Cu Guesthouse is situated in Phalaborwa just off the main road and is only a 3km drive to the Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa gate.
This charming guesthouse centers around the courtyard - the swimming pool is in the center with the rooms, lounge and gym facing the pool. There is a braai area in the garden to the west of the pool and a restaurant on the eastern side.
The large patio leads off from the gym, reception area and restaurant. There is free WiFi and cell phone connectivity.
In our opinion it is more like a boutique hotel than a Bed and Breakfast - most appealing!
The Earth Restaurant and bar is where you will enjoy breakfast, light lunches or dinner. We asked for a breakfast pack because we went into the Kruger Park very early each day.
Our seven dinners were really great, the menu is small but there is enough to choose from; Mario enjoyed both his kingklip and the lamb curry, while I tried the prawns which were not that great, but the chicken cordon-bleu was very tasty.
We had dinner at the restaurant again in January 2017 - it is now under new management and no longer called Earth Restaurant. The selection of food is still limited but the quality remains good.
There are 4 different types of accommodation; we stayed in room 6, a standard room that had a king size bed with shower and a separate toilet.
The executive room has king size bed with a shower and bath.
The family room has a king size bed, separate bath and shower, kitchenette and a sleeper couch.
The Cottage has a queen size bed, separate shower and a jacuzzi with full kitchen.
Each room has air-conditioning,
tea and coffee station and a bar fridge.
The Guesthouse caters for the tourist and business traveler and provides easy access to the town and surrounding areas.
We enjoyed our daily self-drive photo safaris into the Kruger National Park and we were able to capture some lovely images during our three night stay at the guesthouse.
We arrived at Masorini waterhole to find this lioness drinking. She then chased after a warthog, disappeared into the bushes but then emerged right in front of us...
This is a very special leopard for us - the first of our Phalaborwa leopards! We sat at Sable Dam for a few days and then on day-3 she came strolling past us just before sunset!
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