Adama cottages in Dinokeng breathe creativity

Arriving at Adama’s Kingfisher Cottage was a case of loveatfirstsightness.  The straw bale, thatched cottage blended with the bushveld in a complimentary marriage of natural elements.  We have never stayed in Dinokeng Game reserve before and the area is perfectly situated for short breaks, a stone’s throw from Jo’burg and Pretoria.  

Cliff chose Adama knowing that as a novice potter, it would appeal to me being owned by master potters Armand and Rienie du Plessis, their amazing work is evident throughout the cottage and entire place sings with creative energy.

LOVED the outdoor galvanized bath
LOVED the thick straw bale walls
LOVED the peace
LOVED the little froggies
LOVED braaing in the boma under a full moon
The swimming pool looks natural but is a little too natural, hosting swimming bugs and slime which freaked the children out a bit

This one night break was a week late celebration of our 12th wedding anniversary.  We look forward to visiting the Dinokeng reserve (which hosts the big 5) again.  We would love to return to Adama, and there are a host of other lovely looking places to stay.   This time Cliff chose between Adama and Tamboti Bush Lodge which was a little more reasonably priced and included breakfast.

The only dampener was that we booked late on Friday afternoon, instead of receiving a last minute booking discount (as some places do instead of standing empty), we were charged an additional R500 for taking 1 weekend night instead of 2, not cool.

No towels are provided, which scores a thumbs down as this is not a low budget stay.

Below is our 6 year old daughter’s holiday quick tour video

Fjord developed tick bite fever after our stay, but is now recovering well.  Bush holidays do come with certain risks but at least Dinokeng is not a malaria area.


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