My family stayed at the Ranch Hotel Polokwane, and my husband and I were treated to early morning runs around the estate with Paul the owner's son and Ranch General Manager, during which we were able to see zebra, many buck, giraffe and many birds including crows near the Hyaena enclosure.
We went on a game drive during which we were taken to the cat enclosure, where we could actually cuddle baby lions and stroke the tame cheetahs. The Ranch has tame, hand reared lions in beautiful condition, as are the cheetahs. We loved interacting with these big cats.
Over and above this, this family run hotel is comfortable and welcoming. My boys had great fun in the outdoor pools and jacuzzi, and we enjoyed the good food and all the amenities available, including the mashie golf course.
We will definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Ranch Resort established in 1960, is the leading conference, leisure and sports resort in Limpopo. The hotel is situated within a 1000ha nature conservancy and offers 150 hotel bedrooms and self-catering chalets which boasts all modern conveniences. Our Preseidential and Executive suites feature their own private courtyard and spa pool. The 20 luxury two bedroom self-catering golf chalets can accommodate upto 4 adults and two children. Our superior culinary TEAM offers unequaled quality, creativity in local and international cuisines. Take the pleasure of experiencing the ambiance of Basil's fine dining restaurant, or enjoy all meals in the Buttery family restaurant or at our day time clubhouse restaurant. Awaken to the sound of roaring lions and experience these majestic animals on a game drive. Make sure that you meet the cheetahs which have been hand raised and get your camera ready to spot over 200 bird species and 25 antelope species, including Sable antelope, Golden wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras and Buffalo. Our Facilities and services include, horseback safaris, 4 sparkling pools (2 heated), landing strip, tennis court, fitness centre, steam room, games room, the NEW Kolobe tented camp and TEAM building activities. Our state of the art sports academy offers a magnificent 12-hole par 3 golf course and has launched 2 multi purpose sports pitches which is ideal for professional sports teams to carry out their training camps. 12-well appointed and air-conditioned conference venues seat upto 1200 delegates, with adequate WIFI access through out the property as well as a back-up generator to ensure the hotel is self reliant. We are the ideal wedding destination venue - featuring bush weddings, contemporary weddings, intimate weddings and garden weddings. "COME EXPERIENCE OUR PRIDE, WHERE HOSPITALITY IS A LONG TRADITION" ... more less
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