I'll start by explaining that I am not a guest-house person. I prefer self-catering accommodation or hotels. In order for a guest-house to impress me, it must really be special... no small feat considering that as a tourist guide I stay in some pretty snazzy hotels....
Seringa Lodge does all that, and more! I give credit to all the staff, but primarily to Roger and Cecilia the owners. I would go so far as to say that Cecilia is what makes Seringa Lodge so special.
Let's start with the basics:
Location - Seringa is located just outside of White River, a comfortable 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, making it a great overnight stop en route to or from the Kruger National Park. It is also very convenient for arrivals from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit).
Parking - If you are driving your own car, there is no shortage of safe parking inside the grounds.
Rooms - The rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some are in the main house, and others are in the beautiful garden. The rooms are immaculate and have good strong showers with reliable hot water. The beds are divine! You fall asleep immediately and wake up feeling refreshed.
Garden - The garden has a pool, large shade trees and is a great place to relax in.
Food - Now this is the strongest point for me... I love good food, and Cecilia knows how to make it. The dinners consist of three course offerings with a exquisitely prepared starter, a top restaurant quality main course and delicious deserts. All are prepared with fresh natural ingredients and are well worth eating! I also love eating large quantities of food. The portions at Seringa always leave me feeling slightly peckish, but when I think about it I realise it is because I am a glutton, and they are in fact more than adequate as I never wake up feeling hungry, nor do I go to bed feeling bloated.....
Drinks - The selection of wines and spirits is limited as can be expected at a small establishment, but the variety is adequate to cater for most guests. The honesty bar principle applies and you settle the bill on departure.
Roger is a very experienced guide and has his own safari company that can take guests into the Kruger National park for day visits, as well as on guided walking safaris.
I have been to Seringa several times and always look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seringa Lodge is situated on the outskirts of the quaint town of White River, in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa. With its easy access to many places of interest, the lodge is the perfect home base for exploring the many attractions of the area such as the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest. The original thatched farmhouse, set in ten hectares of peaceful garden, has been converted into a lovely guesthouse with a magnificent view of the Legogote Mountain, “The Lion Head”. ... more less