Khaya Ibhubesi

Khaya Ibhubesi

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#4 of 16 lodges in Parys
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Business
Mid-range
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Free parking
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Restaurant
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms

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Farm 33, Parys 9585 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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AM-Johannesburg wrote a review Mar 2013
Edenvale, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Khaya Ibhubesi for one night. We were part of large conferencing group - hence perhaps our high expectations.
The venue is very nice and food is good.
But unfortunately same cannot be said about attitude and service.
The management are very inflexible in making any changes and accommodating ad-hoc requests.
In specific example when we requested additional time in conference room, we were charged for overtime (as agreed) and on top of that half day rates (we vacated vanue before lunch).
This left particulary bad taste - it wasn't the value, it was the double charge. One would think that when half day rates are applied, they supersede overtime charge.
Although we enjoyed the conference, we will not use this venue again. I do actually recommend the venue - but if you decide to do so, make sure you stick to original arrangements.
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Date of stay: November 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Cynthia L wrote a review May 2019
Clarens, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently attended Nampo (Google for more info). This was our place of stay for 2 nights. On the Vaal River, a true gem. Grounds are very well kept. The best thing about Khaya is the culinary experience. The food was tasty, presented perfectly and made with love. Staff deserves a thumbs up. This would be our next halfway place to meet with family and friends for weekends. Enjoyed it very much.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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329halinav wrote a review Aug 2018
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is right next to the river and caused some awesome misty moments early mornings at the end of July. We were there for a conference and some of the guests had to spill over to other accomodation nearby. The shuttle services there and back were seamless and well organised. Conference facility was great with good sound and visual support. The food was absolutely brilliant, beautifully presented and very tasty. My special meals were excellently prepared and always ready on time. The chefs and housekeeping looked after my special needs, with no fuss and lots of enthusiasm. We had two night events as well and everything was just well prepared and well run. Well done Khaya staff! The facilities are not very wheelchair friendly if you want to use the different facilities, just keep that in mind. The different types of accomodation available (Zulu huts, log cabins, modern brick buildings) will have something for everyone. Housekeeping was excellent. The area is a bit 'wild' for people who are used to manicured gardens, which adds to the charm. I would suggest you keep your eyes on the kids with the river so close. Brilliant place for conferences, do not hesitate to have a look.
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Rafiki is very modern. Dust allergy? Don't use thatched Zulu huts
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ChangeGuru wrote a review Mar 2017
Marsden, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow. At a recent client conference this week I stayed at this property near Parys. I've visited before and never stayed - but this week I was booked in for several nights by a client. So far so good (as a conference speaker after all I stay in hotels around 200 nights a year). The property here itself is accessible, tranquil and quite pleasant - and probably (usually) deserving of a 3 star rating... with a tiny TV screen in my room, a lousy shower (I would have had to do a handstand in to wash my lower half) and an overall lack of attention to guest detail... like someone else's hair in my bath... but I can't even go there on this review... look the property isn't necessarily bad either... reasonable food, so-so service and overall; for what it is - it's passable at the rate it charges... But... It's the WiFi issue. Although the client had contracted with this establishment for conference WiFi in the room itself... my room a long way away couldn't access it... and the hotel has a policy of selling WiFi to its guests... at an astonishing R800 per gig!!!! (About 50 Pounds sterling!)

So I complained on Facebook and also to a member of staff. I actually posted: "Great conference venue with one epic fail. WiFi is R800 per gig. Apparently the owners think this is acceptable at a purist conference venue? It isn't. It won't ever be." ...and then the firestorm started the following day when the owner tracked me down and preceded to attempt to tear a strip off me in a very aggressive and provocative manner telling me all her issues, calling me 'high and mighty' and generally bemoaning her state whilst elaborating along the lines of "who the hell did I think I was..."

I tried calmly, and firmly, to tell her I wouldn't be spoken to in such a manner which seemed to inflame the issue greatly. She asked me to go in to her office, and I did so, to see a staff mail she's dispatched internally advising these rates to be halved with immediate effect. I told her even that was excessive. My later Facebook post said: 'Update... apart from a very confrontational owner who is mightily irritated that I hadn't seen the staff memo she issued the day we arrived, which now states WiFi is now to be reduced to R400 a gig (go figure?) I've tried to explain in business terms why this isn't cool for a conference venue. "Well that's just the way it is" followed by a wild diatribe relating to the difficulty of obtaining signal in the granite filled area of a natural heritage spot. I tried pointing out that I've even had signal in the Serengeti for less... but to no avail. Apparently I'm 'too high and mighty' for my own good and her business is just fine.'

So. for the record, I'm done with this issue. And I'll await the next firestorm...
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Date of stay: March 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Take a dongle for your own WiFi if you're going. Or pay handsomely
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ryanhogarth wrote a review Mar 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Khaya iBhubesi is exclusively a conference venue but provides no complimentary wifi. This has to be purchased at a rate of R800 ($65) per gig. For a business venue this has to be an automatic 2 star rating. This is a shame as everything else about the place (food, service and space) makes it a good venue for a conference.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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Ndivhuwo wrote a review Mar 2017
South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely hidden gem of a guest house. Beautiful and relax feel, facing the Vaal river. I totally enjoyed my stay at this guest house while participating on a conference. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food was amazing. I would recomend this guest house to anyone visiting Parys.
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Date of stay: February 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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DanO68 wrote a review Feb 2017
Alexandra, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a few days here during a conference. Great property, right on the Vaal River, with excellent conference facilities and a number of very good onsite restaurant areas. I was very impressed with the conference catering and all of the meals provided. The setting is stunning, a fairly expansive property with plenty of interesting things to see – swimming pools, lion enclosure, beautiful river front, etc.

I stayed in one of the riverfront cabins, built up on stilts. As advertised, it had an awesome river view from the elevated veranda. The cabin itself was fairly basic – definitely far from luxurious. It was fairly small, the lighting was dim and not too many windows, so it felt a bit claustrophobic. The TV was tiny, smaller than my laptop screen, and only a small selection of channels. There was free Wifi, however the system they have using limited vouchers was painful – kept having to go to reception to get more vouchers. Overall the room really wasn’t that impressive – way too many pillows and too much clutter.

Overall, a good stay and a great place for a conference. Recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Carolina B wrote a review Jan 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Attended EASA2017 conference at Khaya. From the beautiful break away venues to the spectacular table decor, the delicious food that was so beautifully presented and the excellent service by the staff, this was an exceptional experience!! Special detail like a hot choclate station with marshmallows, pieces of chocolate during tea time was pure decadence.
And above all, the most beautifull bathrooms in the country!
The mos impressive maybe, is an owner who is visible and so involved that she does not mind taking a dirty plate from table or setting a table for a gala dinner.

Sonja, Laraine, Wayne and Martin...thank you for an unforgettable experience!!!
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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TanyaThumbran wrote a review Nov 2016
Centurion, South Africa
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited here with a group of about 30 people from work.
Hospitality is great. All staff are hands on.
We stayed at Simba chalets. Has a little lounge with TV ( very small), bar fridge and tea and coffee station. All in one bathroom with a shower.
Bedroom is a bit small but comfortable...considering we hardly spent time in it.
Buffet breakfast had a good variety.
Dinner was a potjie kos competition. All facilitated very well. Starters and desserts were both nice.
Location is just outside Parys town on the vaal bank but didn't have a view if the river.
Grounds are well kept. Pool area is lovely.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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C & E BOTHA wrote a review Oct 2016
Bloemfontein, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place almost in the middle of the Vredefort Dome on the banks of the Vaal River. All sorts of accommodation to choose from, we stayed in the Zulu Huts close to reception, the huts each has a loft and can accommodate up to 4 persons, it is spacious, very clean, well furnished and decorated with coffee station, small fridge and DSTV. A huge bathroom with shower and toilet and heated towel rails....also airconditioning. Great service and super friendly staff, our group were entertained in a private lapa on the river bank. The food at Khaya is out of this world...well done Chefs!!!
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Zulu Huts or Guesthouse rooms
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329halinav wrote a tip Aug 2018
Pretoria, South Africa33 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rafiki is very modern. Dust allergy? Don't use thatched Zulu huts"
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ChangeGuru wrote a tip Mar 2017
Marsden, United Kingdom241 contributions102 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a dongle for your own WiFi if you're going. Or pay handsomely"
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C & E BOTHA wrote a tip Oct 2016
Bloemfontein, South Africa86 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Zulu Huts or Guesthouse rooms"
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Shadbolt13 wrote a tip Oct 2016
Cape Town, South Africa103 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room overlooking the Orange River"
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alicecN9650EV wrote a tip Jun 2016
Johannesburg28 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are various rooms, from Zulu huts to rooms facing the Vaal River. Very serene and peacefull"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Khaya Ibhubesi
Which popular attractions are close to Khaya Ibhubesi?
Nearby attractions include Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio (1.2 km), Pine's Emporium (1.2 km), and The Man Cave (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Khaya Ibhubesi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Khaya Ibhubesi?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Khaya Ibhubesi?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Khaya Ibhubesi?
Conveniently located restaurants include O's restaurant, Hoi Polloi, and Angelo's Pane Vino.
Is Khaya Ibhubesi located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Parys.
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