Casa do Sol is just 20 kilometers away from the Kruger National Park’s Phabeni gate in the heart of Hazyview in Mpumalanga.
The hotel is uniquely situated
within the 500 hectare Ilanga nature and game reserve, which is home to over
100 different species of game (not the Big 5!).
The hotel's sub-tropical gardens are offset beautifully against the Spanish village architecture.
The Hotel is both cozy and inviting with the many cobbled pathways leading to the suites and main lodge area plus there are many fountains and mosaic works that enhance the lodge beautifully.
The Cozinha Velha Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a light lunch menu and alternates between a set dinner menu and a full buffet. We thoroughly enjoyed all our dinners.
We also had breakfast packs each morning because we left the hotel at 4am each day to go into the Kruger!
The cozy Chiquita’s cocktail bar which is situated between the lounge and restaurant - is a popular meeting spot to swap stories of the day’s activities or relax under the stars on the patio with a drink before heading off to dinner.
There are three designated braai (barbeque) areas: Quinchoat the pool deck (a Spanish lapa), a traditional South African "boma” as well as the terrace area at the Cozhina Velha Restaurant - dinner at these braai areas can be booked on request.
The hotel offers 4 different room types: Casa’s (rooms), Villa’s, Twin & Double Suites and one Casa Grande that is luxuriously appointed with a Jacuzzi, private pool and sauna.
All have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee stations and a small fridge is available in the villa rooms and suites.
We enjoyed our villa with its wooden doors that opened onto a private patio and garden.
Relax at the on-site Spa that offers a wide variety of treatments or you can visit the tennis courts, swimming pool or fish on the resort’s private dam.
With the Kruger Park’s Phabeni Gate only a 15-minute drive away, Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort is either an ideal stop over or base from which to visit the park as a day visitor.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-night stay time here and these are some of the images we captured on self-drive safaris during our stay:
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