A short 30 minute drive out of Johannesburg lies this rustic little charmer called Belvedere Estate. It’s mainly a hub for European tourists who spend a night either before or after embarking on South African guided tours but for me and my friends it was a mini-break within the city that we live.
It’s easily accessible from OR Tambo and the Gautrain station for your convenience.
It’s in a quiet enclave surrounded by lush gardens making it ideal for relaxation.
The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and comfy.
There’s an outdoor braai area near the pool so you can make the most of your summer evening.
Most of all there’s a feeling of go at your own pace and just unwind. There’s no-one popping their head around the corner every 10 minutes trying to force a conversation or checking in if you’re ok.
The Not So Good
I’m a foodie and breakfast is important to me so for me it was just average.
Maybe for Europeans finding a pitbull chilling at the front entrance with no owner in sight is ok but for my friends it was “WTF”. Beware of the dogs roaming around.
The service could do with a little polishing up.
The pool table was in a room that logistically made it impossible to play pool.
The evening braai was overpriced and underwhelming.
The toilet paper was 1-ply. Surely, it can’t be for a 4 star establishment?
My tip for fellow travelers:
If you’re South African opt out of the braai option unless you’re doing it yourself because braaing is a skill and not everyone has that skill.
Be wary of anyone offering an authentic, local experience that you have to pay for because it rarely is.
You can find more information about Belvedere Estate at http://www.belvedereestate.co.za