On arrival at The Village Lodge at the 4 200 hectare Botlierskop Private Game Reserve on a recent Saturday afternoon, we were warmly welcomed by Shamolene, the manager on duty.
We were booked into their amazing Watermill Cottage, which consists of two smaller private bedrooms, with 180-degree views over the adjacent valley. We had a private entrance, a patio and parking close to our room.
Our room was elegantly-decorated and equipped with air-conditioning, coffee/tea/bar facilities, an indoor fireplace, electric blanket, mosquito nets, an electronic safe, an en-suite bathroom equipped with guest amenities (even bathrobes and slippers) and free Wi-Fi.
We took some time to enjoy the views of the valley against the backdrop of the majestic Outeniqua Mountain Range, before going out on a late afternoon game drive.
Come and share the bounty and breathtaking beauty
It turned out to be one of the most exciting game drives that we’ve ever experienced. Our guide, Jade, made sure we enjoyed every moment as we encountered lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, rare black impalas, bird life, zebras among many more species. To end it off, we were treated to drinks, biltong, nuts, chips and even chocolate brownies.
Back at the Lodge, we enjoyed supper at Bellevue – with its warm and welcoming atmosphere, surrounded by a cheerful group of visitors and friendly, competent and well-trained staff members.
The menu has a huge variety of mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas, steaks, roosterkoek buns, etc. to choose from, at very reasonable prices.
After a peaceful night’s rest in our luxurious cottage, we enjoyed breakfast, walked through the expansive veggie garden, which supplies the lodge with freshly-picked herbs and vegetables, and started packing.
“We just couldn’t leave the place behind so quickly “
Took a drive through the nearby situated Friemersheim settlement, and went back to Bellevue for the best pizzas ever!
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve has a reputation for outstanding service, cuisine, and hospitality.
For more information, visit www.botlierskop.co.za/the-village-accommodation or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 044 696 6055.If you liked this article and want to know more about the other Game Reserves we visited, check out our article on Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge at Manyoni Private Game Reserve.
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