Their brochure enticingly said: "...do you
still recall those wonderful sun-drenched, lazy days of barefoot frolicking
with the feel of warm soft dust between your toes, the tranquility of the
bushveld, the trees, the birds and the graceful impala?...the "Hoep Hoep
will welcome you with it's call and the Giraffe will bow their graceful
necks in your honour...."
Well, after an intro like that, we just had to go and get a taste of real life in the bushveld, and we were not disappointed. Sondéla means 'Come Closer" in Zulu but for me a more suitable translation would have been "Relaxation" or "Privacy". We spent a gloriously relaxing week in the bush at Sondéla, taking long walks in the Reserve, encountering one or other form of wildlife round every corner, just lazing in the shade on lush green lawns by the pool or just relaxing in the luxuriously appointed chalets.
The variety of wildlife seen on the Game Drive reminded me of the plains game I encountered in the Botswana Okavango Delta, at one stage we could spot impala, wildebeest, warthog, eland, zebra and gemsbok from the same spot, really impressive....
You want privacy? Well, the chalets are situated "in the bush", from our chalet we couldn't even see our neighbours, and at night it was so QUIET!!!.
So, if you are looking for a nice relaxing
break, less than 2 hour's drive from Johannesburg, this is the place to go