Considering all towns near the Kruger National Park (West and South), Phalaborwa would be my choice for retirement! All essential amenities and facilities abound.
31 December 2012
Love the town and the people!
26 November 2012
Clean town. Plenty of shops.
Close to Kruger gaqte 2km.
Nice Spar at Kruger Gate.
25 September 2012
Phalaborwa the animal kingdom of South Africa, is blessed with a lot of tourist attractions, from Olifants River Safaris, to the Kruger National Park, is just awesome. The place where you will find total tranquility and peace. Its a place of nature lovers and people who love the really outdoors.... Thanks Phalaborwa for hosting me on my birthday.
20 August 2012
Good morning, we stayed in Kulungi Lodge and it was very quiet, where you really can have rest and peace. No Internet, no cellphone fantastic! If we needed Internet we went into Phalaborwa town and had a drink at Buffalo Grill where you could bij access to Internet.
Often we went to the Kruger for a day via Phalaborwa and out at orpen. We saw a leopard on the sunset drive, organized very nicely and even were offered a sundowner , snacks and drinks. Super! Best drive ever organized by Phalaborwa gate.
The next day on almost midday we saw a female leopard walking on the road. They are my favorite animal so I was so happy!
The road up to Kulungi was bad and needs some attention because if you come with a car that does not have 4x4 ik is quite a challenge getting there.
We had a wonderful time. Good spar supermarket just outside the Kruger park gate. Very convenient.
Coming back for sure
20 August 2012
Phalaborwa - my gatway to heaven. Once you reach Phalaborwa you have endless choices. There are so many lodges in all driections. The town is quaint but the 'feel' is that of a well earned break in the bush. The scenery is breathtaking all around the area and offers every activity one could wish for.
20 August 2012
Phalaborwa is a serene, peaceful, well maintained town with amazing breath taking historical sites. The people are warm, welcomming, accomodating and helpful. Board the ferry and enjoy the wild side on the Olifants River. The Kruger National Park offers self or guided tours. Either way you are guranteed exhilarating experiences of wild life. On returning home you feel that you have just returned from a foreign crime free country.
14 August 2012
Clean, peaceful, residents helpful and friendly. Phalaborwa appears to be somewhere 'outside' the borders of S.A. No police seen patroling (during my long weekend stay) which could indicate less crime rate.
14 May 2012
Only town with Kruger Park Gate inside the town. The two of two summers. Great stop over or holiday destination.
01 April 2012
We did not spend too much time exploring the town, but it has at least three good supermarkets and there are a number of other shops in the downtown centre. Everything appears nice and well kept. The town does not seem terribly crowded and car traffic proceeds smoothly. There are a few good restaurants.
The main attraction of course is the Kruger National Park, with an entrance right next to Phalaborwa. At the entrance ticket office all kinds of guided safaris can be purchased directly, this is far cheaper than doing it through agencies, hotels or similar. Of course you can also enter the park in your own vehicle.
The town has one golf course, Hans Merensky, which is not too difficult to play and very charming due to the large number of wild animals wandering all over the fairways and greens, including hippos in one of the ponds.
05 January 2012
A nice quiet town with friendly locals ready to assist.
22 December 2011
Very convenient for Kruger with an easily accessible gate. Good shops, clean and safe. A long drive from Johannesburg but has a regional airport if you can afford it.
23 May 2011