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Seringa Lodge
Ranked #7 of 37 White River B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Cecilia is a wonderful hostess, very welcoming and her dinners are to die for! How marvellous to be eating breakfast and dinner on the verandah when there is snow in England! Large rooms with mosquito nets (if required) and good bathrooms. Beautiful garden in which to relax and look forward to a delicious dinner cooked by Cecilia, a trained chef. We went on a game drive with Roger and saw lions, rhino, elephants and buffalo but it was a very hot day and so by mid-morning the animals were resting in the shade and more difficult to spot. Still exciting though and we had a great time listening to Roger imparting his vast knowledge of the wildlife and birds.
Relax in the garden with a good book afterwards. Just heaven!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Seringa Lodge definitely marked the peak in our trip through SA! The Place is very romantic with an open Bar and a beautiful swimming pool. Breakfast was made very individually so that we had almost a different breakfast every morning. Cecilia, one of the owners, made us a 3 course dinner every night! This was actually one of the reasons we chose this place. Luckily, Cecilia is a great Chef and we were really impressed by her cooking! She made Kudu, Filet and many other great things..
Also they arranged a guided tour through Kruger Park for us and we had a great day!!

Long story short: No other B&B ever reached the high level that Seringa Lodge had set during our 3 Weeks in SA!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hippo85
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Seringa Lodge is a very welcoming and elegant guest house only half an hour from Kruger National Park. You won't find better value for money in the area and I would definitely recommend ordering dinner, Cecilia is a trained chef. We booked a full day safari with Roger in their open vehicle and saw loads of animals.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank CraigVMilner
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Seringa Lodge is a perfect choice if you want to go on really good safari, eat fantastic food and live in a beautiful, intimate environment. In addition, the lodge itself is a wonderful oasis to retreat to between the activities. The owner-couple are really interested in giving their guests the best experience. We also stayed at another lodge near Kruger Park where we went in almost exactly the same game drive as the one Seringa Lodge offers, but this was not anywhere near as good as the one we hade from Seringa. You can probably don’t find a better safari guide than Roger! We are so happy that we chose to come here. The food that Cia cooks in the evenings is in the gourmet class. The room was clean and nicely furnished and the garden with the small pool area was really enjoyable. If we are going back to this area Seringa lodge is the obvious choice!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sunnymind_11
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

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.

Room Tip: All rooms are different, but all are good!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank TechnoWarrior
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

Stayed on two (separate) nights. Comfortable accommodation one spacious double room, the other smaller but large enough.

Roger Briggs is an experienced tracker who takes safari's into the Kruger park in his own game viewing vehicle; he is also qualified to lead walking safaris. His wife, Cecilia, provides excellent 3 course dinners at a modest cost (ZAR 165 pp 2011). Both are charming hosts and take trouble to ensure their guests are happy. There is a large garden and pool overlooked by a covered terrace populated with comfortable chairs. Meals are served here in hot weather.

Highly recommended - quality accommodation and good value.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HansSachs43
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

Stayed here in 2010 when doing a trip around the Kruger area - we had stayed in Hazyview before coming to Seringa Lodge and that is far better for trips and things to do in and around the Kruger, compared to White River. Seringa Lodge itself is wonderful however - and worth going simply for the food, and the grounds. We stayed about 4 nights - when we arrived the host showed us to our room which was pleasant and clean - leading onto the gardens and pool area, he did not really give us much guidance or offer to help with any questions etc, we were just kind of left there - however, that was not a real problem - when we did want to find out some details about the area over the next few days both hosts were very helpful - I would just expect a bit of a better "welcome". It is worth staying at Seringa simply for the food which was just wonderful - my only warning would be that on the occasions when the lodge was not full, then the hostess did not provide evening meals and we therefore had no choise but to drive out to the surrounding restaurants - and there are not a huge amount in the immediate area. Overall though, a wonderful place which I would recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Denster
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Additional Information about Seringa Lodge

Address: 33 Yaverland Road, White River 1240, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
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Ranked #7 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in White River
Number of rooms: 8
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 

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