Long road trips are really not my thing even though there is always a reward of a dreamy holiday on the other side of the long drive. So, I was very happy to be going on a weekend getaway to Limpopo with Airlink. In 45 minutes, I was at Polokwane International airport. After admiring the miniature baobab tree growing on the edge of the tarmac, I hopped into a comfortable air-conditioned white shuttle that was waiting for me for the hour journey a mini paradise, Kone Village Boutique Lodge.
If you have been to Louis Trichard of heard of it, Kone Village Boutique Lodge is located 15 minutes from the town which is now called Makhado.
It was a busy weekend in Limpopo because the famous Kremetart Cycling Race was also on. Along the way we drove passed cars carrying bikes on their backs. Even when I checked in at reception at the lodge, I small talk with other racers from Johannesburg who were also going to be spending the weekend there.
Now when you drive into Ha-Ramantsha village which is home to the Lodge you will not be blamed for feeling a little bit apprehensive as to whether you are going to the right place because Ha-Ramantsha fully fledged rural village in all its glory.
I was worried. But I breathed a sigh of relief when the shuttle pulled up a very fancy and high gated property with high walls. A property that resembled one of those mansions in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The security guard ran to the gate and opened up for us and we were greeted by rows of bellowing happy looking palm trees.
Kone Village Boutique Lodge is an oasis right in the middle of an unassuming village.
The 24 tan coloured luxury thatched villas are well designed and built along the perfectly manicured landscape. They even have a presidential suite for executives.
Each room is uniquely designed, bringing an element of African aesthetics with a contemporary touch.
All their uber-spacious rooms are en-suite and fully equipped with a lounge area and a flat screen TV.
But you will most probably spend your days lounging around by the poolside enjoying the many of Kone’s signature cocktails available at the bar.
You will not be judged for actually thinking you are in Mauritius or Zanzibar. Their crystal blue swimming pool is sub divided into three depths; 0.5m, 1m, and 1,7m. Making it ideal for families with small children. It was very inviting and the weather was perfect but because I was from cold Joburg the last thing on my mind was to pack a costume.
On Saturday afternoon, I joined other guests on the lawn, where we were treated to a traditional Venda cuisine and drinks. The festivities went on till late at night and we were star gazing while some of us took the opportunity to check out Martin Bester from Jacaranda FM who also stayed there with his colleagues after the Kremetart Cycling challenge. I heard him on Monday raving about his stay at Kone Village. Like me he said he was also pleasantly surprised to see such a beautiful facility in the middle of rural Limpopo.
If you are not that adventurous to try out traditional Venda food, the chef is always available to tend to all your needs.
The two nights spent at the Kone Village Boutique Lodge left me fully refreshed. There is something special about waking up in the village, looking up at the thatched roof ceiling and smelling the scent of the dried grass ceiling while listening to the beautiful symphony of the chirping of the birds and breathing in crisp fresh air.
I was not up for any vigorous activities especially because most of the roads were closed for the cycling race. I enjoyed taking walks around the village and taking it my surroundings and waving at the locals.
The village is still fairly young so there are plenty of bush trails to explore. Mapungubwe National Park is about an hour and a half away and so is the Kruger National Park. The lodge is also ideal for corporate getaways, conferencing and weddings.