Highgrove Guest House combines distinctive accommodation in Mpumalanga along with gourmet cuisine and a hideaway pastoral setting offering sweeping views over the Mpumalanga Lowveld valley.
The original Colonial Farmstead was constructed some time around the turn of the century and was renovated and revamped in 1990, when the exquisite accommodation suites were constructed, and the lodge opened in 1991. Each of our 8 exquisitely decorated garden suites includes full en suite bathroom with bath and shower, luxurious bathrobes, pure cotton sheets, goose down duvets and king-size or twin beds.
Overhead fans provide an "Out of Africa" feeling, and all accommodation suites have separate sitting rooms, with open fireplaces and secluded verandas with views of the forest or valley and avocado orchards. The two orchard suites have private saunas and swimming pools in their own secluded gardens - absolute luxury and privacy.
Mornings begin with alfresco breakfasts in the Victorian gazebo, whilst evening highlights are the sumptuous gourmet dishes, fine wines and impeccable service of the candlelit restaurant. We have been awarded the coveted Chaine des Rotisseurs blazon. To maintain an atmosphere of Fine Dining, dress code for dinner is smart.
Starting with the things I totally loved --Simbambili--so glad we upgraded to this beautiful lodge --the rooms were fantastic, food was creative and delicious...
Mala Mala did not need trackers because all of the animals were right there --right away when we got there we saw a pr ide of lions--the next day a male came up and pee'd on the wheel of our landrover and went to sleep in the shade of the vehicle. The only animal we didn't see at Mala Mala was the cheetah which this other couple in our truck really wanted to see --but we already had at Simbambili. If I were going to do Mala Mala again --I would have upgraded to Rattray's on Mala Mala because although the room was spacious and beautiful, the bathrooms really needed an upgrade --I had read that about Mala Mala on line and it i s true. The food was good and plentiful but not as imaginative as at other places.
I have to say that for the total experience --I loved Chobe Chilwero and I have to say I am glad we had the best for last--the lodge was beautiful, the rooms were gorgeous, beautiful bathrooms, attentive staff like at Simbambili where they met us with wet hand towels after the drives --the scenery looking out over the Chobe River was incredible --and I actually loved the game drives the best there --they did not drive through the bush and the animals seemed much calmer --because my favorite animals are not among the "big 5"--I felt I really got to see them doing their natural thins at Chobe --we got right up next to 30 to 40 giraffes who were at a salt lick and bent to drink, tota lly disregarding us --the impala and warthogs also were not spooked by us in our vehicles. To me it seemed a gentler kinder way to look at the animals --and we saw more interesting animal behaviors there --2 male elephants fighting, male kudu trying to mate with a female right next to our car, etc. And Chobe Chilwero is an eco -friendly lodge--I would definitely stay at another Sanctuary lodge if I get up the nerve to fly in a small plane to the Okavango Delta.
I neglected to mention Highgrove House --which was lovely and just a perfect rest for an afternoon! The food was fantastic --and although we got there after lunch Rienie made us the best grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches I ever had.Read More