This resort is on the edge (literally) of the Blyde River Canyon, a fantastic natural wonder en route from Johannesburg to Kruger but little known outside South Africa. The resort provides a prime viewpoint over the Three Rondavels, a fantastic natural rock formation (Google it now to see what you are missing). There are waterfalls, gorges, ravines at Bourke's Potholes and viewpoints over the plains with great names like God's Window.
It's a beautiful area, worth a journey in its own right never mind a stopover.
The resort is typical of what people seem to like in South Africa - a large village of rustic stone chalets (about 100 of them) each with its own braai. Initially, we were allocated one near the top road of the resort - the chalets here seemed crammed together and the interior pretty basic. For us, the experience of being somewhere so beautiful is tempered by staying somewhere so ordinary. So we opted for an upgrade to a "luxury" chalet nearer the restaurant in a quieter part of the resort. The chalet layout was similar but the furnishings newer and a bit less basic. Even so, the bed cover could have done with a good wash.
We ate at the restaurant which was a pleasant enough buffet affair (R100 per adult) with a mixture of dishes, though at dinner it seemed like no-one had thought about whether they actually went together. On the second night, our wine arrived just as we had finished our main course. Breakfast was OK, though tinned not fresh fruit was symptomatic of the place as a whole. We did mention this to the manager and to her credit some fresh fruit did appear the next day.
We enjoyed the mini-golf and trampolines, and our son thought the place was great. DIY laundry facilties were a boon and helped us avoid expensive hotel laundry bills.
In summary, so-so accommodation but lots to do and the canyon, not the resort , will be your abiding memory.
- Also Known As:
- Forever Resorts Aventura Blydepoort Hotel Graskop