- Elegant colonial style country hotel
- Beautiful tranquil gardens with views
- Gourmet restaurant, pool and spa
- Close to Kruger National Park
Highgrove House is a well-established, privately owned Victorian country hotel situated on a 158 acre farmstead in the Mpumalanga province of northeast South Africa. This upmarket boutique property sits surrounded by beautiful gardens, with stunning views across the Mpumalanga Lowveld valley. Situated just 30 minutes from Kruger National Park, Highgrove offers attentive service and stylish accommodation to 16 guests in eight colonial style garden suites, along with a gourmet restaurant, swimming pool, and spa. The hotel will appeal to travellers on a higher budget seeking a relaxing and private retreat in a tranquil, elegant setting.
Communal areas include a candle-lit fine dining restaurant, which offers an award winning, internationally inspired menu using home grown produce including organic vegetables, honey, and macadamia nuts. A smart/casual dress code applies. There is a cosy bar and a pleasant alfresco terrace, which is a lovely spot for sundowners on summer evenings. The carefully tended gardens house a sweeping drive of Jacaranda trees, along with a large swimming pool surrounded by loungers. A hotel spa offers beauty treatments and massages, and there is a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room onsite.
Activities include swimming, spa treatments, bird watching, and hiking along trails that run throughout the estate and surrounding forest. Complimentary mountain bikes are available for exploring further afield. A 30 minute drive brings you to the renowned Kruger National Park, home to a rich density of wildlife, including the big five. A nearby elephant sanctuary is another popular destination for animal lovers, along with Chimpanzee Eden, South Africa’s only Chimpanzee sanctuary. The region is home to the stunning Panorama Route, a series of scenic drives famed for their dramatic landscapes, whose highlights include Blyde River Canyon, Graskop, Pilgrims Rest, and God’s Window.
Accommodation at Highgrove comprises eight tastefully presented suites, all featuring colonial style décor. Each spacious unit comprises a bedroom with a king size bed, and a sleek ensuite bathroom with bath and separate shower. A welcoming lounge houses a wood burner, along with satellite TV, hot drink facilities, and a minibar. All units come with fans and air conditioning. Outside is a private veranda with seating and lovely views of the gardens. Two of the rooms boast their own private plunge pool and private sauna.
Children over 12 years of age are warmly welcome and child rates are available upon request.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019