We were travelling as a family group of four adults, in Dec 12.
Travelling from Kruger to Thonga Beach lodge on the coast (via Swaziland), Tamboti Ridge was excellently situated for us, just 10km or so from the Swaziland/South Africa border post.
The setting was lovely - a large planned garden complex that had some great views over the river. The owners' main house and the guest lodging rooms are well situated, and there is a fantastic pool (unfortunately in mid-repair whilst we were there).
The rooms were basic, and I can attest that the bathrooms are still not clean or well maintained. The bedding was also a bit grey-looking, but perhaps it was grey when it was purchased?
Dinner was at the Shayomoya Lodge, a short drive away (not walkable). The main bar/restaraunt area there has stunning views over the valley, and was very comfortable. The food was good, without being outstanding.
Breakfast in the morning is served in the Tamboti main house, and this too was the standard fare, done well (cereals and fruit, followed by a cooked breakfast - eggs to order).
Whilst I've rated it overall as 'average', that is probably in part because we had been spoiled in the previous lodges that we had stayed at during our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a lovely sub-tropical garden with a breathtaking view up the Pongola River, ideally located to break the long journey between Johannesburg or Kruger Park to the Zululand Resorts. An established sugar and game farm situated in the peaceful beauty of the bushveld. The spacious rooms lead out onto a wooden deck where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and listen to the variety of bird calls. Wholesome farm-style breakfasts are served in the family homestead. Dinner can be arranged by prior booking at our 4 star game lodge, Shayamoya. ... more less
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