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.
- 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