You'll be in 10 hectares of garden and veld too, which is rather smashing. Especially as the bar has its own verandah with a view as the sun goes down over the Sabie River Valley. Get your coffee and cognac, watch and listen to a classic Lowveld thunderstorm in summer or the clearest of blue skies in winter.
There are 20 rooms and suites, all shaded by huge trees with views down the valley. All the rooms are air conditioned and have their own entrances and verandahs. Each has a private bathroom. The Garden and Hillside suites also have outside showers. Fridges, hair dryers, ceiling fans and beds with 100% cotton Percale sheets.
Garden and Hillside Suites have hammocks or daybeds on their verandas. And these are spacious beauties so you won’t feel squashed.
The smallest rooms are called Combretum and Kapok. They have a queen size bed and a small veranda. The bathrooms have showers.
There are 4 brand new larger rooms, billed as the superior ones. They’re called Frangipani, Kiaat, Marula and Matumi. You’ll have a choice of a super king size bed or two queen size beds. Big bathrooms with large double showers. Wide verandas with a daybed looking over the valley.
Salina, Euphorbia and Camelfoot are also large rooms. These are in the former tobacco barn, a thatched place next to the main house. They each have a small veranda. Baobab, Mahogany and Kigella are big too, they can accommodate up to three people. These have great, long views. And a queen-size bed plus a single. They also have a Victorian bath in the bedroom. Not impressed? How about the fact that the shower looks straight down the valley... Oh yes.
Fancy a garden suite? Ok, Sycamore or Ivory your cup of tea? These are very big, with large verandas, long views. Super king size beds and Ivory has an extra single too. Victorian baths in the bathroom and walled off showers outside.
Acacia, Coral, Ebony and Teak are the thatched garden suites. They’re surrounded by trees and shrubs and tucked away near the donga. That’s the dry riverbed. These have high ceilings, Victorian baths and lots of outside space. Acacia & Coral have a super king sized bed and a single bed. Ebony and Teak have two queen sized beds. These rooms are suitable for 2, 3 or 4 people. Acacia is also suitable for wheelchair access.
Or is it the hillside for you? Well, these suites are Pumalanga and Shonalanga. Each suite has two bedrooms with Victorian baths and an outside shower. Both suites have a sitting room, a large stoep, sun terrace, minibars, tea and coffee facilities, and a television with DSTV satellite channels. The two suites also share a private swimming pool and the best views on the property. Pumalanga and Shonalanga are good for families or for two couples travelling together. Each suite can accommodate two to five people.
20 rooms/suites with en suite bath/shower, air con, satellite TV, private balcony, tea/coffee, minibar; main lodge with swimming pool; library; restaurant; bar
Of course, the big attraction here is the Kruger National Park. But before you charge off to lion and elephant land, spare a moment for your glorious locale.
Hazyview is right there. If you like bananas, coffee, avocados, mangoes, lychees, citrus fruits and macadamias, you'll be laughing. They're all farmed here. In fact, more than half of the world's bananas are grown within 100km of Hazyview and the ground is so fertile it's said that if you planted a broomstick you'd grow a tree. What?! Who said that? Hmm. Sounds a bit suspect. But amusing nevertheless.
There's a lot to do in Hazyview. Golf, tennis, bowls, horse-riding, squash, river-rafting, hiking, mountain biking, history tours and game viewing. It's sub tropical here too, always a bonus if you like dry winters and sultry summers. Opportunities to go trout fishing and hot-air ballooning are on offer as well.
Or go further. This is a good base from which to explore the Panorama Route and all things Mpumalanga. Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger Gates of the Kruger Park are an easy drive from Rissington Inn. Here there are nearly 2 million hectares of wild, wild life. It's larger than Israel. Which is just rude.
The Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world by some measurements, with drops as deep as 1,000m is half an hour away, as are God's Window, a sweeping view over the Lowveld from high up on the escarpment. By the way, on a clear day, you can see as far as The Kruger National Park and Mozambique.
And Bourke's Luck Potholes too - where the Blyde and Treur rivers meet and cause rock formations. Check out Pilgrims Rest as well, the restored gold rush town, home of Jock of the Bushveld.
All in all, there's plenty to do and plenty of history from Bushmen to Voortrekkers. Waterfalls, caves, rocks and views. Few parts of the world can match Kruger Lowveld. Everyone make a heart sign.