Polo Guest House is an ideal stopover in Polokwane, Limpopo, when visiting the southern or northern Kruger National Park, depending from which direction you are coming from.
It is situated in a secure pan-handle with electric fencing and security cameras for guest’s peace of mind.
There are 8 bedrooms equipped with all the amenities such as a kitchenette, patio, aircon, roof fan and satellite TV.
There is a small, airy lounge that leads out into the gardens and bedrooms...
The décor is unique with old bottles and rocks used as screens in the gardens...
and each bedroom has a different painting by the artist Mike B. Woolfson.
I stayed here for one night and the food and service were great. I was training at a government department and I suspected they would not provide lunch, so I asked if I could please have a banana or apple to take with me. I was given a banana, apple, dried fruit, fruit juice and a packet of biltong – at no charge! I was most grateful as no lunch was provided and this saw me through the day.
The breakfast was delicious and served in a bright airy dining room...
One sign of a good hotel or guesthouse are the review scores. I usually check on three websites: Tripadvisor, Booking.com and Google – they score 4.5/5, 9.4/10 and 4.9/5 respectively – great scores!
Another positive sign is if the owner responds to
reviews. We have noticed that many guesthouses don’t respond to either good or
bad reviews or if they do, it’s a cut and paste response that they use for all
good or bad reviews. That immediately puts us off.
After returning home I reviewed the Guest House and the owners, Alet and Gertrude, sent me a WhatsApp message thanking me for the good review – they didn’t have to do that, but it shows professionalism, caring and pride in their establishment.
Limpopo province in South Africa is known as the baobab province and has some magnificent specimens inside and outside the Kruger National Park.
If you fly into Polokwane you will see the scrawny little baobab at the airport...
but don't despair, Polo Guest House has some superb paintings of baobab trees throughout the property...
These paintings also adorn the dining room, reception and conference center, which is on the same property.
The conference center holds about 30 people and there are another three bedrooms in addition to the eight bedrooms at Polo.
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