This is the third time we have stayed at Abangane and it is just wonderful. The place has a genteel ambience about it and it's just so nice to "come home" to after a hard day out in the heat.
First stop is the well-stocked bar to collect a beer then sit on the veranda and gaze at the view whilst enjoying the peace and quiet. Next stop is a refreshing shower with plenty of high quality toiletries. Maybe a quick doze in the comfortable bed and then out to one of the many nearby restaurants. Note that a car is essential as the restaurants aren't really within walking distance, though the drive takes only 5 or 10 minutes.
In the morning, a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast goodies awaits along with plenty of fruit juice and freshly brewed coffee and tea.
Klaus and Ridwaan's attention to detail at the lodge is superb. All the rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated and the communal lounge area is comfortable and welcoming.
There is also an infinity pool and sundeck. That's not really our thing, but I can confirm that it is all kept spotlessly clean with constant attention from the "Earwig" (pool cleaning gizmo) and at least daily attendance by the grounds staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The very prestigious Abangane Guest Lodge is located on a 22 hectare portion of the original “Farm de Rust” situated on the Sabie Road in Hazyview. Since opening, Abangane Guest Lodge continues to maintain its exclusive 4 star environment. The Lodge is highly regarded for its peaceful, tranquil surroundings and its ability to provide the highest quality of service. Guests marvel at the sheer expanse of the luscious surrounding bushveld, picturesque gardens, panoramic views across the valley, the majestic mountains in the distance and the promise of a glorious sunset. Abangane is an exceptional and exclusive lodge. At sunrise and sunset Zebras, Impalas, Giraffes and many more can be seen grazing on the neighboring private game farm. The sparkling blue infinity pool with its breathtaking view over the valley adds to the serene ambiance. Nighttime is magical with lanterns that invite you for a walk through the lush gardens while you take in the sounds of the evening. Most evenings you will be blessed with the haunting cry of the Fish Eagle heard high above the hilltops. Abangane Guest Lodge is the ideal gateway to the famous Kruger National Park. Three access gates are located nearby, the closest being the Phabeni Gate reachable within a leisurely 15 minute drive. The Blyde River Canyon with the famous God’s Window and other spectacular attractions are easily accessible from Abangane Lodge. All just a day trip away. Some of the best restaurants in the area are a short drive from the Lodge as well as a comprehensive, well equipped shopping centre a mere 2 km away. Discerning travelers will find quick access to most amenities and resources they may require. A wholesome continental or full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the Lodge dining room or on the open veranda. The abundant birdlife welcomes in the day as you plan your activities over freshly brewed coffee or tea. After a day of adventure and wonderment you are welcome to relax and enjoy a sundowner poolside, or relax under the gazebo in our tranquil surroundings. Should you not feel like dining out a delicious candlelight dinner could be prepared for you. This would be by prior arrangement. ... more less
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