Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge – a hidden gem of the Lowveld

Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge

Combining amazing accommodation, warm hospitality and great dining experiences, Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge is an amazing family and romantic holiday destination in White River, Mpumalanga.

From its location in the secure White River Country Estate, you can experience the Lowveld’s famed superb sub-tropical climate and its many adventure offerings.

Your hosts at Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge have also put in place various health protocols to ensure your peace of mind during your stay. Expect attention to detail, stylish living, consummate personal service, award-winning cuisine and world-class wines.

Accommodation at Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge

Their accommodation offering comprises of 14 individually-furnished and decorated en-suite rooms with balconies that provide amazing views over the golf course and the surrounds.

In the Exclusive Standard Rooms, you will find either King-size or Twin beds in each bedroom. The bedrooms sleep two people and have en-suite bathrooms with separate showers and baths, heated towel rails, luxury bathroom amenities, TVs with DStv, safes, telephone, a minibar with snacks, air-conditioner, heater, coffee/tea facility, hairdryer and bathrobes.

Their Luxury Rooms can sleep three in an adjacent building by the pool. These feature a bedroom with spacious verandah on the ground floor with access to both the garden and pool. Inside, you will find individually furnished rooms with cosy seating areas in front of fireplaces and private patios as well as King-size beds – or Twin beds on request.

The bedrooms are en-suite with separate showers and baths, heated towel rails, luxury bathroom amenities, TVs with DStv, safes, telephone, a minibar with snacks, air-conditioner, heater, coffee/tea facility and hairdryers.

There are two spacious Executive Suites, which are situated on the suite on first floor adjacent the Main Lodge. Besides a balcony with garden and golf course views as well as the luxury amenities found in the above suites, the Executive Suites can accommodate a their adult or two children below the age of 12 years.

Families or groups will be happy to know that there is also aLuxury Family House, which is a four-bedroom unit that can sleep eight people.Two of the bedrooms come with King-size beds while the remaining two have Queen-size beds. Inside are two en-suite family bathrooms. The unit also has an open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchenette that opens on to private verandah. Outside are two undercover parking bays.

Smaller families or groups can also opt for the Family Cottage. It features two bedrooms Queen and en-suite bathrooms with shower only. There is also a lounge with fireplace, seating area, kitchen and a private verandah in addition to the other room amenities.

Read more about Oliver’s HERE.

Facilities at Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge

Oliver’s Restaurant is known for their award-winning gourmet cuisine. The cellar can also be used for private, romantic dinners.

There is a Wellness and Beauty Clinic on-site; an indoor and an outdoor kiddies’ play area; a wedding and conference venue. Guests may also enjoy all the facilities of the White River Country Club, which include golf, tennis and squash.

White River, Mpumalanga activities

Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the greater Lowveld and all that it offers visitors.

Reviews from previous guests

“Beautiful, family managed hotel next to a top-rate, golf course. The staff (hats off to Rina and Hugo) have gone out of their way to make my stay special. The food is delicious and the gardens / pool a great place to relax after a tasty, meal,” wrote Blaine R on their TripAdvisor page.

Wanderer263039 added; “We had an exceptional time and enjoyed the room on the ground floor with access to the pool area. Dinners were phenomenal and notwithstanding the winter weather all over the in-house areas it was cosy. We will be back.”

Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge is located at Pine Lake Drive, White River, in Mpumalanga. For bookings, call +27 (0) 13 750 0479 or email res@olivers.co.za or visit olivers.co.za.  Alternatively, you can do your bookings online HERE. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.


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