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Palala River Cottages

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Muisvogelkraal 654LR, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 21/01/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/01/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#7 of 49 Speciality lodging in Vaalwater
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Scattered over the reserve in this wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty, the four self-catering Palala River cottages are all different and can accommodate couples looking for a romantic getaway to families after adventure and fun or groups of friends. All will enjoy the peace, beauty, wildlife, and opportunity to relax in comfortable, well-appointed cottages and excellent personal service. While self catering activities include self game drives, cycling (bike rental available), hiking and fishing, we also offer guided game drives, hikes and massages can be booked at additional cost and subject to availability.
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Free parking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Non-smoking rooms
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Afrikaans

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Muisvogelkraal 654LR, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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Dalene wrote a review Jan 2021
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We and our Parents were privileged to spend our Christmas at the Podica River Cottages. We enjoyed the peaceful bush atmosphere. The sound and the view of the Palala River was absolutely wonderful and tranquil. The Cottages were well equipped and comfortable. Thumbs up for the hammock chairs under the trees at each Cottage. The outside shower was a pleasant experience. We were also lucky to see some animals in the close vicinity of the Cottages. Thanks to Edmar and Marinette for ensuring that we had a pleasant stay. We can highly recommend the Podica Cottages and we can't wait to visit again. Thank you!!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at Palala River Cottages
Responded 08 Jan 2021
Thank you for your review of your stay at Podica Bush Camp. We are so glad that you enjoyed your tranquil stay, with the river, hammocks and animals in close vicinity. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Sophie wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had a fabulous stay in one of the Podica cottages in Jembisa over New Year. Very comfortable, with good facilities. All the staff were super friendly and very helpful! Would highly recommend it and we look forward to going back for another Safari trip soon. Thank you Jembisa!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at Palala River Cottages
Responded 05 Jan 2021
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Podica, thank you for your review. Our staff team are always on hand to make sure you have everything you need and we look forward to welcoming you for your next safari trip.
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Soms wrote a review Jan 2021
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Wonderful place really relaxing and the sounds of the river make waking up every morning worthwhile, you can take a walk to the river and experience the peace and quite. The cottages are amazing and the outdoor shower is just out of this world.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Responded 05 Jan 2021
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. The river sounds really are amazing, and the outdoor shower is an experience not to be missed. We hope to see you again soon for more wonderful and relaxing experiences.
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Meelan wrote a review Dec 2020
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I visited samia cabin for 4 nights to get away from the madness that is Johannesburg. The place offers a great escape from the rat race. I enjoyed the wooden deck for breakfasts and dinners offering splendid scenery views, birds chirping and crickets in the bushes. There’s no technology around and it helps if one is seeking a proper escape from everything. The rooms are spacious and have mosquito nets in place. My only suggestion is to have an aircon in the bedrooms and in the lounge. The cabin is wooden and gets rather warm in the afternoon and late afternoons. Be careful with a low riding car as the dirt road can become a bit tricky to navigate through but is driveable. A bit more sand over the rocky parts would solve this issue.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Guest Relations, Guest Services / Front Office at Palala River Cottages
Responded 01 Jan 2021
We are so happy that you found the escape you were looking for, and that you enjoyed the peace and serenity of the reserve surrounding Samia Cabin. Both the scenery and the sounds of the roaming wildlife are definitely conducive to recharging one’s batteries and we are delighted that you enjoyed the layout of the cabin and deck so much. Thank you for your suggestion with regards to adding the air conditioning, in addition to the fans that are in the rooms, we will definitely take this under consideration. We also appreciate your comments regarding the roads, and we constantly maintain them to make sure they are suitable for specific vehicle access. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next great escape in the new year!
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Celina F wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
In a beautiful ,peaceful setting, Kingfisher is the perfect spot to relax or be as active as you wish. Bring mountain bikes to cycle the game farm, or hike and picnic by the river . The cottage is very comfortable and spacious , spotlessly clean and well equipped.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded 16 Oct 2020
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Kingfisher Cottage so much and pleased to have you back again. Glad that you enjoyed the freedom of mountain biking, hiking and picnicing on the reserve. Hope to see you back again soon.
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South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergVaalwater
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palala River Cottages
What are some of the property amenities at Palala River Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and barbeque facilities.
What food & drink options are available at Palala River Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Palala River Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.