Mbewa Cabins is situated 3km down a gravel road just off the N4 and approximately 14 km from Zeerust, in the heart of the Marico bushveld. Mbewa is an excellent stopover en-route to Madkiwe Game Reserve, Botswana or Etosha and the rest of Namibia - or as a place to unwind away from city life.
The cabins are located on a private farm in a tranquil bushveld environment and is owner run by Annalien, who is a wonderful host.
Mbewa is close enough to major attractions such as Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve and well know Groot Marico with its vibrant history (Herman Charles Bosman) are conveniently located within a 130 km radius. The Botswana border is approximately 100km away.
The nature around the chalets (birds, insects and mammals such as impala and ostrich) is beautiful and we felt really relaxed and comfortable during our stopover to Madikwe.
The owner's friendly dogs also came to say 'hello'...!
There are 4 chalets – the one we stayed in was fully equipped with a small kitchen for self-catering, a fridge, hot plate, sink and kettle – two single beds in the lounge area and double bed in the main bedroom with en suite bathroom with toiletries.
Our chalet was clean and very comfortable and on arrival we had a small gift in our bedroom. Many lodges have a bar of soap on your towel or you get a chocolate on your pillow at night but Mbewa has a small box on each towel containing a chocolate plus a lip balm – novel touch!
The other three chalets sleep two people, each chalet features tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge, en-suite bathroom, heater, electric blanket, and fan. The chalets are located under lush, shady trees and have views of the swimming pool and a small seating area outside.
Another novel touch is that each chalet has a skylight so that it's not dark inside - another first for us!
Mbewa is a self-catering establishment but meals and picnic lunches are available by prior arrangement.
The thatched lapa area provides all the catering equipment you will need - a large fridge/freezer, music centre, braai with a table and bench, crockery, cutlery and all the braaing tools, pot and pans.
Firewood and ice are on sale and firelighters and matches are provided.
There is a short walking
trail on the property, the bird life is great or you can simply relax round the
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