Ukuthula Lodge -
I typed in Rooiberg on my GPS and early in June we left our house in Alberton heading North past Pretoria on the N1. We battled initially with the usual early morning traffic but as we left Pretoria behind matters improved drastically and we could maintain a steady speed.. We left the highway at the Bela-Bela offramp, travelled through the town towards Thabazimbi.
Travelling past well fenced game farms made us realise that we were now in the Bushveld which meant sunshine and unpolluted fresh air.
At the second Rooiberg turnoff we realised we only had about 18 kilometers to go to our destination.
A large signboard pointing to Ukuthula Lodge welcomed us to the village of Rooiberg and 360 kilometers after leaving home we entered the security gate parked in front of Ukuthula reception. I was thankful for the thatched undercover parking.
Friendly receptionists Yolandi and Suzette welcomed us and made us feel right at home. We were also impressed by the fact that all staff could converse with us in our home language, Afrikaans.
Up until the 80’s Rooiberg was a mining town, a tin mine providing employment and housing to the inhabitants. When the mine closed down the houses were mostly sold to private owners.
Since we stayed at Ukuthula a few years ago it had been refurbished and the lodge is one of the neatest and cleanest resorts we have ever visited. The staff is friendly and willing to attend to your every need. There are two swimming pools but as we were there in June it was much too cold for a swim, but the sparkling clean water looked very inviting indeed. The main pool area surrounded by manicured lawns and thatched lapas and is the ideal place to lounge about during the daytime and also in the evenings in summertime.
Lets face it, Rooiberg is not a bustling metropolis with clubs and nightlife. The resort does boast a well stocked bar with pool tables and a TV, ideal for watching sporting fixtures with other guests. You can also keep up to date with your soapies in your own room which has a TV with DSTV.
The main focus point of the resort is the pool area with some of the rooms and the dining room forming a private and enclosed wind-free area around the pool and the thatched lapas. This is where you can also connect to the internet at no charge as this area is covered by wi-fi.
Every room is also supplied with a selection of games to keep you occupied. Rooiberg is crime free and it is quite safe to go for walks in order to build up an appetite for the next meal. A nice touch is also a hair drier in every room.
At a small charge a kettle and tea and coffee can be provided in your room.
Staff will also do your laundry for a nominal fee.
Which brings us to the food. We have timeshare points with Quality Vacation Club and like to visit their resorts. Ukuthula is one of a handful of timeshare resorts that provide both breakfast and dinner which is included in your package. Normally timeshare is self catering. So, coming to Ukuthula not only gives you more than enough time to unwind from the city rat race, but you also don’t have to prepare your own food! And the food is really good as well. If you happen to feel like something light to eat at lunchtime you can simply order from the restaurant end enjoy a snack either in your room or under one of the thatched lapas surrounding the pool.
So, what do you do during your stay at Ukuthula? Breakfast is at 8 am so you can lie in instead of getting up early as you do when you are at work. Then you go for a nice walk and return to laze about, go for a swim or just relax and watch TV. If you are into chess there is also a giant chess board by the pool should you want to keep your brain sharp.
The Marekele National park is an easy drive away, that is also worth a visit. The Rooiberg bowling club is situated across the road from the resort. A nearby bush lodge features game drives as well as aroma therapy spa treatments.
But why worry about things to do? You are here to rest and chill out and recharge your batteries. You get good food, clean spotless accommodation, good service and clean fresh air. What more can you want?
Ukuthula is not only a timeshare resort, you can also check in for a weekend or a few days and just relax at reasonable rates.
“The perfect getaway?” Those are not my words but something one of the other guests mentioned at the breakfast table.
What are you waiting for? Make your reservation now!
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