Halfway There Chalets

Halfway There Chalets

De Wagendrift Road Dinokeng Game Reserve, Pretoria 0400 South Africa
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Feel the pulse of Africa at Halfway There Game Lodge in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve! Where unspoiled bush-veld meets Luxury Accommodation. Halfway There, Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve. Halfway There offers you and your partner relaxing, luxury accommodation under African skies - the perfect reprieve from the bustling city life. Dinokeng lies 60 minutes north-east of Johannesburg, and a mere 45 minutes from Pretoria/Tshwane. It is the first free-roaming Big 5 Residential Game Reserve in Gauteng. Receive VIP treatment in one of our 4 Bed and Breakfast Chalets with a difference! Each chalet boasts an old Hollywood Theme such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean. With an Ala-Carte Menu, Halfway There Easy Diner provides a variety of favorites. From the hungry to the sweet-toothed, there's a delicacy for every palate.
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De Wagendrift Road Dinokeng Game Reserve, Pretoria 0400 South Africa
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KayB wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently visited Halfway There Chalets for the first time.

We were greeted by a very energetic and knowledgeable man, Dfder, who provided us with maps, wifi passwords and any other information we needed. He was very easy to reach throughout our stay and extremely helpful.

We stayed in one of the tented chalets, over looking the game reserve. The tent was very clean, with freshly washed towels on the bed. The one pillow case did have a small stain which slightly put me off, but having white linen, this is expected.
The sheets and duvet were immaculate.
There was sufficient cutlery and cookery for self-catering, with a clean mini fridge and microwave.
Amply lighting lit up the main bedroom/kitchen area and outside patio, however, the bathroom lighting was very dull, and a couple switches were unresponsive.

The resort itself is small, quiet and serene. We were greeted by the oinking of warthogs during the night, and even spotted a herd of giraffes running in the distance. Both morning we woke to a stunning sunrise where buck and impala grazed only a few metres ahead of us.

Although we did not make use of the communal swimming pool due to the weather, it was spotless and gleaming blue. Each tent/chalet has its own small fire pit which we made great use of during the cold night.
It did rain overnight and was extremely windy while we were there but we tent is amazingly insulated (and fit with an air conditioner) so we did not feel a thing!

The bar/restaurant area was not operating while we were there (possibly due to covid?) so we had to drive around to find places to eat. Although it is a self catering resort, we were a bit disappointed that we could not enjoy a meal at the resort, or make use of the small "shop" inside the bar area. At 6pm we went to try buy a bottle of wine and it was already closed! We also wanted to buy some wood for fire and they were sold out.
So make sure to bring everything you need with you. Alternatively, there is a small store - Safari Mall, just outside the reserve which caters everything you could need, and a variety of restaurants in the reserve itself!

We will definitely recommend Halfway There/Posh functions to others who are looking for a quiet retreat away.

I must say the signage to the accommodation (as well as throughout the place) was very faded, making it very difficult to locate the place. Google maps also directs you to turn into a road that does not appear to exist. However, a quick call to our liaison, and we were able to find the place in no time!
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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for tent 9 as you will be almost completely surrounded by the bush, with only one neighbor on...
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Ruanne_F wrote a review Apr 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited for a weekend and it was a very pleasant experience. Staff was very friendly, accommodation was top class and good quality. Feels like you are in the middle of the bush, even had a loin roar on our doorstep. Game viewing was great with big 5 and lots of other game. Was very reasonably priced and on restaurant was convenient. Was a pleasure and they will see us again.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Candice A wrote a review Aug 2017
1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a luxury tent. It was simple but classy and very comfortable. Everything was clean and the beds and linen are extremely comfortable. A HUGE thing for me when travelling are showers. The water was hot (even after my daughter had bathed and my husband had showered) and the water pressure was great. It was wonderful to enjoy the quiet of the bush without having a tv to disrupt the peace.

The staff were amazing! We certainly received the royal treatment from Alma and Danny.

On the night we braaied everything was prepared for us and we were able to truly relax.
The rest of our stay we ate at the restaurant. The food was good and I highly recommend the burgers (they make their own burger patties!).

Our 4 year old daughter loved it too. She spent ages playing quietly around the tent and enjoying nature, she didn't miss tv or the ipad at all. We came home with quite the rock and stick collection.
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Date of stay: August 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The tents are phenomenal and offer the perfect "glamping" experience
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Christelle O'Connor wrote a review Sept 2016
Centurion, South Africa1 contribution15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely disappointed! Dirty and invested rooms and bar/restaurant. We woke up both nights covered in bugs! This after we complained the first night! Terrible service, didn't receive what we ordered once! Food was terrible, and we didn't finish one of our 5 meals! Our dinner last night was so bad we didn't even take more than one bite! Ended up eating simba chips for dinner! Staff was untrained and not able to provide any information on area or activities! Leaving us with sitting in the tent, taking a self drive or swimming in a dirty pool. No thanks! This surely isn't a place we would recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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798lennardv wrote a review May 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With Dinokeng receiving better reviews all around, we discovered this lodge on Hyperli and decided to give it a test run and were pleasantly surprised.

We had a an extremely nice and peaceful midweek stay. The luxury tent was comfortable and very well designed with a place for everything. This included a lovely covered stoep with a view of the reserve, thankfully with the protection of an electric fence in between, as a single lion which was constantly roaring close by throughout the nights. The booking protocol also seems quite clever, with the fellow guests being spread out rather than filling the units right next door. Peace and quiet in the bushveld is important.

The self catering facilities are not however extensive, seemingly set up for 'bistro' meals only, however this makes sense as there is a restaurant, and cute but well stocked bar on site. There are no braai facilities at the tents (there is a communal braai), which was a good idea, as the tents and chalets are within earshot of each other, and neighbours braaing would have spoilt the peace and tranquillity.

The lodge has its own self drive route on its property, which is not as extensive as the larger national parks, but more than suitable for birders such as us, and thankfully not very busy. We saw sufficient game, but if that is all one is interested in seeing, then you will most likely be a little disappointed.

In my opinion, even at the regular price this is a great place for a short stay and far better and cheaper and closer to Joburg than our dilapidated national parks. If you prefer large noisy park camps, then this is most probably not for you.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Swan1965 wrote a review Mar 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa644 contributions34 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Made use of a Daddysdeal voucher for Halfway There Game Lodge (Posh Functions).
First, have to warn travelers that the gravel road to this Lodge is a bumpy ride. Best to make use of an SUV or 4x4.
Best also to follow Google Maps for directions, as not all GPS systems pick up Halfway There Game Lodge on
an “unnamed road”.
The entrance is beautiful, with huge Kudu on either side.
On arrival one isn’t quite sure where to check in, as there’s no pointers to a Reception, so we ventured into the
Restaurant section.
This I must be honest was a huge shock to me, as I would’ve expected an African theme in a Game Lodge, where Wildlife is central to a business, but here we found pink tablecloths, posters all over of Elvis, Audrey Hepburn,James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. This did raise my eyebrows. Even on the end parts of the trusses from the thatch roof, old LPs are attached with prints of Marilyn Monroe. I only found out afterwards that even the chalets each have a theme to suit Movie stars of an era long forgotten and not to everyone’s taste I may add.
Had this theme been chosen for a Birthday party, I would’ve understood it, but for a Game Lodge it just doesn’t do it justice. To me an eyesore and a clash of 2 worlds.

Our Safari Tent delivered: it was an African theme, canvas tent with built-on bathroom, with bath and shower. Clean towels.
Good comfortable mattress. Cushions a bit hard. Clean sheets.
There’s a small kitchen nook with microwave, basin and bar fridge with utensils.
One can therefor take your own food. We were unfortunately not made aware of this.
Even, had we known, one has no private braai area at your accommodation and is forced to braai at the main building.
If one is there with your partner and wish to enjoy a romantic night next to a braai, under the stars, you won’t be able to do this.
The view of the Safari Tent (no 10) to me isn’t the best. Looking out on a fence isn’t what I wish to see in the bushveld.
Living in a build-up city, one sees enough homes and fences to warrant a beautiful view, when going away.
The hammock outside gives it a relaxing feel.
I suggest taking mosquito repellent. Perhaps Management can consider investing in mosquito nets.

Alma, the Manageress was friendly. So were Jojo (bar tender) and Jafta (waiter).
With the lodge full with 20 people, I reckon they need another waiter, as Alma was on her feet from sunrise to sunset.
I noticed 2 Chefs.
Welcome drink was welcome and refreshing, a tequila with oranje juice and maraschino cherry.
The menu was limited and I would’ve expected some venison, being a Game Lodge.
The menu is filled with a choice of hamburgers, sandwiches, a wrap, frankfurters, pies – all well priced.
I’d usually settle for a haloumi starter but at R75, a bit on the expensive side.
Wine list is limited, but was happy to see Nederburg Baronne at an acceptable price for a local wine.

On the 1st day we opted for hamburgers. On the outside it looked good, but the patty was non-existent and made up not even half of the bun. The buns were fresh. The chips had a grey colour to it and wasn’t crispy or fresh. I can only gather that these were frozen.
A bottle of red wine and hamburgers just didn’t do it for me in a Game Lodge. I would’ve appreciated a potjie, Venison pie even, or ostrich steak.
On the 1st night, I was able to get half a good nights rest, as there was a chalet with 4 people nearby who chatted until 2:30am the Saturday morning.

On Saturday, we decided to do a self-drive.
The map handed to us isn’t clear and I suggest they make an effort to update these.
Also, the sign boards of Posh Functions.
We saw very little antelope, not even Impala. However, did see 3 Rhino, 2 Waterbuck and 2 Kudu.
As for Lions and Elephants, they were nowhere to be seen.
Best to make use of a 4x4 for the Wilderness trail, which is a bit of bundu bashing and a normal sedan
might be too low and get scratched underneath the chassis.

I looked forward to the late afternoon game drive scheduled for 16h00 (part and parcel of the abovementioned deal), but did a quick head count and my calculations found more than 20 people.
On asking Alta, what the arrangement was insofar the game drive and the amount of people, she replied that 2 game vehicles were booked.
We sat in the bar area, watching Supersport (rugby matches), whilst waiting for the game drive vehicles.
These arrived, but one had a field guide, JP with his partner, which meant, 1 less person could take a front seat.
Nevertheless, I noticed everybody else rush to the vehicles a lot sooner than 16h00 and my husband and I proceeded to the vehicles, only to find that there was no space. 1 seat available. Alma tried to apologize and kept saying she’d make a plan, but unfortunately a lot of kids took up space. As a parent myself, if this had been the same incident, I would’ve offered to put one of the smaller children on my lap.
None of the parents on the game drive vehicles budged, or even attempted to make space.
We were standing there red-faced. My only option was to tell Alma that she need not worry, as we are visiting the Kruger Park in the near future. What else could she have done? Perhaps they need to check numbers first and then not allow field guides to bring partners, as this does take up space of guests. It’s actually just unprofessional.

After watching another rugby game of TV, we opted to have Frankfurters and chips for Supper (also not a meal I would’ve liked in a Game Lodge, as there are enough Fast Food outlets in Joburg if I wish to have fast food). I noticed the 1 Chef, sitting smoking in what seems to be the lounge area. To me unhygienic. It’s probably best that most patrons don’t see if Chefs bother to wash hands after smoking or going to a toilet.

The toilets at the main building were clean. The swimming pools clean and inviting.

Saturday night was a real horror, as I could barely hear the call of Jackal or the hoot of an owl on our Safari Tent, as the 2 couples in a nearby chalet again decided to chat, but this time playing loud music. At one stage I thought of getting up and confronting them, but then again no use getting into an argument with an unknown individual. With the owner’s home nearby, I would’ve thought that they would address this uncalled for situation. There was no movement. The music carried on till 1:45 am, by which time I felt like a zombie from no sleep.

I can compliment the buffet breakfast, all that’s lacking is juice.

Must warn visitors, there are snakes, saw 1 around childrens' play area, did alert Manageress.

I so look forward to 2 nights out in the bushveld and being able to hear night sounds and take photographs, but the above establishment unfortunately didn’t deliver. It’s a pity, as this Game Lodge being in Dinokeng Game Reserve, a quick drive from Joburg has so much potential, but there seems to be something lacking, I just can’t put my finger on it!
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Date of stay: March 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martin H wrote a review Sept 2017
5 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Not only are the tented Camps really well designed and every possible amenity offered the view from our tent was awesome. The staff are incredibly helpful, the menu is great and the food portions are generous. It doesn't really make it very clear on the advertising that they have about 1700 hectare of there own reserve land that you can do a self drive game drive on if you don't want to venture further into the Dinokeng Nature reserve. I took the option doing the game self drive through the Dinokeng Nature reserve hoping to see the big 5.

I will definitely be heading back to this venue in the near future.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Barend E wrote a review Oct 2016
Pretoria, South Africa22 contributions5 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Probably one of the best value venues I've stayed at.
The luxury safari tent was clean, very comfortable and private.
Staff was very helpful and friendly. Breakfast buffet was awesome!

I definitely recommend Halfway There for a weekend breakaway – and will return to stay again.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tascha1 wrote a review Jul 2016
Johannesburg 24 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the luxury built up tents. Absolutely stunning. Was immaculately clean, and beautifully done. Great linen, duck down duvet and an extremely comfortable bed. Perfectly situated with views of the reserve. Heard lions in the distance at night, which was great. We ate at the restaurant, and the food was superb. A well stocked bar, and ample food choice. We were assisted by Frank throughout our stay, his level of service is outstanding and we were thoroughly impressed. We had a great weekend and would recommend this place highly
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Albertgerber wrote a review Jan 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa761 contributions149 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited Halfway There Chalets twice. Standards definitely deteriorated since my first visit and the place was unhygienic. The theme and décor was also out of place.

This is an easy escape from Johannesburg to big-5 country. The chalets are very conveniently situated about 80 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg. Very easy to find and good roads situated in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. First impressions are good with 4 game-reserve type thatch chalets out for rent – even undercover parking for vehicles. A number of safari tents were also recently erected. Posh functions also operates from the property and does mainly wedding receptions from the venue.

I am not convinced that the theme which was applied throughout the lodge aligns with a Game Reserve, nor that there was anything posh about it. Although chalets have a bushveld appeal from the outside (thatch etc.), it is when you step when there is the big reveal of the incorrect interpretation of posh. Rooms are decorated inside in a 1960's theme. Over and above the 1960's Cadillac logo, rooms are distastefully decorated with a Marilyn Monroe, James dean and Elvis Presley theme with many vinyl records being stuck up all over bright white walls. Decorations include pictures of these by-gone heroes as well as bright orange and pink décor, not to mention the elaborate swags-and-tails silver curtains. The theme continues throughout the lodge with pink tables and chairs in the dining room. There were also elaborate chandeliers with heaps of fake crystals hanging from the thatch roof. Totally incompatible with the thatch and the fact that you are in a game reserve.

Although it is evident that a lot of money was spent on decorations, it was totally out of place and perhaps not posh at all.

Our room was filthy upon check-in. It was evident that no cleaning was done for a very long time. A number of dead insects were lying on the bed and couch. The toilet was totally unhygienic with evidence of “previous use” spread all over the rim and the bottom of the bowl. Flushing a couple of weeks ago did not happen, nor did any cleaning either. The bath was dusty and we requested that the fridge be cleaned from very old food and written tomatoes which was left by previous occupants.

Management did explain that they were experiencing staffing issues and attended to the matter in due course.

If the distasteful and inappropriate décor is overlooked and hygiene standards from my first visit are re-introduced, this could be a nice and easy break-away to the bush from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Service was friendly and one overall leaves well rested and once again reconciled with nature. We did hear the lions roar at night but were not lucky enough to spot them the next day.
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Date of stay: January 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 1 is closest to the drinking hole where elephant come and drink.
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KayB wrote a tip May 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for tent 9 as you will be almost completely surrounded by the bush, with only one neighbor on your left hand side."
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Gabriella T wrote a tip May 2019
South Africa19 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Luxury tents are fantastic and something different"
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kevinbU2487JQ wrote a tip Feb 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa34 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you take Mosquito Repellant!"
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Candice A wrote a tip Aug 2017
1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The tents are phenomenal and offer the perfect "glamping" experience"
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mosikid wrote a tip Aug 2017
90 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have a good view to the bush whereby you can see animals roaming around from your room!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Halfway There Chalets
Which popular attractions are close to Halfway There Chalets?
Nearby attractions include Dinokeng Activities (3.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Halfway There Chalets?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Halfway There Chalets?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Halfway There Chalets?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Halfway There Chalets?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Halfway There Chalets?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kingfisher Restaurant, Arlington Brewery & Cidery, and The Slide Dinokeng.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Halfway There Chalets?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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