Behind elegant white gates lies a long Cape colonial style building with a deep porch and a friendly air. Welcome to Leeuwenhof Country Lodge and Garden Spa, where you can slow right down and assume the recovery position.

Did you know?

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve covers an area of about 400 000 hectares. There is rich rock art in the area.

Leeuwenhof Country Lodge and Garden Spa is only a couple of hours drive from Johannesburg, but it feels like light years away.

Set in the low foothills of the Waterberg mountains, near Vaalwater in Limpopo, Leeuwenhof is a combination of romantic country lodge and spa. The rooms here all have garden entrances and mountain views, and their Tau Suite is a romantic cottage all on its own with a fireplace, Jacuzzi and private garden.

This Limpopo spa is a treat for those who need some serious time out - and nature provides the dramatic landscape for your sabbatical from real life. Against a mountain backdrop, elegant green lawns are studded with majestic trees, and small game darts skittishly.

There is a swimming pool and tennis court for the energetic, and an enticing new addition in the form of two enormous luxury tents on the riverbank, complete with private Jacuzzis and outdoor showers, where you can really enjoy the romantic Out of Africa experience.

You will feel the weariness lifting from your shoulders the minute you step into the Leeuwenhof Garden Spa. It is tranquil and tasteful, and healing hands and magic potions await.

Try the Leeuwenhof Welcoming Glow, a deep massage using Dead Sea salts and grape seed oil. Choose a full body treatment like a hot stone massage or an Indian head massage, designed to soothe and relax, and why not combine relaxation with romance? Go for one of their couples' treatments and get yourselves both pedicured, manicured and pampered. The setting is perfect at this spa in Limpopo.

Leeuwenhof offers walks and rambles, hikes and drives, as well as fine dining - their menu is a contemporary country fusion, using fresh produce from the estate - and the wine list especially designed to compliment the menu.

So next time you need to pause, make sure you book a space at Leeuwenhof Country Lodge and Garden Spa. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you in unison!

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Leeuwenhof Country Lodge and Garden Spa
Tel: +27 (0)14 717 9811/2

How to get here

From OR Tambo International Airport take the road to Tshwane. Turn onto the N1 to Polokwane. At the Kranskop tollgate keep to the left and turn towards Modimolle. Head toward Vaalwater on the R33. Detailed directions and a map are available on the website.

Best time to visit

Anytime is a good time to visit the Waterberg. Please ensure you book a few weeks in advance as Leeuwenhof is a popular spot.

Around the area

Nylsvley Nature Reserve, a world-renowned Ramsar site offering exquisite birding opportunities, is only 45km away. There are also excellent game viewing, hiking and walking trails on offer.

Get around

Having your own car is an advantage, as there is lots to experience in the area.

Length of stay

Two days minimum. Leeuwenhof offers a great weekend getaway.

What to pack

Sunblock, sun-hat, insect repellent and comfortable clothes for your spa experience. Walking shoes are a good idea if you want to enjoy a few gentle walks in the surrounding areas.

Where to stay

Your options include: the Presidential Suite, the Tau Suite cottage, five luxury bedrooms, Giant tents on the river bank and boutique suites.

What to eat

The resident chef will take care of your culinary needs. A light spa menu is available.

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