A Travellers Palm is ideally located in the town of Phalaborwa in the Limpopo Province. It is just five kilometers from the Phalaborwa gate to the Kruger National Park.
A Travellers Palm B&B is true to its name, the palm tree studded garden brings an array of indigenous bird life.
On arrival we were warmly
greeted by Natley who then showed us round; there is an outdoor thatched lapa and seating area with a games area and
Did you notice the snowman in the first image at the top of the page? It's a 'Phalaborwa snowman' - melting in the December heat...!
Breakfast is served round the pool, weather permitting, or under the thatched lapa or you can order breakfast packs; we leave very early around 3.30- 4.00 am so that we can be at the Phalaborwa gate to beat the long queues so we take the breakfast packs.
Natley had our delicious breakfast packs ready and waiting for us each morning; we were given fruit juice, yogurt, fruit, boiled eggs, two large sandwiches and a breakfast bar - you will never go hungry with their breakfast packs!
For dinner you can enjoy an African braai under the stars near the swimming pool or head to town to one of the many restaurants that Phalaborwa has to offer.
We went to Hat and Creek (The service at the Hat and Creek has improved since we were last there) and Chef Mo’s at CU guest house for dinners. Chef Mo’s is new at CU and worth a try.
A Travelers Palm offers 6 spacious rooms that are beautifully decorated, they range from family rooms to budget rooms; each features satellite TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee station and a bar fridge.
Most of the rooms have an en suite bathroom with shower and free toiletries. The 2 Budget Rooms share the bathroom facilities.
We had room number 2, which was a large split level room; upstairs had a double bed with 2 single beds downstairs, with en suite bathroom, microwave, bar fridge, cutlery and crockery and tea and coffee station.
Cool down during Phalaborwa’s hot summer days in the swimming pool or enjoy the surroundings; golf at the Hans Merensky Golf Estate, Blyde River Canyon, the Panorama Route, Kapama Cheetah Breeding Project, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Tshukudu Walk with the Wild. There is also table tennis or a darts board on the patio.
For us it was all about the Kruger Park - this is the place to visit because it is so close, we love doing self-drives into the park and got to see some unusual stuff during our stay: Crocs feeding on a hippo carcass in the Letaba River...
...one of the Kruger’s large emerging tuskers called Ngonyama. The legend of the Magnificent Seven elephants lives on in Kruger National Park through these 'emerging big tuskers'.
He can be found in the Phalaborwa-Mopani-Letaba areas. He has very widely splayed ivory, with the left tusk appearing to be slightly shorter then the right but that's due to the curve of the left tusk - from the side profile they appear even in length ...
buffalo, a lion, hyena and many birds...
Thank you Natley for a wonderful stay, we enjoyed the comfort of our room, your delicious breakfast packs and your great hospitality.
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