Hulala Lakeside Lodge

White River

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

Rates: From R1,260 for 2 per night

Website: http://www.hulala.co.za/

We booked a weekend breakaway for my wife’s birthday and decided to ride through on the bike. We were quite excited about this trip as it has been 3 months since our last long trip together.

Pannier boxes were packed the night before, Heather had to go work the Friday morning and left at 6am to be back by 11am. This gave me sufficient time to get the bike filled up and final checks that all is good for the 4 hour trip from Johannesburg, through Emalahleni, Middelburg, Belfast, Nelspruit, White River and finally to Hulala.

On arrival at Hulala we realized that there were only 2 couples checking in on the Friday, us and another couple. But they were having a dinner party at another venue, so basically we had the entire resort to ourselves. It felt as if we hired out the entire resort and had the waiters there all to ourselves.

We took 2 chairs down to the lake and a good bottle of red wine and watched the sunset before dinner. In the distance you could hear a Fish Eagle flying over the lake, but other than that it was peaceful and so quiet. Not a breath of wind and not a sound could be heard. We were out in nature and away from the city.

The 3 course dinner was delicious and we got the 3 kitchen staff and the 2 waiters to sing for Heather’s birthday. It was a special night, the walk back from the restaurant to the hotel room was chilly and a bite in the air, but we knew there was a fire going in our fireplace in the room.

The next morning we got up around 08:30 and had breakfast outside on the deck, overlooking the pool and the gardens.

After breakfast we then took a walk around the gardens and decided to take a canoe out onto the lake. What a beautiful day, out on the water with the sound of birds in the trees, blue skies and smooth calm waters.

After the canoe trip, we took a blanket and cushions and set up a picnic under the trees and read a book and just relaxed the afternoon away. Nothing like some good R&R in a great place with no-one else around. At 5pm I then went in to watch South Africa take on England in the 2nd test, we ordered some ciders from the bar and watched the game.

After the game it was time for dinner, and there was another family who came through for dinner. Again a delicious 3 course meal, and back to the room with a roaring fire in the fireplace.

The next morning it was raining slightly, so we had to run up to the restaurant under the trees to breakfast. A cold wet misty morning, not great for getting back on the bike for a 4 hour trip back home.

It did not rain long and half an hour into the trip back, it stopped raining and once again we had clear skies and dry roads.

We arrived back late Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Looking forward to our next trip to Swaziland on the bikes with a group of us going in October.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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