Oliver’s Restaurant & Lodge has a lovely setting on the White River Country Estate. Surrounded by forests and the well-kept fairways of an 18-hole championship golf course, this luxury lodge is perfect for a relaxing stopover en route to the Sabi Sands or next-door Kruger Park.
Oliver’s is owner run by Tanja Ruf, who is clearly passionate about what she does. From the moment you arrive you’re made to feel welcome, service is friendly yet professional and the attention to detail is excellent. We love the complimentary sherry in the bedrooms, the fresh flowers and crackling fires in the lounge, and the beautifully laid tables in the dining room.
If you have the time, spend an extra day exploring the dramatic scenery surrounding Oliver's. Drive to the viewpoints and waterfalls of the Panorama Route or play a round at nearby Leopard Creek - one of the top golf courses in South Africa. For those who prefer to take it easy, this is just the place to enjoy a lazy lie in, top up your tan alongside the pool or opt for a massage or other relaxing treatment at the in-house Wellness & Beauty clinic.
A highlight of any stay at Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge is sure to be their award-winning cuisine. Every day gets off to an excellent start as you sit down to a continental breakfast followed by a delicious choice of cooked courses. As for the dinner menu, it changes monthly with a couple of recent favourites being the springbok loin with juniper sauce and the shiraz-braised lamb shank. Or opt instead for a traditional Swiss raclette served at a candle-lit table down in the well-stocked wine cellar.