Chantal de Villiers, South Africa
07 January 2015
This place sucks, poor hygiene, rude and impersonal owners, no water or electricity. the place is badly run down
Worst accomodation EVER
Madelain Muller, South Africa
29 December 2014
This is by far the worst place I have ever stayed at. We never once saw the "host". The place was infested with flies. They didn't even have any flies repellent spray, or anything. The linen was dirty. The utensils hadn't been washed. There was continuous power outages and no back-up generator except at the main dwelling. We went out and bought our own fly traps. When we called and complained about the lack of water and electricity, we were sworn at by the host Ms Chantal de Villiers. She refused to refund us for the day that we didn't stay.
This place is a total fraud. It definitely doesn't resemble the photos or "reviews" on any of the accommodation websites. This is a rundown fly infested dump. The chalet is totally open plan - the shower and bathroom is all open - which means you basically bathing is the open, where anyone can walk past and watch. The veranda pillars are tied together with wire.
The "chalets" are situated next to the pig pens. The poor cows and horses sleep outside - there is no proper barn or sheds for them. They are left to fend for themselves. The cows are milked in the dirty run down dirty shack.
The pool is cracked and leaking. It was dirty with algae on the side. Almost cut my foot on the broken tiles around the pool. The grass around the chalets and pool is full of thorns.
Too frugal for comfort
Marcelle Warburg, South Africa
07 April 2014
While Thaba Manzi offers some lovely views over the mountains in a peaceful farm setting, we were very disappointed with the accommodation itself.
Upon arriving, we struggled to find anyone to greet us and wandered around rather aimlessly until a farm worker showed us to our apartment.
The flat itself was pleasant and clean, but the owners have done the bare minimum to make guests feel at home. A sign explains that guests get only one roll of (one ply) toilet paper, after which they must pay for more. There is no soap, sugar, tea or any other thoughtful amenity available. Even the cutlery and plates are kept to a bare minimum (with just 2 knives, 2 forks and 2 plates per couple). The linen is old and very scratchy.
Thaba Manzi has a lot of potential, but the owners really need to reconsider their priorities. Either that, or lower their price enough to indicate the lack of quality that guests can expect.
Megan Brook, South Africa
07 January 2014
When you go to Thaba Manzi,just expect to feel as though you don't exist. You are not greeted by anyone and you need to phone the host so that one of the workers can open for you. This in itself was ok,but the fabled activities on the website (like hiking trails and horse rides) are impossible as nobody is around to give you any information. The unit itself was up to standard,despite the fridge not closing properly and the one bedside lamp not working. If you want to relax without interruption, it's ok, but if you went there with the hopes of hiking or horse riding (as is stated on their website) then don't even consider it. I enjoyed the peace, but I felt very neglected as a guest and the service was extremely unprofessional. Nonexistent, actually.
Nice, peaceful and very pleasant hosts
arslan , South Africa
19 December 2013
Just came back from a 2 night stay at thaba manzi
Ranch. We stayed at lorie room, loved the old beams and the door, it certainly gave character to the place. The owners were very welcoming and great to talk too. Chantal very patiently explained everything on the ranch to us. We took our own coal for braai, but were also provided wood for the first braai. And were also informed if needed more then it is available at the farm for a very good price. All in all the place was very peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of city. And simply loved waking up to the sounds of birds, insects, cows, sheep, horses etc etc. Would definitely go again!!!
thulani Ngwenya, South Africa
02 December 2013
It was great. Love the flexibility around checking out. Very clean.
Stay at Thaba Manzi Ranch
ANDRE MEYER, South Africa
25 September 2013
We were most disappointed with our overall stay at Thaba Manzi Ranch. Although the lady that assisted us on arrival was very friendly, not once did we get to meet or see the owners. In addition we were only provided with one toilet roll and huge signs proclaimed that we had to supply any further toilet paper if needed. No where was this mentioned on the website or prior to our arrival. It was the same situation with wood for our braai fire. When one is unaware that these basics need to be brought along with us and we are some distance from a shopping area, it is indeed unpleasant.
In addition the chalets were not very well maintained. We had pieces of hanging ceiling in our room, both bedside lamps were not working and no bathroom amenities were supplied.
Also if you wanted to participate in any activities for example game drives or any other activities you have to phone, you could not take a walk because there is no one to explain or show you where the farm borders are
All in all we feel that the cost per night(R 850.00) did not justify the quality of accommodation that we expected and will certainly not be returning there and also would not recommend it to anybody. I would also recommend that Safari now take a drive and inspect places before they put their name to advertising and selling a place.
Mpho Mashigo, South Africa
10 December 2012
Not what I expected in terms of hospitality.
Mary-Ann Henning, South Africa
23 October 2012
I enjoyed the view, the animals and the pool. They have it all, but need to pay attention to trees scratching the sink roof 24/7, the water does not flow out of the sink without lots of effort. Small little things that will make the stay there much more relaxed.
Pat Roux, South Africa
26 September 2012
Great place to unwind!
Thaba Manzi - ietwat teleurstellend.
Erna Rust, South Africa
23 September 2012
Alhoewel die omgewing rustig is, is die studio bietjie duur vir die basiese toerusting wat daar is. Die bad het gelek, en die yskas se deur het nie vasgesuig as dit toegemaak is nie. Ons het dit rapporteer, maar niemand het opgevolg nie. Daar was nie ''n bo laken op,die bed nie, en ons moes vra voordat een gebring is.
Alhoewel ek aanvanklik 'n baie vriendelike epos van Chantal gekry het, en gelees het van haar gasvryheid, het ons haar glad nie te sien gekry nie. Die studio is skoon en die vrou wat dit diens was baie vriendelik.
Johanna steyn, South Africa
18 June 2012
We very much enjoyed the stay at Thaba Manzi Ranch in the peaceful, tranquil and relaxed atmosphere of this farm in the Magaliesberg.
Thaba Manzi Ranch
PAUL BESTER, South Africa
21 May 2012
1. Chantal is such a friendly hostess and made us feel very welcome.
2. The complimentary wood was welcomed.
3. The explanation of the history regarding the ranch was interesting.
4. Chantal checked on us every evening to see if everything was o.k.
5. The little present from her to her guests was much appreceated.
Andrew Cherry, South Africa
23 April 2012
A perfect weekend away - will definitely go again!
Gerrith Goodgall, South Africa
04 January 2012
This is a great facility if you want to get away from the busy city life. With a refreshing atmosphere, the lodge has everything that one requires; best of all was the extremely friendly host, Chantal. We have been to a few other places but have never felt so welcomed. We enjoyed our weekend at Thaba Manzi Ranch. Thank you Chantal.
Johan Weideman, South Africa
21 November 2011
Peace and quiet. Our doggies loved it.
Salomien Marsden, South Africa
18 November 2011
This is a wonderful setting for a midweek sanity break. Absolutely nobody else was there, not even a visible reception office. We adored the view of the Magaliesberg and watching the routine animal herding. It's not a place for children, but definitely a tranquil retreat for two oldies.
Great getaway from city life
Thato Mahlaba, South Africa
14 November 2011
We had a great stay at the ranch.
It wasn't what we were expecting but better than we expected. We are looking forward to our next stay here. A great escape from city life. Chantal is a great hostess. Very patient and accommodating to her guests.
chantel Odendaal, South Africa
11 July 2011
Very good break away venue.
Jonathan Elliot, South Africa
13 April 2011
Excellent rooms in a stunning location with fantastic views. This is a definite must if you're looking for somewhere quiet to get away from it all. But above all, brilliant service and wonderfully friendly staff. Thank you all for going out of your way to make this a stay to remember.
A fantastic farm experience
Vincent Voges, South Africa
14 October 2008
We enjoyed all the animals.