Friday, December 2, 2016

Absolute Leisure Cottages, Machadodorp. Mpumalanga Province


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This is the main street of Machadodorp,
a once thriving town that has currently fallen on hard times.

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This was my first port of call on a recent trip North
I suppose that I could have managed the 6-7 hour drive to  the Kruger National Park
in one go, but I do like to overnight in small towns.
Hence me staying at this guest house in town.
I enjoyed the hospitality and meals provided by Samson and Beauty
at the aptly named:
"Absolute Leisure Cottages"...

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There are two seating areas on the wrap-around veranda which
is shared with three rooms.

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My favourite Samsonite suitcase...
taking a well deserved on the day bed outside my room.

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This was a portend of things to come in the game reserve.
I must have seen more than 20 "frolicking" rhinos.
It is difficult to explain to International visitors our poaching problem,
when Rhino seem to be so plentiful

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This small chair caught my attention.
I was informed by the owner that it is a favourite of small children

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My room, named "Geluk" (meaning "luck" in Afrikaans,
but it was also the name of the farm on which the town was founded)
It was bigger than expected and had a seating area...

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It also had a well equipped kitchen,
should guests wish to self cater.
That being said, breakfast is included in the room rate,
and dinner can be provided from their kitchen.

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And speaking of meals,
this was the dinner that I enjoyed.
A wonderful beef lasagne followed by a berry dessert.

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Although the weather was cool and overcast,
it did not warrant lighting a fire.
But in mid-winter, I bet this would be most welcoming.

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More often than not, I forget to pack a book or two.
The room did offer me a choice of 
rather eclectic reading matter.

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Who would have thought that old jeans could be used
as a planter...
I found this interesting gardening decoration
outside "The Hog, Pub &Grill"

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The inside was interesting to say the least...
Lots of alcohol and a tasty bar menu to boot.
If you stop over in this tiny town, 
you have to try a plate of their chips.

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This collection of condiments caught my attention...
Why?
Because there was a Jagermeister container in amongst
the salt and tomato sauce...

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On walking through the "CBD",
I discovered this merry-go-round.
One of several side show attractions that I am certain
where in town to entertain the youngsters.
The rides were not in the best condition,
and in a way they made me feel sad.
They were almost the epitome of the slow decay 
that is affecting many of our small towns 
in various provinces around South Africa.

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That being said...I discovered this "treasure" further down the street.
This family owned business is just part of what they have to offer visitors.

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The interior of the coffee shop is bright and welcoming.
There was cake on offer, but I refrained...
I did however try the coffee, which was excellent.

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The house speciality is smoked pork and chicken
with home made mustard.
It was so good, that I stopped here on my return trip 
and bought a chicken to take home.
The Crawford family make great hosts.

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Would you believe that this is the town butcher?
Well it is, and it has great biltong and dried wors
which was bought to snack on during my trip

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Not quite one of the Wild Dogs 
that I was going to see in the park the next day...
but it was the only domestic animal that I encountered in the town.

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If you, like me, feel like taking the road less travelled on your next trip.
could I ten encourage you to stop off in Machadodorp
and put the local hospitality to the test.
You will be pleasantly surprised as to what you might discover
http://www.machadodorp.co.za

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