Rooms: 4: 2 queens with en-suite shower; 2 kings/twin with en-suite shower over bath, one with extra bed.
Prices: R630 - R780 pp sharing. Single supplement on request.
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Meals: Full breakfast (featuring unique treats such as cheesy potato pancakes, sweetcorn fritters and kedgeree) incl'. Breakfast can be packed if required.
Directions: From Jo'burg take N4. Turn L onto R539 to Sabie, L at Rosehaugh T-junction, R at Lydenburg/Sabie T-junction into Sabie. Leave Sabie on R536 Hazyview Road. After 4km, R at sign for B&B. Follow gravel road up hill for 1km.
Janet and John are sitting on a gold mine. Literally. Along with nine similar, private homes, Porcupine Ridge B&B forms an old mining village built high up in historical gold mining country. After 40 years in residence, the Willses may be more South African than British, but they still chose Sabie as their retirement spot from Durban because, infinitely green and smack bang in the centre of the Panorama Route, it reminded Lancashire-born Janet of the Lake District. Sitting pretty up in the skies, Porcupine Ridge’s mountainous doorstep is the active nature-lover’s playground. Scenic leg-stretchers sprout from all corners of the sunny yellow house. The climb to the waterfall with deep, refreshing, swimming pools is my favourite, and George and Alice, Porcupine Ridge’s resident golden retrievers, may even act as your guides. Closer to home, two acres at least of this wilderness have been tamed in the form of a beautiful 50-year-old garden. Barely a lion’s roar from Kruger Park or an oar’s toss from Blyde River Canyon, you couldn’t get bored up here. But if exhaustion sets in, John and Janet (such affable hosts that one returning guest published and gifted them a photography book of their B&B) will be back at your cosy home-from-home, ensuring your snug, comfortably kitted-out rooms are still spic’n’span, plumping sofa cushions in the laid-back lounge, pouring terrace sundowners while you take in dramatic ridge-top views, drawing up tomorrow’s itinerary…. Children over 6 by arrangement.