Guest comments.png.png

Beautiful place
This is not only beautiful place… but the hospitality is also out of this world. It was royal treatment, the place has enough privacy and has the most wonderful refreshing view. It’s excellent,love it.

- Queenramashilo (February 2022)

Very highly recommended
We have stayed in many places all over the world, but this place is the best place we have stayed in.
Virtually brand new and very luxurious, with a beautiful design, perfectly clean and lovely staff too.
Highly recommend.

- Jitnida (February 2022)


Brilliant cannot recommend highly enough
A brilliant stay - the service, the accommodation, the food is truly world class. Thank you to Patience and Barrie for their welcome and service. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Very clean rooms, fine dinning and a really friendly warm welcome.

- Harry (February 2022)

EXCELLENT!! I will most definetely come back
The tranquility at the place is splendid. The Pool, friendly staff. Barry is so good with people.

I didn't like the fact that my stay was short. I wish I could have booked for 3 or 4 nights.

- Thabo (January 2022)

Private villa with separate lounge and private swimming pool. Luxurious facilities and excellent customer service.

 - Lucky (January 2022)

The Zarafa is perfect for relaxation , intimacy & privacy

I loved everything.

- Bridgette (January 2022)

Wish it had been longer!
My parter and I spent a night at The Zarafa for her 30th birthday (sadly they had been fully booked the previous night) and had a fabulous time. It had been my partner's dream to go to Bali for her birthday but the situation didn't allow, so this was the next best thing!

The Bali theme was great, and gave the place a feeling of being somewhere else besides just outside Hazyview! The suites were great, with comfy beds, good amenities and a very large, relaxing bath. We enjoyed a massage on the afternoon we arrived and this is highly recommended!

During the evening we made our way to the dining area which, despite being affected by load-shedding, was wonderfully set out for the two of us, and we sat and enjoyed some drinks with the owner and chef and enjoyed the story of how The Zarafa came to be, and how all the decor came from Bali itself.

The seven-course meal was fine dining at it's best, and really blew both of us away - the presentation, the flavours and sadly for my waist-line, the amount were just fantastic and possibly was the highlight of our stay there!

We had a leisurely morning at the villa the next day as the sun painted the hilly surrounds in warm colours as we enjoyed a hearty breakfast, and before we knew it it was time go....we will be back, and next time it will be for longer than just one night!

For those looking to spoil yourselves in the Hazyview area, look no further than The Zarafa.

- Chad (January 2022)

A true hidden gem. Everything was done to perfection, and a true romantic getaway
What a great place. A true hidden gem. From the warm welcome, to the superb room, to the delicious food and wonderful hosting from the owners, everything was perfect. The rooms are exceptional with most of the toiletries included and a coffee machine in the room. I definitely enjoyed staying at Zarafa, and definitely enjoyed using the pool. I would like to thank Barry for his hospitality and wonderful chats. I will definitely make it my mission to go back. Thank you!

- Claudio (January 2022)

The Zarafa is definitely worth a visit!

The Zarafa team gave us a splendid experience. The private villas, exceptional dinners and beautiful scenery made this a very memorable experience. The team are friendly, welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There is a new jewel in the Hazyview crown which we will return to many times.

- Wesley (December 2021)


Best stay in SA

The service the location the property the food the views was just the best i have ever had.

- Ryan (December 2021)


Barry and his team are excellent hosts, they always go above and beyond their call of duty.The 6-course meals are scrumptious.I experienced a touch of bali in Hazyview.

- Refiloe (December 2021)

The Zarafa is an exquisite couples getaway. The staff are friendly ,always eager to help and they go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. The food is absolutely amazing...we'll definitely be going back.

One of my favorite holiday destinations!!!!

- Riboni (December 2021)


What a beautiful place. It’s true, a hidden gem indeed. Pictures don’t do justice to this place. A perfect romantic getaway, the privacy, ambience and a whole lot more.

- Anonymous (December 2021)

Very friendly staff, stunning location, value for money.

- Masechaba (December 2021)


An extraordinary experience. Wonderful!

- Salome (December 2021)


This is a beautiful property and we had a short but amazing stay here during our honeymoon. The staff is incredibly kind and caring and it was great fun to talk to Barry and Peter. The food is definitely the best we've had in SA and it was very nice to be able to have breakfast in the villa. The bathroom is heaven, it is very nice to have a separate sitting area (with a gas fireplace!) and wifi is great, so even though it was raining we had an amazing stay. We absolutely recommend staying here!!

- Sophie (December 2021)


Best Weekend ever!

What an Awesome weekend. Best service ever! People are very friendly and helpful would recommend everyone to book a stay for n peaceful weekend of ultimate Relaxation. The Over all package of accommodation and food are of the Best Quality! 

- Van Niekerk (December 2021)


The breath taking views.. it is a hidden gem. The serenity is amazing.

- Anonymous (December 2021)

Best spot for a romantic gate away.
The privacy, comfort and the bali themed decor makes it unique.

- Carlos (December 2021)


Value for money, excellent accommodation, great complement of staff and thank you all for making the
Your breakfast and the location were fantastic. You have great complement of staff that made us feels at home and welcoming.

- Fola (November 2021)

Best Service ever! Awesome breakaway!
Beautiful Very Neat and Clean!

- Nadrico (November 2021)


The food was excellent and plentiful; our accommodation was wonderful (with beautiful decor), private, peaceful and with stunning views and the dining room and bar were delightful. The staff could not have been more kind, friendly and helpful (from the reception staff, to our dedicated 'butler', to Peter and Barrie the fantastic owner managers), all of whom went the extra mile to make our stay a memorable and relaxing experience. The Zarafa is well positioned to take in the many tourist sites along the Panorama route. We would highly recommend the Zarafa.
We are not shy eaters, but the portion sizes are on the large side and could probably reduce a little bit to save wastage! This, however, is a minor and admittedly pedantic criticism!

- James (November 2021)


Our Anniversary stay

Impeccable, peaceful with lovely views, a sanctuary. My husband and I enjoyed every moment. The owner Berrie, The Chef Peter, our host Patience and the rest of The Zarafa team were just amazing. We had a warm welcome and a beautiful stay at the Villa. The food complemented the place, everything is beautiful all round.
Thank you for making our 10 year Anniversary weekend, a special and memorable one.

- Somelezeo (November 2021)


Our time at the Zarafa was absolutely superb. A true gem in the region! A very well done to Peter, Barrie and the rest of the team for making us feel ever so welcome and for providing an unforgettable experience! We will certainly be back!

- Paul (November 2021)


Our romantic getaway
This beautiful location definitely took us back to the charm and hospitality of Bali! From our luxurious accommodation and stunning view of the african bushveld, including a nest of Crowned eagles, to the fabulous food, amazing staff and attentive hosts. We also thoroughly enjoyed extra pampering with our spa treatments. Absolutely nothing was lacking!

- Veletia (November 2021)

Everything was amazing. Great staff from the gate to the Villa. Had a little visitor one evening, but my experience was definitely one for the holiday highlights. Thank you for the great hospitality.

- Princess (November 2021)

We had a grand old time. Awesome for a couple retreat.

Tranquil, clean, staff is very friendly. Will definitely go back. We loved it.

- Ndu (October 2021)


We stayed at The Zarafa for 6 nights. We have chosen this place because of the nature and the small distance to the Kruger Park (Phabeni Gate & Numbi Gate). Our Villa #1 had definitely the Wow-Factor with an outstanding view and a lovely decoration in every room. We did not miss one thing. The breakfast and the dinner were themed by various countries all over the world, fantastic. Of course we have to mention the most important people of this place, the owner Peter & Barrie and their great team (we fell in love with Thabi)! We loved it to start and to finish our dinner with a stop over at the bar to have drinks and great communication with Peter & Barrie. I am sure we would have covered more topics if we‘d stayed longer… ;-) For us it was an exceptionell experience. We would love to come back!

- Jörg (October 2021)

The place is amazing, and the staff is very friendly. 
The breakfast and dinner were amazing every day. I loved the scenery.

- Mahlare (October 2021)

Balinese bliss in the heart of the lowveld
My boyfriend and I stayed at Zarafa for my birthday. WOW! Beautiful and cozy villas with classic and authentic Balinese opulence. Loved all the 5 star amenities and the food!! Our 6-course dinner was incredible. This beautiful place exceeded my expectations. Would definitely recommend for a romantic getaway. The owner, Barry, was very friendly and helpful and the butler, Clifford, made us feel like royalty.

- Monique (October 2021)



Small heaven on earth
I am very much impress about the concept of the whole entire set up and hotel arrangement of having your own private space.

- Anonymous (October 2021)

Awesome experience
The meals were amazing. Dinner was an experience 😀. It was my birthday and Barry decorated a corner of the terrace- really special. The extra effort and friendliness of the team at Zarafa is fantastic. You can book everything at reception , no pain or fuss. Definitely would visit again.

- Melinda (October 2021)


We loved everything - Barry and his team were went out of their way to make it a stay to remember!
Our stay was incredible! From the accomodation to the massages we had, as well as the food and overall service - everything was excellent. A beautiful hidden gem - if peace and tranquility is what you are looking for, this is the place to go!

- Jennifer (October 2021)

Would recommend this establishment to anyone that need a romantic outing.
Location in the coffee plantation are perfect but would love to have a tour of the fasility. The breakfast was served at the cottage with a view to die for. Dinner was perfect and the staff went out of there way to make my wife's birthday a memorable one.

- Danie (October 2021)

- Danie 

Ce lodge a toutes les critères d’un hôtel 5 étoiles : Les chambres sont luxueuses avec piscine privée Le personnel ainsi que le propriétaire Barry sont aux petits soins avec nous Le restaurant est digne d’un restaurant indonésien gastronomique.

- Nathan (October 2021)



Private indulgence near Kruger National Park
What a great weekend. We visited The Zarafa in September and had a great stay. The service was impeccable and food delicious. Peter and Barry ensure that personal touch. Our villa was incredible with lovely views over a nature reserve. Highly recommended if you want to escape the city and have a lovely quiet, private holiday. Only 20 minutes to Kruger Phabeni gate!

- MTMOD (September 2021)

Absolute Tranquil Environment , Love the Privacy of the Villas & You have your own separate Lounge

Breakfast had a v good variety & was well presented . Location is excellent .

- Logan (September 2021)

Top class service and hospitality from the staff. All around 5 star.

- Willem (September 2021)


Loved the views and the care of the staff.

- Anonymous (September 2021)

Liked absolutely everything...... The accommodation, food and service is amazing

- Kim (September 2021)



Awesome anniversary weekend.

What an awesome weekend, Barrie & Peter where wonderful hosts, beautiful villa's with amazing food, the estate is beautiful, we had an amazing time @ a gem of a place. We will definitely recommend The Zarafa for a intimate getaway that exceeds all expectations.

- Anonymous (September 2021)


The villa was beautifully designed and comfortable - included our own swimming pool which was well used. Beautiful views and very quiet and peaceful stay. Dinner was extremely lovely both nights - attention to detail of the food: really delicious; beautifully presented and service was awesome. Definitely 5 star treatment. Staff are very friendly and helpful! Hosts Barrie and Peter were very professional and attentive during our stay.

- Anita (September 2021)

Идеальное место для спокойного релакса
Шикарное место для тихого спокойного отдыха. Приехали сюда после 2 ночей на сафари. Были единственные гости. Все очень красиво и чисто. На 5 Персонал на 5. Старается помочь всегда и очень дружелюбный Еда на 5. Просто шикарные завтраки по меню заранее ( и очень сытные) и очень вкусные и сытные ужины Обед не входит в стоимость, но он и не обязателен. Советую заказать фрукты. Разные и вкусные Цены на бар очень приемлемые. Пиво 3 доллара, вино бутылка от 10 до 35 долларов. Бокал чуть меньше 4 доллара На территории живет очень крутой кролик, который приходит в гости Если выйти прогуляться, то можно увидеть жирафа, косуль(импал) Очень неплохие спа процедуры. Цены не дороже мск
Чего то не понравилось было бы неправильно. Если уж к чему то придраться: Уборка занимает около часа. Это очень долго, но делают тчательно. Лучше спланировать время, когда будете купаться/загорать и тд Также нужно учесть, что место расположено высоко в горах и возможно из за недостатка кислорода часто хочется спать и нет активности

- Aleksandr (September 2021)


Bali found a home in Hazyview
Where does one even absolute priceless gem..... The villas are private and luxurious...... The food.... Oh my the food is fine dining at its best..... Each and every staff member friendly and attentive...... Five star I think not..... If it could be awarded ten stars it would still not be enough 💕

- Louis (September 2021)












Our Stunning Stay at The Zarafa
Arriving and staying at The Zarafa was the best holiday that we have experienced in South Africa. The overwhelming welcome and friendliness of ALL staff was truly fantastic. We loved the quiet and serenity of The Zarafa. The villa that we stayed in was something truly luxurious and wonderful. The food was so tasty and flavoursome, beautifully presented and we looked forward to our meals with great anticipation. We felt very spoilt and pampered. No request was too big or too small. One would go very far to experience such excellent service. We are already planning our next stay at The Zarafa.

- GrantW (September 2021)


Would recommend this establishment to anyone that need a romantic outing.
Location in the coffee plantation are perfect but would love to have a tour of the fasility. The breakfast was served at the cottage with a view to die for. Dinner was perfect and the staff went out of there way to make my wife's birthday a memorable one.

- Danie (September 2021)


Great new lodge in the Lowveld
We spend last night at Zarafa. We loved every moment of our stay. The staff is extremely well trained and their attention to detail outstanding. We love the size of the villa and the privacy. Each villa got it own swimming pool and the lounge area with a fireplace. The beautifully presented food was delicious, thanks Joy!

- Hermiena (September 2021)



It was amazing and one of the best places to spend some quality time with your wife and just relax. The best food in the Lowveld area.

- Johann (September 2021)




Absolutely delightful stay at this gem! We stayed for one night on our way to a lodge in the Sabi area, and regret not staying longer. The villas are perfection, and the attention to the smallest detail everywhere is amazing. Thanks to the lovely hosts, Barrie and Pieter, ably supported by Patience and Thabiso. We look forward to our next stay!

- IL (September 2021)

Amazing Experience/Best value for money

Everyting was perfect.

    - Aycan (August 2021)

Like being at an exotic location, but near home, and will recommend this lodge.

Intimate and personal, lovely views, superb meals, friendly staff, attentive owners

                                                                                               - Clive (August 2021)

Thanks for an awesome stay and out of this world experiences. The Zarafa is truly filled with so many special moments and people. Barry & Peter, you guys have really created something very special here. The location, view, decor, attention to detail etc must be experienced ... there are no words. Patience gave us a warm welcome as soon as we arrived and was available to assist with anything we needed. The scrumptious breakfasts and mouthwatering 6 course dinners left us a few KG’s heavier ..... soooo delicious. Thanks so much for specially making granadilla sorbet after I mentioned that it is my favourite. Thabiso & Clifford waited on us hand and foot during our in villa breakfasts and 2 hour dinner experiences. Thanks also go to Chris, Marius, the cleaning ladies and people behind the scenes that we did not have the pleasure of meeting. We had a most wonderful and relaxing 5 days and highly recommend this establishment. We will be back.

- Kevin & Daniela (August 2021)























Barrie, Peter and the staff ensured we had an exceptional stay. They really went out of their way. We will most definitely visit again and have recommended The Zarafa to all our friends and family.

- Bill (August 2021)


This brand new hotel is a hidden gem.

The attention to detail the owners and staff put in makes other hotels in this category look rather ordinary.
The suites are so well appointed and the food is so good that you will seriously consider extending your stay.

-  Nathan (August 2021)



Brilliant experience!
The Zarafa completely exceeded our expectations in terms of luxury, comfort and exceptional food. The accommodation is beautiful and private and filled with stunning art from Indonesia. The dinners are brilliant, make sure you come hungry as there are 5 courses!

The standard of cuisine completely exceeded our expectations and the option to dine in your Villa is wonderful. The breakfasts are also sublime. Upon hearing that we were there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and anniversary the owners and staff went above and beyond to spoil us. They created a romantic secluded section of the restaurant just for us with fairy lights and the kitchen baked him a beautiful and delicious cake which was a wonderful surprise. The Zarafa is an incredible gem which we will certainly visit again. Congrats to Barrie, Peter and all the wonderful staff on a truly great offering.

- Alex (August 2021)

Great experience, staff extremely welcoming and kind. Very good service. Everytime we needed a waiter there was one at our service without asking or looking for one. Very delicious food and dessert was perfect. 

- Phillip Sehume (August 2021)


Breakfast was just delicious. Quite an array of choices.

                                                            - Chris (August 2021)

Beautiful place with spectacular attention to detail
I cannot say just one good thing about this property, absolutely everything was just perfect.

Meals can be taken either in your villa or in the restaurant and the staff are super attentive and food spectacular in both settings. Every bit of attention to detail is taken care of with finesse. Location absolutely stunning, the privacy and location of the villas are amazing and the private pools with gorgeous mountain views transport you to another world.

- Hazel (August 2021)

Hidden Gem!
The venue is superb, location is outstanding, but the best part is Barrie, Pieter and the team- Patience, Thabiso, Innie and the spa treatment ladies. Thank you for taking such great care of us. Not to forget, the music selection during meals creates such a wonderful experience.

- Ernest (August 2021)

Bali in SA
One of my favourite stays in SA. From the elegant and private rooms, to the friendly staff. Everything was perfect. Don’t get me started on the food. It was absolutely delicious. Definitely a must book.

- Mamabua (August 2021)


Paradise found
From being met by Chris at the car park, to the check in process from Precious, and then being truly served by Thabiso and savouring the meals conjured up by Joy, the Zarafa exceeded all our expectations. The owners Barrie and Peter, who are delightful hosts, have expended much time in training, which is visibly portrayed by their staff. Details such as the way that plates are placed on the table, rooms are made up etc, show great attention to detail. I have rarely seen such consistent excellence in food preparation and presentation.. The rooms are private, romantic and tastefully designed and decorated. Barrie and Peter have created a dream, that they shared wholeheartedly with us. Our new hideaway in the Mpumalanga has revealed itself and we couldn’t be more grateful.

- Eugene (August 2021)

Our weekend at The Zarafa was absolutely magical. Our accommodation (villa) was impeccable, dreamy...frankly out of this world. Our every need was anticipated and catered for to make it such a special break-away from reality. 

Peter and Joy catered especially for us, having to accommodate a myriad of allergies and they still managed to dish up the most flavorsome, delectable dishes. Patience was so attuned to our every need, always with a friendly smile and an attitude of "nothing is too much trouble". Our chats with our hosts Barrie and Peter made us feel special and welcome.

We highly recommend experiencing The Zarafa for yourself, your every expectation will be surpassed!

- David & Carla (August 2021)

Best beautiful THE BEST EVER
Best best best,most beautiful destination ever.Everything was perfect,staff ,food,hospitality,spa treatment the owners made time to conversate with us.Wow why a beautiful experience.Thank you guys very much.May the good Lord continue to bless your place and all the works.

 - Sizakele (July 2021)

Beyond Expectations!
The place was beyond our expectations. It was an extraordinary beautiful place. We liked everything. The details were fabulous and amazing. The food was great like you are in a restaurant that has a michelin star. We were taken care of very nicely. Very very kind and professional staff. Definitely, I recommend The Zarafa to whoever looking for peace, relaxation, amazing service, well cleaned and nicely decorated villa, beautiful view, and very tasty food.

- iTurkiQ (July 2021)


Room privacy and the food was exceptional. Everything was perfect

- Keshia (July 2021)

A great stay! We had a most enjoyable and pleasant stay!!
Everything was superb!! The meals were Michelin star grade and excellent taste and presentation!! The staff are impeccable and the management top class!! We will recommend The Zarafa to all we know and will be returning in the near future!

- Arthur (June 2021)

The Happiest guest 💕
The reception, they welcomed me in love and made me feel home, they made me feel like I'm the only important person on this earth 😂😂😂

- Kgashliso (June 2021)

A Cut above the Best
We stayed here for our wedding anniversary. The rooms are clean and private and everything is taken care of. Lots of little special touches. Amazing showers. Bath with a selection of salts etc. The staff and service is beyond 5 stars and Barrie and Peter could not have made our visit more special. The staff are efficient and well trained so a special thank you to Thabiso and Joy for looking after us so nicely. But apart from the tranquility and comfort of this place the food is superb, gourmet quality and some of the best in South Africa. 6 Courses every evening all delicious. Scrummy breakfasts too. We also enjoyed Spa services and a highly memorable outside dining experience not to be missed and never to be forgotten. Thank you for hosting us and giving us the break of a lifetime

- Amanda (May 2021)

The Best Honeymoon Experience
We were pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. The Asian decor transported us to another reality. The staff, the service, the food were all excellent. I have very specific dietary requirements and they catered to my every need, even providing me with almond milk when requested. The in villa massages and dining were so special and added to the luxury. Highly recommend this as a romantic getaway.

- Sarishka (May 2021)

Peter and Barrie have created something very special! Their attention to detail is impeccable, not only in their gorgeous accommodation and mouth watering food, but the service is exceptional too. The setting is amazing, but what sets them apart, is their personal touch...they go the extra mile to make you feel relaxed and taken care of! Thank you and your fabulous staff for a wonderful experience. We highly recommend The Zarafa if you're looking for the whole package experience.

- Jackie (May 2021)

Absolutely stunning!
Our recent stay at The Zarafa was an absolute treat! Everything about the Zarafa is personal and top class....from the warm welcome on arrival, the villa was tastefully designed and was private, peaceful and luxurious (even had a pillow menu); the restaurant deserves special mention as the food was amazing and a fine dining experience that you looked forward to) and the service from all the staff was excellent!!! Thanks Peter and Barrie for your warmth and hospitality, you have created the perfect and most heavenly getaway and we will definitely be back to visit soon.

- Nas (May 2021)

This is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Barrie and his staff went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The privacy and luxury of the villa, breakfast in the gazebo next to the crystal blue pool and the six course dinner every evening was an absolute treat. Attention to detail and the decor was spot on. We will definitely be back - worth every penny!

- Lisa (April 2021)

Deservedly 5 Star *****
5* luxury and privacy. The staff really took care of us, Patience, Thabiso and all. The hosts, Barrie and Peter, treated us as though we were frequent visitors. We really felt at home. There was everything that one needs at breakfast. Since our stay was half-board, we also got dinner. Their 5 course dinners, with Thai influence, were very delicious. The private dining at the Villa, albeit it came at a price, was special. I would do it again. We will definitely be back.

- Sibusiso (April 2021)

Excellent facilities, a little paradise tucked away for romance. It was a wonderful way to spend my wife’s birthday.
The property has four secure villas each with their own private pool - And you are left to do your own thing or can arrange for excursions.

- Marius (April 2021)

A piece of paradise
This 5 star luxury exceeded our expectations. The villa was luxurious and very private. The staff were exceptional and made our stay very memorable. Barrie and Peter were outstanding hosts. Will definitely be back. And thank you for the extra special arrangements that were made for our engagement

- Nita (April 2021)

Amazing Experience
Everything was beautiful and clean. Staff was very friendly and they accommodated us with everything we needed. The private pool was amazing. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet and romantic getaway.

- Tamaryn (April 2021)

We loved everything! The villa was stunning! Food was 5 star! The staff was beyond friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be back!

- Lisa (April 2021)

Everything was up there with the beat...the privacy is the best part

- Jerome (March 2021)

The best of experiences, would recommend 👌 it strongly. Fantastic personal and professional and very helpful manager Barry. The villas are to be seen and experienced, the pool is the best.
Please keep growing and thank you 😊

- Francois (March 2021)

5 star romantic break
AmAzing location and perfect couples break. Staff and management made sure everyting was perfect. Food was well prepared and presented. Room was very comfortable I allready booked our next stay with them. 

- Glen (March 2021)