Oliver's

Oliver's

Pine Lake Drive,, White River 1240 South Africa
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Room #5
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4.5
#1 of 8 hotels in White River
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Situated just outside White River in Mpumalanga, Oliver’s is an owner-managed boutique hotel located on the secure White River Country Estate. Overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course, our ‘home away from home’ environment allows guests to experience the marriage between Austrian flair and subtle African influences. Our bespoke accommodation in upmarket rooms includes family options as well as an in-house restaurant offering mouth-watering a-la-carte continental dishes, with our wine cellar providing the perfect venue to enjoy our raclette and fondue. Our on-site Wellness and Beauty Centre offers massages, face and body treatments, manicures, pedicures and waxing services. Guests staying with us have access to world class golf courses including Leopard Creek or day touring the Mpumalanga panorama with its attractions such as Kruger National Park, God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and many other spectacular sights. With Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport a mere 15 minutes’ drive away, it is easy to see why Oliver’s is the perfect pre or post Safari stay.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Hiking
Babysitting
Children's playground
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Mini golf
Aerobics offsite
Bowling offsite
Darts
Patio
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Minibar
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Park View
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German, Xhosa and 1 more
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zf562 wrote a review Jul 2020
Mossel Bay, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed with Olivers for many years. I was never disappointed and my recent stay was really good once again. Even during the Covid restrictions, they went out of their way to make guests feel at home, fed, taken care of and special. It is pricey for South Africans at normal rates, but they had a special on which made it possible for us. Rooms and service are top quality!
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Date of stay: June 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Tanja Ruf, Owner at Oliver's
Responded 19 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your rating and wonderful review. We are so glad that you chose to stay with us and hope to welcome you back again soon! Our current special is running until 31 December 2020 and we will do our best to bring out another great special for 2021. Warm regards, The Oliver's Team
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CarlosDeAlmeida wrote a review Sept 2020
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I booked the Executive Suite for our short stay. Very good quality, spacious and comfortable. Superb service and accommodation. The food was tastefully presented, the Raclette and Fondue experience was worth every cent. We highly recommend Olivers. Well done to the team. Will return.
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Date of stay: September 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tanja Ruf, Owner at Oliver's
Responded 19 Oct 2020
Dear Carlos, Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Be on the lookout for our festive A-la-carte menu which will be released for the month of December 2020. We hope to welcome you back again soon to taste, rejuvenate and exhale here at Oliver's! Warm Regards, The Oliver's Team
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k3rpy wrote a review Mar 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom124 contributions39 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for five nights at Oliver’s at the end of a three week trip round South Africa. We had wanted somewhere to chill and couldn’t have been happier. The hotel is privately owned and run by the wonderful Tanya and her team. This really is a ‘home from home’. We took the deluxe suite which was extremely spacious, classically decorated and with all the modern amenities we required and we had a huge balcony overlooking the lovely pool area and golf course. The food here is superb - with the chef turning out plate after plate of mouth-watering dishes. Meals are served in a beautiful candlelit dining area. Breakfast is amazing and lunch is also available. The staff are, without exception, top class. The surrounding garden area is outstanding! Nothing was ever too much bother and everyone went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and valued. Thank you to everyone at Oliver’s for providing an amazing ending to our holiday. We really didn’t want to leave!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dene Pohl, Other at Oliver's
Responded 16 May 2023
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Oliver's and for the lovely review. We are so glad that you were able to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Lowveld. We hope that you will return for a visit in the future. Warm Regards - Your Oliver's Family
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Gwen V wrote a review Oct 2021
10 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was recommended by our concierge at a game lodge as a stopover between the Drakensberg Mountains and Sabie Sands. The grounds and building itself are beautiful. The food at dinner and breakfast was good (appetizers at dinner were nothing to write home about but the entrees were very good). The room was spacious and the bed was comfortable. The foot massage at the spa was wonderful.

But unfortunately the service almost everywhere else in the hotel was subpar. The service at dinner was extremely slow. We sat for an entire hour without any food being brought to the table. Same thing happened at breakfast with drinks. I ate my entire hot meal without anything to drink. The main waiter helping us was very nice but it seemed like he got no help from anyone else—someone else took our egg and toast order but didn’t bring out the toast. We also never got the croissants.

Moreover, even though our room was nearly $200 USD (2800 rand) per night, the bathroom was horrible. The toilet would make an extremely loud rumbling noise only sometimes when flushed. We had to open up the tank to fiddle with the flush valve to make it stop every time it did so, and I have to imagine the people in the room next door had to have heard it. The bathroom had also not been cleaned very well before we checked in, as the floor had several pieces of dried mud on it. The shower walls had mildew in the grout, and the shower head was awful—the water stream came out in tiny streams that felt like needles on our bodies and were actually painful. It was made worse by the fact that the water temperature varied wildly during the shower: it would go from scalding hot to mild to cold and back without ever being touched. I told the front desk about the issues with the bathroom but they were not very responsive about it, other than acknowledging they would look into it.

As I also told the front desk, we have spent far less for far better rooms during our trip to South Africa. We will be sharing this info with our concierge as well so they know not to recommend this place to other travelers in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dene Pohl, Other at Oliver's
Responded 24 Oct 2021
Dear Gwen, Thank you for your review and valued feedback. Please accept our sincerest apologies that your experience at Oliver’s was not up to standard. We strive to provide only the best in service, quality and hospitality to all our guests and treat all feedback with the utmost importance. Management has consulted with all departments to investigate and ensure that the listed issues have been addressed, resolved and do not occur again in the future. The bathroom tiles in the room that you stayed in does have small chips in them which may appear like little mud spots but are not - all rooms inside our Main Building were set for complete bathroom revamps which we had to place on hold due to complete closure for a few months in 2020 due to Covid-19. We are slowly making progress in terms of regaining our Financial position in order to allow for room closure to revamp all the Bathrooms in our Main Building. We can only hope that should you visit our beautiful country again, you will afford us the opportunity to redeem ourselves and provide you with the excellence we strive for. Best wishes and warm regards from the Oliver’s Team
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torstenaul wrote a review Oct 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
we stayed for three nights in 2 very large executive suites and enjoyed the exellent food, service as well as garden and pool. Tanja (the owner) has provided us with tips and Do`s in the area and made sure we are not missing anything. We enjoyed our stay
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Dene Pohl, Other at Oliver's
Responded 28 Oct 2021
Dear Torsten, Thank you so much for your review and great feedback. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope you will visit again sometime in the future! Warm Regards - The Oliver's Team
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Joáo K wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
So much potential. Food is excellent.
The hotel is more of a uploads B&B. We required blankets the one night and was such a pain, the owner made us feel like we are asking a lot. Found the owner very insensitive.
In the evenings there is no front desk staff so very difficult to have your needs met.

Olivers has so much potential, they must address personnel availability and professionalism.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Tanja Ruf, Owner at Oliver's
Responded 27 May 2021
Dear Joao, thank you so much for your review and feedback. At Oliver's we strive for only the best levels of service and hospitality and sincerely apologise that your experience during your stay with us in September 2020 did not match that. Our Reception Desk is available until 17h00-18h00 after which our evening hosts and waiters/waitresses are available for guests should they require anything. Please could you provide us with your contact information so that we may address and resolve your concerns. We look forward to hearing from you. Warm Regards - Dené Pohl, Operations Manager.
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kharrisefx wrote a review Aug 2022
Atlanta, Georgia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A perfect overnight on our way to safari! Situated on the verge of a beautiful golf course, the gardens & views are gorgeous. The lobby, bar & restaurant areas (including patio dining) welcome you with inviting nooks, soft furnishings, warm lighting and friendly service. A leisurely walk thru the gardens, by the pool to our room was merely a prelude to the absolute delight we experienced on entering the huge room & equally huge bathroom, with the big surprise being a huge covered private brick patio just steps from the pool. I literally wanted to move in & live here!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Dene Pohl, Other at Oliver's
Responded 07 Sept 2022
Thank you so much for your positive review and feedback regarding your stay with us! We hope that you will visit South Africa again in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back "Home" at Oliver's. Warm Regards - The Oliver's Team
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Miriam Lenehan wrote a review Feb 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom33 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were so impressed with our luxury room we thought we'd been upgraded to an executive suite. So spacious, airy and with our own veranda overlooking the golf course and pool we were DELIGHTED with the stay. Friendly helpful staff and amazing range and quality in the restaurant - we wished we had stayed longer. The underfloor heating and the complimentary sherry daily are just extra icing on the cake!!! Terriffic.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: #9 - top floor overlooking the pool and course with private veranda. Amazing!
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Response from Tanja Ruf, Owner at Oliver's
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your fantastic review and feedback! We completely subscribe to Virginia Wolfe's philosophy, that "One cannot think well, love well or sleep well, if one hasn't dined well", so our food is the key to all! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and will most certainly pass on our compliments. Warm regards The Oliver's Team
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Lorena C wrote a review Feb 2020
30 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I loved to stay at this hotel! Is very charming. The food is delicious!
The room is big and cozy. It seems that you are in your own place.
In the room have coffee, cookies and teas for to help yourself any time you want.
Out side the room you can enjoy a very pleasant place, like a balcony, with lovely sofas and a special chair to relax. I really recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from TanjaR944, Manager at Oliver's
Responded 06 Feb 2020
Thank you for your wonderful feedback and kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at Oliver's and hope that the rest of your trip to our beautiful country was as special. With warm regards The Oliver's Team
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Leelie S wrote a review Sept 2023
Pretoria, South Africa33 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great hotel in the town of White River. A true gem. It is located on the White River country Club course for you golfers. The club also has tennis and padel ball courts. Hotel is well maintained with attentive staff at every level. The owner Tanya is on property all the time and her loving care of this place shows at every turn. Loved the onsite spa had 2 relaxing massages and lovely meals.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dene Pohl, Other at Oliver's
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review and feedback. We are delighted that you chose to stay with us and that your experience at Oliver's was a positively memorable one. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Warmest Regards The Oliver's Team
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Philippe L asked a question Aug 2016
Aix-les-Bains, France15 contributions30 helpful votes
I was at Oliver's recently and I would recommend this lodge. It's the place to be in White River.
Answer from TanjaRufErrath
White River, South Africa3 contributions4 helpful votes
Thank you for your wonderful feedback and we look forward to welcome you again some time! Kind Regards Tanja Ruf - Owner/Manager
Monique P asked a question Apr 2016
Bonita Springs, Florida1 contribution1 helpful vote
Please tell, who are the owners and is there really an "Oliver"???
Answer from TanjaRufErrath
White River, South Africa3 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi, Tanja & Oliver Ruf started Oliver's in December 2001. However, Oliver left the business in 2011 due to personal reasons and Tanja took over the business and now runs it on her own.
Jackie B asked a question Jul 2014
Chester, United Kingdom145 contributions15 helpful votes
Hi, Is there a safe in the room? Will be arriving from Nelspruit airport, any idea how long that will take? Thanks.
Answer from TanjaRufErrath
White River, South Africa3 contributions4 helpful votes
Dear Jackie, We thank you for your enquiry and gladly confirm that we do have safes in our rooms, which work with a simple 4 digit code of your choice. We are also a mere 20km from the airport, so it should take you about 20-25 minutes to get to the Lodge. Have a great rest of your day and we look forward to welcoming you here with us. Kind Regards Tanja Ruf
Tara W wrote a tip Aug 2023
26 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is the perfect indulgent destination if you have traveled the amazingly beautiful Panoramic Trail (not to be missed). Such a treat!"
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clodagh d wrote a tip Jan 2022
Newmarket, United Kingdom28 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 9 is lovely"
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TRACEY B wrote a tip Nov 2020
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 7, upstairs"
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Miriam Lenehan wrote a tip Feb 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom33 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"#9 - top floor overlooking the pool and course with private veranda. Amazing!"
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stephenisherwood wrote a tip Aug 2019
Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room overlooking the golf course or pool"
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,371 - R 4,255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
oliver`s hotel white river
LOCATION
South AfricaMpumalangaWhite River
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oliver's
Which popular attractions are close to Oliver's?
Nearby attractions include South African National Parks (5.9 km), Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre (3.0 km), and Casterbridge Cinema (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Oliver's?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Oliver's?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Oliver's?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Oliver's?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Oliver's?
Conveniently located restaurants include Magnolia, Picasso's Mexican Taqueria, and Oliver's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Oliver's?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Oliver's?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Oliver's offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Oliver's?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Does Oliver's have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
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