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Ibis River Retreat
Reviewed 25 March 2009

Ibis River Retreat consists of five stunning cottages set in the heart of the beautiful Rhenosterspruit Nature Reserve near Magaliesburg. It is only about 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg. We have stayed here four times and cannot resist going back again and again.
Each cottage has a very private feel to it and is beautifully decorated with exquisute attention to detail. These cottages are self-catering and contain every amenity you could think of- from caftiere, to candles and gas-lamps to mosquito repellent to African soaps and hand cream. Cleanliness is superb and the cottages and outside area are thoroughly cleaned daily. The decor in the cottage we stay in is very African- from the pictures to the cotton bed sheets embriodered with African design.
The private outside areas are simply amazing, with views of the river and hills. The gardens are large and mature, with full braai (BBQ) facilities, large outdoor eating areas and your own private jacuzzi. We spent every night braaing under the stars, listening to the sounds of the river and wildlife- birds, frogs and insects all in chorus. We even saw several wildebeest coming to the river to drink on a few occasions.
If you would rather not self-cater, there is the option to request food brought to your cottage from a very good menu- the food is superb. There is also an excellent spa, offreing a wide range of treatments. The river is a few minutes away and has picnic areas on the path, perfect for having a glass of wine while the sun sets- that is, if you can drag yourself away from your own jacuzzi and terrace.
The hosts (Mr and Mrs Klemm) are a lovely couple who have thought of everything to make your stay as relaxing as possible. They are so considerate, friendly and truly concerned to ensure that you are happy and well looked after. Nothing is too much trouble for them, and they have clearly worked hard to set up and maintain this beautiful retreat.
So, if you wish to escape the humdrum of life, chill-out, and refresh you soul by being in the heart of nature and yet with luxury and all that you could wish for in a holiday home- this is it. A truly stunning place to stay that is excellent value for money, we will go back again and again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 16 Vlakfontein, Magaliesburg, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Magaliesburg
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Ranked #11 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Magaliesburg
Price Range: £81 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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