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“Amazing food BUT stay away”
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Seringa Lodge
Ranked #6 of 36 White River B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maputo, Mozambique
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing food BUT stay away”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

I've been to Seringa 5 or 6 times and agree that the owners are super nice. Celia is an AMAZING cook- like best food in the region outside of Cape Town. Seriously. BUT, after our last visit our baby and toddler were covered head to toe in bites and I had to write this review.

The lodge has no a/c and the fans are old, don't work, and very slow. If you go when it's hot (which is most of the time) it's pretty uncomfortable. But that's not the real problem. The problem is that to compensate, they leave ALL the windows and doors open. And for some reason I can't understand, there are no screens on the windows.

The result is that every time I've stayed there are mosquitos, bugs, lizards and frogs in the rooms. The windows above the bathtub are left open (of course) so that everyday there is a layer of bugs in the tub. I'm not that picky, but I live in Mozambique, and malaria risks are real. We took our baby and of course all the windows are open, so there are plenty of mosquitos in the room. They gave us a net for the baby's cot, which was nice, but the net had holes. In addition, the cot they gave us had holes. So our baby was COVERED in bites. Our three year old slept under her net but was also covered in bites.

She was so uncomfortable, she scratched her bites till they bleed. Her sheets were bloody that morning, but housekeeping didn't even change the bloody sheets. These are simple problems to fix- just put up screens and get working fans. It's a mystery why they don't do this. Save yourself the bites and discomfort and stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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DC
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We have recently rented the entire lodge for a group vacation. Cecilia, Roger and their staff went above and beyond to guarantee that the entire group had a lovely and memorable visit. Each meal was superb and an amazing value. We were even able to request a special meal, which Cecilia pulled off with professional grace.

In spite of the mayhem of multiple families with many little children and needs, Cecilia and Roger were attentive hosts.

I continue to recommend Seringa Lodge as a great place for a quiet get-away and a very good value.

Room Tip: Room number 1 has a private door leading to the garden, which is very nice if you like to sit outsid...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sweden
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We are travelling regulary to the region and staying always at Sering Lodge because we are feeling very good with the atmosphere. Cecila is doing excellent food, we have had and fantastic Kruger tours with Roger and the staff working there are so nice. The rooms are clean and well equipped, the garden is very nice and gives time for relaxing and we are always meeting new interesting guests to talk with.

If you are staying at Seringa, you will never be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Huddinge, Sweden
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

It takes about 30 min by jeep to the nearest gate in Kruger park but this is a wonderful, calm place to return for after a day in the park or after a trip up in the mountains by your own! Don´t hesitate for the distance. Don´t hesitate to go her by car from Joburg either. It takes you about 5 hours and it´s easy to drive.
When coming "home" after a day in Kruger park or elsewhere you return to a peaceful and very nice furnished house and can sit looking out over a wonderful garden, take a swim in the small pool and have a superb 3 course dinner.
The food is fantastic prepared by the owner Cecilia herself or with help from her kitchen maid. You choose the wine you prefer from the bar in the living room.
We really felt at home at Seringa and had wonderful afternoons in the garden after long and exciting tours in the Kruger park.
This is a very good choice when you want to visit Kruger park and other very interesting places in this part of the country.

Room Tip: All rooms were very nice furnished but we loved our room in the small annex closest to the families...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kongsberg, Norway
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We had a great time in Seringa Lodge! Up before the sun to reach the Kruger gate in time for opening, and great days of safari with expert Wildlife Guide Roger! We experienced all the animals we dreamed of, and many more. And learned a lot from Rogers great knowledge of his subject. In the afternoons we chilled on the terrace and the children played in the pool and explored the mystic forrest on the premises. In the evenings we enjoyed Cecilia's superb cooking and the "Karen Blixen" atmosphere on the terrace.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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DC
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We travel to White River every few months and continue to stay at Seringa (whenever there is vacancy).

The Lodge is situated with easy access to White River businesses and the Casterbridge Lifestyle center, where there are a number of restaurants should you not want to dine at the Lodge.

Dinner at the Lodge is a delight, however and I recommend enjoying your meal, some wine and the quite ambiance of the Lodge.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2012

Great place to stay in White River! It's not a fancy place, but the athmosphere is just perfect! The owners are extremely friendly and let me tell you, do not skip dinner!!! The owner is a great cook and you will have an amazing dinner with an amazing wine in a very relaxing and friendly place. My husband and I have been there many times and we absolutely love it! Great getaway!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Seringa Lodge
Address: 33 Yaverland Road, White River 1240, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
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Ranked #6 of 36 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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