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“Sleepy Sanbonani?”
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Sanbonani Resort
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Hazyview
Certificate of Excellence
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“Sleepy Sanbonani?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2008

We really liked Sanbonani. OK, so it's a good 40km or more from the KMI Airport and easily 5 minutes drive away from Hazyview shopping centre, so hiring a car is 'a must', but if you're in this area you are most likely going to be driving around the Kruger, etc, anyway!

Sanbonani is a well-presented, nicely laid-out resort. We were impressed by the standards of cleanliness and upkeep. Our two-bedroom chalet was spacious, comfortable and clean. It was visited daily for cleaning and our beds re-made. Not only that, but even the bin bags we fitted weren’t allowed to stay on the bin longer than 24hrs.

The swimming pool is a large one, split into three sections, allowing parents to more easily control the depth to which their children can venture. It also features broad steps, for ease of access, rather than ladders.

We can’t report on the squash, tennis, gym, etc, facilities since we never bothered. The crazy golf course was being refurbished whilst we were there so should be fully open again by now.

The staff were unfailingly polite and friendly, although sometimes a bit laid back about time - but then there was never any real rush; we were on a relaxing holiday! :o)

The restaurant and bar were both great value and the food was always excellent, even too generous for some of us! We felt guilty that we couldn't always do the meals full justice. The bar menu was quite limited, but there was nothing to stop anyone opting to eat from the restaurant buffet whilst fellow residents chose from the bar menu and vice versa. This gave us the flexibility to avoid occasional themed or BBQ evenings should anyone not fancy them. We did talk about eating off-site for a change but somehow never seemed to get around to it.

It’s not the most ‘happening’ of places – if you want nightlife, I think you will need to travel a couple of miles back down the road to Perry’s Bridge. Otherwise you can enjoy a quiet evening of conversation over drinks and a meal, listening to the singing insects and frogs, or maybe watch some local entertainment put on for coach parties staying at the hotel.

Yes, we saw the hippos! It was quite surreal to see a hippo wandering by on the path below the chalet balcony or casually grazing the grounds after the staff had been mowing the lawns! It was interesting that there were patrols to keep us aware of the hippos' presence. They are, after all, one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, no matter how placid they might look.

There were also cats, frogs, lizards, bats, birds, and butterflies galore to admire in the green, well-tended grounds. Oh, and those impressive golden orb spiders!

Sanbonani is very well situated as a hub for visiting the Kruger, Blyde River Canyon, and the other places of interest in the region. Trips can be booked on-site, with plenty of help and advice. There are two filling stations at Hazyview, just down the road, and the fuel (when we were there) was cheap, particularly in comparison with UK prices! The attendants were cheerful and ready to chat whilst they re-fuelled the vehicle (and gave the windscreen a once-over) – we never worked out whether we should really be tipping them or not.

I'll get the negatives out of the way quickly: they're niggling minor-ish points. First: we arrived early evening on Easter Saturday to discover that the site membership rep office would not be open until the Tuesday after. Until then the hotel reception would be our only point of contact and information – no booking of trips. It also meant that we had no access to the safety deposit box, which resulted in us having to keep money, credit cards and passports with us at all times for over two days. Not good if you have to go off-site to do shopping, etc. It would be better if the safety deposit boxes, at least, were available 24/7 or close to it.

Second: not Sanbonani’s fault, but power outages are quite common, affecting the whole region. The resort has back-up generators for essential services, including emergency lighting in the chalet, but be prepared to use torches or candles on occasion.

So, on balance, a lovely resort and well worth visiting. Recommended.

  • Liked — Friendly, helpful staff; the wildlife
  • Disliked — Limited access to safety deposit box
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Great trip ro Sanbonani last year close to Kruger Park nice newly renovated chalets by river went out at night to find hippos only to find large footprints in front of balcony in the morning, however 4th night saw 2 hippos i n front of chalet, also enjoyed little monkeys by the pool didn,t eat at restaurant in hotel only ate lunch at pool which was fine, not much action at bar as everybody is up before daybreak to visit Kruger before sun up.

  • Liked — location and views
  • Disliked — no nightlife and pityful gym
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2007

Resort offers timeshare chalets and hotel suites. Good restaurants and a great swimming pool. The grounds are immaculate and very "African". Resort is bordered by two rivers, the Sabi and the Sand Rivers, and they are quite lovely. Interesting signs posted on the grounds - beware of hippos, and no feeding the monkeys. We saw neither during our week long stay.

Resort is well located for access to the Kruger National Park, (10km to the closest gate) the Blyde River Canyon, interesting drives and local attractions. We were not bored at all during the week we were there - traveled with 3 boys, aged 17, 14 and 9. No complaints at all from them. Quite an achievement!

Only complaint about resort is lack of tourism brochures. None at all available, but there is a tourism office in the town of Hazyview - a 5 min drive from the resort, as well as good grocery stores and other shopping.

Our 2 bedroom timeshare accommodation - a chalet - was very comfortable, refurbished, and very clean - daily housekeeping visits.

I would recommend this resort, and would not hesitate to go back. Nothing doing at night, though. Don’t go there if you like to party at night!

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Sanbonani Resort
Address: | off Stormvoel Road, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Hazyview
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hazyview
#5 Family Hotel in Hazyview
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sanbonani Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well equipped chalets are situated on the banks of The Sabie and Sand Rivers and comprise of 64 two bedroom chalets and 22 three bedroom chalets. The fully equipped chalets are serviced on a daily basis. With Microwave, shower and a limited Hotel Bouquet DSTV. In addition, each chalet has its own braai area on the patio and a covered parking bay nearby. For your convenience a HOT SPOT is available in the reception area. ... more   less 
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