Buckler's Africa

Mpumalanga

Rooms: 6: 3 standard rooms with queens, twins or singles with en/s or private bathrooms with bath/shower; 3 self-catering units: 1, 2 or 3 bedroom queens, twins or singles with en-suite bathrooms, some with outside showers, all bedrooms air-conditioned.

Prices: R740 pp sharing B&B (kitchenettes in all B&B rooms), R990 singles. R623 - R650 pp sharing in self-catering chalets (serviced daily).
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Meals: Full breakfast included for B&B guests.

Directions: 11.5km outside Komatipoort. From the N4 take the Komatipoort turning, also signed to Crocodile Bridge Gate. Drive through the town on the R571 and continue for 6km until the wide road on the left signed Buckler's Africa. Drive 3.5km, following signs.

Cheryl and OJ Venter
Ngwenya Rd, Tenbosch, Komatipoort, Mpumalanga

Tel: (0)84-400-0703
Fax: (0)86-524-7107
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Hospitality is 'the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers'. I decided on first contact that this must have been written about Cheryl, because if anyone can transmit warmth and hospitality down a phone line, Cheryl is that person. As for her relaxed, home-from-home lodge, of which she and husband OJ are quite deservedly proud, I literally cannot think of any other B&B that can boast such a view of the Kruger National Park. Come to think of it, there are fancy lodges inside the park that would give their right arms for this piece of Crocodile River frontage. Six neat, comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, each with its own covered porch and braai area, are arranged in a half-circle around the lawn and pool. Kruger (and its wildlife) slope gently down to the river in front, coming right up to the edge of the Venter's garden, with elephants frequently using the edge of their pool as a scratching post. Buckler's is perfectly situated for trips into the park via the Crocodile Bridge gate, as well as into neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland. But, quite honestly, you could just sit in the garden and let Kruger come to you. I saw so many animals in the morning as I waded through an enormous fruit salad and cooked breakfast, I was almost convinced they were on the payroll.

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