issues' suffered by those particular guests but soundproofing of the lodges may need stepping up in case of noisy neighbours generally.
Food and restaurant service is very good indeed with excellent choice and quality. There is a nice choice of wines and a friendly 'pub' for a drink after dinner or any other time of day! The spa is outstanding, well appointed, delightful therapists and a very wide range of high quality treatments and products. You won't be short of things to do to while away your time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foothills of the Zwartkops Mountains in the Cradle of Humankind, Kloofzicht Lodge is the essence of tranquility and ultimate luxury, a comfortable 40 minute drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Guests entering the luxurious Kloofzicht Lodge are greeted with the stunning vista of endless stretches of water as the infinity pool spills over into the Kloofzicht dam, finally settling into the Zwartkops mountains in the distance. Kloofzicht comprises 18 deluxe superior suites, 10 superior suites, 20 executive suites and 12 family / executive twin suites, overlooking either the six exquisite fly fishing dams or the unspoilt Zwartkops gorge and mountain. Five star conference and wedding facilities satisfy the needs of even the most discerning guests. The small but magnificent nature reserve upon which Kloofzicht is built, is home to kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, springbuck, gemsbok, zebra as well as a fascinating array of bird life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kloofzicht Hotel Muldersdrift