Vaalwater Hotel, Limpopo
go! - South Africa|October/November 2021
Vaalwater’s “drab”name is misleading– the past decade or so has seen itstep into its role as headquarters of theWaterberg with aplomb.

Thanks to a district packed with great guest farms and private game reserves, plus the fact that much of the tourism traffic heading to the Botswana border passes through here, it has had no shortage of visitors.

Vaalwater Hotel dates from 1955, but stood idle for a while until new owners revamped it in 2020. They’ve clearly brought in the feet, because a phalanx of white bakkies greets me as I arrive. Strolling in here wearing a Hurley T-shirt and blue Salomons might make you a touch wary, because you know (and you’re not wrong) that khaki is worn in this establishment. But relax, this is a Wi-Fi zone and the guys wearing two-tone safari shirts at the table opposite also have laptops and they’re hot-desking hard. Plus, there’s some IPL on the TV.

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