Sani Valley Lodge

One of those surreal moments when you wake up and it feels like you are in a postcard.

That’s the feeling I got when I woke up in Himeville.

It was definitely a long drive from Johannesburg. We left Friday afternoon at 18h30 just after rush hour traffic and only arrived just after midnight. We definitely under estimated the trip, we thought since its before Durban the trip will take about 4 hours. There’s a time where the clouds completely covers the road, which itself had sharp curves!

Did I mention pot holes? and cows roaming on the street at night? Personally I think it’s best to drive during the day.

The gravel road is not that bad it’s only about 4 km’s long. Let me tell you about this drive on the dam wall inside the Lodge, it is a one way road cars have to give each other turns, it’s on the dam wall and on the other side is a valley. I held my breath the entire time and just looked forward as the GPs continued to guide us towards the Lodge reception.

The Lodge had arranged for Sabelo to show us to our chalet since we were arriving late, we found him waiting for us by reception and he led the way in his bakkie towards our chalet.

I had seen the photos of this spectacular place but waking up and actually seeing the beauty of the place was jaw dropping.

We had a two bedroom chalet overlooking the lake and the mountain. We had our own private Jacuzzi.

Morning coffee on the balcony and the zebras and wild horses grazing by the lake, what a magical place.

We had opted for self-catering. Imagine arriving at 00h30 and then you have to make sure you wake up before breakfast closes. That is not my idea of fun.

The irony is that by 7h30 we were up and went for a beautiful hike before we checked in because we had not checked yet since we arrived very late last night

Massage therapist came to our chalet and set up outside for our outdoor massages, it was the best massage ever!

I wouldn’t mind spending all my weekends here.

I wouldn’t mind spending all my weekends here.

This is how I want to drink my coffee everyday!

This is how I want to drink my coffee everyday!

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Hiking in the morning with a spectacular view

Hiking in the morning with a spectacular view

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Had to take a few stops when we were driving to soak in the views

Had to take a few stops when we were driving to soak in the views

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Best massage ever!

Best massage ever!